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"Up-Lit": Books to Lift Your Spirits

Branch Perryville Branch

Created by Nancy Strakna
  • Details about A guide to the birds of East Africa : a novel

    A guide to the birds of East Africa : a novel

    Nicholas Drayson.

    A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective series does for BotswanaFor the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Reserved and honorable, Malik wouldn't be noticed by a bystander in a Nairobi street--except perhaps to comment on his carefully sculpted combover. But beneath t……more

  • Details about The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

    The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

    Alan Bradley.

    Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.…more

  • Details about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

    Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

    Gail Honeyman

    A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick "Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" --Reese Witherspoon "This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance.……more

  • Details about A Man Called Ove

    A Man Called Ove

    Fredrik Backman

    Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! In this "charming debut" ( People ) from one of Sweden's most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bit……more

  • Details about The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise

    The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise

    by Julia Stuart.

    Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London is a magical, wholly original novel whose irresistible characters will stay with readers long after they turn the stunning last page. It has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics "Chocolat" and "Amelie."…more

  • Details about All creatures great and small

    All creatures great and small

    James Herriot.

    Twenty years ago, St. Martin's Press published a volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian named James Herriot. Its title was All Creatures Great and Small. Within a year, the book had become recognized as a masterpiece. In the two decades that have followed, James Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time. Now, as we celebrate the publication of Every Living Thing-- the country vet's fifth book of memoirs-- St. Martin's is proud to reissue the book tha……more

  • Details about The Rosie Project

    The Rosie Project

    Graeme Simsion.

    The art of love is never a science. Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while……more

  • Details about A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    Amor Towles

    A New York Times bestseller "The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut, Rules of Civility , shapes [ A Gentleman in Moscow ]" - Entertainment Weekly   "Elegant... as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg" - O, the Oprah Magazine   He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.   From the  New York Times  bestselling author of  Rules of Civility --a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxur……more

  • Details about The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel

    The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel

    Jennifer Ryan

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER "A delightful debut."-- People For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale , The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II. As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to close the choir and instead "carry on singing," resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury……more

  • Details about The Reminders

    The Reminders

    Val Emmich

    From the author of Dear Evan Hansen, The Reminders is p erfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement or Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, and follows what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember. Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney's death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple's home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan. Joan, the fam……more

  • Details about The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel

    The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel

    Gabrielle Zevin.

    In the spirit of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry," Gabrielle Zevin's enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just wh……more