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littleduckling
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I know there's a post on here about all the great songs to listen to when dealing with a break-up, but I was wondering if any of you had any good books to read also. Just coming out of a break-up, and struggling with the emotions, I've tried to find books to not only overcome, but wallow a little too...the Chicken Soup books are pretty good, but other than that I haven't found much.

Any ideas?

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Heather
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How about reading some really finely crafted literature instead?

The beauty of really well-written books -- the stuff that really shows writing to be the art it can -- can be a seriously fantastic thing to lose yourself in and help you re-center.

A few suggestions off the top of my head which seem lik good maybes from the few posts of yours I've seen (I'm always inclined to introduce people to female authors first):
- Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
- Laura Esquivel's "Like Water for Chocolate"
- Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
- Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club"
- Margaret Atwood's "Cat's Eye"
- Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"

Not a woman, and in a dlightly different category, but if you've never read St. Exupery's "The Little Prince," it always lifts my spirits when I'm down. [Smile]

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If you have a short attention span like me, I recommend Maxine Hong Kingston 'The Woman Warrior' -- it's a collection of short stories. As for Amy Tan, if you want a GREAT break up book by her, try 'The Kitchen God's Wife'. Then there's Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple,' another good book about women overcoming bad relationships.

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Heather
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LOVE that Kingston SO much.

And also on the short-story, lighter-fare list? Francesca Lia Block's short story collection, "Girl Goddess #9."

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In case you are on MySpace, I highly recommend joining the TeenLit group. Many of the group's members are authors of great books for young adults. They talk about their work and review/report on great novels.

and do NOT post your MySpace profile here. gotta protect your safety.

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Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" = AMAZING BOOK! 2 Thumbs Way Up!

St. Exupery's "The Little Prince," One of my fav's although i grew up reading the french version Le Petit Prince!

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if you want to read something about breakups that's "lite," try "It's Called a Break-Up Because it's Broken." the worksheets might help you sort out your thoughts & add a little levity to your situation.

excellent 19th century stuff is in "Scribbling Women," an anthology edited by Elaine Showalter.

if you write poetry/fiction, that might help too.

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A uniquely written book about love and all its many forms is Alice Walker's "The Temple of My Familiar." Seriously, it's beautiful.

For a "break up book," I'd say read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Not because it's some sappy melodrama about young love that just didn't make it, but because it's gritty (about surviving WWII with sanity and a sense of humor), realistic and will probably have you laughing out loud (I know I did when I read it).

Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis is wonderful, about a super-independent woman who inherits her dead brother's son and is determinded to raise him as a "wordly boy." It's set in the early-to-middle of the 20th century and is nice, but also light, easy reading.

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