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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rose-Colored Books

On this special leap day, it seems appropriate to explore books that offer a bit of extra optimism. Writing in The Huffington Post, author Amy Spencer offers some suggestions ("Seven Surprisingly Optimistic Books," Feb. 28, 2012). According to Spencer, optimism is “a belief that your life is going to work out for the best. However sad or challenging an experience might feel in the moment, there is a benefit to be gained. Centuries of literature have taught us this lesson over and over.” Here are her recommendations:

Half a Life by Darin Strauss

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

He Is Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

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