For this Sunday’s List, we asked Entropy contributors to share the books that help them to feel hope, and remember that humans can be good.
Frog and Toad
Lynda Barry’s The Greatest of Marley’s and James Baldwin’s Collected Essays
Erin Hart Wisti
Les Mierables! Also, this obscure story from an anthology my dad got me when I was sick with pneumonia at 18 called “Gabe” by Holiday Reinhorn – it’s about wanting to love, and to feel empathetic, and how incredibly hard that is sometimes. It’s very sad, but it always reminds me to push myself to feel more.
When I have a really bad day, I find myself rereading the short story, “Afterworld” by Anthony Doerr. It reminds me there are many worlds folded into this one, that we wait for each other after we die, and our knowledge of existence and the universe is extremely limited.
The Little Prince
When the world is terrible and everything is terrible I always turn to the Harry Potter series.
The simplicity of Arthur Bradford’s stories, even when they’re melancholy, always leaves me feeling deeply soothed, like life is not so very complicated after all.
Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl
ARK by Ronald Johnson. You don’t read this book so much as live beneath the shelter it provides for awhile.