Top 10 Books about Small Town Life: Part Two


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Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts: In 1972, Gaylene Harjo is murdered in DeClare, Oklahoma, and her ten-month old son disappears. Thirty years later, Mark Albright, a veterinarian in California, finds out he is adopted. He arrives in DeClare to discover what he can about his mother and her murder.

Dingley Falls by Michael Malone: Dingley Falls, Connecticut is celebrating its founding 300 years ago and evil is afoot. Come meet a vast array of characters involved in an often hilarious soap opera of community living.

Good Hope Road by Lisa Wingate: This is the tale of the aftermath of a tornado that roars down Good Hope Road in Poetry, Missouri. It is a story of hope and second chances. It tells of the resilience of the human spirit and the ties that form community.

Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America by Bill Geist: The author describes his RV odyssey across America, along with the eccentric individuals, unusual places, and offbeat celebrations and events he encountered on his journey.

content.chilifresh-4When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt: During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year old Toby and his best friend Cal, meet the star of a sideshow, 600 pound Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world.

Soup by Robert Newton Peck: The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town.

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson:When a native of Iowa returns from England to wander across America’s heartland in search of the perfect small town, the result is a string of hilarious anecdotes and biting social commentary

Bat 6 by Virginia Wolff: Sixth-grade girls on softball teams from two Oregon towns recount the annual game, which illustrates the towns’ attempts to reclaim the pre-World War II lifestyles.

A House of Many Rooms by Rodello Hunter: This memoir takes the reader to Heber Valley in the 1920s and 30s.

content.chilifresh-5A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel: Kimmel’s witty memoir takes the reader back to small town America in an time when people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and often kept barnyard animals in their backyards.


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