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Monday, December 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY! The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

Thanks to Penguin Press, I have a copy of a fun new non-fiction book, "The Novel Cure" to give away.  In THE NOVEL CURE: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You (available in paperback December 30, 2014) authors and bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin present a  witty and irresistible A-Z of literary remedies that recommend works of classic and contemporary fiction as  cures for ailments of the mind and body.

To create this apothecary, Berthoud and Elderkin have searched through 2,000 years of literature for the most brilliant and engrossing reads. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment and are given the recommended novels to read as the antidote. Suffering from anxiety? Pick up The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. A broken leg? Get Johanna Spyri’s Heidi. Had a falling out with your best friend? Try William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.

I've been skimming it and it's interesting. Ailments range from broken china to single-mindedness (their term for stubborn) to being foreign. Some of their choices made sense and a few didn't but it's a great way to find new to you titles and to remind you of ones you'd forgotten about. 

Want a copy of your own? Do you live in the US? Great! Enter in the widget below. The giveaway is a short one so that the winner will receive the book before Christmas. Good luck and happy holidays! 

The giveaway ends at midnight of Dec. 18th. Open to US residents only. The winner has 48 hours to respond to their notification email or forfeit the prize. Please read my Giveaway Policy. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. 

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  1. I would look up the ailment "too busy to read all my books"!! :-)

  2. I would like to look up the ailment for a broken heart. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This sounds great and lots of fun. I think I'd look up headaches or fatigue. If I could find books for those ailments I'd be in good shape! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but have pinned it to my Books to Buy list just in case!


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