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ITALIAN NOVEL CURES

Absolutely fabulous! I am an English teacher Italian mother tongue and I came across your website by chance. First question: do you know any similar activity in Italian? One major sickness afflicting my 11-14 year- old students is not being interested in reading (and studying, of course) both in Italian and English. I tried many times with easy readers but very few of them take the challenge (no homework, just for the pleasure of reading).
Thanks for your advice! 
Yours,
Seeking Italian Cures
Dear Seeking Italian Cures,
Thanks for discovering our work. You will be delighted to hear that there is indeed an Italian Novel Cure, and it has just been republished in an enhanced edition with extra Novel Cures. Sellerio publishes it, and it is called Curarsi Con I Libri. This is the grownup Novel Cure, with reads for adults. Sellerio will be publishing The Story Cure too, but it won't be for a little while. We understand the difficulty of encouraging teensagers to read. We suggest a few ideas to make it happen. One is to encourage parents to create a reading hour every weekend, during which everyone turns off their mobile devices and internet, then everyone in the family reads at the same time. Afterwards they talk a little bit about whatever they have read. Another suggestion is to encourage reading while doing other activities, eg hula hooping! We have become very good at that, and so have our children. Other suggestions are to urge children to read in odd places - on top of a playground slide, in a tree, in a hammock, in a canoe, on a horse...the challenge can prove helpful.  Another route is to insist that teens read the book before they see the film - the film is the reward for reading the book - so books/films such as Mazerunner or Divergent must be read first, then the prize is to have a fabulous evening when the teen can invite all their friends around, have popcorn and drinks, enjoy a sleepover, and generally have a party.
These ideas are aimed at parents more than teachers, but perhaps they can be applied to the teaching situation too. Could you organise a screening of a film once all your pupils have read a particular book?
We look forward to hearing your own ideas and experiences as to whether these suggestions work!
All the best,
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Curarsi con i libri - by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
Having a reading hour at weekends
Encouraging activities while reading
Enforcing the book before film rule

THE JERK

Dear Ella and Suse,

I've been an unreasonable jerk. I love my best friend with all of my heart and soul. I very recently became irrationally and incoherently angry at him with what, I assume, from his prospective, was no known cause. It really was undeserved. I've apologized, but we're not currently speaking and while I wait and try to mend the rift, I was wondering if there was a novel cure for being a first-class jerk and the despair that follows.

Signed,
The Jerk.
Dear Unreasonable,
We sigh for you in your unreasonableness, while applauding your honesty and forthrightness. We wonder what caused your anger, and have two cures for you - one for the wave of anger that overtook you, and one for the despair following your regrettable ire.
Our cure for your anger is to read The Old Man and the Sea by Ernet Hemingway. Read it aloud. Read it with your friend, if you can get him into the same room as you. Or listen to it on audio, read by the wonderful Donald Sutherland. Be calmed by the repetition of the prose, and be inspired by the message of courage and fortitude against all odds, which makes the backbone of the story. This is a short book - about one and a half hours of reading aloud - and the very act of reading it or hearing it will itelsf be remarkably healing and positive.
To counter your despair and restore your faith in yourself, and in the future of your friendship, read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This surprising tale will shock you out of your misery and show you that some things are worth walking all the way from Cornwall to Scotland for.
Take your medicine immediately.
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 

