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A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink

By Pamelascott

The wise and inspiring new book from the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love.

When Cathy Rentzenbrink was still a teenager, her happy family was torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. In A Manual for Heartache she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope.

This is a moving, warm and uplifting book that offers solidarity and comfort to anyone going through a painful time, whatever it might be. It's a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they're not alone.

*** [Life hurts] ***

(Picador, 29 June 2017, ebook, 160 pages, borrowed from my library, my non-fiction choice for October)



This is my first time reading the author. I really enjoyed this memoir / advice book on how to cope when life overwhelms you. I expected it to be very sad and full of self-pity and was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. This book offers some sound advice on how to cope when your heart is broken and how to start to heal / move on. It can be easy, too easy to be overwhelmed when life takes an unexpected and painful turn. The first couple of chapters of this book offer some pretty generic advice on how to make lemonade when life hands you a big old bag of lemons. After a few chapters, the book becomes much more personal, and enjoyable when Rentzenbrink talks about her struggles with PTSD and depression. A Manual for Heartache is full of hope and a touch of sadness.

Manual Heartache Cathy Rentzenbrink

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