Up lit – noul trend al cărților care binedispun

Hello, everybody! De data aceasta deschidem blogul pentru a vă scrie despre un nou trend în materie de literatură – cărțile care binedispun sau, cum au fost deja botezate de librăriile din afară, up lit.

Ce sunt aceastea? Sunt cărți care abordează subiecte destul de lumești și momente mai mult sau mai puțin culminante din viața de zi cu zi. Personajele sunt cât se poate de interesante sau chiar excentrice, dând astfel savoare poveștilor. Primează conexiunea interumană și iubirea – nu neaparat romantică, prietenia fiind un factor deosebit de important.

Sunt romane care îți încălzesc inima, care te binedispun, nu doar prin momente amuzante și glumițe, întorsături de situație sau jocuri de cuvinte (deși sunt destule!) ci prin acțiunea lor caldă, ce scoate la lumină tot ce e mai bun în oameni.

Iar pentru că începutul de primăvară aduce întotdeauna schimbări de dispoziție nu prea plăcute, nu ne-am putut abține și am făcut o listă specială cu cele mai bune titluri care ne redau, pînă la sfârșitul lecturii, încredere în umanitate. Din acestea, mai jos găsiți zece titluri care suntem siguri că vă vor ridica moralul.

 

# Lido – Libby Page

Rosemary, 86, has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past.  Kate, 26,  has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it. So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine.  But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

 

 

 

 

# Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

 

 

 

 

 

# Lives We Touch – Eva Woods

In our lives we’ll meet something like eighty thousand people. Most of them just in passing, sitting beside them on a bus, buying a latte from them, overtaking them too fast on the motorway. Others will become friends, lovers, family. Some will stay in our lives forever, and some will be swept away by the flow of life. But we touch all of these people in some way, tiny or huge, making more of a difference that any of us can imagine. 

Rosie is in a coma, unable to reach out to the world or communicate.  Daisy, Rosie’s sister, is devastated by the accident. She’s always been the good, dependable girl to Rosie’s free spirit – but some of Rosie’s attitude seems to be creeping into Daisy’s dull existence. Can Daisy find the courage to be herself? It only takes one tiny step to change a life forever…

 

 

# Less – Andrew Sean Greer

Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can’t say yes – it would be too awkward; he can’t say no – it would look like defeat.

So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. 

 

 

 

 

 

# Mr Doubler Begins Again –  Seni Glaister

Not every journey takes you far from home. Baked, mashed, boiled or fried, Mr Doubler knows his potatoes. But the same can’t be said for people. Since he lost his wife, he’s been on his own at Mirth Farm – and that suits Doubler just fine. Crowds are for other people; the only company he needs are his potato plants and his housekeeper, Mrs Millwood, who visits every day. So when Mrs Millwood is taken ill, it ruins everything – and Mr Doubler begins to worry that he might have lost his way. But could the kindness of strangers be enough to bring him down from the hill?

 

 

 

 

 

# Growing Pains of Jennifer Ebert, Aged 19 Going on 91 – David M. Barnett

Nineteen-year-old Jennifer is regretting her hasty move into Sunset Promenade, an unusual retirement home taking in students to save money. Despite their differences in age, Jennifer and the older residents thrive and embark on a series of new adventures. But when Sunset Promenade is threatened with closure, cracks begin to show, and this quirky group of friends must work together to save their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

# The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

 

 

 

 

# Adulterants – Joe Dunthorne

Ray is not a bad guy. He mostly did not cheat on his heavily pregnant wife. He only sometimes despises every one of his friends. His career as a freelance tech journalist is dismal but he dreams of making a difference one day. But Ray is about to learn that his special talent is for making things worse.

Brace yourself for an encounter with the modern everyman. Enter the world of ironic misanthropy and semi-ironic underachievement, of competitively sensitive men, catastrophic open marriages, and lots of Internet righteousness.

 

 

 

 

# Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man – Jonas Jonasson

It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un … Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump.

 

 

 

 

 

# Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad.But surely any change is better than… fine? 

 

 

 

 

Pe voi ce alte cărți vă binedispun? Niciodată nu pot fi prea multe cărți de acest fel în lume

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