Gentle Reads

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Joyce Saricks describes gentle reads as "feel-good books...cheerful, hopeful stories, told from a peaceful, soothing perspective. They project a comfortable sense of well-being." Gentle reads also are limited in their depiction of sex, violence, and shy away from profanity.

Individual Books

  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman - a heartfelt story about a curmudgeonly man dragged into friendship with neighbors
  • The Storied Life of A J Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin - a cantakerous bookseller starts caring for a small child in a story filled with charm and old-fashioned values
  • The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George - haunted by heartbreak, a Parisian bookseller works to make peace with his past

Reliably Gentle Authors