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11 Books for When You Need a Good Ugly-Cry

We love a light and breezy read, but sometimes we want a book that really makes us feel. That’s where these 11 titles come into play. Load up your Kindle (and your Amazon cart…with tissues).

1. “THE BOOK THIEF” BY MARKUS ZUSAK

This 2005 novel follows a young girl in Nazi Germany who, following the death of her brother, is sent to live with foster parents who open her eyes to both the power of words and the chaos and loss surrounding her. Her solution? To steal banned books before they can be burned. Read More.
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2. “EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE” BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is wise beyond his years and mourning the loss of his father when he finds a mysterious key in his closet. His subsequent journey around New York City to find answers is riddled with humor, sweetness and intense grief. Read More.
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3. “WAVE” BY SONALI DERANIYAGALA

This is a devastating account of the author’s life before and after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which claimed the lives of her entire family, including her husband and two young sons. Despite the bleak subject matter, Deraniyagala injects the slightest amount of hope into her story—but don’t expect to get through it without bawling. Read More.
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