Up-Lit: Books to lift your spir­its

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By Gail Honey­man By Fredrik Back­man By Ju­lia Ste­wart By James Her­riott By Graeme C. Sim­sion By Amor Towles By Ni­cholas Drayson

— At this time of year, I’m ready to set aside the mys­ter­ies and sus­pense thrillers I usu­ally read and pick up some­thing lighter. I’m not alone — “up-lit,” or up­lift­ing lit­er­a­ture, is a new book trend that’s grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. These books are filled with won­der­ful char­ac­ters and their heart­warm­ing stories; some will make you laugh out loud while oth­ers will bring a tear to your eye. Not too sac­cha­rine and sweet, they will warm the heart of even the most cyn­i­cal reader.

ELKTON ”Eleanor Oliphant Fine” is Com­pletely

Meet Eleanor Oliphant, a quirky char­ac­ter whose life of rules and rou­tines hides a tragic past. When fate throws her into the com­pany of Ray­mond, the awk­ward IT guy from her of­fice, she sud­denly finds that life does not have to be so lonely. You’ll cheer on Eleanor as she strug­gles with her past and learns how to live. I can’t think of enough words to de­scribe how funny, sad and en­dear­ing this story is. I was sorry it had to end.

”A Man Called Ove: A Novel” ”The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tor­toise”

”All Small” Crea­tures Great and

”The Rosie Pro­ject: A Novel”

”A Gen­tle­man in Moscow”

”The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir”

By Jen­nifer Ryan

”Guide to the Birds of East Africa”

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