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Thanks!  I'm going to keep this.  A lot of these look interesting.

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Gentle Fiction

Reader Advisor Carol Mathews has put together a list of fiction books that
are gentle, nostalgic and simple in nature.

As the Earth Turns by Gladys Hasty Carroll.
An enduring novel, written with deep affection, describes one year in the
life of a taciturn Maine farmer and his family. Their story encompasses the
flow of the seasons, details of farm life, and the dramas of rural
experience. RC 18555.

Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.
The narrator describes a series of hilarious episodes in his boyhood,
beginning in the 1920s, when he went to live with his highly eccentric aunt.
He also satirizes would-be avant garde intellectuals, suburban racial
prejudice, and snobbism in general. Auntie Mame series, book 1. RC 25837.

Breakaway by Louise Field Cooper.
When a sixty-year-old widow receives a visit from a garrulous brother who
appears to have no intention of leaving, she sets out to see the world on
her own. In France she meets a retired civil engineer and suddenly is
happier than ever. Humorous and charming. RC 10791.

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
An account of happy family life in the 1920s. The author's father, an
efficiency expert who believed in living fully, entertained and practiced
some very unconventional ideas about raising his many children. This edition
contains an update on the twelve original Gilbreths and their many children.
Gilbreth Family series, book 1. RC 23282, BR 353. Also available as a
descriptive video, DV 516.

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns.
Just three weeks after Granny's death, Will Tweedy's Grandpa marries the
pretty, thirtyish town milliner, Miss Love Simpson. It's 1906 and the town
of Cold Sassy, Georgia, is shocked. Fourteen-year-old Will takes it all
in--his Grandpa's rejuvenation and Cold Sassy's reaction--while he
experiences some major life changes of his own.
Will Tweedy series, book 1. For high school and older readers. RC 39112.

The End of the Road by Tom Bodett.
Bodett writes of his imaginary Alaskan hometown, in a style like that of
Garrison Keillor in "Lake Wobegon Days (RC 22969)." You'll meet such
characters as Mayor, Richard Weekly; Tamara Dupree, a vegetarian activist
and animal lover; Ed Flannigan, who drives a dump truck; Argus Winslow and
Bud Koenig, who are constantly at odds with each other; and Doug McDoogan,
who wins the salmon throw. RC 31841.

Good Morning, Miss Dove by Frances Gray Patton.
This novel celebrates the old-fashioned American schoolteacher, a strict
disciplinarian, dedicated to her work, and well acquainted with her
generations of pupils. Miss Dove remembers her thirty-five years of teaching
as she rests after an illness. RC 28208.

The Homecoming: A Novel about Spencer's Mountain by Earl Hamner.
On a snowy Christmas Eve in rural Virginia, a family of nine anxiously
awaits the return of the father from an out-of-town job.
Warm story of close family relationships and everyday happenings amid the
hardships of the Depression. RC 7544, BR 1474.

Julie by Catherine Marshall.
A novel which draws inspiration from the life of the late author.
Julie Wallace relates her family's ordeal in a flood-prone town in western
Pennsylvania during the 1930s. Her father buys the weekly newspaper in a
company town run by the ruthless owners of the local steel mill. As a
reporter for the paper, Julie crusades against the steel barons and exposes
a life-threatening dam they refuse to fortify. She also discovers the
miseries and delights of first love.
RC 21210, BR 6005.

Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor.
Autobiographical sketches with stories about the inhabitants of Lake
Wobegon, an imaginary Minnesota town that cannot be found on the map.
Lake Wobegon's history and mores are presented. Tales of the town are
outrageous, earthy, warm, sly, and sometimes both funny and sad.  RC 22969,
BR 7581.

Let the Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane.
A short novel of frontier life in the Dakotas and the young couple who face
crop failure, winter storms, separation, and loneliness with a staunch
courage and steadfastness. RC 27780, BR 122.

Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes.
Sketches of life in a Norwegian-American family. The various members have
their small adventures, but Mama always emerges as the heroine.
 From her the children learn courage, honesty, and straight thinking. RC

Mrs. Parkington by Louis Bromfield.
Charming and forceful old lady reminisces about her adventurous past and
plans for the happiness and security of her descendants. RC 12284.

