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Initial post: Jan 7, 2014 4:46:03 PM PST
Branz says:
I have been searching for a book to read that will stay with me for a long, long time. So far I have been unsuccessful. Can anyone point me in the direction of a heart-wrenching book that will leave me blubbering? Thanks all.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 5:51:53 PM PST
DLee says:
That's a pretty broad question you're asking. I think you need to offer more info such as if you're looking for fiction or non-fiction, love story, life story, mystery, etc. We have no idea what makes you 'blubber' so you need to offer more of what you're looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 6:11:31 PM PST
Marilyn says:
Branz. I read October Snow by Jenna Brooks, it touched me more than any books I read up to that point.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 6:12:26 PM PST
Sarida says:


The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version

Animal Farm and 1984

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

Tramp for the Lord

Angel Unaware: A Touching Story of Love and Loss

Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:13:35 PM PST
A Function Approach to College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:19:30 PM PST
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:20:24 PM PST
Try this one:

The Power of One

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 6:22:50 PM PST
The Sparrow

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:27:31 PM PST
KAragon says:
Code Name Verity (Edgar Allen Poe Awards. Best Young Adult (Awards))

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:41:18 PM PST
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving. The ending will leave you shattered.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 6:56:19 PM PST
On the Beach (Vintage International)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 7:37:45 PM PST
Branz says:
Thanks DLee, but that's the thing - I'm not sure what it is that will make me so emotional. Sounds like a silly reply, but it's genuine. I just want to find something that I feel I can relate to or understand I guess. Something that I will connect with personally, even if it is fiction. :)

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 7:39:07 PM PST
Branz says:
Thank you all! Some of these sound intriguing and I thank you for taking the time to respond. I will definitely be searching for these.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 7:47:24 PM PST
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Marilyn says:
Colin, This looks interesting. Thanks for the rec. And thank you Branz for starting this thread. Take care everyone!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:05:03 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
I'm waiting for the graphic novel adaptation. And then the movie with a cameo by Stan Lee.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 8:06:25 PM PST
"Same Kind of Different As Me" - If you aren't moved to tears at times, then you have a heart of stone!

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 8:17:57 PM PST
Mary K says:
"The Shack" by William Paul Young

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 8:33:13 PM PST
Sor Juana says:
I don't know what part of t he country you are in or whether you like fiction or true story. True story I can recommend "The killing fields" or (Cosecha de Mujeres) by Diana Washington-Valdez. . . True stories of the genocides of Mexican women in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico and the families that still cry their death. . . These stories you will never forget. . . You will feel their rage, helplessness, desolation, and fear even if you are hundreds of miles away from the border. . .it makes you cry for the entire city but most of all because no one seems to be able to do anything.. . Read it six years ago. . . Sometimes I still cry for these women and their families.
Another recommendation I have is "Midnight in Mexico" by Alfredo Corchado. . .The story of a US reporter for a Dallas newspaper stationed in Mexico for about twenty years. Corchado as a result of his reporting on violence created by the cartels and government; becomes their target and must leave the country several times. I finished reading this book three weeks ago and my mind and thoughts take me back to it every day. . . I guess attending both College and University where Corchado attended and having cross path with him while in school make it more vivid.
If in the mood for fiction I highly recommend "Cane River" by Latita Tademy The story of four generations of black slave women. Although consider fiction I would say about 50% is based on Tademy' s life and family. I read it about eight years ago and I can still feel a knot to my throat from all that it made me feel.
Finally if in the mood for something lighter I recommended "Sula" by Toni Morrison. . . The story of two women friends. . . It will make your laugh and cry. . . And it will stay with you for many years. I read it about 12 years ago and am about to re-read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 8:48:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2014 8:51:29 PM PST
Laurie S. says:
My all-time favorite book is Boy's Life, by Robert R. McCammon. It's fascinating. I don't know about blubbering, but it's a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality to the point that it's not clear which is which. Boy's Life

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 9:05:20 PM PST
Branz says:
Ok, my credit card is getting a work out, and I have already purchased several books listed. Thank you everyone! There are some fascinating stories that I have never even heard of. Every one of your opinions are different, but so sincerely appreciated. After years of reading books, I feel like it's now that I will be starting an amazing journey....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 9:51:34 PM PST
Sue says:

You should check out the monthly informational poll to see what other people are reading. i watch it all the time and have found many good books on this thread.

The thread starts every month and goes on through out the entire month and starts again the next month. There are a lot of people who respond to this thread and there are a variety of books that are mentioned. Below is the link for the January poll.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 9:52:59 PM PST
Branz says:
Thank you Sue! Will definitely check it out. :)

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 9:56:08 PM PST
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee -- unfortunately not available yet for the Kindle.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 10:17:55 PM PST
Laurie S. says:
I think I know what you mean, Branz. Something that touches you in a way that nothing else ever has, at least not quite in that way? (although I don't know if you're looking for tear-jerking or life-affirming; I like the latter myself). I have another suggestion if you're interested in nonfiction: "Love: What Life is All About" by Leo Buscaglia. I pick that book up at garage sales and give it to people I care about. It sprang from a class Buscaglia taught on love, and it's really touching and mind-opening. Love: What Life Is All About

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 10:24:50 PM PST
Sor Juana says:
The entire name of my first recommendation is "The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women" by Diana Washington-Valdez. In spite of my utmost recommendation, I should warn readers, this book talks about real crimes and violence against women. . . It's the horrific depiction of drug wars and government corruption at th e highest levels. A must read for all concerned with human and civil rights.
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