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The Bookstore by Jacqueline Gold Nicolini

Favorite Books of All Time

The Bible

The Wind in the Willows

Winnie the Pooh

Sunlight on the Lawn by Beverley Nichols (and all his books)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

Saving Grace by Lee Smith (and all her books)

Tell Them It Was Wonderful by Ludwig Bemelmanns

Green Man: Tales of the Mythic Wood, various authors

Dear Theo by Vincent Van Gogh

The Mapmaker’s Dream by James Cowan

Mrs. Daffodil by Gladys Taber (and all her books)

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

Counting Stars by David Almond

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Nine Stories by J.D. SalingerJEAN-F~4

“Literary Fiction” is my favorite genre, whether it’s historical fiction, Steampunk, memoir, mystery, fantasy or classic fiction. So what’s the difference between literary fiction and popular fiction? My definition for literary fiction is a book that asks for a dictionary. When I’m feeling stressed I read “Gentle Reads” which typically are comforting, uplifting and focus on the good things in life and in people. Some examples include books by Jan Karon, Beverley Nichols (he’s a man!), Phillip Gully, Gladys Taber, Miss Read, Alexander MacCall Smith, Mary Stewart, Elizabeth Berg, Ruth Reichel, Sandra Dallas, Jane Kirkpatrick, and children’s books.

Amanda Blake

Here are some favorite memoirs

Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichel

Tell Them It Was Wonderful by Ludwig Bemelmanns (the author of the Madeline books)

A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

Especially Father by Gladys Taber

A Vineyard in Tuscany by Ferenc Mate

The Olive Season by Carol Drinkwater

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