25 Powerful Books About Love And Loss

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Love And Loss. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Refined by Fire by Mary Potter Kenyon

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Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon is a story of hope and resilience after the author experienced multiple losses of mother, husband, and grandson in the space of three years. After her husband David’s cancer in 2006, her marriage was the best it had ever been, a true partnership in every sense of the word. In 2012, David unexpectedly died following heart stent surgery. Mary weaves a story of hope, faith, and love in this award-winning book.

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

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This is a great book that can help you understand love even more. If you have recently lost love in your life, this can help you remember why it is important and how to keep on loving. To give love to the world is a gift for yourself and for all of those around you. Sometimes, after going through loss and grief, feeling love again is very challenging and difficult. This book can help you if you have recently fallen in love as well and I feeling all of the new relationship energy and butterflies that come along with being newly in love. This is also a great gift to add the top of a wedding present to give a married couple something to look through over their many happy years together. No matter what- Reading one page a day with your morning cup of tea is a wonderful ritual to start your day off right. I highly recommend this book learn more about love and to learn about self-love.

The Best is Yet to Come by Tara R. Alemany

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My award-winning memoir of love and loss has a powerful message for those who are struggling to overcome grief. I had been a single parent, raising my two kids, for many years when I unexpectedly met Frank thanks to an errant email. In just a few short months (and hundreds of hours of phone time), we fell in love, got engaged, and were looking forward to a life together once we finally got to meet in person. But just as swiftly as Frank had entered my life, he was gone again after turning my world upside down. His death left me reeling for months, but I had to put my life back together again for my children. The Best is Yet to Come shares our story and how I overcame grief to find myself stronger than I’d ever been before.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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In every way, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morie is a legendary book on its own. It’s a soul-wrenching story about a teacher and his beloved student. Just as life is, Morrie (the teacher) and Mitch( the student) lose contact for a while but rekindle the closeness once Mitch hears that his teacher has fallen on hard times, and is on the brink of death due to sickness. The two decide to meet every Tuesday, and these Tuesdays are lesson-filled glimpses into life in general, into love, grief and all that defines life. Mitch and Morrie were not even bonded by blood, but they had a bond that even the threat of death couldn’t break. And that is love at its best. In my opinion, everyone should read this book at least once in their lives. In many ways, the lessons in the book are as raw as they can get. My perspective on grief, and how to approach problems in life was completely altered when I first read the book in 2010. Up to today, the book is still one of my favorite reading revisitations. It’s profound nature doesn’t cease to amaze me even after tens of reads over the years.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

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Two young people fall in love on the Italian Riviera in Call Me by Your Name, a heartrending novel set in the mid-1980s. At age 17, Elio is much younger than the object of his affections — Oliver, a 24-year-old med student living with Elio’s parents for the summer. The pair are drawn together for a few weeks of passion, but can they ever be more than a summer fling?

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

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A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, poet Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir, The Light of the World, traces the bounds of love, grief, and recovery. The author explores her relationship with her teenage sons in the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death in 2012 at age 49, weaving a story that’s at once tender and beautiful — and sure to leave you feeling raw.

This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

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A recently divorced therapist and a man she’s consoling come together in this quiet romance novel. After inviting Emmett into her home, Tallie doesn’t tell him what she does for a living, and he doesn’t tell her why he planned to die by suicide. Although it’s often described as evoking a hygge-like coziness, This Close to Okay still manages to rip your heart out before the end.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

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How is it possible for a book to have a hopeful ending and be sad? Somehow, This Is How You Lose the Time War finds a way. In this epistolary romance, two time travelers on opposite sides of a cosmic war, known as Red and Blue, share messages in secret locations across the timeline. They slowly transition from enemies to lovers, but all’s fair in love and war… and this is both.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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An American Marriage is a masterclass in tragedy. Tayari Jones’ NAACP Image Award-winning novel centers on Celestial and Roy: a married couple who are separated as newlyweds when Roy is wrongly convicted of a terrible crime. Five years later, Roy is unexpectedly released from prison, and Celestial should be overjoyed by their reunion — but she’s fallen for someone else in the time he’s been away.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks is my all-time favorite out of his various works. Typically, it is a love and loss concept since it represents that life has both precious and bittersweet situations. All of us experience losing someone we love in the long run through a form of death. It makes the readers realize that when a person comes, they will go. Also, it was inspired by Sparks sister’s life story, which I like and can relate more about this book, and worth the recommendation.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner

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When we the people very close to us, or when things like death, injuries, disappointment, rejection and illness strike us, many of us question and/or abandon our faiths. We question God why he would take our loved ones away and make us suffer grief that appears eternal. In this book, the author takes us through a similar encounter after his son was diagnosed with a fatal disease. He used his experience to create a book for the people that have suffered the pain of lost love, and one that I would say helps one to accept the situation and move on.

