Life has many ups and downs, but you can always count on a book to get you through the tougher days. Heavy or light, fiction or nonfiction, there is no shortage of books on the subject!
Books with the word “life” in the title:
Archie – The Married Life Book 2 by Paul Kupperberg: Even comic book characters have challenges and Archie has his hands full with both Betty and Veronica!
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan: winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, a self-portrait of a life-long surfer.
Dear Life by Alice Munro: terrific collection of short fiction by one of the best.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: One of the best books I’ve ever read, Atkinson looks at the what-ifs during the world-changing events of World War II.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen: Love enters the picture at all stages of life in this popular story.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber: A henpecked husband escapes into his own world in this Thurber classic.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs: an absorbing story about a super smart and caring guy from a poor neighborhood in New Jersey who just couldn’t make it work.
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller: Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing as a baby and overcame tremendous obstacles and became a well-known supporter of many causes.
Of course you don’t have to have the word “life” in the title to write about the subject. Here are some notables from this year’s reading list:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: Hemingway looks back on his days in Paris and his marriage to Hadley Richardson.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín: A young Irish woman takes a chance on a better life in America after World War II.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume: a fictionalized depiction of life in 1950s Elizabeth, New Jersey when three planes crashed in their town.
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: How do you put the hushed experiences of your childhood into words, and should you?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: terrific semi-autobiographical story about a life of poverty on the Spokane Indian reservation.
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler: Life changes in an instant when a man’s wife dies. Will he get a chance to fix unreconciled conflicts in his marriage?
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor: great 1950s historical fiction about the lives of accused spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were the only civilian Americans to be killed for spying for the Russians.
Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott: an honest and often humorous memoir about finding faith.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas: A family’s life is transformed after a loved-one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler: a solid reminder that successful people put in a lot of time at the bottom, before anyone knows about them.
Thanks for visiting – back to my book!
Currently reading The Time Between by Karen White