If you're looking for a good uplifting read, this is it:
I read it in one day (and night), I enjoyed it so much. It's the true story of a mother of ten children in the 50's and 60's who, with no help from her alcoholic husband, basically raised her family on earnings from jingles contests. Her positive attitude and sense of humor were so inspiring.
I know that a movie has been made about it, and I hope to see it soon, although often times movies aren't as great as the book.
So...go find the book at your library--you will enjoy it, I promise!