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Here are 7 divorce books that are great to read while going through a divorce.

1. Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J Elliott

This divorce book has become Amazon’s bestselling self-help book on divorce, which is why it might just be the perfect book for you. Not only will it help you feel less alone, but it also offers expert advice on how to deal with divorce.

Elliot herself divorced her first husband and remarried. This adds a human touch to the book. Who wants to listen to somebody who’s never been divorced, talk about divorce?

Elliot’s book includes the “no-contact” rule, which many readers say is extremely solid advice. The book also offers different writing tasks which help readers recognize why they are better off out of the marriage. It’s normal to have doubts, and this book helps eradicate those insecurities.

Even if you’re a little skeptical about self-help books, this one is worth a read.

2. It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt

Have you read or watched “He’s Just Not That Into You”? Well, if you haven’t, it’s certainly one to add to your reading/watch list. The creator of the iconic book has returned with more great literature.

It’s a little bit rough, and a tiny bit mean, but it’s the push you might just need to help you through your divorce. Though a little bit cruel, it’s filled with love. It’s the best friend in the form of a book. It might even make you laugh a little bit.

3. Heartburn by Nora Ephron

We’d argue that this is one of the best divorce books, ever. It’s an autobiographical novel that follows a truly tragic situation. The main character, who is seven months pregnant, finds out that her husband is in love with someone else. If you’re still a romantic at heart, this is definitely the book for you.

This beautiful book illustrates the risk of falling in love. Nora Ephron was also the writer of When Harry Met Sally.

4. Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation by Rachel Cusk

This is a book that holds your hand through the very worst parts of a divorce. This book offers a shoulder to cry on and a place to feel less alone.

Sometimes, all you need is someone (or something) to express that they know exactly what you’re going through. Rachel Cusk writes an unfiltered account on her separation: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

5. Split by Suzanne Finnamore

Suzanne Finnamore wrote this book based on the 5 stages of loss. What we really love about this book is that it provides practical advice in an entertaining way. Think of it as an essential guide to divorce.

The fact is, hearing somebody else’s divorce story – as horrible as it sounds – can make others feel better. It helps them understand that they are not alone – that good, honest people go through this every day. This book was recommended to me by Kate McCoy, a friend, and editor at Studicus. This account helped her get over a painful separation. She calls it a “refreshing read.”

6. How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir by Theo Pauline Nestor

This author’s honest account of her divorce is extremely comforting. It might make you cry; it might even make you angry – but it will encourage you, and you’ll learn a lot from it. Divorce isn’t an easy thing to go through, but hearing somebody else go through it is always a little bit comforting.

The book is more like a series of short stories. In its purest form, this book offers a welcomed distraction. As you move through your divorce, things will start to get more comfortable. You just need to fill your time with nourishing, positive information – and this book is a great start

7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

A bit different from the other books on this list, the hilarious pieces included in this book are all about the author’s move to Paris from New York. From a sadistic French tutor to weird cashiers, David Sedaris’ words will make you laugh – and you know what they say; laughter is the best medicine.

Some of the stories seem more like rants. However, when you’re in a position where you (rightly) have a lot to be angry about, hearing somebody else’s tirade can be quite soothing.

The reason we mention this humorous book, compared to all the other comedic literature around, is because of the author’s particular life situation. Sedaris is being pushed out of his comfort zone, and although parts might make him angry, there’s laughter and hope throughout his stories.

Find A Divorce Book That Works For You

We hope these books offer you solace and support during this difficult time. People handle divorces differently, and what works for somebody else might not work for you. The good news is that there are hundreds of divorce books out there that might just help you, whether it’s a self-help book, a fictional drama, or an autobiography. Use these books to help defeat the emptiness of divorce so that you can start this exciting new chapter in your life.