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February 12, 2013 > Meet author Meghan Laslocky

Meet author Meghan Laslocky

Submitted By Sally Thomas

Romantic heartbreak is one of the most confounding human experiences. Universal and yet still profoundly isolating, heartbreak sears our hearts and souls like nothing else. In The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages, Meghan Laslocky explores the cultural and social history of love gone wrong with humor and empathy, covering history, literature, culture, film, music and art.

The Hayward Public Library is pleased to host Bay Area journalist and author Meghan Laslocky, on February 23. By shedding light on everything from kinky ancient Greek love spells to composer Johannes Brahms' messy love life to the perils of modern matchmaking, the charming Little Book of Heartbreak will engage anyone interested in social and cultural history, help lovelorn souls read through the pain, and reassure all readers that heartbreak is not only normal, but crucial to human experience.

As a special offer, purchase a copy of the book, available in paperback, anytime through February 23, with a 10 percent discount at The Book Shop (1007 B Street), and then stop by Something Sweet just down the street (1049 B Street), for a free freshly baked cookie and cup of hot chocolate. Bring proof of book purchase to claim your goodies. Assuage your heartbreak, past or present, with amusing and entertaining anecdotes and some comforting treats all while supporting our local economy! Bring your purchased book to the event to have the author personally sign it (Books will also be available for purchase on the day of the event).

Reviewers love this book! The Little Book of Heartbreak is in the January 2013 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, in the "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" section, where it's hailed as "a hilarious salve for the lovesick." The Kirkus Reviews blog writes, "Meghan Laslocky has collected narratives of romantic woe from two millennia of history, folk tradition, and the arts - from medieval ballads to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - into one handy resource. Pocket compendia like this are often characterized as "bathroom readers," but the proper place for Laslocky's The Little Book of Heartbreak is by the couch, within easy reach as you sprawl at right angles on your hungover Boxing Day, a glass of red wine in your free hand and the TV tuned to the Lifetime Movie network with the sound turned down, staring absent-mindedly at the phone you know isn't going to ring."

The Toronto Star calls The Little Book of Heartbreak a "high class take on broken hearts." Reviewer Georgie Binks writes, "Before you mistake the book for a self-help tome, let me assure you that rather than syrupy platitudes or finger wagging a la "He's Just Not that Into You," (from a famous episode of Sex and the City turned into a self-help book) this is actually a highbrow take on broken hearts that inadvertently goes a long way to curing or at least assuaging a broken heart."

Sponsored by The Hayward Public Library; the Friends of the Hayward Public Library; AAUW Hayward/Castro Valley Branch; Synchronized Chaos; Something Sweet; and The Book Shop. For more information, visit Meghan Laslocky's website at: or contact Sally Thomas at (510) 881-7700.

Meet Meghan Laslocky
Saturday, Feb 23
2 p.m.
Hayward Public Library
835 "C" St., Hayward
(510) 881-7700

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