Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Uplifting or Happy books?

I've read my fair share of books with depressing topics.  Sometimes it seems like there are more books about depressing, negative, violent issues than there are nice, normal, "happy" books.  I wonder what that says about our society?  Our recent book club book has to do with teenage suicide; the prior book involved a women's cells being used without her permission or knowledge, and with no remuneration to the family; the book before that tells the tale of a nigerian refugee who witnesses several deaths, is stuck in an immigration detention camp for two years, and also does not have a great ending to her story (but the writing was beautiful); Daughter of Fortune features an illegitimate child who travels across continents to find her lover (who she never finds) and suffers a miscarriage along the way, etc.  anyway, you get the picture. 

I think it's time for a few uplifting books so I went online to find a few.  Here are some of the titles that others found uplifting/funny, and a great read. 

1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Grossman describes his book as a mash-up of Harry Potter and Narnia but set in the real world.

2. Juno & Juliet A Novel. Its incredibly funny without being trivial. Its also uplifting thought-provoking.

3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Read this book for a lovely tale of two women from different backgrounds, one very young and one much older, who learn to find meaning in their lives

I'll let you know what I think when I've read them.  In the meantime, if you have any books you've read that are uplifting/happy, please share the titles!

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