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. YOU ARE A HERO. 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 thearchives 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 Company, ©2015
ISBN: 9781627792868
Branch Call Number: 306.73 WRI 2015
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 14, 2019

This book contains lots of historic figures that merit further reading. The author tries to inject juvenile humor which I could have done without. Aside from the not so relevant puns, the book was interesting.

Apr 25, 2019

This is awful. It’s as though Carrie Bradshaw wants to write a non fiction book. Maybe the target audience is a female teenager.

Too many cutesy asides and too casual/conversational writing style. Enough with the Ben & Jerry’s.

I had to completely skip the Intro. Was this needed?

In the first story, she mentions someone’s wiki page. Good idea...I’m trying to find out all the couples and go there (wiki) to read, without the supposed hilarious comments.

Mar 19, 2019

An enjoyable look at various figures throughout history and their relationships that, well, ended badly. Tragedy and comedy deftly combined to make a simultaneously thoughtful, fact- and fun-filled read. The light tone keeps it from sinking too deeply into the sadness and shock of some of the truly horrific tales. You think your breakup was bad? Read on.

Feb 13, 2018

What better way to heal a broken heart than a laugh-out-loud book about the most famous break-ups of all time? Whether you keep making mistakes in romance (like Henry VIII), or you're always optimistic that things will work out (like Debbie Reynolds), then these are stories you'll love. And remember, no matter how badly you've behaved after a break-up, at least you're not Lady Caroline Lamb, who sent Lord Byron a gift...*ahem*...that only she could give.

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.

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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