Heartbroken? Left alone? Depressed? And right before the holidays? Never fear, because this is no end-of-year list — it’s a list to cure that broken heart of yours. Now, there are as many ways to mend a broken heart as there are to break one, but hopefully this list will contain something for everyone, whether you prefer to muffle pain with laughter, or might take some hope in a happy ending, or just need to wallow. After all, as James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” So here you go, gang: 50 cures for love, all $25 or less.
Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
Offill’s sophomore effort is being widely heralded as one of the best books of the year, and with good reason: it’s smart as hell, psychologically complicated, and likely to stir up quite a few emotions. For those who cannot see through the other side of their despair, Offill’s slim novel might not show you the way, but it will show you that there is a way.