A simple, superb story about the joys of knowing oneself and plainly and unapologetically seeking happiness — an inspiring tale. Addie and Louis, a widow and widower who are neighbors, but not friends, enter a new type of relationship that could be seen as scandalous to the outside world, but suits both of them wonderfully. Tenderly, and in spare style, the author describes the evolution of this relationship with the intimacy the relationship itself embodies. This book, like the pairing it chronicles, favors artful simplicity in place of dramatic flair. It’s a charming, relatable tale about what could be, if we were all more courageous in pursuing our desires.

#21 Our souls at night