Troubled Teens

Dear Ella and Suse,
I mentor a teenager who is in foster care. This is a request for her & all the other children who have had a very difficult start in life. They have experienced a variety of adversities, abuse, domestic violence,  parental drug & alcohol abuse, long term parental ill health & death neglect etc. They have had little or no positive  experiences in life. I have heard Susan speak & thought it would be great for them to read as another way of enhancing their Neuro physiological development & from that  their lives. But most are reluctant readers so I was wondering about what I think are called graphic books [like a comic] or books with pictures. Any ideas?  Best
wishes,
Seeking Help for Troubled Teens
Dear Seeking,
Thankyou so much for writing to us about this topic. We understand how difficult it can be to find the right books for teens who have experienced neglect and trauma, and who are not necessarily keen to read to themselves, especially with any kind of challenging books. We understand and agree that graphic novels could be the answer, and are a great idea. However, we also think that if you can in any way bring the children together to for reading aloud, when you can read to them, this can be a wonderfully warm and positive experience. It is of course a difficult thing to make happen, especially if the children are unkeen on the idea of books. But we have had wonderful experiences of reading aloud, and it can work brilliantly in a group too. Whether you try this alone with your fostered teen, or try to arrange a group reading session, we reccommend books like Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde, which is a positive, life-enhancing read about a boy who is very unhappy at the start of the book, overweight and with no self esteem; The 10PM Question by Kate de Goldi, which describes a boy whose mother never leaves home, and who experiences intense worries at night, but gradually finds ways of overcoming his own anxieties; and The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine, a novel about a bully who sees the ways that he can improve his life and that of his victims. Jenny Valentine is a great writer for teens, and she is particularly good at entering the minds of teenagers who have had difficult starts in life. For slightly younger children, Kate Maryon is also brilliant, with her books like Invisible Girl ( about a girl who runs away from home to Manchester, and lives on the streets) and Shine, about a girl whose mother likes shiny bright things just a little bit too much. It may be that in order to persuade your own teen to read aloud with you, you have to couch it in the pretext of a school project, or that you yourself want to be read to, or you could try creating a lovely Sunday afternoon cosy reading moment together. If this seems too awkward, audio books are a brilliant way to get reluctant readers to imbibe good novels, and all of the above mentioned books are available on audio at audible.co.uk.
In terms of graphic novels, there are many that we love and recommend in our book, The Story Cure. One of our favourties is Blankets by Craig Thompson, which portrays a boy and a girl falling in love at a Christian camp - which they both rebel at in different ways. Beautifully drawn and written, this captures teenage romance and its accompanying joy and pain briliantly, while being a very easy and captivating read. We also love American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, set in America, but capturing the experience of being an outsider that all teenagers experience, many more extremely than others. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, is another fabulous graphic novel describing the difficulties around arguing grown-ups and secrets among teenagers. We have found that tweens and teens who are not keen on reading often react very well to graphic novels. Occasionally though, some readers find that the pictures actually put them off reading, and that large type face and creamy paper, can really help them to read. The series of books created by Barrington Stoke, aimed at kids with dyslexia, are tremendously helpful and produced with exactly these issues in mind. They make books for kids of all ages, and their teen novels are excellent - have a look at Pale by Chris Wooding, for instance ,and Bloodline by Kevin Brooks, for instance. But it's worth going to their website and having a look through all their options and thinking what might suit best. 
We hope this helps, and would love to hear feedback on how the books go down!
With all good wishes,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Blankets by Craig Thompson
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
This One Summer by Markio Tamaki

UNDER SIEGE FROM WOMEN FRIENDS

Under siege from women friends who are saying vicious things to me. "Your husband is having an affair"..."your son is suicidal"...I don't know how to deal with such awfulness and I don't know why women say cruel things. I don't know if it is my agegroup50s 60s or if I am overly sensitive to what they say....I would love the right book for relief. 
Yours
Under Siege
Dear Under Siege,
It sounds to us like you need some new friends! Or at least, some perspective on dealing with them. Our favourite books about female friendship are The Group by Mary McCarthy, and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. The former portrays the fortunes of a group of young undergraduates in the 1930's, taking them through contraception, sex, love, marriage, affairs and breastfeeding...and showing their friendships throughout. McCarthy's robust and incisive prose will furnish you with some witty reposts, whether they remain internal or whether you unleash them to the world. The latter novel is set over three generations, looking back from the perspective of age on girlhood, motherhood and middle age. The friendships described in this book are equally complicated in their evolution, but the book is overrall a lighter read. Reading both of these in succession will, we hope, remind you of the good sides of your female friends, and will encourage you to confront the issues that your friends are laying at your door - it could be that jeapordising your friendships is essential to finding peace of mind.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Group by Mary McCarthy
The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

