It Ended Badly

It Ended Badly

Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History

Book - 2015
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"A humorous, well-researched pop history of the disastrous love lives of prominent historical figures, from Lord Byron to Elizabeth Taylor. If you are lying in bed right now, a pint of ice cream in one hand, a bottle of scotch in the other, and this book clenched between your teeth (one tooth is missing from last night's bar fight), with tears streaming down your face over how much you loved, loved, loved your ex, let me commend you on how well you are coping. You could be doing so much worse. So much worse. You could be beheading your ex, or castrating strangers, or starting an exciting new life with a sex doll. In It Ended Badly, New York Observer columnist Jennifer Wright guides you through thirteen of the worst breakups of notable figures in history--from Emperor Nero (sadist, murderer several times over), to Viennese artist Oskar Kokoschka (he of the aforementioned sex doll), to Norman Mailer (public stabbing). With her conversational tone and considerable wit, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these terrible breakups to life. It's fun, pop history that educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup behavior into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered, late-night emails to their ex--reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2015
ISBN: 9781627792868
1627792864
Branch Call Number: 302.0207 Wrig
Characteristics: xii, 240 pages : illustrations

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jun 30, 2016

This a collection of 13 breakup stories that are guaranteed to make anyone feel better about their romantic history. I enjoyed the lighthearted tone and the heavy sprinkling of pop culture references. Overall this was a super easy, fun read and you come away with a little bit of extra history kno... Read More »


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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jun 30, 2016

This a collection of 13 breakup stories that are guaranteed to make anyone feel better about their romantic history. I enjoyed the lighthearted tone and the heavy sprinkling of pop culture references. Overall this was a super easy, fun read and you come away with a little bit of extra history knowledge!

CMLibrary_sdeason Jan 27, 2016

Wonderful telling of history! For a regular fiction reader, this is a fantastic non-fiction book.

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Dec 21, 2015

One of the best books I have read about terrible break ups. You won't feel so bad about the poor choices in dating when you read this.

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