Abbe's Take 10

Abbe, a bookseller in the children's department (her happy place), is our August Take Ten staff member. She adores the "short people, the littles and the freshly-minted humans" who visit her there. If Abbe ruled the world, every person ages 1-110 would read picture books. Lilly from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes is her spirit animal. She and Lilly both suffer from/enjoy an overabundance of exuberance. Here are some of her favorite books for cheering up grumpy grown-ups!

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Comic genius!


Man at the Helm Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316286701
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 5th, 2016

British (very British!) madcap comedy with a nine-year-old narrator.


The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594481925
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

Eloquent memoir and tribute to McBride’s mother, who raised eleven successful children under difficult circumstances.


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767919371
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

Smart, funny, grumpy old guy describes his formative years in middle America during the 1950s.


Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425261019
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - March 5th, 2013

Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, pens a "mostly true" memoir. Mortification meets hilarity.


Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

No matter how many times I read this, it always, always makes me laugh.


Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316776967
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001

David Sedaris + the French = "something will leak" laughter.


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage Books - July 10th, 2012

Required reading for every human. My wish is that each of us would have an internal "Dear Sugar" to talk us through life.


How Proust Can Change Your Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679779155
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Published: Vintage Books USA - April 28th, 1998

De Botton is my newest literary "boyfriend.” He is such a fine writer. This book is an odd combination of biography, literary review and self-help book. It works, and is most entertaining!


We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Dark humor but not one for those of you with delicate sensibilities. (You'll need to have smelling salts handy if you read it.)