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What’s Grump Lit?

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Books about grumpy older women (or men) whose compassion and tenderness are displayed after their grumpiness is challenged by perfect strangers who make them think twice about their beliefs in people. Here are a few books to help you get started! 

A Man called Ove (Audiobook Download) (Book on CD) (Book) (Large Print)

There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbors who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

Our Souls at Night (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book) (Large Print)

Addie Moore has lost her husband, and one day she boldly invites a neighbor, widower Louis, whom she does not know well, to come to spend the night sleeping with her (chastely, just so that she may have someone to talk to and confide in during those particularly lonely early-morning hours). Meanwhile, Addie’s grown son is in a troubled marriage, and because of that, he dumps his son on her. Her grandson’s boyish energy attracts Louis even more than it does Addie, and once Louis gets the boy a dog, the three—no, the four, including the delightfully affectionate new pooch—form a new family unit from the spare parts surrounding them.

The Other Side of Everything: a novel (Audiobook Download) (eBook)  (Book

A curmudgeonly widower emerges from a hermit-like existence in the wake of a neighborhood murder that implicates an artistic cancer survivor who creates suspiciously realistic paintings of the crime scene in her efforts to cope, a situation that is further complicated by an abandoned teen who finds herself drawn to the chief suspect.

The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book

Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book) (Large Print)

The riotous journal of an octogenarian who is far from reaching the end of his life traces a year in his care home in Amsterdam, revealing the ups and downs of his misadventures with the anarchic “Old-But-Not-Dead Club” and a longtime crush whom he courted to devastating effect.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book) (Large Print)

Embarking on a walk across Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in 1984, eighty-five-year-old Lillian Boxfish recalls her long and eventful life, which included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, whose career was cut short by marriage and loss.

The Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules (Audiobook Download)  (eBook

Bored with her dull, drab life in a retirement home, Martha and four of her best friends rebel against the rules imposed on them.

A Christmas Carol (Audiobook Download) (Book) (Large Print)

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book

In this poignant, charming debut, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper stopped engaging with life a year ago, when his wife of 40 years died. But the discovery among her things of a charm bracelet he’d never seen before prompts a quest to discover the origins of the bracelet and all of its charms. His adventures take him from his home in York through the English countryside, and on to Paris and India. If you’re looking for a feel-good novel about personal transformations, you won’t go wrong with The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. — Description by Shauna Griffin.

An Unnecessary Woman (Book

Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in Beirut, yearly translating a new book she loves into Arabic even as her thoughts range over her own life and the chaotic life of her city, past and present.

A Gentleman in Moscow (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book) (Large Print)

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry  (Book

A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances. — Beth Mills for LibraryReads.

The Widower’s Tale (Audiobook Download) (eBook) (Book

Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, 70-year-old Percy haplessly allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to reexamine the choices he made in the decades after his wife’s death.

Hotel Silence  (eBook) (Book

Description: A charming and tender novel about a recently divorced man on a life-changing journey into a war-torn country, where he finds the tools to mend the lives of those he encounters.

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