Monday, June 06, 2022

Ten top books on heartbreak

Jessie Stephens is a Sydney-based writer and podcaster, with a Master’s degree in History and Gender Studies. She’s the assistant head of content at Mamamia and co-host of the podcast Mamamia Out Loud. She also hosts Mamamia’s True Crime Conversations and Book Club podcasts, where she’s had the pleasure of interviewing some of her favorite authors.

Heartsick: Three Stories about Love, Pain, and What Happens in Between is her first book.

At Lit Hub Stephens shared a reading list for love, loss, and everything in between. One title on the list:
Alain de Botton, Essays in Love [US title: On Love]

A novel about a man and a woman slowly falling in love, Essays in Love charts the ascent and eventual descent of a relationship in astonishing detail. While the story is fictional, our narrator is full of observation and insight, elucidating a wealth of truths about love and what happens when it falls apart. The greatest strength of this book is in the details—tiny things you likely believe only you’ve done or felt. Gripping, funny and warm, de Botton offers his own philosophical sensibility to the stories we tell about love and heartbreak.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue