A Novel for Everything (And We Mean Everything) That Ails You [SHOWING SLIDE 7 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.

ASYLUM by Patrick McGrath
by Patrick McGrath

To quit smoking: Patrick McGrath’s Asylum is a novel that will catch your breath, compress your lungs, and constrict your throat at a moment of unbearable horror. If you haven’t quite managed to quit the habit yet, this will convince you that it’s time.