On December 16, my book club is due to select the books we’re going to read for the next several months. Over the last several months, we’ve been doing some heavy reading. Our book selections have covered suburban angst, dark family secrets, an abusive religious cult, self-destructive behavior, and lost urban souls. The feeling at our last meeting was that it would be nice to read something a little sunnier.
So I’m looking for ideas for some cheerful books to read that are also good book club material. Fiction or nonfiction are fine. Recent books and classics will be considered. We love variety and enjoy books about different cultures and time periods. The most important thing is that the book be fairly easy to find in the U.S. (Bonus if it’s out in paperback or readily available at most libraries.) It should also be something that can actually elicit a good discussion.