Reading List for the Winter Blues


To help you stave off the winter blues while you’re stuck inside this winter, the library has put together a reading list of fiction and nonfiction books that are funny, thought-provoking, inspiring, and uplifting.



Click on any title to put it on hold on our online catalog!

Here are a few standout titles:



A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill  Bryson

“The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).” -Goodreads.com



A Long Walk to Freedom : The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela: Mandela,  Nelson: 9780349106533: Amazon.com: Books

“Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. After his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela was at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is still revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history’s greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela told the extraordinary story of his life — an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.” -Amazon.com



Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things: Lawson, Jenny:  9781250077028: Amazon.com: Books

“In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

‘I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.'” -Goodreads.com



If you have any questions about putting any of these books on hold, please leave a comment below, call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111, or message us on our chat service.

Thanks for reading,
-George, FTPL

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