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post #61 of 80
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther.

The name is from Holy Sonnet No. 10 by John Donne. It's a father's memoir of watching his son lose his battle with brain cancer. Very well written and completely heartbreaking. I read it when I was about 12 - my mom's an english teacher and recommended it. It's sad, but I've reread it a few times since then because it's so compelling.
post #62 of 80
i agree with angela's ashes being so sad. i read it as a teenager, i KNOW i wouldn't be able to stand it as a mother.

oh, and how about those horrible lurlene mcdaniel's books? yeesh...
post #63 of 80
"I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb & and ITA with a PP about "The Outsiders"
post #64 of 80
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol
post #65 of 80
for fiction: A Map of the World - Jane Hamilton (read before it was an Oprah pick)
post #66 of 80
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A Child Called It had to be one of the most heart-wrenching (and gut wrenching) books I've read. I read it through my tears then got up and got violently ill. I was compelled, for some reason, to continue through the David Pelzer series: The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, and then onto a similar account of abuse written by his brother...all of which subsequently sent me in tears running into the bathroom to get sick all over again.

Years later, I heard from someone that Pelzer was a hoax, but I truly couldn't believe it. I can't imagine someone even making up the kind of torture those boys had to endure.

I was going to pick up Angela's Ashes next time at the library, but now I don't know...
I also cannot imagine for someone to make it up and then pretend it's a true story, that would make him...really sick in a head, and I don't think he is.

No-no, Angela's Ashes is not like Child Called It at all. As heartbreaking as it is, it is written beautifully and it's also funny...I recommend it.
post #67 of 80
'The Color Purple' Alice Walker
'Beloved' by Toni Morrison
post #68 of 80
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

I have never cried so much reading a book, especially the chapter on Vietnam.
post #69 of 80
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"I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb & and ITA with a PP about "The Outsiders"
Is she the one who wrote: "She's Come Undone"?
That was a good one too.
post #70 of 80
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Is she the one who wrote: "She's Come Undone"?
That was a good one too.
Yeah, same guy wrote both books.
post #71 of 80
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Yeah, same guy wrote both books.
oops, didn't realize that the author was a man.
post #72 of 80
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oops, didn't realize that the author was a man.
Honestly, I couldn't enjoy those books knowing it was a man writing from a woman's prespective. Don't hate me, but it totally squicked me out and nothing rang true. And I tried. I did.
post #73 of 80
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Honestly, I couldn't enjoy those books knowing it was a man writing from a woman's prespective. Don't hate me, but it totally squicked me out and nothing rang true. And I tried. I did.
"I know this much is true" is about twin men written from a man's perspective.
post #74 of 80
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"I know this much is true" is about twin men written from a man's perspective.
Then I am getting titles and authors mixed up then. I'm thinking about the book where the youngest child has Downs and it's written from a woman's prespective, and you know it's the author's mother. He even writes about sex with the dad, from his mother's prespective. Im just not that mature-- it squicked me out. The book would have been so much better written from a son/brother angle.
post #75 of 80
Okay, I've read almost all of the books above and agree with their listing wholeheartedly. But the MOST heartbreaking book that I've read is "In Search of April Raintree" by Beatrice Culleton.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...y&cds2Pid=9481

I have the 1992 edition.
post #76 of 80
I second "House of Sand and Fog".
post #77 of 80
ima have to say where the red fern grows. SPOILER kinda....













....OT but i also cry every time wilson dies in castaway and ive seen the movie about 10-15 times
post #78 of 80
I vote for Night, too.

I am reading A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl right now & I know it will be added to this list.
post #79 of 80
I read the book Jesus Land recently and found it very sad.
post #80 of 80
My Sister's Keeper -Jodi Picoult
Suzanne's letters to Nicholas- Nicholas Sparks
When Rabbit Howls- Truddi Chase

top of the list-
I'm sure I'll remember more!
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