Sometimes you need to balance out the darkness in the world (or inside yourself) with a feel-good book that just makes you smile. Lucky for you, I have recommendations that can be downloaded from cloudLibrary, or place a hold using our catalog an pick them up at our drive-thru.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Genres: Biography, Nonfiction, Travel Literature

First Released: 1997

Synopsis: “After years of living in Britain, celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson returns to New Hampshire. But instead of retiring, the 60-year-old announces he’s going to hike over two thousand miles along the Appalachian Trail.”

Call Number: 917.40443 BRY

Fun Fact: The book was made into a movie in 2015. Check out the DVD.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Psychological Fiction

First Released: 2017

Synopsis: “A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.”

Call Number: F HONEYMAN

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Genres: Fiction, Children’s Literature

First Released: 2012

Synopsis: “Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.”

Call Number: JF PALACIO

Fun Fact: This was made into a movie starting Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson in 2018. Check it out on DVD.

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Contemporary Romance

First Released: 2013

Synopsis: “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.”

Call Number: F GEORGE

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Genres: Biography, Memoir, Autobiography

First Released: 2018

Synopsis: “In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.”

Call Number: B OBAMA

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