Beautiful Stories About Extraordinary Families

A Listmania! list by Lilia
The list author says: "I also recommend "Virgins of Paradise" by Barbara Wood. The Chinchilla Girl in Exile A.N.

Quite a few of these titles feature magical realism.

Garden Spells 2!"
Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)
1.  Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery) by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "The Waverleys are a strange family, each with a special gift that enriches their lives and isolates them from the other members of their small community. When Claire's destiny moves in next door putting her perfect world in chaos,  Sydney shows up on her estranged sister's doorstep after disappearing 10 years ago, with her daughter and a dark secret in tow."
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The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader's Circle)
2.  The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader's Circle) by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "When Della Lee decides to hide away in Josey's closet, giving advice and insights, Josey is shocked into taking chances and starting to live her own life. Chloe deals with a devastating betrayal that will ultimately help her become the woman she was meant to be."
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The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
3.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "After the untimely death of her mother, Emily is sent to live with the grandfather she never knew existed, in a town her mother never spoke of. Yet the town of Mullaby has a long memory of the wrongs Dulcie committed, and Emily has a difficult time convincing just about everyone she's not who her mother used to be. Julia longs to escape her own troubled past, yet is unwilling to forgive."
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The Peach Keeper: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
4.  The Peach Keeper: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "As Willa's ancestral home is being prepped for a grand reopening as a hotel, a secret is found that will reveal the truth about her grandmother, and how deep and lasting true friendship can be. Claire and Bay from Garden Spells have a brief cameo."
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Waking Kate
5.  Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "All is not well in Kate's marriage, but she's already sacrificed too much to let go. Short story connected to Lost Lake."
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Lost Lake
6.  Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "Kate lost her husband a year ago. In an attempt to wrest back control of her life and return to the last place she was truly happy, she packs up her young daughter and visits her estranged aunt who lives in a decaying summer camp called Lost Lake, in its last summer before closure."
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First Frost
7.  First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The list author says:
  "Release date: January 20, 2015."
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Truly, Madly, Briefly & Tried and True (Duets No. 102)
8.  Truly, Madly, Briefly & Tried and True (Duets No. 102) by Delores Fossen
The list author says:
  "Tried and True is Sarah Addison Allen's first book, under the pen name Katie Gallagher. It's still very good, more light and humorous. Clementine is running away from her life when she meets Adam, and soon falls for him and his idyllic hometown."
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Chocolat
9.  Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The list author says:
  "A free spirited woman opens up a chocolate shop in a rural French town, with a little magic.

