Review: The Little Book of Heartbreak
Author: Meghan Laslocky
Published: December 31, 2012
Paperback, 353 pages
What's the best way to mend a broken heart? Forget ice cream, wine, or weepy movies. Award-winning journalist Meghan Laslocky advises: read through the pain. From divorce cases in ancient Rome to the art of crafting the perfect “I'm over you” mix CD, The Little Book of Heartbreak is a whirlwind tour through love's most crushing moments, including:
• How Ernest Hemingway cheated on his wife and then stole her job
• Painter Oscar Kokoschka's attempt to win back an ex by creating (and having liaisons with!) her life-size replica
• Morrissey's personal creed about how sex is useless
• What to watch, listen to, and read to forget an ex faster than you can say “rebound"
I knew from the first sentence, "The older I get, the more irked I become that time travel is not an option." I would really like this book. Why? Because I often think the very same thing. Throughout the book the author really gives you a sense of who she is. It's as if I could hear her voice coming off the page telling me the story of heartbreak. This book may sound a little depressing, but I can assure you it is anything but that. As a history buff myself, I really enjoyed this book.
The Little Book of Heartbreak is split into five sections: History, Culture, Music and Art, Film and Literature, and Conclusion and Practical Advice. Loslocky has found some really interesting facts and stories about some people you might have heard about and others that you haven't. I love that she includes a book alert or movie alert to help further illustrate her point or to help the reader learn more about the subject matter. Each section was interesting as well as entertaining. If you're getting over a break-up or you know someone who is this might be the perfect book for them. The author seems to say 'you think you got it bad? Take a look at what happened to this chick!" She also gives some good advice, as well as some things to watch or listen to while you're recouping from your heart break. However even if your heart's not broken this is still a great read. I learned a lot including there were some real jerks way back when.