On Friday, @HarperAcademic sent me this article from The Telegraph: According to a new study, women statistically spend 16 months of their lives crying. Not days, not weeks, but months. The article includes a helpful list of reasons we weep, based on age. For my demographic (19-25) and 26+, the #1 reason to cry is "a soppy film."
It's true, I've been known to get teary-eyed over movies. But what about books? For your reading pleasure, here are my personal Top 5 Weepies (in no particular order):
1. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri. The last story in this stellar collection had me tearing up in Central Park last summer. (If you saw a sad looking girl by the lake at West 100th, that was me).
2. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. I got a ton of tweets about this one, and I completely agree--the ending is delicate and tragic. A truly beautiful meditation on love.
3. Atonement and On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan. I had to tie these two, since they are both completely devastating, albeit for entirely different reasons.
4. Night, Elie Wiesel. This one was not a cathartic cry, more like a 'gave me nightmares throughout high school' weepfest. An unforgettable work of literature.
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera. I didn't want this book to end, so perhaps that's what caused me to choke up so memorably.
Honorable mentions from our friends on Twitter and Facebook go to: The Art of Racing in the Rain, To Kill A Mockingbird, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Bridge to Terabithia, The Lovely Bones, Marley & Me, the Harry Potter series, and A Walk to Remember. What do you think? What are the best books to cry over?