Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World (Paperback)
Named by The Washington Post as one of the best feel-good books of 2021
“Todd Doughty is one of the happiest people on the planet. He finds things big and small that make us smile, and in this wonderful book he shares them with a world he cherishes.”—John Grisham
“A poetic, sparkling gem you’ll want to pick up every time you need a smile. It’s the ultimate compendium of joy.”—Kevin Kwan
An enchanting collection of lists, musings, prompts, and illustrations that will inspire you to cherish all of the things--from the extraordinary to the everyday, from the big to the little--that bring hope into our lives
On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic and all of our lives began to change in unprecedented ways, Todd Doughty knew he needed to do something to help him stay connected to the everyday joys of daily life. So he wrote down a list of things that make him happy: The musical intro to “All Things Considered.” Someone forgiving you. Someone believing in you. Your foot sticking out from under a blanket in order to find the cool spot. Freshly cut yellow tulips. A really good burger.
Many, many lists later, Little Pieces of Hope pulls together the best of Doughty's lists along with never-before-seen entries, essays, musings, prompts, quotes, and playlists that offer solace, connection, and a daily touchstone of joy in a difficult world.
A beautiful keepsafe full of goreous illustrations, Little Pieces of Hope is brimming with the pleasures of life, inspiring readers to look for and celebrate the good things that surround us.
About the Author
Todd Doughty is currently SVP, deputy publisher of Doubleday and has worked at Penguin Random House for more than two decades. A graduate of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and former bookseller, he lives with his partner in Westchester County, New York.
"Todd Doughty is always the center of the Fun. He gives us nothing less than a party on paper!"
—Chuck Palahniuk, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fight Club
“I was in a rotten mood when I first picked up Todd Doughty’s “Little Pieces of Hope,” but halfway down the first page I found myself grinning. This brilliant book will remind you of all the people, places and things you love, forgot you loved, need to love. It’s a book you’ll want to buy for your best friends so you can read passages aloud to them. It’s a poetic, sparkling gem you’ll want to pick up every time you need a smile. It’s the ultimate compendium of joy.”
—Kevin Kwan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sex and Vanity
"Need a little bit of cheering up? So do we all! Here comes LITTLE PIECES OF HOPE, begun by Todd Doughty as a way of keeping his chin above the gloom water in Covid. Read on, then start your own list!" —Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale, via Twitter
"Todd Doughty is one of the happiest people on the planet. He finds things big and small that make us smile, and in this wonderful book he shares them with a world he cherishes." —John Grisham, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The book is all about boiling life down to what really matters, and its simplicity is part of its bountiful charm. It’s remarkable, really, that Doughty could up with this many happy-making things.” —Associated Press
"A dazzling spiritual grab n' go of big ideas, positive thoughts, and helpful suggestions that will lift and delight readers everywhere. Through the lens of debut author Todd Doughty, the weary world goes technicolor. Feast on high octane mixtapes, curated book titles, travel for the curious, and the best in film, theater, and sports. A small-town boy turned big city seeker, Doughty's personal stories sprinkled throughout pack a wallop as they celebrate family ties, friendship, love, and grief. Josie Portillo's illustrations are glorious. I loved it."
—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Don't Sing at The Table and The Shoemaker's Wife
"Todd Doughty gives us permission to have pleasure. Little Pieces of Hope is part meditation/part celebration, a running thank-you note, a time machine that swings us from the Day-Glo 80s to a soft focus future, a to-do list that guarantees you’ll never be bored, a mixed-tape from a person you want to be your very best friend, a rabbit hole to Wonderland and we are all Alice. Part recovery/part discovery, this book is a gift for friends, family, and most especially yourself."
—Helen Ellis, author of Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light
“Throughout 2020, Todd Doughty was my Comforter-in-Chief on Instagram. Day after day, he offered his followers poignant, cultural touchstones and Proustian madeleines that ranged from great movies to great books to the small, daily moments when we touch the numinous. He reminded us of the remarkable, exquisite beauty that exists in even the toughest of times, and gave us all reasons to—and here is the greatest gift of all—hope. This book will make you nod with recognition and smile with uncontrollable joy. Bonus? You will also find dozens of new songs and photos and books and musicals and TV series to savor. Everything about Little Pieces of Hope is a gem. You will cherish it when the world is smiling upon you and reach for it when the world is closing in."
—Chris Bohjalian, #1 bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch
"Todd Doughty has given us the gift of his delight, which is one of the most precious gifts we can collectively receive right now. This lovely collection gives weight to the ordinary and gives levity to heaviness - a cozy antidote to the accumulation of worry. Next time you're tempted to doom scroll, pick up this treasure trove instead: spend time with it and feel your spirit restored and your outlook illuminated. Go out in the world with more ease, and begin to cherish life's joys. —Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author