By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish.com
“Turkey Drop” is a cute name for a devastating phenomenon: Every year at Thanksgiving, countless couples call it quits. Whether it’s two high school sweethearts who have gone off to different colleges and found all those other fish in the sea, or a couple that’s simply not willing to deal with one another's family through the holiday season, heartbreak is as common to Thanksgiving as canned cranberry sauce. Whether you’re the one doing the dumping or the one getting dumped, splitting up can be heart-wrenching. Fortunately, these books by relationship experts will guide you through every phase of a break-up, no matter which end of the Turkey Drop you’re on.
For the heartbreaker:
Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay
Mira Kirschenbaum’s “Too Good to Leave, Too Bad To Stay” is the perfect book for potential Turkey Droppers who are on the fence about ending things. Zeroing in on problem areas such as sex and communication, she helps readers tally up the pros and cons of their relationship and decide which move is best for them.
Speyer’s book combines example break-up scripts and testimonials from celebrities such as Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”) and Michael Jackson’s lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, in a comprehensive guide to ending any kind of relationship. Turkey Drops, after all, don’t have to be limited to romantic relationships: If over the holiday you plan to break it off with a friend or acquaintance, the book--which includes advice on ending things with everyone from your therapist to your personal trainer--is the one for you.
For the heartbroken:
If He's Not The One, Who Is?
Sincere as it may be me, the line “It’s not you, it’s me” almost never works: We tend to take breakups personally, as blows to our character and self-esteem. Lisa Steadman addresses precisely this reaction in her book “It’s a Breakup, Not a Breakdown,” which offers advice on organizing your emotions in the wake of a break-up and learning how to (eventually) move on.
Read the full list of break-up books on Bookish.com here!