Pema Chodron$16.95 $15.59
This book applies to all sorts of hard life experiences. It's one I've returned to time and again, and I get something new from it every time I read it.
Nora McInerny Purmort$16.98 $15.62
This was the first book I read after my husband died. It gave me hope and, yes, made me laugh. What a godsend.
Jayson Greene$16.00 $14.72
I read this book before I became a parent. I couldn't put it down. What a tragic loss; what gorgeous writing.
Zinzi Clemmons$16.00 $14.72
Anger is a necessary stage of grief, but it was a tough one for me to access. This book helped. (Also, bonus points for a truly gorgeous cover!)
Kate Bowler$17.00 $15.64
I adore Kate Bowler. This book is great for any grieving person, but is especially valuable for someone facing a dire diagnosis.
Lori Gottlieb$28.00 $25.76
I LOVED this book. It's great for pretty much anyone who has a reason to go to therapy. (Isn't that all of us lately?)
Max Porter$15.00 $13.80
It can be hard to focus on fiction when you're grieving. This book is an exception. Porter's writing style is a true delight, and he captures grief in such a wonderfully imaginative way.
Joan Didion$16.00 $14.72
A classic. All hail Joan Didion.
C. S. Lewis$15.99 $14.71
Another classic. This book brought me a surprising amount of comfort in my earliest days as a widow. It's a short read, and—wow—C.S. Lewis gets it.
Rebecca Solnit$15.99 $14.71
Feeling hopeless about the state of the world? The essays in this book will make you feel a lot better—and a lot more empowered to make positive change.
Elizabeth Alexander$17.99 $16.55
This is one of the most beautiful grief memoirs I've read. As a new widow, it brought a lot of comfort to me.
Susannah Conway has such a gentle soul and approach. Flipping through this beautiful book feels like a cozy hug.
Barbara Brown Taylor$16.99 $15.63
I'd recommend this book to anyone whose faith has been shaken.
Julian Barnes$15.95 $14.67
A stunning novel. A friend bought this book for me and I still, years later, think about what a thoughtful gift it was.
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant$25.95 $23.87
This book brought me a lot of hope and helped me understand resilience so much better.
Rob Sheffield$16.00 $14.72
There aren't a ton of grief memoirs out there written by men. This book, by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, is a gem.
Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "journey" in the Title
Leslie Gray Streeter$27.00 $24.84
It can also be hard to find grief books by non-white authors. This book is funny and relatable.
Kate Spencer$17.99 $16.55
This is the only book on this list that I haven't read yet. But I know someday I will need it, and for that I am grateful that it exists.
Cheryl Strayed$16.95 $15.59
I've lost track of how many times I've bought this book as a gift for people I love. It's perfect in pretty much any situation.