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The novel cure : from abandoment to zestlessness : 751 books to cure what ails you

Author: Ella Berthoud; Susan Elderkin
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Berthoud, Ella.
Novel cure
(DLC) 2013017177
(OCoLC)837144670
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ella Berthoud; Susan Elderkin
ISBN: 9781101638750 1101638753
OCLC Number: 858947439
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 420 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Ailments A to Z --
Reading ailments index --
Ten-best lists index --
Author index --
Novel title index.
Responsibility: Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin.

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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. 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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