You gotta love a book on divorce that opens with a Shakespeare line, "Go to your bosom; knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know."; Even though Lisa Thompson's wise and prudent The Great Escape: A Girl's Guide to Leaving a Marriage (Blossom $14.95) is being marketed towards women, some of her counsel-such as how to deal with anger-works for any sane person. It's about leaving a marriage responsibly, not as a victim, but instead "choosing joy."; A sublime, smart book, with some heartfelt, personal stories to back up her practical advice. 978-0-9878378-0-6 2011

Lisa Thomson lives in Vancouver, where she grew up. She has raised two children and lived on the Prairies for 22 years. She is also an interior decorator and a painter.