The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages

The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages

by Meghan Laslocky


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The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages by Meghan Laslocky

The perfect anti-valentine: a whirlwind tour through love’s most crushing moments

What’s the best way to mend a broken heart? Forget ice cream, wine, and sappy movies. Journalist Meghan Laslocky advises: Read through the pain. From forbidden love in 12th century Paris to the art of crafting the perfect “I’m over you” mix, The Little Book of Heartbreak is a quirky exploration of all things lovelorn, including:

• How serial cheater Ernest Hemingway stole his wife’s job just as their marriage was collapsing
• Kinky spells cast by lovesick men in ancient Greece
• Painter Oscar Kokoschka’s attempt to get over an ex by creating (and having liaisons with!) her life-size replica
• Brooding crooner Morrissey’s personal creed about how romantic love is useless
• The surprising science behind heartbreak and love addiction
• The connection between World War II and what you talk about with your therapist
• Insights into the tricky chemistry of monogamy and infidelity, courtesy of tiny rodents
• And other lessons learned from ill-fated romances, lovers’ quarrels, and hell-hath-no-fury spats throughout the ages

Featuring anecdotes from history, literature, culture, art and music, The Little Book of Heartbreak shares the entertaining, empowering and occasionally absurd things that happen when love is on its last legs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452298323
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meghan Laslocky is a freelance journalist and producer for KQED public broadcasting. She has been dumped at least a dozen times, including on her birthday. She lives with her husband and son in the Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

I History 1

II Culture 55

III Music and Art 105

IV Film and Literature 183

V Conclusion and Practical Advice 245

Additional Reading and Viewing 255

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"Fascinating and revelatory delvings into love and loss... The Little Book of Heartbreak is not only a book for the heartbroken or heartbreakers, it's for anyone who has a heart and is in any way curious about the transformative forces of love, hate, anger, and lust." -Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, author of Suffering Succotash

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The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not exactly what i would recommed but it was ok i guess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift and I wanted to like it. It was too uneven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. Ms. Laslocky is an engaging writer, and the subject matter is both interesting and fun.