11 Books You Should Read After a Breakup

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Everyone knows the five stages of grief and loss that accompany a breakup. First there is denial: This is actually happening ... you're now single ... life has taken just a slight turn toward the darker. Then there is anger, typically felt toward that jerkface who did the dumping. This stage is followed by bargaining: Maybe if I take up a new hobby or cut off all my hair or consider an open relationship, he'll take me back! At the very least, life will become more interesting! This period of optimism is followed closely by depression. And finally, at long last, there is acceptance.

It's a long, hard road to travel. I'm not gonna lie. Breakups suck the big one.

Luckily, there are books you can read at each stage of your loss and grief in order to ease your pain. There's no therapy like book therapy, and I'm not just talking about the lower price tag.

At a time when you don't want to see or talk to anyone (because cranky is an understatement, and also you'd like to wear your flannel pajama pants all day every day without judgment), books are there for you, allowing you to retreat into isolation while also providing a window into the outside world. If you're post-breakup and looking for help, here are 11 books to get you started on the road to recovery.

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