I'm listening to the album Moon Food by Unbunny (sounds like Neil Young for those that care), and there's a lyric that goes, "you can't mend a broken heart with a library card." The intent I feel is fairly clear - books don't have redemptive power enough to console. I'm unsure whether I believe this to be true or not. No doubt, certain books could affect your mood, but conversely I don't reach for any in particular to cheer me up, or otherwise affect me. Your thoughts, and suggestions to mood-, if not life-, altering texts? And I'm not talking about religious texts for the religiously inclined - obviously they have power above the literal to those people.