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Books to Make You Feel Good

12 October 2018

As we come towards the end of celebrating Libraries Week we are looking at some books in Calibre’s Audio Library that feature communities coming together or have the feel good factor about them or else may just make you laugh:

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George     (11269)

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho             (5367)

This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who travels to Tangiers and Egypt where he has a fateful encounter with the Alchemist.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama    (8540)

One of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer     (8255)

In 1946 writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey who has found her name in a book. They start to exchange letters and she is intrigued by his stories of the eccentric literary society to which he belongs. Captivated she visits Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend          (5438)

Adrian Mole is a worrier.  He is dogged by spots, cracks in his parents' marriage and misfortunes familiar to anyone over the age of 13.  A 14 year old feminist, an 89 year old chain smoker and his spoilt best friend all help to lift Mole's moods.

Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson      (4443)

An American writer turns a laconic and affectionate eye over Britain - his adopted country.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl     (616069)

Charlie was thrilled to win the fifth Golden ticket which allowed him to inspect the wonders of Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory. But what happens to each of the winners once inside the mysterious factory?

If Only They Could Talk by James Herriott    (12241)

Fresh out of Veterinary College, and shoulder-deep in an uncooperative cow, James Herriot’s first job is not panning out exactly as expected. To a Glaswegian like James, 1930s Yorkshire appears to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But even life in the sleepy village of Darrowby has its challenges...

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes      (10880)

Berlin, 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. He barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator, and soon the ranting Hitler becomes a YouTube star and gets his own TV show, becoming someone who people listen to.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith   (9460)

Mr Pooter is a man of modest ambition and content with his lot. So why is he always in trouble with tradesmen, colleagues and friends? However hard he tries, life always seems to pile mishaps onto him - but he's not about to give up.

The Virgin Mary’s Got Nits: A Christmas Anthology by Gervase Phinn      (10279)

A hilarious and touching anthology of poetry and prose on the subject of Christmas from the Yorkshire school inspector and bestselling author of the Dales series and Little Village School series.

Heaven On Earth: 101 Happy Poems by Wendy Cope     (8925)

Wendy Cope set out to prove that misery doesn't have all the best lines, and in this anthology she proved it. These poems are about love, life, places, the natural world, food, drink, books, music, company and solitude, but they are all unashamedly happy.

….and finally as Libraries Week is essentially all about the delights of what libraries have to offer and encourages everyone to discover the wealth of treasures they hold, here are a few books that have been inspired by these bastions of their communities:

The Mobile Library: The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom    (7391)

Israel (a vegetarian, Jewish, librarian) finds himself living in an old mobile library in Northern Ireland when his new job falls through: the library has been shut down and 15,000 books are missing. Israel wants to know where they are, and where can he get a decent cappuccino?

Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron   (8651)

The true story of Dewey, an abandoned kitten discovered by librarian Vicki Myron in the returns box of the library in Spencer, Iowa. He grew into a lovable and very large cat, whose exploits kept the library customers entertained.

Reading Allowed by Chris Paling     (12417)

This is the true story of a small-town library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who make up its ‘regulars’. We meet characters who are tragic, some amusing, some surreal, but together they paint a picture of the world we live in today, and of a library’s vital place within it.

The Librarian by Salley Vickers     (12817)

Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man - and her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbours' son will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat.

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy     (11582)

As Hanna Casey drives her mobile library between farms and villages she tries not to think of the London lifestyle she has abandoned. But when the threatened closure of the library puts her plans to reclaim her independence into jeopardy, she finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of Finfarran’s fragmented community.