Mood Boosting Books

Looking for a feel-good read to boost your mood. Try one of these uplifting books from the Lititz Public Library.

Hyperbole and a Half : Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That HappenedHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (nonfiction)
Autobiographical essays and cartoons humorously and candidly deal with personal idiosyncrasies.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, a San Francisco web designer takes a job at a bookstore and soon realizes the establishment hides a secret.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (nonfiction)
A young veterinarian takes up his new career and discovers the realities of a practice in rural Yorkshire are very different than veterinary school.

Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle
In 1907, a man joins his wife on a journey to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s famous Battle Creek Spa to embrace the vegetarian culture in search of a magic pill to prolong their lives.

The Big Tiny : A Built-It-Myself MemoirThe Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams (nonfiction)
Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, the author decided to build and eighty-four-square-foot house and a new life.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A miserable, curmudgeonly widower decides to kill himself, but every time he attempts to knock himself off a new neighbor appears and interrupts his plan.

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
Determined to make a fresh start after her recent divorce, a woman throws away all her possessions except for one hundred things that mean most to her.

Little Beach Street Bakery : A NovelLittle Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Escaping a ruined relationship, a woman flees to the Cornish coast and takes up bread baking with the help of a handsome beekeeper.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, a man climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a friendly hot dog stand operator.

To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
Struggling to overcome her grief after the sudden death of her husband, a woman gets help from her movie-star father-in-law and her funky ex-pop-music-star friend.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (nonfiction)
When a London street musician finds an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building he had no idea how much his life was about to change.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie HennessyThe Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
Told she has days to live, a woman sends a letter that inspires an unlikely trek, a cast of well-wishers and the examination of many lives unlived.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, the wife of a merchant trader discovers that the artist’s tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways.

The Stories by Jane Gardam
A collection of short stories showcases the author’s subversive wit, gentle humor and insight into the human condition.

Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on the Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link (nonfiction)
After ending her nineteen-year marriage, a mother staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure, setting her sights on what matters most in life.

Dog Songs : PoemsDog Songs: Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay by Mary Oliver
A collection of poems offers a portrait of the author’s relationships with the dogs of her life.

Makeda by Randall Robinson
A proud matriarch, blind since birth, holds together a hard-working African American family living in 1950s Richmond and offers sanctuary to her young grandson.

April 8, 2016