Good books that aren’t depressing

A couple of our staff members are always pestering me for “good books that aren’t depressing.” It turns out that every once in awhile most people want to read a good novel where most things turn out okay, and some nice things happen to some likeable people — who knew? Here are three brand-new books that promise to keep you out of the knife drawer:
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is so perfectly engaging, so sly, and so funny I read it all in one sitting, then went back and read my favorite scenes a second time.”
-Haven Kimmel

Beth and Jennifer know that someone is monitoring their interoffice email. And Lincoln the email-monitor knows that he should stop reading their mail and just send them a warning. But he can’t stop. By the time Lincoln realizes how much he feels for Beth, it’s too late to unread all of her personal messages. And it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say? “Hi, I’m the guys who reads your e-mail, and, also, I love you …”

Attachments is is a fast, funny romantic comedy about three people at the end of their 20s, at the end of the last Millennium. It’s a novel about breaking up and starting over, about office crushes and high school girlfriends and making peace with your boyfriend’s band. At its chewy caramel center, this is a book about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

The Borrower, by Rebecca Makkai

“A 26-year-old children’s librarian, Lucy Hull, allows herself to be ‘kidnapped’ by one of her precocious 10-year-old patrons, a boy intent on running away from home. The pair end up on a hilarious road trip that ping-pongs them across the Midwest and out to the East Coast. Makkai’s writing is sharp and funny, and book lovers will enjoy the many references to well-known titles, from echoes of the road trip in Lolita to a chapter that is structured like a Choose Your Own Adventure story. What a wonderful, assured, and original debut!”
— Shuchi Saraswat, Titcomb’s Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA

The Coffins of Little Hope, by Timothy Schaffert

“At the heart of this story is narrator Essie Myles, an 83-year-old great-grandmother who has been writing obituaries for her father’s small-town newspaper since she was a teenager. Far from morbid, Essie is a born storyteller, and she takes the reader on a wonderful journey into the nuances of a small town and its reaction when a little girl goes missing. Essie recounts the disappearance of the girl and in the process interweaves the stories of her own family and those of the town. Filled with rich characters and written with both charm and wonder, this should be the next book on your nightstand!”
— Julia MacDonald, The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, VT


Filed under Book Recommendations, Bookbuyer's Notes

2 responses to “Good books that aren’t depressing

  1. donna

    I am very excited and will start Attachments right away and put the other two on my list.
    Naturally I’m one of the staff who is very tired of grim, depressing, upsetting, dysfunctional, drugged-out, liquored-out, psycho driven novels and memoirs.
    Thank you Lucia!

  2. Pingback: The Lit Witch: A Book Blog | Book Review: The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert

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