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Subject: October-ish books
Date Posted: 9/4/2011 10:47 PM ET
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I am in charge of choosing a book for my ladies' book club for the month of October.  I am feeling like something "seasonal."  Not horror or murder mysteries but someting with witches and magic and haunting but not too scary.  Also something worth discussing at a book club meeting.  Any suggestions are appreciated! 

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 7:16 AM ET
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How about Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic or Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House? Bram Stoker's Dracula?


Date Posted: 9/5/2011 7:44 PM ET
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Unfortunately, copies of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, by R. A. Hill, are now scarce as hen's teeth.  It's a delightful fantasy tale of a widow who moves into an old house by the sea, to find it is still haunted by its former occupant, or his ghost, that is   She needs money to support herself and two little daughters, he is just plain lonely and so goes to pains not to frighten Mrs. M away.  Together, they . . . . .  Well, maybe your book group would enjoy watching the DVD together.  It's available through NetFlix, and it follows the book version closely enough.  

Another 'ghostly' romance (but a quite chaste one)  I read long ago was Tryst, by Elswyth Thane.  Copies of it are also difficult to find, these days.  Why on earth do publishers let these lovely old books go out of print?