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

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In the book, Sheryl, at the time the COO of Facebook and in her mid-40s suddenly lost her husband while on vacation in Mexico. She almost lost her mind due to the loss, thinking how she would face her kids and at the same time oversee the operation of the tech giant, Facebook. It was during this torturing time that she learned that despite the worst of losses, life always grants us another chance, which she calls Option B. The book calmly trains the reader to realize that one negative event should not paint one’s whole life as awful- and that the human spirit is able to persevere and rediscover joy if allowed to.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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Joan’s Book captures the scenario of love and loss in a tragic way. Her husband of 40 years died from a heart attack when their only daughter was in a coma due to septic shock and pneumonia. Joan’s life took a sudden massive turn for the worse and she was torn between grief for her husband and hope for her only child. Like most of us, she lost the will to live but it was during this event that was able to make sense of her loss. In the book, she elaborates the path to handling a sudden change in life and why overcoming loss is like getting a new life. We all need this guidance at some point in our life.

And No One Saw It Coming By Marci Glidden Savage

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And No One Saw It Coming is full of grit and candid openness and opens the door into a personal story of lost love, betrayal, abandonment, shattered dreams, unanswered questions, judgements, and harmful social stigma. Vividly, Marci reveals the catastrophic impact of a suicide death on loved ones left behind. From the first page, her riveting, original, and profoundly moving open letter exposes the insidious way mental illness torments and holds captive its victims under the guise of silence. And why no one could see the end coming for her family. Twice.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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It is a chilling story that is equally warm and enchanting. You get engrossed in the freezing mountains and the lonely days, imagining yourself to be a part of the snowfall, the frozen river, and the forest itself. This book is nature itself and nothing comes close to describing the chilly winters in Alaska as this book since the author herself has lived there for some time. This story portrays heartbreak and loss in the form of a mystic child. It is a tale of yearning and fulfillment, memories and new experiences, of bonds with people and nature itself. This book is worth every minute of your life and will lead you through the unexplored snowy terrains, and warm, slow evenings in the summers.

Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore

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This piece of art is the perfect gift for someone who has lost a loved one. It’s an amazing way to show your support, and help them find meaning in their time during grieving or afterword when the healing cycle starts up again!

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine

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Megan Devine offers a safe haven for those who have lost loved ones and shows them that they’re not alone in their grief. This book will help you navigate your way through an otherwise painful process, so it’s an important read!

Just One to a Plus One by Maria Romano

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Pulling in from her personal experiences, Maria Romano shares practical tips to those who found the love of their life and lost them. If you ever find yourself trying to pick up the pieces, this book will guide you in taking a chance to open up to the world again. It’s like having a coach and best friend in one book.

Words that Might Mean Something to Someone Someday by Bashar Abou Hawili

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This is a kind of special and unique book, where the author has poured all his thoughts and emotions to demonstrate the meaning of love and loss. Being a piece of self-perception, the words are written based on his extreme realization and what he had gone through. This book teaches us that every human being is strong, and if they are willing to achieve something and overcome their stress, they can do it effectively with all their enthusiasm.

My Sister’s Lies by S.D. Robertson

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This book contains an emotional story, which digs into the genuine meaning of family, secrets, and sisterhood. If you are a bonafide fan of Kerry Fisher’s “The Silent Wife,” and Hannah Beckerman’s “If only I could tell you,” you will be giving this book a thumbs up! It’s a book containing a delicate and beautifully portrayed heart-tugging story. The author’s great humor guided everyone through a minefield of family dissatisfaction and misunderstanding.

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

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The story revolves around ten-year-old Jamie, who barely remembers his sister, who now resides on top of their mantelpiece. She lost her life years ago in a terrorist bombing. This is a sophisticated take on one family’s struggle to make sense of the loss that’s torn them apart… and their discovery of what it means to stay together.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

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Addie has lived through 300 years of history, but her participation has never been documented for posterity. That’s the price she paid for eternal life: no one remembers her. Then she finds someone who understands precisely who she is, and the course of her entire life changes in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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The Song of Achilles, a BookTok favorite, is a riveting rendition of Homer’s The Iliad. The recreated adventure combines the history of Achilles and the Trojan War with an engrossing love story. Achilles is the gorgeous and powerful son of the sea goddess Thetis and King Peleus. He meets and unites with Patroclus, an exiled teenage prince, by happenstance. Achilles, seeking glory, joins the warriors of Greece on their mission to attack Troy after Helen of Sparta is stolen. Patroclus joins him on his fatal quest out of love and dread.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You is a trilogy about a woman in her mid-twenties, called Louisa. She starts working as a caregiver for a ten years older paralyzed man. The books tell the readers the story and shows the characters as complete opposites, one loving and caring, and the other extremely cynical. While we get to know them, the books present us various motives. Will, the man Louisa takes care of, wants to end his life. Louisa does everything that she can to avoid that and for her, it feels like a mission. However, with time, they are not random strangers to each other. The truth is, both their lives had changed forever when they met each other. They fall in love, and it’s a tragic love story. The readers get the whole story in detail and get to know both sides very well. It’s presented from a non-medical perspective. The books focus on feelings rather than the rest. It’s easy to identify with the characters. The situation may be unusual at first, but then, we find out it’s similar to many real-life stories about love and loss. At the end, Will dies, wishing Louisa all the best. She has to deal with change, lack of his presence and grief, all on her own. It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful love story that makes us think about the purpose of life and the transience that’s always in our lives. It makes us stop and appreciate all the good things and good people around.

Clarity & Connection by Yung Pueblo

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This is a deeply profound and moving book about love and loss! The author digs deeply into love and emotions and enriches the spiritual experiences related to personal relationships. Yung is also using the modern poet to deliver thoughts and ideas full of wisdom. Highly recommended!

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