What are the best books featuring small town life?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Keith Richards
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I feel that this is one of those books that no one can ever say a bad thing about. Almost every student in america has been forced to read it and have been told for years that it is an amazing book. I'm not going to say it is terrible or anything like that because it has a great story line and the meaning behind the story are amazing. "
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    #2'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.


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    Hansika Rodrigues
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is the perfect solution because it is about demon possessed person moving to a small town ad wreaking havoc on every in the town. "
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    Plainsong is a contemporary literary fiction written by Kent Haruf. It was published August 22, 2000 by Vintage. It follows the story of a disarrayed family judged by society.


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    #4The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.


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    Rodolfo Nieto
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "One of the best best books featuring small town life I have ever read is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This original and unique classic by Mark Twain chronicles young Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn on a life-changing journey of mischief, intrigue, and excitement."
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    #5Our Town

    Our Town

    Our Town is a classic fiction book written by Thornton Wilder. This play is first published in 1938 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 


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    Vincent Holland
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Our Town just might be the best book featuring small town life. I'm from a small town so the story really resonated with me. It's considered a classic and for good reason. It's a timeless and engaging story that lends itself to repeated readings. It sits proudly in my library."
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    #6The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden

    The Samurai's Garden is a historical fiction written by Gail Tsukiyama. The novel highlights the intrinsic themes of loyalty and honor native to the Japanese culture. It was first published in May 1996.


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    Janice Greene
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "My book club had chosen The Samurai's Garden, a historical fiction written by author Gail Tsukiyama. It portrays the life of a small town character who is a Japanese native. My book club really enjoyed this book and it gave us plenty to talk about."
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    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.


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    Walter Mason
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "one of the classic horror stories but not what I was looking for."
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    #8The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the debut novel of Katarina Bivald. It was originally published in Augst 2015. It is a dramatic but inspirational novel about enjoying life.


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    Phillip Willis
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Somewhat to my surprise, I loved this book. I was persuaded to try it by good reviews, but approached it with caution because it could well have been dreadful. Young foreign woman arrives in a dying small town, opens a bookshop, brings new life to both the town and herself and forms attraction to young man which Keeps Going Wrong – it has the sound of a worn-out, sentimental load of cliché-ed nonsense. In fact it is funny, rather insightful and absolutely charming without being in any way twee. Katerina Bivald paints excellent pictures of her characters. I found them wholly believable, recognisable in many cases and drawn with insight and compassion. Even some of those who would be hard to like in real life are generally pictured with understanding and often with wit. She also draws an evocative picture of a small farming town dying as a result of economic hardship and the rise of conglomerates driving family farms out of business and people away from the area – and of hope that it can be saved. These aspects gave the book a real base of thought on which to build what is essentially a feel-good Romantic Comedy."
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    Eventide is a contemporary literary fiction written by Kent Haruf. It was published May 3, 2005 by Vintage. It follows the story of the aging McPheron brothers without Victoria Roubideaux.


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    Juan Antonio Gálvez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Eventide by Kent Haruf is a great story that features a small town life. The book really embodies loneliness and relationships that helps to captivate that small town life feel."
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    #10Boy's Life

    Boy's Life
    Boy's Life is a horror mystery fantasy fiction written by Robert McCammon. This young adult novel is first published in 1991 and about Cory Mackenson living in an idyllic hometown. 

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    Adam Welch
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A real snore in my opinion. I read this as a recommendation but I did not like it at all. I'm glad I only borrowed it from the library."
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    #11Winesburg, Ohio

    Winesburg, Ohio

    Winesburg, Ohio is a cycle of short stories written by Sherwood Anderson. First published in 1919, it focuses on life in a small town at the turn of the century.


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    Gilberto Carbajal
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'm a big fan of well written short stories and Winesburg, Ohio was a perfect fit in that regard. It has many short stories in it that are based around the beautiful country farm land's found out in Ohio. I found each story to be very enjoyable and never too short while not being too long either. "
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    #12Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace is a children's book by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch. It tells the story of Grace who loves to hear stories from her grandmother, from books or even from movies. She gets a chance to play a role in Peter Pan even if some people thought she couldn't.


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    Amanda Harper
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Amazing grace is an excellent childrens book that tells the story of a child named Grace who is raised in a small town. I recommend you pick this one out for any small children in your life!"
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    #13Silas Marner

    Silas Marner

    Set in the early 19th century days, this George Eliot novel manages to treat a wide range of issues, like religion or industrialization, while focusing in the life of Silas Marner, a man who after being betrayed by his own friend, has to leave Lantern Yard in order to survive. He goes to Raveloe, where he gets a significant amount of money, only to have it stolen by a man named Dunstan Cass. 


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    James Mills
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I grew up in a small town and this book brought back so many good memories. I love the story of this family and it was so enjoyable to read."
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    #14The Trap

    The Trap
    Livia was enjoying an amazing winter retreat in her Maine cabin with her son when she got targeted by three men with really bad intentions. Now, she will need all her with and as much luck as possible to get rid of those three men. 


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    Kimberly Hill
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Trap is about a winter retreat in an isolated cabin in Maine. The author does a good job of building up suspense. The characters could be a little more compelling or relatable, but the story is very interesting, intelligent, and disturbing. "
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    #15Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.


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    Vincent Cox
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love dark humor and this book has it in spades. The story and characters are just plain fun. It is slow in parts but a fun read overall."


Best What are the best books featuring small town life
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 43 Paid
2'Salem's LotBooks 38 Paid
3PlainsongBooks 27 Paid
4The Adventures of Tom SawyerBooks 26 Paid
5Our TownBooks 23 Paid
6The Samurai's GardenBooks 21 Paid
7ItBooks 18 Paid
8The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBooks 16 Paid
9EventideBooks 13 Paid
10Boy's LifeBooks 6 Paid

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