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The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You - Susan Elderkin, Ella Berthoud
The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You
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The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their... show more
The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote. Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the head (or heart). Aware that you’ve been cowardly? Pick up To Kill a Mockingbird for an injection of courage. Experiencing a sudden, acute fear of death? Read One Hundred Years of Solitude for some perspective on the larger cycle of life. Nervous about throwing a dinner party? Ali Smith’s There but for The will convince you that yours could never go that wrong. Whatever your condition, the prescription is simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals and in nice long chunks until you finish. Some treatments will lead to a complete cure. Others will offer solace, showing that you’re not the first to experience these emotions. The Novel Cure is also peppered with useful lists and sidebars recommending the best novels to read when you’re stuck in traffic or can’t fall asleep, the most important novels to read during every decade of life, and many more.

Brilliant in concept and deeply satisfying in execution, The Novel Cure belongs on everyone’s bookshelf and in every medicine cabinet. It will make even the most well-read fiction aficionado pick up a novel he’s never heard of, and see familiar ones with new eyes. Mostly, it will reaffirm literature’s ability to distract and transport, to resonate and reassure, to change the way we see the world and our place in it.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594205163 (1594205167)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it
3.0 The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You
Ah, fiction booklists, books with fiction booklists, and now a book about the therapeutic uses of fiction for various malaises.The Novel Cure probably is best dipped into over time, not read in one gulp because it has to go back to the library. Some of the flaws show more at that pace, such as silly...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
0.0 Curarsi con i libri: Rimedi letterari per ogni malanno
Sì... Però...Sì...“Curarsi con i libri” è stato per un po’ la mia lettura della buona notte. Non tragga in inganno ciò che affermo. Semplicemente amo leggere qualche pagina “leggera ma non sciocca” che mi faccia addormentare col sorriso.Confesso che talvolta il sorriso s’è trasformato in riso soffoc...
Beamis12
Beamis12 rated it
3.5 The Novel Cure
I love the idea of a book doctor, one who prescribes fiction as an antidote for many of lives ills. This is a book about books, tells one what books to read if one is feeling a certain way or facing a certain challenge. Not only does it names the books but it describes why that particular book was p...
The Insomniac Reader
The Insomniac Reader rated it
3.0
*I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*The Novel Cure is basically a list of book recommendations. It's generally not something I go for. Book recommendations are pretty much everywhere. Amazon, book store staff, us goodreader folk, your bff, the crazy old guy sufferin...
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