Her novel "Blackberry Wine" revisits the town in Chocolat, but all of the residents merely have cameo appearances."
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The Girl with No Shadow
10.  The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris
The list author says:
  "When a mysterious woman tries to take over Vianne's life, Vianne will have to rediscover all that she has lost. The character of Zozie is delightfully wicked, and yet completely honest."
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Peaches for Father Francis: A Novel
11.  Peaches for Father Francis: A Novel by Joanne Harris
The list author says:
  "Vianne and her daughters return to Lansquenet at the request of a dead woman, to aid her former adversary and uncover secrets that are tearing the town apart."
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Chocolat (Miramax Collector's Series)
12.  Chocolat (Miramax Collector's Series) DVD ~ Juliette Binoche
The list author says:
  "Some relationships are different than in the novel, and the magic is downplayed, but the characters, the town, and the chocolate come beautifully to life."
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Practical Magic
13.  Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The list author says:
  "The Owens women are witches, no matter how they try to escape it. Three sets of sisters battle inner demons, and discover that the best magic of all is love."
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The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
14.  The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Alice Hoffman
The list author says:
  "Although the word witch isn't used, this is a spiritual successor to Practical Magic. The Sparrow women awaken with a mysterious gift on their thirteenth birthday. Three generations of them must deal with the distance their powers have put on both their family and romantic relationships."
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Practical Magic (Snap Case Packaging)
15.  Practical Magic (Snap Case Packaging) DVD ~ Sandra Bullock
The list author says:
  "A fantastic retelling of the novel. This movie stars Sandra Bullock as Sally, and Nicole Kidman as Gillian. If you like this movie, definitely check out the TV show "Charmed" which is also about witches with strong sisterly bonds."
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Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
16.  Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Alice Hoffman
The list author says:
  "This tale about a house, and the people who live in it, spans two hundred years and include everything from witches to fishermen. The Red Garden, also by Alice Hoffman, is very similar."
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The Time Traveler's Wife
17.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "Henry and Clare's love is literally timeless. He is a time traveler, and they continuously find one another, though at different points in their lives."
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The Time Traveler's Wife
18.  The Time Traveler's Wife DVD ~ Rachel McAdams
The list author says:
  "Though a little short, this movie beautifully captures the themes of the book."
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La Villa
19.  La Villa by Francine Pascal
The list author says:
  "Alternating chapters tell of two important events in Anna's life, separated by 20 years. The love is romantic and sweet, but it is her escapades while trying to fit in France, that are fantastically funny, and makes this novel truly shine."
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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later
20.  Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
The list author says:
  "The twins are now 27, and have discovered real life isn't as effortless as high school was. Elizabeth is a struggling writer in New York, and Jessica is guilt stricken over the fact that her true love is Liz's soul mate, and that staying in her first truly happy, stable relationship may cost her her sister's love forever. This isn't the sequel fans wanted, but a compelling read all the same."
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The Sweet Life: The Serial (Sweet Valley Confidential)
21.  The Sweet Life: The Serial (Sweet Valley Confidential) by Francine Pascal
The list author says:
  "Three years later finds Jessica juggling her successful career, motherhood, and her failing marriage, Lila becoming a reality TV star, and Bruce facing rape charges that may destroy his relationship with Elizabeth. A much better effort than the last book. Contains all 6 e-books."
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The Shell Seekers
22.  The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The list author says:
  "Penelope Keeling reminisces about her youth in Cornwall during World War II, while trying to deal with her self centered children in the present."
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September
23.  September by Rosamunde Pilcher
The list author says:
  "Families gather together in Scotland in September, with surprising results. There is no main character, but rather jumps to the viewpoints of several family members, all experiencing different struggles. Noel Keeling from the Shell Seekers is in this novel."
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The Shell Seekers
24.  The Shell Seekers DVD ~ Angela Lansbury
The list author says:
  "Angela Lansbury is wonderful as Penelope, yet the movie itself fails to capture the beauty of the novel."
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The Shell Seekers
25.  The Shell Seekers DVD ~ Rosamunde Pilcher
The list author says:
  "This remake stars Vanessa Redgrave as Penelope. This movie is slightly better than the previous attempt, which unfortunately, isn't saying much."
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Coming Home
26.  Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
The list author says:
  "Judith Dunbar becomes part of the glamorous Carey-Lewis clan during World War II, when she befriends their wild daughter, Loveday."
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Fried Green Tomatoes (Extended Anniversary Edition)
27.  Fried Green Tomatoes (Extended Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Kathy Bates
The list author says:
  "Evelyn befriends a lonely elderly woman called Ninny, who relates the story of the unique relationship between Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison."
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe
28.  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The list author says:
  "The book skips back and forth much more than the movie, but is still compelling."
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Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)
29.  Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Diane Lane
The list author says:
  "A wonderful movie about a woman's second chance at life,  and the family she builds in Italy. Also see 'Under the Tuscan Sun', 'Bella Tuscany', and 'In Tuscany' by Frances Mayes, on which this movie is loosely based."
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The Joy Luck Club
30.  The Joy Luck Club DVD ~ Ming-Na Wen
The list author says:
  "Four Chinese women form The Joy Luck Club, and this movie chronicles their life stories and those of their American born daughters."
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The Joy Luck Club
31.  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The list author says:
  "The novel has (of course) more scenes which gives an added depth to the characters. However, I prefer Rose's outcome in the movie."
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Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Gift Set)
32.  Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Gift Set) DVD ~ Sarah Jessica Parker
The list author says:
  "Four single women navigate life and love in Manhattan, depending only on each other. All six seasons, and 94 episodes."
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Sex and the City: The Movie (Two-Disc Special Edition)
33.  Sex and the City: The Movie (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Sarah Jessica Parker
The list author says:
  "Carrie's upcoming wedding to Big is the basis of this movie sequel. Both Miranda and Samantha encounter difficulties in their relationships, while Charlotte enjoys motherhood."
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Sex and the City 2
34.  Sex and the City 2 DVD ~ Sarah Jessica Parker
The list author says:
  "The women decide to vacation in the middle east, and escape their mounting problems at home. Samantha desperately battles aging, Charlotte is overwhelmed by her home life, Miranda undergoes a career crisis, and Carrie and Big hit a slump."
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Sex and the City
35.  Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
The list author says:
  "Collection of the real columns that inspired the show. The first half of the book is a little difficult to follow, since characters are introduced at a dizzying rate. However, the second half of the book deals primarily with Carrie and Big's relationship."
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The Carrie Diaries
36.  The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
The list author says:
  "Follow Carrie Bradshaw in her senior year of high school as she juggles friends, family, and her first disastrous love affair.

TV series currently airing on CW."
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Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel
37.  Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell
The list author says:
  "Carrie spends the summer before college in a writing course in NYC. She falls instantly in love with the city and desperately searches for a way to stay, while bonding with new friends Samantha and Miranda."
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