A NOVEL FOR EVERYTHING (AND WE MEAN EVERYTHING) THAT AILS YOU [SHOWING SLIDE 8 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.

by Julian Evans

If you’re wasting time on a dud relationship: It is deeply painful to watch someone you love throw his or her life away on someone unworthy. Victims of this sorry predicament—and you’ll know who you are—need to fall in love with the grave, raven-haired beauty of Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus. Hazzard’s dense, extraordinary prose drives home the anguish we feel for her protagonist’s wasted years You will find yourself forced to submit, as the author masterfully dissects emotions with surgical precision, elevating you to new levels of understanding about your own self-deception.

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