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10 Books to Read When Going Through a Separation or Divorce


There’s nothing like the escapism that a good book offers — especially if you’re going through a separation or divorce. After all, there’s only so much crying, take-out binging, and general wallowing you can do — at some point, you need a mental break.  

To that end, we’ve compiled a list of 10 books that will help you heal during and after your divorce — or at the very least, will provide hours of healthy distraction.  


  1. How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over by Theo Pauline Nestor 
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed 
  3. Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on This Planet by Eugene Walter 
  4. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie 
  5. Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirschenbaum 
  6. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by the Dalai Lama 
  7. Co-Parenting Works!: Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce by Tammy Daughtry 
  8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson 
  9. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron 
  10. Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason, MS and Randi Kreger
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