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5 Uplifting Must Reads

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Let these books whisk you away on uplifting and humorous escapes during your time indoors! Here are some feel-good books from our collection, all available for download as an eBook. Click on the title of each book to view it in our catalog. 

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Superbly snarky and delightfully dark, this story follows author Jenny Lawson as she attempts to navigate the challenges of growing up and fitting in while dealing with her eccentric father, the taxidermist. Despite the pitfalls she faces with her strange childhood, Jenny discovers that some of the moments she most wishes she could forget turn out to be the ones that define her today. 

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This wry collection of essays is split into two parts; the first recounts author David Sedaris’ life experiences while living in America, filled with comical moments from his school days and stories of his family. The second follows his move to Normandy, France and all the difficulties that came with it, like his hilarious attempts to properly learn French. This book will offer you a laugh-out-loud escape into Sedaris’ unique, snarky take on even the most mundane of situations. 

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Foer 

This uplifting book follows Jonathan on his journey to find the woman who once helped save his grandfather from the Nazis. Tagging along is Alex, a translator with questionable skills and a passion for out-dated American pop culture. Despite this book’s comical moments, Jonathan’s quest becomes a moving journey filled with friendship and discoveries about his roots.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The novel behind the 2019 movie, Semple’s book follows Bernadette Fox, a former architect who mysteriously goes missing before a family vacation, despite her agoraphobic tendencies. Uniquely written through the perspective of Bernadette’s daughter through emails, letters, and other documents, this quirky family mystery is filled with both laugh-out-loud and heart-warming moments.

When Life Gives you Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger 

Emily Charlton finds herself in glamorous Greenwich, CT after taking a job as an image consultant for an A-list celebrity, but the dazzling homes and manicured lawns can be deceiving. Drama, lies, and scandal are hiding just under the pristine surface of her new community, and Emily must rely on her new friendships with two fellow community members to stay afloat. With laugh-out-loud delivery, wit, and its surprising vulnerability, this novel follows three women allying against all the pitfalls of their seemingly perfect surroundings. Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will love the return of Emily’s iconic character, but this book is great as a stand-alone piece with no reading of Weisberger’s previous work required. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

Have other lighthearted books that you loved? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

Blog post contributed by Abbey from our Beaverbrook branch.