What are the best books set in appalachia?

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    #1Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a soldier who will come back to his home in the Blueridge mountains and to his most loved woman Ada.  

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    Manuel Beltrán
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I'm no expert on the mountains nor mountain books. Nor do i know if Cold Mountain is set in Appalachia."
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    #2Where the Lilies Bloom

    Where the Lilies Bloom

    Where the Lilies Bloom is a book by Bill and Vera Cleaver that tells a story of  Mary. She promised her father that they will stay in the mountains but it will be hard to keep the promise when winter came.


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    Jacqueline Peterson
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "the book is interesting because it of the story of mary who promised her father to stay in the mountains i really enjoy reading it"
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    #3A Parchment of Leaves

    A Parchment of Leaves
    A Parchment of Leaves is a book by Silas House that tells the story of Saul. He will fall in love with a girl who has a deadly beauty. Whoever sees her suffers death but Saul is different and he will do everything to marry her. 

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    Andy Tang
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "A Parchment of Leaves is a great book, especially if you live in or around Kentucky. It's the perfect setting for this book. It's an interesting story about mixed relationships. Check it out."
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    Bloodroot is a book by  Amy Greene that tells the story of Myra Lamb. A girl who is forbidden by her grandmother to fall in love. She inherited a touch that can harm people and even animals.  


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    Rachel Burton
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Very well written, and intriguing story about a family located in the Appalachian Mountains. Not a book for those looking for a happy ending."
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    #5Thirteen Moons

    Thirteen Moons

    Thirteen Moons is a book by Charles Fraizer that tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to the Indian Nation with just a horse, a key, and a map. He will know how to survive and win the challenges he will face. 


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    Guo Ding
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Charles Fraizer is a great author and his prose can be truly wonderful to read, but here, he gets bogged down in description and nuance. Some people will love that and I'm not willing to fault the author for it, but without the right amount of patience and willingness to indulge, this book will quickly bore you. "
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    Serena is an adult historical fiction novel written by Ron Rash. This book is about the newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton and it is first published in 2008 by Ecco. 


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    Janet Robertson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an awesome book. The setting of the Appalachian mountains, and the time period are given with vibrant descriptions, and the entire book is engrossing. Overall, this book is fascinating. "
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    #7The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.


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    Philip Keller
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Appalachian area is not really central to the book series, but one of the districts is set in that location. The books are a fun read though, easy to get through. I think they would be well worth the time if you haven't read them to check them out. They are, by far, better than the movies that recently came out. "
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    #8The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Jordan Walters
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Seems like an excellent pick-up for anyone interested in a book set in appalachia."
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    #9Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer

    Prodigal Summer is a contemporary fiction novel written by Barbara Kingsolver which includes three stories of human love in southern Appalachia.


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    Helen Adams
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Mountains are an amazing space. They're almost magical, I feel like they can make anything right. Prodigal Summer is a novel about people escaping to the Appalachia and beautifully written."
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    #10The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
    Originally published in 1908, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is a romance novel written by John Fox, Jr. Set in the Appalachian mountains, it tells the story of the two feuding families of the Tollivers and the Falins.

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    Sue Wu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you love a great romance story set up in a beauty location, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, is a novel you would not be able to put down. The characters are interesting and you will be invested in their lives throughout the book. The story is overall poignant, exciting and believable."
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    #11Uneven Ground

    Uneven Ground

    Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945 is a study book written by Ronald D. Eller. It was released in 2008. it is about the impact and role of Appalachia in American modern history.


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    Maria Diaz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I needed to find the best book set in Appalachia. I found Uneven Ground. This is a great book by Ronald D. Eller. It's from 2008 and is about Appalachia and its role in the modern history of America. I love how in-depth it is and how much it covers. It's incredibly interesting stuff. Check it out!"
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    #12River Of Earth

    River Of Earth
    River Of Earth is a novel by James Still. Set in the 20th century and written from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy, it tells the story of his family and their struggles in living in eastern Kentucky.

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    Jane Tran
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This was a good about about a family living in the applacian region. It dove into many hard social issues and the weirdest part about it is that the book wasn't set that long ago. It's hard to imagine most of this happening with no consequences! "


Best What are the best books set in appalachia
1Cold MountainBooks 27 Paid
2Where the Lilies BloomBooks 23 Paid
3A Parchment of LeavesBooks 22 Paid
4BloodrootBooks 21 Paid
5Thirteen MoonsBooks 13 Paid
6SerenaBooks 11 Paid
7The Hunger GamesBooks 8 Paid
8The Glass CastleBooks 7 Paid
9Prodigal SummerBooks 2 Paid
10The Trail of the Lonesome PineBooks 0 Paid

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