Books, and the Power to Heal


Recently, I picked the book Commonwealth back up, after starting to read it a few months ago.  I found that it was just what I needed.  The perfect story to transport me to another place, when I needed to get my mind off everything going on in the world around me.

It is the story of a blended family, its six children forming lasting bonds.  Ann Patchett’s writing is evocative and transporting.  The characters come alive and seem like people you maybe know.

I haven’t yet finished the book, but I will be bringing it with me on Thanksgiving break.

And, on the topic of books that take you to other places and have great effects on their readers, I read about a book this weekend that really intrigues me.  It is called The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Restlessness, 751 Books to Cure What Ails You.  Written by bibliotherapists (a concept I’d never heard of before), the book compiles books that “read at the right moment in your life . . . can, quite literally, change it.”  Divided by differing ailments or points in life, the authors have listed the perfect books for those situations.

Just skimming through this book is so interesting.  And now I’m going to check if there is a category listed for Divisive Elections. . . .

Happy reading!


  • Linda Goldfarb

    Thank you – AGAIN – Ali! I just ordered both books and look forward to reading them in my cozy sweater – that will arrive tomorrow! Linda

    • Oh, I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be reading these books as well, Linda! I hope you like them as much as I have. And enjoy snuggling in your cozy sweater! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.