Read for what ails you

GreatGroupReadsEvery reader understands the concept of picking up a book in times of stress, sadness, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Sometimes it’s far more convenient to reach for a book than the aspirin.

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have a firm grasp on bibliotherapy in all forms and they’ve written a 420 page prescription, The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You.

The authors have cataloged a plethora of mental, physical, and intellectual maladies such as Change, Resistance To and Idiot, Feeling Like An and Misanthropy. Clearly these are common grounds all readers have shared at one time or another and frequently these issues rear their therapy-inducing heads during book discussions.

For those book group leaders who have members who insist on using discussions as opportunities for free group counseling, get out this book and start plotting some remedies.THE-NOVEL-CURE-cover

Suffering from a loss of faith? Crack open Salmon Fishing in the Yemen or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Tired of listening to the group hypochondriac? Read The Secret Garden. Ingested too many drugs? Start flipping through Trainspotting or Less Than Zero.

Readers have their own special infirmities. Sometimes we suffer from overhype of a book. Our authors have a cure for that. Shelve the book in the tool shed. Wrap it up in old wallpaper. Tuck it somewhere out of the way. When you next discover it, you’ll be surprised to find it and reminded that you always wanted to read it.

Perhaps you have a partner who is a non-reader. The good book doctors suggest converting or deserting. Find a book that appeals to your partner, introduce audiobooks during a long car trip. But above all, caution the authors, protect your own reading time.

No matter what’s bothering you, headache or heartache, there’s a novel that speaks to your condition.

 

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About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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