Everyone processes stress and grief differently. When going through a rough divorce, talking to friends and family or seeking professional advice can be a huge help. But for those who enjoy sitting down and relaxing with a good book, reading can be another effective coping strategy.
In this article, we recommend six books that provide empathy, advice, and humor to help you get through your divorce.
Myers Law Firm receives no financial compensation for recommending these books, and the opinions and views expressed in the books listed do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Myers Law Firm. For legal advice about your divorce, please contact us or read some of the other resources on our blog.
True Stories From People Who Understand
For some, one of the best way to cope with the turmoil of divorce is by reading memoirs written by people who have been through a similar journey. The first two books on our list are true stories from people just like you who provide inspiration and advice during this difficult time.
Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce
This memoir by Stacy Morrison is an emotional telling of her divorce experience as a working mom in a high-pressure job in New York. Falling Apart in One Piece is an honest tale of loss, love, and forgiveness. Although angled more toward women in heterosexual divorce situations, Morrison’s story could inspire anyone going through the divorce process.
Falling Forward: A Man’s Memoir of Divorce
While most divorce memoirs are written by women, in Falling Forward by Chris Easterly, readers from both sexes get rare insight into a divorce from a man’s perspective. This memoir follows Easterly through his wife’s affair, their divorce, and his healing process.
The Nitty-Gritty Divorce Self-Help Books
If step-by-step self-help books are more your thing, these two should be at the top of your list. And if you need more information about the divorce process in North Carolina, check out these FAQs.
Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan Elliot is a true nitty-gritty self-help book. If you prefer a more analytical and strategic approach to working through divorce rather than a purely emotional, faith-based approach, Elliot’s advice style should be right up your alley.
Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After
Katherine Thomas’ book, Conscious Uncoupling, provides more emotionally charged advice to empower readers. This book is written not only for people going through a divorce but also provides advice that could apply to any relationship.
Divorce Tales for When You Just Need a Laugh
Divorces are full of turmoil. Between the legal and financial aspects of your divorce and emotional talks with friends and family, sometimes you just want to read something a little lighthearted. If you need to take a break from true stories and self-help books, these two stories of divorce and love can help put a smile on your face.
Eat, Pray, Love
The classic favorite, Eat, Pray, Love, is the mostly true account of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s divorce. While her radical approach to divorce is not to be construed as advice or a healthy way to deal with your divorce, this tale of her emotional and literal journey can serve as needed inspiration and humor during your divorce.
Nora Ephron takes the ridiculous even further in her book, Heartburn. This story about fictional character Rachel and her cheating ex-husband, Mark, is light and full of comedy but may not be for everyone at all stages of divorce.
As previously mentioned, these two books are intended for recreational reading only and not to be taken as suggestions for handling your divorce. If you are looking for more advice, please read this article on healthy ways to deal with the stress of divorce.
Myers Law Firm: Compassionate, Dedicated Divorce Attorneys for Clients in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Reading can be an excellent resource for helping you cope with the turmoil of your divorce, but if you need help with the legal aspects of your divorce, please give Myers Law Firm a call. Our skilled and experienced divorce attorneys can help you handle the legal aspects of your divorce and will work with you every step of the way.
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