A Man Called Ove: A Novel
By Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove (pronounced ooo-va). He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger and columnist. A Man Called Ove, his first novel, has sold more than 500,000 copies in its native country and has been published in more than twenty-five languages all over the world. His second novel, My Grandmother Sent Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, will be published by Atria in 2015.
GR Reads: The Movies – Harold and Maude
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, doors open at 7:15 pm; show starts at 8:00 pm
Wealthy Theatre – 1130 Wealthy SE
A cult favorite, Harold and Maude is the story about the friendship between a young, rich man who is obsessed with death and the anarchic, quirky lady he meets at a funeral. The relationship deepens as Maude teaches Harold to live life to its fullest. Tickets are available at grcmc.org or at the box office. Show your GRPL library card for a discount.
Impressive Bicycle Repair
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
Do you have a bicycle that could use a tune up but don’t know a spoke wrench from a tire lever? Spoke Folks is a bicycle co-op designed to make cycling accessible to everyone. This class will teach you everything you need to keep your bike in top condition and impress everyone with your skills.
Rookie Renovator Classes
Dates and Times vary, 10:00 am
Home Repair Services – 1100 S. Division
Some people are fortunate enough to have an Ove nearby to teach them the proper way to fix things. For everyone else, there is the Fix-It School at Home Repair Services. These free drop-in classes will teach you about a wide range of home maintenance and repair projects. Call 616.241.2601 for more information.
Saturday, June 27
Cabinet Installation: learn procedures for installing kitchen and bath cabinetry
Saturday, July 18
Electrical: learn the functions of electricity and safe installation techniques
Saturday, August 29
Plumbing: learn about water supply, drainage systems, and simple repairs
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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin