Good Books for Grownups

Coming-of-age stories about people 25 to 40-something often bore me–been there, done that. Give me a novel about someone in the second half of life and I’m hooked. Romance, self-discovery, spiritual growth, personal challenges, and family drama, it’s all there nuanced with the complexity that more time on earth and less time ahead can bring. Here are several books that completely took me in. Perhaps you would like to suggest others.

Stewart Onan: Emily Alone and Wish You Were Here

Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitterage

George Hodgeman: Bettyville, A Memoir

Elizabeth Berg: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

David Guterson: East of the Mountains

Kathryn Maeglin: A Hunka Hunka Nursing Love (romance genre)

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