Compelling Storytellers- A Little Bit of Everything

A Listmania! list by Nancela "insatiable reader" (Bethel, CT United States)
The list author says: "I will read anything that eludes to France and the French, as well as anything vaguely historical both fiction and otherwise. Join me for a walk through my favorite recent "reads"."
The Enchanted April
1.  The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The list author says:
  "With a Preface by author Catherine Schine:
A tale of 4 women who sojourn to Italy to get away from a dreary English Spring, circa 1920's.  A well written story
of the wonders that a beautiful environment can work on the soul."
$12.04   Used & New from: $3.60
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
2.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
The list author says:
  "Everything it's cracked up to be.  One woman's spiritual journey across time and countries."
$9.52   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,601 customer reviews) | 26 customer discussions

The Constant Princess (Boleyn)
3.  The Constant Princess (Boleyn) by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "Like all Phillipa Gregory's historical fiction about the Tudors, this story of the young Katherine of Aragon is a spellbinding romance AND a well researched look into Tudor times and customs."
$13.82   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
4.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
The list author says:
  "A story of two women in 19th century China. Much insight into the life of women,part mystery,part coming of age story and beautifully written"
$13.24   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,312 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

I Am Madame X : A Novel
5.  I Am Madame X : A Novel by Gioia Diliberto
The list author says:
  "An absorbing fictional rendering of the life of the woman who inspired John Singer Sargent's "notorious " portrait."
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Fire in the Blood
6.  Fire in the Blood by Sandra Smith
The list author says:
  "After "Suite Francais" I have become totally hooked on Nemirovsky.  This novel (more like a short story), although it ends abruptly, is a totally absorbing mystery in the lives of the 'paysan' in France between the two Great Wars. Kudos to the translator!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
7.  The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
The list author says:
  "A good, old fashioned gothic novel with ruins, insane relatives, ghosts, feral twins & creepy old ladies.  An excellent story to lose yourself inside."
$11.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,658 customer reviews) | 37 customer discussions

The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
8.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel by Kim Edwards
The list author says:
  "A moving story of love, loss and redemption.Relates the story of twins, (one healthy, one with Down Syndrome), separated at birth by their physician father, and the reprecussions of that decision over the next 18+ years"
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,234 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Virgin's Lover
9.  The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "Another great tale from Phillippa Gregory.  The story of Elizabeth I and her relationship with Robert Dudly.  Interestingly, follows up on some of the characters from previous novels (The Other Bolyen Girl et. al) History comes alive through Gregory's pen."
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Arthur & George
10.  Arthur & George by David Edgar
The list author says:
  "A finely crafted and engaing tale of two men --one a great writer, one a nondescript solicitor--whose paths cross at a critical time of life for each. A witty yet studied view of Victorian life and morals. A Great Read!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation
11.  Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller
The list author says:
  "For women of a "certain age", lover's of folk/rock or just anyone: Weller reveals the 'backstory' of the female icons of a generation. Thouroughly researched, it is a study of the times as well as the women (and men)who broke the mold and made the sea change of the 60's"
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Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 7)
12.  Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 7) by Alexander McCall Smith
The list author says:
  "Not a fan of "mystery writers', still, I adore these brief stories.  The mystery is nearly incidental to the people and country of Botswana.  Written with great humor & a love of the characters and the land."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi (Compass)
13.  Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi (Compass) by Donald Spoto
The list author says:
  "This is an excellent, highly readable biography of a true saint whose life has been obscured by embellishment & legend. Spoto delves into the cultural & political movements of Francis times (early 1200's) to reveal this man for the true saint that he was."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

The Widow of the South
14.  The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
The list author says:
  "An incredibly moving story based upon the real life Carrie McGavock, the Widow of the South,creator & keeper of a private cemetary of close to 1,500 confederates who were killed in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War,at Franklin, Tenn. A must read novel of courage, faith & ultimately, transformation"
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Loving Frank: A Novel
15.  Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
The list author says:
  "Insight into the life and times of Mamah Borthwick Chaney.  We learn of this creative woman as a writer and translator as well as the  infamous lover and muse of Frank Lloyd Wright. The story pulls  you inexorably toward its tragic conclusion"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Kaaterskill Falls
16.  Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman
The list author says:
  "Engrossing story of several Orthodox Jewish families during a period of personal & religious change the 1970's.  Their summers in Kaaterskill(a small town in the Catskills) as part of a community of Jews living alongside Yankee 'year-rounders' and the rest of the year in Brooklyn. Excellently written, past- paced read. Highly recommended."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

