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Uplifting Books to Feed your Soul

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Need a laugh? Want to smile? Want to feel good about humanity and full of hope for the future?

Looking for inspiration for yourself or your family? When life and the world has you down, read these 12 uplifting books to feed your soul.

Here are 12 uplifting books to add to your reading list today.

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1. Paper Towns, by John Green, is described as a “teen-pleaser,” but the chase that Margo leads Quentin on seems like a great storyline for anyone to follow.

2. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel, by Garth Stein, is an uplifting and funny story about family and love, told from the perspective of a dog!

3. In Seven Dress Sizes, 7 different authors tell 7 different stories, detailing their journeys to finding self-worth and confidence, regardless of clothing size.

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4. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is an uplifting and hopeful book about women who take a big risk by trying to shake things up in their town.

5. In A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson reflects on a year spent retreating at a family cottage. This is a story of one woman’s need for self-discovery and revitalization of her potential – and a great reminder to all of us to nurture ourselves, even in the midst of busy family life.

6. Comeback Love: A Novel, by Peter Golden, tells the story of Gordon and Glenna: the love they shared, what tore them apart, and how they came together again.

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7. The Atlas of Love: A Novel, by Laurie Frankel, tells the story of one graduate student’s unexpected pregnancy, her two friends’ master plan to help her raise the baby, and all the mishaps and humor that happen along the way.

8. Bossypants, by Tina Fey, is a short, hilarious book about her upbringing and her rise to fame.

9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, was first published over 50 years ago but has remained a classic.

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10. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris, is a collection of essays that will have you laughing out loud on every page!

11. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl, deals with a heavy subject: the author’s struggle in four different Nazi camps in the 1940’s. His story is inspirational and his message uplifting: we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning from it, and move on with a new outlook.

12. Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices, was originally written as a play by Dylan Thomas. It’s a humorous look at the life of a small Welsh town.

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