A Novel for Everything (And We Mean Everything) That Ails You [SHOWING SLIDE 5 OF 10]

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin’s The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You is something to behold: an encyclopedia of maladies both spiritual and physical; under each malady’s heading, the writers suggest books that will help you overcome that particular problem. Feeling indecisive? There’s a book for that. Caring for someone with cancer? These ladies know what you should be reading. Eclectic and infectious, The Novel Cure is one of the most revealing and bracing books about books to come along in some time. We’ve chosen 10 problems the authors highlight in The Novel Cure and excerpted a bit of their reasoning as to why these particular books will help you conquer what ails you.

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by Jonathan Safran Foer

To deal with the death of a loved one: It is not uncommon when suffering from acute grief for us to enter into a negotiation with ourselves, or with fate. Children are particularly prone to this—as illustrated by the search over New York undertaken by nine-year-old Oskar Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The search turns out to be a wild-goose chase, of course, but what Oskar finds in the process is more precious: an understanding of suffering and loss from the lives of his grandparents before he was born and, in a touch that will help to rewarm your heart, the desire for a grief-stricken but loving mother to help her son recover from his enormous loss.