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the novel cure book coverI have a copy of The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin to give away!

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About the book

Bibliotherapy: the prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments. It does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the heart. And unlike most prescriptions, their recommendations require no trips to the store for refills and will not cause harm to your liver (unless of course you suffer from Addiction Issues: See alcoholism). From anxiety to pessimism, from appendicitis to stubbed toe, from loneliness to losing your marbles, the authors do not judge; they simply direct you to the novel which is most likely to speak to you in your hour of need.

In The Novel Cure, authors and bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin present a  witty and irresistible A-Z of literary remedies that recommend works of classic and contemporary fiction as  cures for ailments of the mind and body.

To create this apothecary, Berthoud and Elderkin have searched through 2,000 years of literature for the most brilliant and engrossing reads. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment and are given the recommended novels to read as the antidote. Suffering from anxiety? Pick up The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. A broken leg? Get Johanna Spyri’s Heidi. Had a falling out with your best friend? Try William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.

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