My Favorite General Fiction Books

A Listmania! list by R. Etzler "bookie" (Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)
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Morality Play (Norton Paperback Fiction)
1.  Morality Play (Norton Paperback Fiction) by Barry Unsworth
The list author says:
  "An acting troupe during the Middle Ages invents theater as we know it and takes on a mystery.  Fascinating blend of history, mystery, philosophy and action.  Barry Unsworth's writing is some of the best I've seen."
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The Shipping News
2.  The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
The list author says:
  "The writing style is unique and very much like poetry.  This is the story of an oddball, ordinary guy who makes a drastic change after a tragedy and finally finds a niche. This book can be dark, but I love the quirkiness of it."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)

Bridget Jones's Diary
3.  Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The list author says:
  "So few books are truly LOL funny and this one is. The main character is so true to life, endearing, and, I'll say again, FUNNY!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,220 customer reviews)

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Beloved (Everyman's Library)
4.  Beloved (Everyman's Library) by Toni Morrison
The list author says:
  "A powerful book beautifully written.  The movie with Oprah, Thandie Newton and Danny Glover was OK, but the book is fantastic.  This is about a runaway slave mother who is living, literally, with the ghosts of her past."
$17.00   Used & New from: $3.25
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (900 customer reviews)

A Year in Provence
5.  A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
The list author says:
  "I can never get enough of Peter Mayle's dry, witty, graceful writing style, and this is his best.  It's the semi-autobiographical story of an English couple who move to Provence and their attempts to live amongst and understand their new home and country folk."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

A Vision of Light: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel (Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy)
6.  A Vision of Light: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel (Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy) by Judith Merkle Riley
The list author says:
  "This is the story of a country woman, Margaret, from the Middle Ages who acquires the gift of healing and it takes her many places, physically and spiritually. Margaret is plucky, smart, sensible, and kind, and the medieval world that the author recreates is a colorful treat."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Cold Comfort Farm (Abridged Edition)
7.  Cold Comfort Farm (Abridged Edition) by Stella Gibbons
The list author says:
  "I love the oddball humor of this book (and movie)in which the heroine is forced by money circumstances to live in the English countryside with strange relatives on the family farm."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

The Accidental Tourist: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
8.  The Accidental Tourist: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Anne Tyler
The list author says:
  "Lovely story of domestic drama and personal redemption."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Water for Elephants: A Novel
9.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
The list author says:
  "This novel is a true crowd pleaser.  EVERY person I've talked to, man or woman, loves this book.  It's the fascinating account of a vet student in the depression years who runs away during his final exam and ends up working in a circus. Intriguing plotlines with circus life/history, romance, adventure, humor, tragedy, and even murder mystery."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,554 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

The Prince of Tides: A Novel
10.  The Prince of Tides: A Novel by Pat Conroy
The list author says:
  "The writing in this book will blow you away.  Sometimes the long descriptions might bog a reader down, but if one can get into them, they're a work of art.  This book is about a man trying to help his emotionally troubled sister and finding deep problems of his own as well as a bond with the female psychologist trying to help both of them."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (726 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
11.  How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler
The list author says:
  "Set in Florida, the story is about an emotionally abused wife who is working towards freedom from her husband physcially and emotionally.  She just happens to live in a historical bungalow inhabited by a family of ghosts who have a secret to share. I appreciate her spot-on descriptions of the trees, birds, insects etc, even if they run a bit dark."
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Fair and Tender Ladies
12.  Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
The list author says:
  "The story of a rural woman from girlhood to old age.  I love how her narration changes dialect as she ages and learns."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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