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Good Books to Read in Spring

Hopeful & Coming of Age Books

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Good books are always a pleasure to read, but some books have a setting or tone that matches a season. These good books to read in spring are books where the characters blossom and where there is hope in the midst of struggles, like flowers on bare branches.

'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Random House
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a delightful novel that takes place in modern day Britain, but has old world charm. When Major Pettigrew's brother dies, it opens the door for an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Ali, the local shopkeeper who is Pakistani. As their relationship blossoms, Major must confront attitudes about class and race within himself and the community. It is inspiring to read a love story about characters who demonstrate integrity despite their flaws.
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'Beginner's Greek' by James Collins

Beginner's Greek by James Collins
Little, Brown

Beginner's Greek is the debut novel from James Collins. The story of Holly and Peter is a simple, old-fashioned story that’s sweet but not treacly; beautifully-written but not precious. In spring, it is lovely to imagine that you might join the birds and the bees in finding true and fated love.

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'When You Reach Me' by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Random House Children's Books

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a young adult novel that was released in 2009 and won the 2010 Newbery Award.  When You Reach Me is part mystery, part science fiction, part coming of age story. It is a good pick for adults to read in spring because it will remind you what it is like to be young again and it will inspire you to look at problems in new ways.

 

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'Fire in the Blood' by Irène Némirovsky

Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
Knopf

Fire in the Blood is a recently discovered novella by Irène Némirovsky, written in French in 1941 before Némirovsky was killed in Auschwitz during World War II and translated into English by Sandra Smith. Fire in the Blood is a simple but well written story of village life in France before the war and the passions of youth. The setting and romance have a very "spring" feel to them.

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'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Picador

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is told by Cal, a hermaphrodite who was raised as a girl until adolescence. Cal tells the story of his family of Greek immigrants over three generations, weaving a tale of mythic quality that is at the same time as down-to-earth as the motor city in which they live.

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