TWENTY ONE BOOKS FOR 21 YEAR OLD SON

Dear Ella and Suse
I would like to give my son 21 books for his 21st birthday. He isn't a reader but I am and I feel he should have various texts on his bookshelf to lead him forward as he graduates and starts the next phase of his life.Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Yours,
Thinking of a LIbrary
Dear thoughtful mother,
You should surely be coming to the event at Heals this Thursday about how to build a library in a modern home, for advice for your son! It is wonderful that you are thinking about this for him, and a brilliant idea to give him 21 books. In fact it would be wonderful to buy him books from the Everyman Library, as they are such beautiful editions. One excellent option, of course, would be to send your son for a bibliotherapy session with us, so that we could give him a tailor-made list of books to suit him, and to discuss ways for him to read if he is not a huge reader. You could also give him a copy of The Novel Cure, to whet his appetitie...but meanwhile, as a starter for a library for the young man,

on our list, we would definitely put

The Master and Margarita by Mikail Bulgakov
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Junior
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
L'Etranger by Albert Camus
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
First Love by Ivan Turgenev
Siddhartha by Thomas Mann
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy by John Updike
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A House for Mister Biswas by V S Naipaul
1984 by George Orwell
The Handmaid's Tale by Margeret Atwood
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Leopard by Guiseppi de Lampedusa

Of course there are many more we would love to add, and not knowing your son, we can't be attuned to his personality and reading tastes - but the above are all essential reading in our view!
All the best, and we would love it if you let us know which books you give him in the end - do send us the list if you would be happy to share it with us!
Ella and Suse
We prescribe -

BORED IN ALABAMA

Dear Susan and Ella:

I am a recent grad school graduate (I just finished my Masters in Library and Information Studies!). But lately I have just been feeling…. “stuck” and bored, like my life is just not going anywhere. Job hunting
has NOT been going my way (and I’m starting to lose hope of getting a job), I had to move back in with my parents, and have pretty much lost interest in everything I usually do. I usually love to read and listen to audiobooks, but lately I find myself reading or listening only to a couple of chapters before losing interest and trying to move on to something else. What’s worse, I have developed an unhealthy Netflix addiction.

I just feel like the world is passing me by and wish my life was more
“interesting” and “adventureful”.

What do you recommend?

Thank you so much!

N, bored in Alabama
Avoid that Netflix addiction! We ourselves have had the Bored in Alabama feeling, and had to cure ourselves with a healthy dose of fiction before we found ourselves hooked on the 692 episodes of The Prisoner TV series. Once we reached number 72, we knew it was time to stop. But we could only be saved by something short, gripping and intense, from the world of fiction. We suggest a bit of a kick up the backside to start with, in the form of True Grit by Charles Portis. This bracing piece of fiction, perfectly formed as a novel, will remind you of the power of determination and self-belief, hopefully also encoursaging you to get out of the house and enjoy your surroundings ( or to go further afield if your immediate surroundings are not enticing!) - as True Grit is fundamentally an outdoor book. Next, administer the medicine of Tom Robbins, who in our experience can cajole the most lackadaisical of readers back into the reading habit. If you haven't read Jitterbug Perfume, dive into that for a rollercoaster ride down the rails of Robbins generous, energetic, invigorating mind. If you've encountered the great Robbins before, Still Life With Woodpecker will resonate with your depressed turn of mind, then we hope, get you out of it. Next, fall into the seductive tones of Cathy Tyson reading The Muse by Jessie Burton. This complex novel explores the relationship between art and creativity, self-expression, fame and femininity. Tyson's Trinidadian accent will invigorate you, and the story will project you back into a world of hope and self-motivation.
With all good wishes,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - True Grit by Charles Portis
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The Muse by Jessie Burton

