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Tomes for hard times

Tomes for hard times — Books that will make you depressed

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Tomes for hard times

Economy got you down? Current events have you sweating the end of days? If so, these book recommendations are sure to make you feel…even worse. You’re welcome!

Are you really worried about the end of the world?

Yes.
Us too. Read T.C. Boyle’s A Friend of the Earth, a funny futuristic novel imagining life in America after the environment collapses. We’re screwed, right?

Yes.
It could be worse. Zombies could take over the world. Just read World War Z, by Max Brooks. And hey — do you like comic books?

Yes.
Then read The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. It too addresses a zombie apocalypse — but with pretty pictures!

Are you really worried about the end of the world?

No.
You’re not even worried about the economy? Read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich’s memoir about hard times. Now are you scared?

No.
Are you sure? Read The Road, Cormac McCarthy’s dark, beautiful, and hopefully not prophetic masterpiece envisioning what the world will look like postapocalypse (i.e., not good!). Bummed?

No.
Sheesh. Then read Poor People, William T. Vollmann’s exploration of extreme poverty in America. Life is tough. Depressed yet?

No.
So read Darkness Visible, William Styron’s amazing memoir about being depressed. He was sad too, but eventually he felt better. Good luck!

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