The Painted Kiss: A Novel
17.  The Painted Kiss: A Novel by Elizabeth Hickey
The list author says:
  "Fictionalized account of Gustav Klimt & Emilie Floge, one of his many muses and the subject of his famous painting, The Kiss.Much like Nancy Horan's "Loving Frank" (see above), it gives insight into the times (1880's Viennese Cafe society) and the cultural milieu that influenced the artist.  As told in flashback by Emilie it also details the life of women of that era. Very good"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Malinche: A Novel
18.  Malinche: A Novel by Laura Esquivel
The list author says:
  "Esquivel spins a compelling story the of Malinche,the woman known as "The Tongue"; consort of Cortez and, ultimatley a traitor to her race who aided the Spanish in their conquest of what we now call Mexico"
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives)
19.  Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives) by Francine Prose
The list author says:
  "As always, Francine Prose gives us a spellbinding story.  With very little verifiable information to go on, she reconstructs the life of the great master, Caravaggio, combining what is available through the few sources (court records &  stories by his contemporaries)available and provides deep insight into the works of this troubled, yet groundbreaking artist"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Monster of Florence
20.  The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
The list author says:
  "A spellbinding account of Florence's serial killer, a la Son of Sam.  Interesting twist as the authors become part of the story."
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The Maytrees: A Novel
21.  The Maytrees: A Novel by Annie Dillard
The list author says:
  "This book reads like a beautiful poem...I adore Dillard's prose.  Outcasts and eccentrics in Provincetown..they grow, they change but Provincetown remains.  A Must read!"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Queen's Fool: A Novel (Boleyn)
22.  The Queen's Fool: A Novel (Boleyn) by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "Another great story from Philippa Gregory.  This time out it is Hannah Verde,the Queen's Fool who becomes emmeshed in the court intrigues of Queen Mary Tudor, the young Princess Elizabeth and Robert Dudley.  A fine historical novel revolving around the struggle for the throne between Bloody Mary and Elizabeth, the Protestant Princess."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)

The Jane Austen Book Club
23.  The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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The Other Queen: A Novel
24.  The Other Queen: A Novel by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "For the first time I was not knocked over by a Gregory "Tudor" novel.  Had difficulty finding Mary a sympathetic figure or feeling concern re: her historical situation(although she certainly came tortured end!). Still, better than many of your average historical novel."
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The Story of B
25.  The Story of B by Daniel Quinn
The list author says:
  "More from the author of Ishmael. Not nearly as compelling as the first book...but lots more of his philosophy.  Fans of Ishmael may be dissapointed by this one."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

Armageddon in Retrospect And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace with an Introduction by Mark Vonnegut
26.  Armageddon in Retrospect And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace with an Introduction by Mark Vonnegut by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "I will miss Kurt Vonnegut's dry, wry prose and his insight into why this world is such a lunatic place. God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut"
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Bridget Jones's Diary
27.  Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The list author says:
  "While hardly "compelling reading", this book is laugh out loud funny, esp. for women of any age.  A great diversion into female neurosis.  Whay are we all like thi, anyway?"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,240 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
28.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The list author says:
  "A beautifully written, excellently translated story of hidden genius, beauty & love. A Must Read"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (920 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel
29.  Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel by Marie Phillips
The list author says:
  "Hilarious romp with Greek Gods in their modern guises.  Bawdy, funny and a light read.  Good beach reading for summer"
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The Time Traveler's Wife
30.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "The story of a love that conquers time.  It reels you in and you don't want to let it go.  Highly recommended"
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Beyond Suspicion
31.  Beyond Suspicion by Tanguy Viel
The list author says:
  "Very good...very noir."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Lace Reader: A Novel
32.  The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel
33.  The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
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Push
34.  Push by Sapphire
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Homer and Langley
35.  Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow
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The Pig Did It
36.  The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell
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The Swan Thieves: A Novel
37.  The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
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Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel
38.  Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel by Audrey Niffenegger
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A Dog's Purpose
39.  A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
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Noah's Compass
40.  Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
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