If you like "The Girl With No Shadow" by Joanne Harris...

Hello! I haven't had a chance to read "The Lollipop Shoes" (published as "The Girl With No Shadow" in the U.S.) by Joanne
Harris, but I enjoyed "Chocolat". Here are some titles that pick up on
various elements of Harris's work that you may also enjoy:

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

"Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the
story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and
story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they
are hiding, as well as their neighbors."-catalog summary

"Pomegranate Soup" by Marsha Mehran

"To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe
haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her
younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a
land of "crazed sheep and dizzying roads," they might finally find a
home. From the kitchen of an old pastry shop on Main Mall, the sisters
set about creating a Persian oasis. Sensuous wafts of cardamom,
cinnamon, and saffron float through the streets - an exotic aroma that
announces the opening of the Babylon Cafe, and a shock to a town that
generally subsists on boiled cabbage and Guinness served at the local
tavern. And it is an affront to the senses of Ballinacroagh's uncrowned
king, Thomas McGuire. After trying (and failing) for years to buy the
old pastry shop, Thomas is enraged to find it occupied - and by
foreigners, no less. But the mysterious, spicy fragrances work their
magic on the townsfolk, and soon business is booming. Marjan is thrilled
with the demand for her red lentil soup, abgusht stew, and rosewater
baklava - and with the transformation in her sisters. Young Layla finds
first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems to be less nervous. And
in the stand-up-comedian-turned-priest Father Fegal Mahoney, the gentle,
lonely widow Estelle Delmonico, and the headstrong hairdresser Fiona
Athey, the sisters find a merry band of supporters against the
close-minded opposition of less welcoming villagers stuck in their
ways."--BOOK JACKET.

"Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquival

"Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in
turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its
winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love
story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner,
Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of
pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so
violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the
spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon
becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares
special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout
the story."-summary from the Paperback edition

"The Antelope Wife" by Louise Erdrich

"Rooted in myth and set in contemporary Minneapolis, this poetic and
haunting story spans a century, at the center of which is a mysterious
and graceful woman known as the Antelope Wife. Elusive, silent, and
bearing a mystical link to nature, she embodies a complicated quest for
love and survival that impacts lives in unpredictable ways. Her tale is
an unpredictable ways. Her tale is an unforgettable tapestry of
ancestry, fate, harrowing tragedy, and redemption, that seems at once
modern and eternal."-catalog summary

"Big Stone Gap" by Adriana Trigiani

"It's 1978 and Ave Maria Mulligan is the thirty-five-year-old
self-proclaimed spinster of Big Stone Gap, a sleepy hamlet in the Blue
Ridge Mountains of Virginia."-summary from sound recording container

"The Tall Pine Polka" by Lorna Landvik

"In the small town of Tall Pine, Minnesota, at the Cup O'Delight Cafe,
the townsfolk gather for what they call the Tall Pine Polka, an event in
which heavenly coffee, good food, and that feeling of being alive among
friends inspires both body and soul to dance. There's the cafe owner,
the robust and beautiful Lee O'Leary, who escaped to the north woods
from an abusive husband; Miss Penk and Frau Katt, the town's only
lesbian couple (well, the only ones who admit it); Pete, proprietor of
the Shoe Shack, who spends nights crafting beautiful shoes to present to
Lee, along with his declarations of love; Mary, whose bad poetry can
clear out the cafe in seconds flat; and, most important of all, Lee's
best friend, Fenny Ness, a smart and sassy twenty-two-year-old going on eighty. When Hollywood rolls into Tall Pine to shoot a movie, and a
handsome musician known as Big Bill appears on the scene, Lee and Fenny find their friendship put to the test, as events push their hearts in unexplored directions; where endings can turn into new beginnings...."-catalog summary

I hope that these interest you. If you need further suggestions, or if

these are just not a good match for you, please e-mail us again.

Happy Reading!


Mary M. Buck
Reference Librarian
Porter Branch