When times are filled with difficulty, I love to escape into a good book full of laughs and charm. Here are a few that will lighten the atmosphere.

Double cup love: on the trail of family, food and broken hearts in China by Eddie Huang. A celebrity chef, Huang's story begins as a book about food, but soon evolves into a powerful story about love, family, and a search for identity as the first-generation Chinese-American travels to his homeland. Studded with hilarious stories, Double Cup Love is the follow-up to Huang's first memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, which is now a comedy airing on NBC.

Nine women, one dress by Jane L. Rosen. A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.


The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: life with the world's most melancholy cat by Tom Cox.
Follow the author's humorous and enduring adventures with his four cats -- Janet, Ralph, Shipley, and The Bear. At their beck and call, Tom writes with wit and charm as his cats set fire to their own tails, meow their own names, and carry the weight of the world on their furry shoulders while contemplating those with lesser IQs.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: a novel by Joanna Cannon.
After their neighbor goes missing, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly take matters into their own hands searching the neighborhood. However they soon discover that everyone has something to hide. Part mystery, part coming-of-age tale this is an utterly charming debut.


Add new comment

Enter the characters shown in the image.