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Lately, I've Been Thinking... I Want You to Be Happier.

Posted 05/13/21 by Joyce S.

Springtime is one of renewal and joy. What better way to spend it than to check out a new and interesting book? Here are some great, uplifting recommendations—curated by yours truly.

And the answer is yes: I was totally jamming to Marshmello’s lyrics while curating this piece (extra brownie points to those that know the song)!

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
By Abbi Waxman

Overdrive eBook   |   Overdrive eAudio

Nina’s perfect-to-her-life takes a turn when the father that she never knew suddenly dies. What’s worse, she is suddenly being swarmed by sibling-strangers, all wanting to meet her! Things are not okay!

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Bridget Jones’s Diary
By Helen Fielding

Overdrive eBook   |   hoopla eAudio   |   DVD

Truly a classic story: a thirty-something year old woman is certain that she could have all the answers if she could lose seven pounds, stop smoking, and develop Inner Poise. She goes on a journey of self-improvement. By journey, we’re talking a whole year. What happens? You’ll have to check out this book (and read it) to find out!

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The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder
By Sarah J. Harris

hoopla eAudio

A coming-of-age story about Jasper Wishart with synesthesia who tries to figure out what happened to his beautiful neighbor, and ultimately, find out if he is responsible.

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By Candice Carty-Williams

Book on CD

A twenty-five-year-old Jamaican British woman is stuck between two cultures as she works for a national newspaper and is forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers.

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The Essential Rumi
By Jalal Al-Din Rumi

Overdrive eBook   |   hoopla eAudio

This is the book for you if you are into ecstatic, spiritual poetry. All these thirteenth-century poems have been translated for you to enjoy.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
By A.J. Pearce

Large Print   |   Book on CD   |   Overdrive eBook   |   Overdrive eAudio

An adventurous young woman becomes a secret advice columnist in London during World War II to her disappointment as she was looking forward to becoming a Lady War Correspondent. Going behind her superior’s back, she begins to respond to letters from women who are lonely, may have gone too far with the wrong men, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated. We simply can’t let these letters be thrown away, can we? Pick up this book to find out what she wrote back.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown
By Talia Hibbert

Large Print   |   Book on CD   |   Overdrive eBook   |   Overdrive eAudio   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudio

A chronically ill computer geek comes up with a goal, a plan, and a list, for obvious reasons. Among those things is “do something bad.” And recruiting a particular handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle just might do the trick.

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The Key to Happily Ever After
By Tif Marcelo

Overdrive eAudio

Three sisters are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business out of the red, all while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters.

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Would Like to Meet

By Rachel Winters
Overdrive eBook   |   Overdrive eAudio

Twenty-nine-year-old Evie Summers has spent the last seven years as an assistant and she is finally ready for a promotion. However, she’s about to lose her job unless she can convince her company’s most arrogant agent to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy. The catch is that Ezra has writer’s block and the only way that he will continue the script is if Evie can convince him that people can fall in love like they do in the movies.

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You Had Me at Hello

By Mhairi McFarlane
Overdrive eBook

Rachel and Ben were once a couple. After a decade of not having anything to do with one another, they bump into each other on a rainy day. For a second, Rachel feels their old friendship return, along with the broken heart that she never came to terms with.

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Eleanore Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman
Overdrive eBook   |   Overdrive eAudio

A girl with deadpan weirdness and a timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact meets Raymond, a bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy, while trying to save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen. Two unlikely heroes meet only to find themselves further helping each other find friendship and love.

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Tao Te Ching
By Lao Tzu

Overdrive eAudio

The original Tao Te Ching, or loosely translated, “The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue” was written more than two thousand years ago to teach that the quality of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identical with those of the perfected individual. Lao Tzu’s words are used today to master the art of leadership in business and politics, as well as to develop a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life.

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No One Can Pronounce My Name
By Rakesh Satyal

Overdrive eAudio

Harit is a lonely Indian immigrant who lives with his mother, who can no longer function since the death of Swati, his sister. He has taken upon himself to dress in a sari every night to pass as his sister. Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. She’s also worried that her husband has begun to have an affair and she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. Hari and Ranjana meet one day, and a strange, necessary friendship emerges.

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The Wangs vs. the World
By Jade Chang

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A story of a fractured Chinese immigrant family had it all, but lost every last cent. A father is trying to pull the family back together all while taking a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina.

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The Keeper of Lost Things
By Ruth Hogan

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Forty years ago, Andrew Peardew carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée who died the same day unexpectedly. He began to seek consolation in rescuing lost objects and wrote stories about them. As he reaches the end of his life, he becomes worried that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all things lost by their owners. He bequeaths his life’s mission to his assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and lost treasures.

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Halsey Street
By Naima Coster

Large Print

Leaving behind her failed career as an artist, Penelope Grand moves back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. As she moves around her old stomping grounds, she realizes that gentrification has completely reshaped the old neighborhood: old haunts razed, and new strangers have replaced familiar faces in Bed-Stuy. Things start to shift back to the old when Penelope receives a postcard from her mother, who abandoned the family years ago to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic, asking for reconciliation.

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Don’t forget that we also have the following services available:

  • Book Bundles (collections for readers, educators, and licensed childcare providers,)
  • Book and Movie Picks (personalized recommendations just for you!)
  • Book Kits (pre-selected book collections that are great for small book groups or clubs!)

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As always, thank you for your continued support!