AVID READER, LACKING BOOK

Hello doctors,
My father is happily married, but he's looking around- looking around for a BOOK! He's an avid reader, and has always read the classics, but feels like he's read "everything worth reading". Is there something you can suggest to my well-read father who is in his mid-sixties?
Thank you,
Renee reader
Dear Renee Reader,
Thanks very much for your question - this is an interesting one for the older well-read man! If your father feels that he has read 'everything worth reading', he may be resistant to modern books. Of course, he is missing out on a lot of brilliant reading if so. One author he may not have discovered is Gerard Woodward. His fabulous trilogy August, I'll go to Bed at Noon, and A Curious Earth, chronicles the life of a family over four decades. A Curious Earth is the book closest to your father's own stage in life, in which the central character, Aldous, is facing his latter years without his wife and one of his sons. But it would be ideal for your father to start with the first book, when Aldous is in his late thirties. These books are beautifully written, full of dark humour, and highly insightful. 
He may also have missed a few great classics that bypass some readers, such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - a searing indictment of colonialisation and the activities of missionaries in Africa - and a perfect work of art to boot. This would also be a great moment to read Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, if he has not already done so - a wonderful, intense and evocative description of the strains between the generations, the push and pull between nihilism and idealism, the eternal struggle between the old and the new, which resonates today just as much as it did in 1862.
Let us know how he gets on!
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Gerard Woodward's August Trilogy
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

PREGNANT AND ALONE

Dear Ella and Suse,

First of all: thank you for your wonderful services. I believe you should replace, or at least figure upon, every website available for symptom checking and self-diagnosis.

I am a young woman who is 33 weeks pregnant. I am also alone, since I broke up with the baby's father soon after we found out I was pregnant. We are still friends, and I am in no way heartbroken, or in doubt about my choice. I am however a little worried and certainly very humbled by the thought of being a single-mom/solo-mom/parent alone, whatever you like to call it. I am overwhelmed by the enormous responsibilty that comes with being a parent. And overwhelmed by the thought of a tiny person, my new family, residing inside of me, only to come out in a little over a month, and to live with me, and to have me as a caregiver. And as an idol. And a friend. And as "the adult" in his life. And as the person who shall introduce him to this world, and show him how to find his way in it.

Please, do you have any books in mind with good advice or perhaps an
inspiring protagonist for me?
Yours,
Solo
Dear Solo,
Thanks for your positive thoughts about our services, and for reaching out yourself at a moment of great excitement and trepidation in your life! We can well understand the feelings you must be having as a lone parent to be, and it is great that you are thinking about iterary routes to calming your worries. We do have some good ideas for reading, for inspiration, reassurance and courage. Firstly, we would like to recommend the brilliant "The Last Samurai" by Helen de Witt. This excellent novel describes a young woman having a baby,very much like yourself, without a man around, but happily alone. She brings up her son with great joy and intelligence, and he soon reveals his amazing intellect and capacity for learning. He learns Greek by age 5, then moves onto Hebrew and Arabic very rapidly, masters the fundamental laws of maths before he is 6, and is a constant source of fun to his mother Sybilla. The novel explores their relationship and his search for a father figure, with great sympathy and wisdom. We hope you will recognise yourself in Sybilla.
For inspiration about ways of mothering brilliantly, revisit or read for the first time Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals. Benign neglect could be a way of describing Durrell's childhood, as he grew up in Corfu and ran wild at a time that the island was idyllically remote and unspoilt by even the thought of a tourist. This book will encourage you and help you to feel the sheer delight of a child discovering the world around him, and in this book too there is no father figure.
If you feel a need for some fluff, indulge yourself with The Friday night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. Single mother Georgia is a great role model for a good mother looking after her daughter Dakota, a pre-teen, who goes through all the usual challenges that kids do, living in New York. This is not great literature, but indulgent, a hot chocolate of a comfort read - but full of great characters and quite a lot of good advice.
Finally, look to Atticus Finch - read To Kill a Mockingbird, to remind yourself of the perfect single parent. Don't spoil the image by reading Go Set a Watchman.
Good luck!
All the best,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Last Samurai by Helen de Witt
My family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

INABILITY TO SIT STILL AND ANXIETY

Dear Ellla and Suse,

I have two forms of anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Anxiety disorder. My anxiety stems from lots of things, from assignments to full blown existential crises and wondering why on earth am I here. Often times I find it really hard to literally, chill out and sit still long enough to do anything relaxing. Since being in college in 2011, I haven't really had the time to leisurely read anything aside from BuzzFeed. And when I do have the time to read, my attention span is short and I find myself 5 pages deep in
Game of Thrones, and don't remember a single word I read, due to my mind's restlessness/constant running thoughts. Is there anything you recommend as a literary cure for someone like me?