Mrs. Tim Christie by Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
An amusing novel about six months in the life of a British Highlander
officer's wife. Hester Christie copes with Aunt Ethel's visit in her Rolls
Royce; social teas, a cross cook and cranky car, and some marital
misunderstandings. Mrs. Tim series, book 1. RC 7378.

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley.
Life becomes an adventure for spinster Helen McGill when a red-bearded
"professor" sells her his wagon bookshop complete with a horse, Pegasus, and
a dog, Boccaccio. Together they set off to sell the joys of literature and
books in the hamlets of New England. RC 21108, BR 715.

The Plum Thicket by Janice Holt Giles.
A grandmother returns to the dusty Arkansas town where she spent her most
unforgettable summer with her own grandparents in the early 1900s. At age
eight, with acute perception but little understanding, she became a central
character in a tense drama involving her aunt, her grandmother, a young
doctor, and a housemaid. RC 48128.

The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty.
Edna Earle Ponder, who runs a hotel in a small Mississippi town, relates the
story of her beloved Uncle Daniel Ponder who was rich, soft-hearted, and
erratic. RC 9758.

The Rose Thieves by Heidi Jon Schmidt.
Kate's account of growing up in rural New England with her parents, two
sisters, and brother leaves the impression of looking through the family
photo album with her. Kate tells of the tea party for the minister and his
wife that turns into a social disaster; of her sixteenth birthday, when she
awakens to find the family car full of flowers from her sister; of her
parents' divorce; and of the hooker's shoe. RC 33953, BR 10584.

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly.
A woman recalls her seventeenth summer when she lived in a small Wisconsin
town in the leisurely days before World War II and fell in love for the
first time. RC 25758.

The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright.
A sentimental and religious tale of the Ozark country. The main characters
are two mountaineers, old Matt and young Matt, a girl named Sammy, and Jim
Lane who is young Matt's rival for Sammy's hand. RC 29860.

The Snow Ball by A.R. Gurney.
Memories of a special couple, Jack and Kitty, and their magical dancing at
the once-elegant annual ball are the focal point of this nostalgic novel.
Two middle-aged members of the old crowd decide to revive the Snow Ball in
Buffalo and bring Kitty and Jack back for one last dance. RC 23498.

Spencer's Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr.
Recounts a year in the life of the Spencer family, who live in the foothills
of Virginia, and especially that of Clay-Boy, as he prepares to leave
Spencer's Mountain for his first year of college.
RC 45671, BR 11544.

Suds in Your Eye by Mary Lasswell.
Sentimental novel about three elderly ladies who thumb their noses at
misfortune and constantly refresh their spirits with quantities of cold
beer. RC 14660.

Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans.
In this prequel to The Christmas Box (RC 43556), David and MaryAnne Parkin
of Salt Lake City, 1908, attach special significance to a timepiece that
becomes a symbol of the importance of time spent with loved ones. Parkin
Family series, book 1. RC 43227.

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene.
Retired banker Henry Pulling, a sheltered bachelor, encounters spry Aunt
Augusta at his mother's funeral. When she persuades Henry to leave his
gardening and accompany her on some journeys. RC 52405, BR 1253.

The Two Farms by Mary Emily Pearce.
Gentle, pastoral tale set in nineteenth-century England where two farms
share a valley. John Sutton's lands prosper under the management of Jim
Lundy, while Morris Riddler's smaller property declines. Sutton seems
certain to acquire his neighbor's farm until his spoiled son steals the
affection of the woman Lundy loves. A warmhearted, down-to-earth story of
pluck and hearts on the mend. RC 26502.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg.
New York TV anchor Dena Nordstrom's career is flourishing, but her private
life is not. Then her high-stress job--combined with too many nights out on
the town--takes its toll, and Dena goes back to her hometown to recuperate.
Pondering her past and wondering about her future, she finds unexpected
pleasures in the small Missouri town.
Elmwood Springs series, book 1. RC 47006.

Wellspring by Janice Holt Giles.
Delightful collection of bright, touching tales about the land and people of
Kentucky and Appalachia. Included are reminiscences, short stories, and
factual pieces. RC 9374.

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