Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Okay. I need to fortify myself with positive vibes: We've got A Novel Woman and Barb (the mother of BB and Jeanie) suggesting Bernie Siegel's 'Love, Medicine, and Miracles'. In addition, the Novel Woman suggests Frankl's 'Man's Search For Meaning'. I'm getting myself together here. I've got boots to polish. I've got a pin to get out. I've got a faith to dust off. So while I'm doing all of that, if you all were recommending a book, the funniest book you've ever read in your life, or the most uplifting book you've ever read in your life, what would it be?


Bob said...

The Help (my favorite book this year altho you won't fully appreciate if if you're not from the south); Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet; Divine Nobodies; Sarah's Key.

Mrs. Spit said...

Frankel's book is very, very hard. I"m looking at my bookshelf and I'm thinking. CS Lewis' Surprised by Joy. Your God is too Safe, by Mark Buchanan, which I read right after Gabe died, and would be pleased to send you. Max Lucado.

Also, for something comfortable and cozy, Jan Karon's Mitford series.

WhiteStone said...

I don't know about funny books but I watched a couple hilarious youtubes today with Bob Newhart. If laughter kills off cancer cells, I killed a bunch.

Bush Babe said...

I haven't read it but will add my voice to the Bernie Siegel books - I saw the change it made in my mother and the sense of ownership over her health. I think it would help you.

The other book is Lance Armstrong (I think "It's not about the bike" is the one I read) ... totally inspiring.

Caroline said...

Its Not About The Bike is definitely worth the read. Try also Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Cancer... Cancer with attitude. She's great and opened my eyes to how attitude is everything. Both should be available in the library...

Bob Barbanes said...

No, no, no, no, no! Do *not* read books about cancer, or surviving cancer, or spirituality...none of that junk. You already know all that. You're strong, you don't need "uplifting."

Go for the funny.

"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole is absolutely the hands-down funniest book I've ever read. Laugh-out-loud funny. An intricate plot with more "Seinfeldian" twists and thread connections than Jerry ever could have imagined.

It was hilarious (to me) and offers a glimpse of New Orleans life in the 1960's that hasn't changed all that much. My older brother (who has a completely different sense of humor than I) recommended it to me and I will thank him forever.

Kelly said...

Oh, gosh..where to begin?? First, I'll second Mrs. Spit's Jan Karon suggestion.

One of my favorite authors is Jamie Langston Turner. Some people think her books are too wordy and involved, but I love them and find them quite uplifting. I would suggest starting with the first, 'Suncatchers'.

As for humor, have you read any of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovitch?

I could make SO MANY more suggestions, but I'll stop here.

JJ said...

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck was the first book that popped in my head. Great funny parts and it really inspired me. Also try Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy

Danielle Michelle said...

I'm not a fantasy fan: but the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I had to read them in college and fell in love with them. I know many have watched the movies, but the books really show what Tolkien was trying to portray. He was a family man and his faith and family were his priorities. The books show this in such depth at times it brought tears to my eyes. The books are about integrity, and faith, and most of all, friendship and how it shapes you.

Debby said...

Bob B? Maybe, for high humor, I could just watch you and Hal banter back and forth. Gees. You two are a hoot.

PaintedPromise said...

positive vibes in the mail for you today ;) open the envelope outside the box BEFORE you open the box!!!

Lydia said...

I think my funniest book (I'm a SciFi person) Is the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. (Don't forget your towel!)

Otherwise I just read murder mysteries... not sure if that is uplifting in any way... Nope. it's not. But it does take your mind off of things! :}

Thanks for all the book ideas everybody! What a well-read group we have here!

jeanie said...

Oh man, I am such a voracious reader of books and cannot recommend anything because if I started, you would have a recommendation for ever mood likely to hit you!!

See if you can find Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins - just for the heck of it.

Beth said...

If you want a book that is very absorbing and sucks you into another woman's life, I'd recommend 'The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden, and 'The Book of Negroes' by Lawrence Hill. The first two would be available through a library, the other is still new.

A Novel Woman said...

Oh, now you want funny! I can give you funny.

Okay, I'll tell you which books my kids wouldn't let me read in public, because I laugh so loud and snort and hiccup they get all embarrassed. Sheesh.

Anything by Bill Bryson. His travel series take you all over the world and he's high-larious. There's one on Australia IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY, and the Appalachian Trail A WALK IN THE WOODS, across America THE LOST CONTINENT, and Europe NEITHER HERE NOR THERE.

I also like anything by David Sedaris. Not only are his books some of my favourite reads, but he is on NPR. Check out Santaland Diaries:


Erma Bombeck stands the test of time.

The Stephanie Plum series is funny, funny, funny.

And to reset my batteries, I re-read Peter Mayle's books A YEAR IN PROVENCE etc. and also Frances Mayes's books, especially UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (which is NOTHING like the movie) which just make me feel good.

And when I was stressed in university, I re-read all the Anne of Green Gables books and the Narnia series. Love them. Oh, and LITTLE WOMEN.

Don't get me started on books. I ain't called A Novel Woman for nothin'.

quid said...

Deb -

Some great suggestions here.

I'm kind of in favor of a book about mindfulness; one that can practically teach you how to meditate while you are busy doing battle in many ways. "Wherever You Go, There You Are"... by Jon Kabat Zinn