• The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You

    The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You (Paperback) By (author) Ella Berthoud, By (author) Susan Elderkin

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    Description"Publisher's Weekly" "Delightful... elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature." A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful--a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can--quite literally--change it. "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. "Library Journal" "This appealing and helpful read is guaranteed to double the length of a to-read list and become a go-to reference for those unsure of their reading identities or who are overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in the world."""


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    Title
    The Novel Cure
    Subtitle
    From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ella Berthoud, By (author) Susan Elderkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143125938
    ISBN 10: 0143125931
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: ADV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.0
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VS
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24000
    Ingram Subject Code: HE
    Libri: I-HE
    BISAC V2.8: SEL000000, FIC000000
    DC22: 809.39353
    DC21: 809.39353
    BISAC V2.8: SEL044000
    Thema V1.0: DS, VS
    Publisher
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    30 December 2014
    Author Information
    Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud started giving novels to each other when they met as English students at Cambridge twenty-five years ago. A novelist, travel writer, writing teacher, and fiction reviewer for the "Financial Times," Elderkin now lives in Connecticut with her husband and son. Berthoud lives in Sussex with her husband and three girls and paints in a hut in her back garden. They have run a bibliotherapy service out of The School of Life in London since 2008, prescribing books to clients all around the world. TheNovelCure.com