AIN’T NO SUNSHINE: Men Reveal the Pain of Heartbreak by Kimberley A. Johnson and Ann Werner

PUB. INFO: CreateSpace, May 2011
GENRE: Non Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback and Kindle
GRADE: A

Synopsis from Amazon.com:

What sorrow lurks in the minds of men suffering from a broken heart? Ain’t No Sunshine knows! How do men feel when they lose someone they love? Do they cry? Do they obsess? Do they call psychics? Under the protection of anonymity, thirty-eight men describe in detail how they’ve dealt with the pain of heartbreak. Whether it’s because of divorce, betrayal, death or simply getting dumped, the raw honesty of these men may surprise you. Modern American society so often discourages men from admitting to emotional pain, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. From an early age men are taught to “suck it up.” Women often think men have it easier when it comes to the pain of heartbreak. But is that really the case? Ain’t No Sunshine provides an opportunity to unlock those mysteries in this informal collection of stories. Interviews with therapists, psychics and bartenders are included and provide informative insights into how men react to a broken heart. Love is never easy. Loss of love is always difficult. Here is proof that not only do men struggle, sometimes the struggle is more difficult than it is for women. Ain’t No Sunshine is a rare glimpse into the elusive male psyche.

MY THOUGHTS: This was a sad and very interesting glimse into the minds of men who are hurting after deaths and breakups. Some hurt just like women do but they mostly keep it inside. I liked hearing all the different stories and was surprised not only by how many men sought therapy, even years after their breakup, but by how many of them chose to not have sex for years afterward.

I do think men are less emotional, at least outwardly, than women and wasn’t surprise to read that a therapist said men tend to express themselves through writing and poetry.

I throughly enjoyed this book but wished it could have been longer.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

1 Comment

  1. August 21, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Thank you! We wished it would have been longer as well b ut we felt lucky to get the stories we did. It’s hard to find men willing to share their inner, private feelings!!!


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