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Subject: Books that moved you to tears --"Literally"
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 12:48 PM ET
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Hello Dear Readers,

I'm looking for a story that will pull emotions out of you.  Something that will make the tears flow!  What book has turned on your waterworks?

(The last book that brought tears to my eyes was FIREBIRD by Janice Graham, for my sister it was POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver, my mom REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY by Robert Waller)

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:04 PM ET
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Okay, well, that would have to be Some Wildflower in My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner.  The book probably did not have the same effect on others as it did me, but something about the main character and the setting was just very bittersweet for me.  I remember having to put it down several times toward the end, because I was just bawling my eyes out.

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:05 PM ET
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The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Marley and Me by John Grogan

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:24 PM ET
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Where the Red Fern Grows

Gone with the Wind

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:41 PM ET
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Last  most recent book I read was, One True Thing others are A CHILD CALLED IT (will never ever forget the horror of that story), Do They Wear High Heels In Heaven, A Nest of Sparrows, Perfect Match, Plain Truth,  PS I love You, Range of Motion and A Sundog Moment and  Marley and Me, and Never Change.  All I can think of right now!

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 2:10 PM ET
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Marley & Me by John Grogan (more than the rest!)

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 2:50 PM ET
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More years ago than I can remember, but I was flying, nose stuck in a book  The Thorn Birds.....next thing I knoww I was sobbing.....so embarrassing, hahaha  I was completely lost in the book.   Hugs Pat

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:11 PM ET
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Color Purple

Old Yeller


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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:25 PM ET
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Tons have made me cry, these have made me sob, snot and all:

Patti Jane's House of Curl (I was in the mood for a good cry)

Nakoa's Woman (all 20-something times I read it)

Centennial (all 20-something times I read it)

The Color Purple

And Kathleen Eagle's Sunrise Song

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 5:44 PM ET
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I agree with Marley and Me and I also suggest Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 5:49 PM ET
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Marly and Me. What is Dear John about Caryn? Did anybody catch the auther of Marly and Me on the Animal Planet? The next dog they had. He had some behaverl problems. That guy Cezer he could talk to dogs. Or he could train them well. Cezer was a big fan of Marly And Me also. I think that's what his name is.

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 5:51 PM ET
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The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Anyone Out There by Marian Keyes

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 5:58 PM ET
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Natasha - I have to second Some Wildflowers in My Heart!!! I don't know anyone who could read it and not be moved to tears.  I lent that book to everyone I knew and lost my copy in the process.  I bought a second copy for my keeper shelf, because I know I will reread it some day. You are right, there is just something about the main characters, Margaret and Birdie, that are so appealing.

I haven't seen this one mentioned, but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  by Jonathan Safran Foer moved me to tears.  I read it and listened to the audio CD and it just grabbed me in a way I can't explain.  I am sure it would not affect everyone this way, but I just loved that book.

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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 8:22 PM ET
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  • Maya's First Rose
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  • The Notebook
  • The Color Purple
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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 9:37 PM ET
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P.S. I Love You had me crying so much.....


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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 10:39 PM ET
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Pat, i cried reading the Thornbirds too!

Also, the Notebook brought me to tears a couple of times.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 2:59 AM ET
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I just finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and it had so much heartbreak in it I almost couldn't stand it.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 7:37 AM ET
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For me it was A Walk to Remember.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:57 AM ET
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I agree with Patty Jane's House of Curl.  Loved the story!

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 10:35 AM ET
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Most recently:  "For Laci" by Sharon Rocha - Every mother's worst nightmare.  Laci Peterson's mom tells her story.  I read it with a constant lump in my throat - maybe because I have daughters.  Truly heartbreaking.


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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 11:46 AM ET
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Marley and Me by John Grogan

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by John Patterson


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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 11:49 AM ET
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Dear John is the latest Nicholas Sparks book about a soldier who meets a woman on leave and falls in love and has to go back to fighting the war.  Nicholas Sparks are usually great tear jerkers.  I have Patty Jane's House of Curl on my reminder list.  I might have to grab that one!

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 12:03 PM ET
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I almost never cry over books or movies.    But Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury did it for me.   It made me grieve all over again for the loss of 9/11.     Very realistic.    It just touched me so deeply.   VERY unusual for me.       I have read most of the books that have been mentioned, and loved them, but were not as touched as I was by this book.     Part of it is the writing and part of it is the setting - 9/11!!        This is Christian fiction if anyone is looking for it.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 1:35 PM ET
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My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris does it for me.  I've read it twice and cried both times.

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Date Posted: 9/6/2007 1:56 PM ET
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I'm sure there have been many, but the first book that ever brought me to tears comes to mind:


Where the Red Fern Grows




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