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!
British (very British!) madcap comedy with a nine-year-old narrator.
Eloquent memoir and tribute to McBride’s mother, who raised eleven successful children under difficult circumstances.
Smart, funny, grumpy old guy describes his formative years in middle America during the 1950s.
Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, pens a "mostly true" memoir. Mortification meets hilarity.
No matter how many times I read this, it always, always makes me laugh.
David Sedaris + the French = "something will leak" laughter.
Required reading for every human. My wish is that each of us would have an internal "Dear Sugar" to talk us through life.
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!
Dark humor but not one for those of you with delicate sensibilities. (You'll need to have smelling salts handy if you read it.)