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Books to help you cope with divorce

Divorce is a challenging time for everyone involved, during which stress and adversity are all too common. The entire divorce process is full of ups and downs. One day, you may believe you are in a good position and will come away with what you deserve to best serve you and your children’s best interests. The next day, your partner may flip-flop and turn your smile into a frown.

Riding the waves isn’t uncommon during proceedings, but mutually amicable divorces are quite rare. Even separating couples who can agree on most issues are bound to disagree on some property division or child-related divorce matters.

To help keep yourself sane and to cope with your divorce healthily, it’s essential to find an outlet. Eating healthy and exercising are good habits to pick up, but so is gaining advice and perspective. The following three books can help you cope with the challenges the divorce presents.

1. Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Avid readers may recognize the name of the author. Her novel Heartburn takes a comedic approach to her split with her second husband, Carl Bernstein. She adjusts the autobiographical characters to write it as a novel, but that only adds to its levity about divorce. It’s a quick but funny read that gives an eye-opening approach to divorce.

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Beloved comedy actress Amy Poehler split from her husband Will Arnett in 2016. Sometimes we need to get lost in a book, to laugh and to cry. Amy’s insight into separating provides the reader with an opportunity for all three.

3. How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over by Theo Pauline Nestor

The author’s divorce tale is a pretty common one, as she confronts her husband about his gambling addiction and subsequent massive debt. This final breach was the straw the broke their marriage’s back. Theo Pauline Nestor provides a relatable, eye-opening, and at times, humorous view of her divorce. Because of how her divorce played out, distressed readers will take comfort and quickly put themselves in the author’s shoes.