Each month the babes discuss a new book. August's book did not disappoint! Overall, the babes would definitely recommend this book. If you'd like to know what the audience thought or what the babes discussed, watch the video below!
About the book:
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
Ambjornsen, Ingvar, 1956-
Reason: Irreverent humor and touching pathos come together in these charming, character-driven Scandinavian novels about mental patients (Elling) and a curmudgeonly old widower (A Man Called Ove) rediscovering themselves and finding their place in the world through relationships with quirky characters. -- Derek Keyser
2. This is your life, Harriet Chance!
Reason: Beneath the surface of these bittersweet, amusing novels that feature late-life indignities and relational difficulties lie the secrets and losses that might prevent the characters' happiness. Both books focus on characters' developing coping skills and learning to forgive and grow. -- Jen Baker
3. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
Reason: Lonely, awkward, regimented, maybe a little bit lacking in the social skills department, the sympathetic main characters in these charming, touching novels find their lives changing and expanding when they make unexpected friendships. -- Shauna Griffin
4. The widower's tale
Glass, Julia, 1956-
Reason: Both are funny, moving, and thoughtful novels about cantankerous old widowers whose icy personalities melt from unexpected relationships with eccentric, vibrant younger members of their communities. The Widower's Tale is more stylistically complex and features a larger cast of characters. -- Derek Keyser
5. The secret diary of Hendrik Groen
Reason: While the protagonist of A Man Called Ove engages only reluctantly with his neighbors, and the diarist Hendrik Groen proactively organizes his fellow retirees, both humorous novels offer insight into the needs and desires of older people. -- Katherine Johnson
6. The storied life of A. J. Fikry
Reason: Curmudgeonly old men with hearts of gold star in these witty, bittersweet yet heartwarming novels about widowers who find new passions for life through unexpected relationships with colorful characters in their communities. -- Derek Keyser
7. There must be some mistake
Barthelme, Frederick, 1943-
Reason: Older men discover new meaning in their lives following a devastating loss. Both characterdriven, thought-provoking novels are wryly humorous and filled with witty dialogue and offbeat situations that prompt provocative questions in both reader and protagonists. -- Jen Baker
8. The one-in-a-million boy
Reason: Readers who enjoy heartwarming stories about characters dealing with the loss of a loved one will be drawn to these novels. With charm, humor, and a delight in the characters' quirks, these stories feature unlikely friendships that improve people's lives. -- Stacey Peterson
9. All summer long
Frank, Dorothea Benton
Reason: These books share: the genre 'Mainstream fiction' and the subject 'Communities'.