Thank you so much in advance!

Sincerely yours,
Miss Tweak
Dear Miss Tweak,
We have a few suggestions for you. Most crucially, disconnect yourself from the internet, and give yourself 2 hours to read, either during a weekend or a day off if you have such a thing. Create a reading nook in your home where you can sit comfortably for this period, with no interruptions from wifi or phone, if possible curtained off from other people. Then immerse yourself in a great novel. One that is almost guaranteed to hook the most inveterate twitcher in, is True Grit by Charles Portis. It's instantly gripping, beautifully expressed, and short enough to read in one sitting. The book will also still your anxiety to some extent, as the heroine is so very focused and lacking in any kind of anxiousness, that her attitude will rub off on you. Alternatively, try one of the lovely Pereine Press books, which are expressly desligned to be read in the same period that it would take to watch a film.Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean is a great example of these. 
Another way of stilling your restless mind, would be to listen to an audio book while doing something with your hands like knitting, or doing the dishes, or gardening. Having two activities on the way can be an oddly satisfying way of quelling your flighty, fluttery mind. A gripping, tightly written novel would be an ideal first listen. Try The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan. If you enjoy this, your road to recovery may be short.
With calming thoughts,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - True Grit by Charles Portis
Pereine Press Books 
The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan

FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT)

Dear Ella and Suse,

Perhaps you have both heard of the modern day ailment known as FOMO - fear of missing out? Sometimes considered the other side of the coin of YOLO - you only live once.

I often suffer from FOMO. Maybe it's because I have lived in quite a few places and so miss these other worlds and the people there. I wonder what my friends from past lives might be up to. It also afflicts me in my immediate environment. What might I miss if I stay in this evening?

So, I'm wondering - do you have any suggestions of literary cures for FOMO?

Sincerely,

Miss FOMO
Dear Miss FOMO,

We were so happy to get your message. We had indeed heard about it – and indeed had heard that many people suffered from it – but as yet no-one had come to us to ask for a cure, and we were beginning to have the feeling that the cures were being sought elsewhere, and that we ourselves we missing out on the experience of being a part of that interaction, and... and... well! Thank goodness you came to us when you did, because we were about to take ourselves off to bed with a chronic case of FOMO each.

Needless to say, our close shave with FOMO gave us time to work out a cure and we are happy to report we are now free of it.

We discovered that FOMO can be cured in one of two ways. The first is to BECOME where it's at – the life and soul of the party, the place where everyone else wants to be; thus passing on FOMO to all your friends and acquaintances wherever they may be in the world, while being rid of it yourself. If you want to choose this somewhat cruel but safe option, read Ragime by EL Doctorow which is all about accepting new inventions, new ideas, new attitudes, new everything – being a Yes person to all that comes along. You will become the epicentre of the energy, and everyone will spin in your orbit. 

If this sounds too exhausting, or you don't want to inflict FOMO on those you love, you need to choose the second option. This is to opt out completely and discover the joy at the heart of an existence which relies on very little. For this, read I was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelssohn, which tells the imagined story of what might have happened to the famous aviatrice if she had not been killed while attempting to circumnavigate the world another time, but survived with her navigator on a desert island. Driven almost crazy by loneliness and frustration, the two castaways eventually discover the pleasure of a life lived out of the spotlight. Their sensual, heady, primtive selves start to emerge and discover that life is very much more satisfying than it ever was before. That, in short, there is nothing TO miss out on in life, except being oneself.  

The life they find for themselves is described with such appeal that it almost gives us FOMO just to think about it... 

Ella & Suse
We prescribe - Ragime by EL Doctorow
I was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn 

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