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Books of Hope for Challenging Times

Submitted by Robbie Marshall, Brainerd Memorial Library.

Books of Hope for Challenging Times

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by angry, grim news, turn to these books to lighten your spirits and restore hope.  Chosen by Brainerd Library Friends, staff, and trustees, these fiction and non-fiction titles feature courage, redemption, positivity and insight, and just might make your day.

Pick up a copy of the list [with full descriptions] at Brainerd Memorial Library and check out some of these wonderful titles while you’re there!


All the Light We Cannot See: by Anthony Doerr

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night: by Mike Haddon [Adult & YA]

A Gentleman in Moscow: by Amor Towles

Hannah Coulter: by Wendell Berry

The Kite Runner: by Khaled Hosseini

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand : by Helen Simonson

Peace Like the River: by Leif Enger

A Prayer for Owen Meany: by John Irving

The Orphan Train: by Christine Baker Kline

The Secret Life of Bees: by Sue Monk Kidd

Women in Sunlight: by Frances Mayes


All the Odes: by Pablo Neruda

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope: by Anne Lamott

The Blind Side: by Michael Lewis

The Book Of Joy: by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Book of Separation: by Tova Mirvis (Memoir)

Born Standing Up: by Steve Martin

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone: by Brene Brown

A Country Doctor’s Notebook: by Mikhail Bulgakoo

The Cruelest Journey: by Kira Salak

Driving Miss Norma: An Inspiring Story About What Really Matters at the End of Life: by Tim Baeurschmidt & Ramie Liddle

Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life: by Janice Kaplan

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project: by Jack Mayer

The More of Less: by Joshua Becker

The Power of Positive Thinkingby Norman Vincent Peale

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: by Heather Morris

Young adult

The Hate U Give: by Angela Thomas

I Kill the Mockingbird: by Paul Acampora

Labyrinth Lost: by Zoraida Cordova

Pay It Forward: by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Poet X: by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Thief: by Megan Whalen Turner

With the Fire on High: by Elizabeth Acevedo


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