Uplit: Uplifting Reads
by Annabel AbbsEngland, 1835. When Eliza Acton is told by her publisher to write a cookery book instead of the poetry she loves, she refuses--until her bankrupt father is forced to flee the country.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersJoining the crew of the aging Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that has seen better days, loner Rosemary Harper must unexpectedly risk her life when they are offered the job of a lifetime, which teaches her valuable lessons about love and trust, and that having a family isn't the worst thing in the universe.
by Christopher McDougallIn order to help Sherman, a donkey, heal after being owned by an animal hoarder, McDougall decided to train him for burro racing.
The Friend by Sigrid NunezBecoming the guardian of her late best friend's enormous Great Dane, a grieving woman is evicted from her no-pets apartment and forges a deep bond with the equally distraught animal in ways that initially disturb her friends.
The Reading List by Sara Nisha AdamsWorking at the local library, Aleisha reads every book on a secret list she found, which transports her from the painful realities she's facing at home, and decides to pass the list on to a lonely widower desperate to connect with his bookworm granddaughter.
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie LyonsWanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, a world-weary octogenarian forges an unexpected bond with an exuberant 10-year-old who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees and other social excursions.
by T.J. Klune40 year old Case Worker Linus Baker is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given a highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days.
Sourdough by Robin SloanEnduring a virtually solitary existence working for an ambitious software company, an exhausted coder is bequeathed a sourdough recipe from sibling bakers who are forced to close their shop, a gift that leads to a new vocation, a legal dispute and a venture into a secret market that fuses food with technology.
by Denise WilliamsChallenged by her friends to start enjoying her life when her university department is cut, a Type-A overachiever embarks on a daring to-do list that involves leaving an abusive ex and pursuing a career-risking fling with a charming stranger.
by Beth MorreyReevaluating her past upon finding herself alone at age 79, Missy forges unexpected ties with two strangers and their spirited dog, discovering the power of friendship, family and self-forgiveness along the way.
Unmarriageable by Soniah KamalA retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Pakistan, finds a practical-minded teacher from a family of sisters evaluating her resolve never to marry after encountering a brusque but compelling man during a series of lavish wedding parties.
Separation Anxiety by Laura ZigmanA once-promising children’s book writer navigates the humbling realities of middle age and dysfunctional family life while pursuing well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous changes.
Book Lovers by Emily HenryLiterary agent and bookworm Nora agrees to a month-long sisters’ vacation away from the city and runs into Charlie, an editor she knows from back home.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma StraubAlice is 40 with an ill father and feels like something may be missing. One morning, she wakes up and she’s suddenly 16 again, in 1996.
The Maid by Nita ProseWhen she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor RayA collector of beautiful objects, Amy closes herself off from others until the new neighbors next door move in.
Summer Love by Nancy ThayerOld secrets come to light when four friends gather on Nantucket for a life-changing reunion.
The Way We Weren’t by Phoebe FoxAn unlikely friendship between a septuagenarian and a younger woman becomes a story of broken trust, lost love, and the unexpected blooming of hope against the longest odds.
by Shelby Van PeltAfter the death of her husband, Tova Sullivan forms an unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium where she works and begins to finally uncover the truths about her son's disappearance 30 years ago.
Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel JoyceLeaving London behind, Margery Benson, a schoolmarm and spinster in 1950, embarks on a quest to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession – the golden beetle of New Caledonia – with the help of a fun-loving assistant who changes her life forever.
by Emily HenryWith one week to win back the best friend she might just be in love with, a travel writer plans the trip of a lifetime.
by Linda HolmesYoung widow Evvie Drake and major league pitcher Dean Tenney, who has lost his game and needs a chance to reset his life, form an unlikely relationship when Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house.
by Terry McMillanConfident that her best days are still ahead, a successful businesswoman relies on close friends and her resourcefulness when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down.
The Kitchen Front by Jennifer RyanAn indebted young widow, a freedom-seeking kitchen maid, the wife of a wealthy but unkind man and a trained chef navigating sexism compete for a once-in-a-lifetime spot hosting a BBC cooking program during World War II.
Fair Play by Tove JanssonPortrays a love between two older women, a writer and artist, as they work side-by-side in their Helsinki studios, travel together and share summers on a remote island.
by Bonnie GarmusIn the early 1960s, chemist and single mother Elizabeth Zott, the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show due to her revolutionary skills in the kitchen, uses this opportunity to dare women to change the status quo.
by Caroline Van HemertDocuments the biologist adventurer's treks in the vast wilderness region spanning the Pacific rainforest through the Alaskan Arctic.
by Barbara KingsolverThe son of an Appalachian teenager uses his good looks, wit and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
Legends & Lattes by Travis BaldreeA cozy fantasy book starring Viv, an orc who retires from mercenary sword fighting adventures to start her city’s first coffee shop.