Berson and Bova, whose separate marriages collapsed after fifteen years, discovered themselves suddenly single and reading books about divorce that they later found were simply not telling the truth. Life they realized does not have to be a grim, year-long trauma of guilt and remorse before the divorce(e) emerges from widow(er)'s weeds. One can, in fact, start a new life with great vigor and hope. Berson and Bova give better advice than they seem to have followed and the reader thus profits. Writing alternate chapters, Barbara and Ben discuss learning to be self-sufficient, how to handle the children, the bills, the house, friends and relatives; what to say and do at the office, and getting a job when you may never have had one. One could probably do worse than bone up on good cheer with Survival Guide even if the experience seems newer to the authors than is justified, particularly if they've been reading all those other books.