Friday, December 16, 2016

Best of 2016: The rehabilitation of a curmudgeon

Reviewed by Naomi A., Reference,
Evelyn P., Administration
We had two votes for the same favorite book, so here are the reviews together:

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Naomi says:

Ove is an aging Swedish man who is very set in his ways. He has strict routines, is a man of defined principles, and has a short fuse. He is referred to as the “bitter neighbor from hell.” One day, a sociable couple with two young daughters moves in next door to him. In the process of backing in their trailer, they flatten his mailbox. This sets off a chain of events that changes Ove’s life. A cat comes to live with him; he makes new friends and teaches the pregnant neighbor how to drive a car. He and his neighbors start to understand each other, help each other, and learn from each other while becoming a real neighborhood. It's a sweet, sad, and funny story.

Evelyn writes:

My favorite, no contest, was A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, found in the Fiction section. Ove is a cranky pain in the butt. New neighbors move in and rock his world. I laughed and I cried. I don’t look at Saabs (the car) the same way now. His neighbor, pushy and pregnant, helps Ove look at life in a new way, not the way ingrained in him. I enjoyed the book so much, I’ve preordered the movie (it's a foreign film that releases here on December 27).

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library offers this as a book in regular fiction and large print; an audiobook; and an e-audio book.

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