THE NOVEL CURE FROM ABANDONMENT TO ZESTLESSNESS: 751 BOOKS TO CURE WHAT AILS YOU by Ella Bethoud and Susan Elderkin from Penguin Books is a Physicians Desk Reference but for novels. Completely jealous that Bethoud and Elderkin thought of this clever idea to play with books. Great timing on the part of Penguin as this is the perfect stocking stuffer for readers and those not so inclined.
This present does not require a user guide, manual nor batteries to get started enjoying this book’s contents. Organized alphabetically by ailment and the imaginations of Bethoud and Elderkin. The introduction is priceless do not miss it, they refer to themselves as bibliotherapists and the remedies prescribed are books.
I have spent hours now reading various sections that either I am or have experienced and enjoying their novel remedies. Just a few ailments in and I am ordering books they are recommending. I am sure a downside of this book will by my bank account as I am ordering a number of books prescribed in its sections. Luckily there is a section aptly labeled BROKE, BEING on page 47. There are three books they recommend for this ailment: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Money by Martin Amis and Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates.
I am happy to say I have a giveaway to share with one and all. To enter leave a comment including an ailment and a book you think serves as a cure. Do not forget to leave your contact information as this giveaway goes away Friday, December 19th at midnight CST. (Only open to U.S. mailing addresses. I have been trying to do this all week and it is not that easy so my hats off to Bethoud and Elderkin.
Thanks to Penguin Books for providing a copy of this book and the giveaway copy too. Happy Holidays to all and with any luck I will be treating my ailments with a good novel or two this season.