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Subject: Tear Jerker
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 2:34 PM ET
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Have you read a really good 'tear jerker' lately?  Something that will tug at your emotions and get the 'waterworks' flowing.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 6:00 PM ET
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I have had several books that made me cry but the one that really, really, really did it for me was Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  I think by the fourth chapter I had cried about 5 times. 

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 7:01 PM ET
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I didn't read it recently but Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers. Don't let the cover fool you-not your average romance.  Very strong story about love and redemption.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 11:24 PM ET
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Many Nicholas Sparks novels are tear jerkers, like THE WEDDING.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 10:32 AM ET
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The last book that I remember crying a lot was Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - I was almost sobbing :(

Oh! and Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain were tear-jerkers.

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Date Posted: 3/29/2009 11:41 AM ET
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I went through almost half a box of Kleenex while reading Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 12:27 PM ET
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I cried multiple times while reading All the Numbers by Judy Merrill Larsen.  Haven't cried that much over a book before or since.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 2:26 PM ET
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My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoulti

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:44 PM ET
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This isn't a typical tear jerker, but I just read Into The Wild, and had a more emotional response to it than any other book I've read in a long time. The story really lingered with me, maybe because it's nonfiction and you really have to think about what these people went through. It's an incredible book.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 5:09 PM ET
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Try Karen Kingsbury.  A lot of her books are tear jerkers.  There is an awesome series called the Baxter series.

Her stand alone book, Like Dandilion Dust was probably the biggest tear jerker book I have read..Awesome!

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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:22 AM ET
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I tend to avoid tear jerkers when I can. But I read Marley and ME and the 5 People you Meet in Heaven, both good books but tear jerkers. The movie to Marley and Me makes you cry even harder. 

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:12 PM ET
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All the Numbers and My Sister's Keeper both had me in the kleenex box over and over again.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 7:03 PM ET
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Yes - another vote for All the Numbers.  The author is a PBS member and we were just talking to her last night about the book.  Tissues are a must for that book!

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 8:49 PM ET
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I take great pride - dumb I know - in the fact that I seldom if ever cry at movies and reading books.

All the Numbers :: Judy Merrill Larsen had me in tears several times.   One of my all time favorite books.  

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Date Posted: 4/14/2009 11:05 PM ET
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I hadn't heard of All The Numbers and I just checked out the synopsis. Just that practically had me in tears. I really don't think I could handle reading it.

I have been known to cry over sappy commercials, I can just see me reading that book.

I did cry buckets while reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury.

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Date Posted: 4/15/2009 9:47 PM ET
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Great topic, two books that I can recently think of are:

After Anne by Roxanne Henhke is a total tearjerker.  So heartfelt and real.  Cried like a baby!

 All The Numbers.....that made me cry also.

Last Edited on: 4/15/09 9:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/15/2009 11:03 PM ET
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A couple of months ago I read Luanne Rice's Cloud Nine and kept reaching for the tissues, a rarity for me.


Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:50 PM ET
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The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens always makes me cry. (I know, I'm a huge sap!)

Little Women is another one that never fails to bring on the waterworks. (I told you I'm a huge sap! Lol!)


Date Posted: 4/18/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Another huge Judy Larsen fan here. All the Numbers is a must read!

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 12:46 PM ET
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For me 102 Minutes was very emotional.  It's the story of the Twin Towers on 9/11 from the time of the first plane hitting to the second tower falling, told from the perspective of the people inside the towers.  Parts of it were just devastating to read and learn about.  Everytime someone reported "Oh my God, they're jumping..." I had to close the book and take a break.  But I'm not sure this is the type of tear jerker you meant in your post.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 8:09 PM ET
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The Education of Little Tree  is by far the saddest book I have ever read.  Can't remember the Author.  It is a short book, but very sad.


Date Posted: 4/20/2009 8:42 PM ET
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Stephanie - thanks for the review...I just ordered this book. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2009 10:22 PM ET
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PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern...gets me every time. Just watched the movie over the weekend and it was really good too.

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I cried buckets while reading Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter, My Sister's Keeper, and Marley and Me.

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 11:57 AM ET
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Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos and Still Alice by Lisa Genova are two books that will live forever in my heart and on my bookshelf to be read again.