Ladies, sometimes you just need to feel loved….even if that means living vicariously through the stories of others. But don’t worry, no one’s judging you here. In fact, let me help you out with a few suggestions on how to get that sweet cry on that you may seriously need.
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Two people experience a nasty breakup, and one simply cannot continue life without the presence of the other. The gender of the couple in question is never discussed and this ambiguity combined with the ever present theme of nostalgia is incredibly haunting. What happens when nostalgia becomes your present? How do you cope when the person who has a part of your soul is no longer in your life? Winterson will melt the very cells of your heart with the eloquence of her words. She will express for you, in a way you never have been able to, what it means to walk around missing parts of yourself.
A Widow for One Year by John Irving
John Irving will always break your heart. I’ll tell you that up front. But trust me, you’ll enjoy every moment of it. This is the story of what happens when a couple tragically loses their children in a car accident, and how they fall apart together. Beautifully written, and full of entanglements, you will simultaneously love and hate each of the characters. But be warned, you may see parts of yourself in these characters, and it may make you question your own actions if you were in this situation.
Sex at Dawn- Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. & Cacilda Jethá, M.D.
At some point in any relationship, we all find ourselves looking at others in a way we feel like we probably shouldn’t. Why is that barista suddenly the person you can’t stop thinking about even though you love nearly every little thing about your partner? Well, take a little tour of the history and development of human monogamy with Sex At Dawn. It may explain a lot of these crazy feelings for you, help you feel like you’re not a nymphomaniac, and give you some insight into the chemistry of humans. Backed with solid scientific explanations and case studies on cultures not yet influenced by the modern world, this book may make you see humanity with a slightly different lens.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Murakami may be one of the best when it comes to magical realism. He bends reality and what we know as social norms in a way that illuminates the soul. This is the story of love that can never be reclaimed, of a past that will always be present. This is the story of how we love one another to get through the pain of loss together. Give it a try, because here you will find, in the form of a few pages of paper, the friend who understands exactly what it means to be without.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Okay, we’ve all seen the movie, and it was bad. But this is one of those books you just want to reread again and again. So here it is. I think we’ve all felt that there was that one person who we search for, that we were destined for, that is also searching for us. And this is the kind of book that makes you feel good about that feeling; that we are not alone, that that person is out there, and when we find one another, it will be the epic love story we all ache for. So get in bed, take it for a spin, and don’t feel guilty about wallowing.