Welcome to GH Book Club — your destination for ☀️one feel-good book☀️ every month!
The year 2020 wasn't easy — and for most, it meant far more time spent at home without many of the people and pastimes that comfort us (spending time with family and friends, traveling and even physically participating in the communities we love). The pandemic also put more pressure than ever on our favorite hobbies to "perform" (read: bring us joy) — and truthfully, crafting the ultimate sourdough starter can only do so much for your mind, body and soul.
So if you're on the hunt for a new way to spend your time 2021 that doesn't involve doomscrolling, we're here to suggest reigniting your passion for reading by joining our brand-new book club. The twist? We'll be focusing solely on reads that will make you feel great, delivering a dose of positivity each month with an uplifting page-turner that will engage your mind and make you smile. At the end of the year, our hope is that your bookshelf will be filled to the brim with thought-provoking, inspiring fiction and non-fiction picks from both well-known and emerging authors — and that you discover a rekindled (or newfound) reading habit that will help you cultivate a sunnier outlook on life, and may even improve your memory and longevity.
How to join: Sign up for Good Housekeeping's newsletter to get a monthly reminder when a new book has been chosen. Then, buy the book. Finally, share this page with your friends so you can enjoy the book together. Don't forget to check back here the first week of every month to learn about our favorite new read and share what you loved about this month's book in the comments!
With every book hand-picked by Good Housekeeping editors, we want these reads improve your life and enrich your day-to-day routine, whether through uplifting stories and inspiring character journeys, peeks into lived experiences or ideas that challenge the status quo and offer new perspectives.
PICK OF THE MONTH:
The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee
Larisa Pearl doesn’t mean to lie, but when the owner of the Little French Bridal Shop assumes she’s getting married, she doesn’t correct her even though she doesn’t so much as have a boyfriend. Her response just slips out — she’s been so distracted by dealing with her late great-aunt’s estate, settling back into her seaside Massachusetts hometown after her big-city life in Boston implodes and trying to cope with her mother’s worsening dementia. Before long, the small town is abuzz with the news of the nonexistent nuptials. Meanwhile, Larisa reconnects with the estate’s handyman, who happens to be having marital struggles. You’ll laugh, cry and swoon as Larisa tries to keep up the ruse along with a cast of characters who quickly feel like friends. This heartwarming tale gets right to the root of the struggle to start your own life while caring for an ailing parent reaching the end of theirs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Dupee is the eldest of a set of fraternal triplets, and she grew up seeking any quiet corner of the house so that she could read, write, and work on puzzles. Her life-long passion for old houses inspired Elmhurst, the grand home featured in her debut novel, The Little French Bridal Shop, which St. Martin’s Press will publish March 2021.
She’s a keen observer of human life and writes in an imagistic and prosaic style infused with an impish sense of humor and tender moments. Her goal with her writing is to make you laugh, cry, and think a little more deeply about the world and the people around you.
Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her honors in Creative Writing. She is an active member of the Grub Street writing community in Boston and has published in The Feminist Press. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Jones First Novel Competition and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.
Jennifer Dupee lives in a historic house just outside of Boston with her family and is currently at work on her next two novels.
EARLIER BOOK CLUB PICKS
• January 2021: The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin. BUY NOW
• February 2021: This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith. BUY NOW
• March 2021: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. BUY NOW