Heartwarming Fiction

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 Out of literary fashion for decades, her insight and compassion retain a devoted following, who re-read and recommend classics like ''The Dean's Watch'' and ''Green Dolphin Street''.
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 Out of literary fashion for decades, her insight and compassion retain a devoted following, who re-read and recommend classics like [[The Dean's Watch -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/118779]] and [[Green Dolphin Street -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1651330]].
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 Her Mitford series starts with ''At Home in Mitford.''
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 Her Mitford series starts with [[At Home in Mitford -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1927560]].
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''To Serve Them All My Days'' by R.F. Delderfield

''The Monk Downstairs'' by Tim Farrington

''Charms for the Easy Life'' by Kaye Gibbons

''The Secret Life of Bees'' by Sue Monk Kidd

''The Shell Seekers'' by Rosamund Pilcher

''The Stone Diaries'' by Carol Shields
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[[To Serve Them All My Days -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1442848]] by R.F. Delderfield

[[The Monk Downstairs -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/2156452]] by Tim Farrington

[[Charms for the Easy Life -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1778740]] by Kaye Gibbons

[[The Secret Life of Bees -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/663309]] by Sue Monk Kidd

[[The Shell Seekers -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/2467069]] by Rosamund Pilcher

[[The Stone Diaries -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1812929]] by Carol Shields
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''Kaaterskill Falls'' by Allegra Goodman

''Dean's List'' by Jon Hassler

''Empire Falls'' by Richard Russo

''Bonesetter's Daughter'' by Amy Tan
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[[Kaaterskill Falls -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1977634]] by Allegra Goodman

[[Dean's List -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/437099]] by Jon Hassler

[[Empire Falls -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/2107698]] by Richard Russo

[[Bonesetter's Daughter -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/2428162]] by Amy Tan
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Like a Jane Austen or Barbara Pym without the edge.  Try ''Cranford'': life in a small Victorian English village, where nothing is too trifling to be talked about over tea. Warm, funny and insightful. Hard to resist a first line like, "In the first place, Cranford is in the possession of the Amazons..."
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Like a Jane Austen or Barbara Pym without the edge.  Try [[Cranford -> http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/1565317]]: life in a small Victorian English village, where nothing is too trifling to be talked about over tea. Warm, funny and insightful. Hard to resist a first line like, "In the first place, Cranford is in the possession of the Amazons..."
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(:title Heartwarming Fiction:)
(:description recommended authors and titles for those who like Anne Lamott or Jan Karon - January 2008:)

Uplifting reading, for anyone who likes Anne Lamott or Jan Karon.  Here are books to leave you feeling good about life! Added January 2008.

'''Good Authors:'''\\

''Elizabeth Gaskell''\\
Like a Jane Austen or Barbara Pym without the edge.  Try ''Cranford'': life in a small Victorian English village, where nothing is too trifling to be talked about over tea. Warm, funny and insightful. Hard to resist a first line like, "In the first place, Cranford is in the possession of the Amazons..."

''Rumer Godden''\\
An Anglo-Indian writer concerned with spirituality and individual growth; sometimes she grapples with social issues, but always in a positive way.

''Elizabeth Goudge''\\
 Out of literary fashion for decades, her insight and compassion retain a devoted following, who re-read and recommend classics like ''The Dean's Watch'' and ''Green Dolphin Street''.

''Jan Karon''\\
 Her Mitford series starts with ''At Home in Mitford.''

''Miss Read''\\
 Another small-village series, this one in England.

''Eugenia Price''\\
 Historical novels set in the Southern states.

''Barbara Pym''\\
 She can be a bit more satiric than the others, but still is overall "warm."

''Jessamyn West''\\
 Small-town life again, this time infused with a Quaker sensibility.

'''Other Authors to Try - a bit lighter'''\\
''Faith Baldwin''\\
 Here we enter the field of escapist romance, but well crafted, readable, and unfailingly upbeat; a bestseller from the 1920s through the 1970s.

''Elizabeth Cadell''\\
 Another Anglo-Indian writer whose light social satire and romance are infused with a love of humanity.


''D.E. Stevenson''\\
 Another English writer, whose touch of romance is less important than social commentary and character development.

''Joanna Trollope''\\
 One critic said her hallmarks are "families in the throes of crisis; sympathetic characters; plenty of cheering warmth and humour and lots of lovely details."

'''Specific Novels by Others'''

''To Serve Them All My Days'' by R.F. Delderfield

''The Monk Downstairs'' by Tim Farrington

''Charms for the Easy Life'' by Kaye Gibbons

''The Secret Life of Bees'' by Sue Monk Kidd

''The Shell Seekers'' by Rosamund Pilcher

''The Stone Diaries'' by Carol Shields

'''Other Novels, not quite as on-target, but close:'''

''Kaaterskill Falls'' by Allegra Goodman

''Dean's List'' by Jon Hassler

''Empire Falls'' by Richard Russo

''Bonesetter's Daughter'' by Amy Tan

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