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If You Like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ...

Here are a few suggestions for other funny, touching, books:

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Siddalee Walker needs her mother's help with a play she's writing about
women's friendships, so Vivi sends her the letters, photos, journals,
and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya sisterhood. This group of girlfriends was
wild and clever--and stuck in a small town where they were expected to
raise babies not Cain. (catalog summary)

The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney
A warm, winning new novel about daring to love and finding a place
called home. For 32-year-old Caddie Winger, one summer can make the
whole world look different. (catalog summary)

Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker
So begins Rafaella Barker's hilarious novel about a former career woman
that gives up the lively London whirl for a country life complete with
husband, children, and livestock. Yet, a short ten years into her rural
tenure, our heroine Venetia finds herself suddenly single with
temperamental offspring, a house and garden that have run wild, and no
financial means. With a mix of pluck and humor, Venetia endures and in
the process discovers some lasting truths about family and an inner
strength she never knew she had. (catalog summary)

The Laments by George Hagen
As odd as the globetrotting Lament family is, Hagen's feat is to make
them universal through their restlessness, their responses to adversity,
and especially their unwieldy love for each other. (catalog summary)

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee by Meera Syal
...a compassionate, resonant tale of culture clash, Indian identity and
friendship in her smoothly executed second novel (her first, Anita and
Me, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction
Prize). With spot-on cinematic sensibility and laugh-out-loud dialogue,
Syal charts the lives of three 30-something Indian women, friends since
childhood, living in contemporary London. (Publishers Weekly)

Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
Patty Jane Dobbin should have known better than to marry a man as
gorgeous as Thor Rolvaag, but she was too smitten to think twice. Yet
nine months into their marriage, with a baby on the way, Thor is gone.
It's a good thing Patty Jane has her irrepressible sister, Harriet, to
rely on. For it's been said that a fine haircut can cure any number of
ills, and before long the Minnesota sisters have opened a neighborhood
beauty parlor complete with live harp music and an endless supply of
delicious Norwegian baked goods. It's a wonderful, warmhearted place
where you can count on good friends, lots of laughter, tears, and
comfort when you need it-and the unmistakable scent of somebody getting
a permanent wave. . . . (catalog summary)

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
Mattie Rigsbee is seventy-eight. She lives by herself in Listre, North
Carolina (near Bethel). She claims she's "slowing down", but she still
cuts her own grass and runs the Lottie Moon missions fund drive at
Listre Baptist Church. This is the scene into which Edgerton drops
Wesley Benfield -- adolescent, illegitimate, and delinquent, with a
mouth full of foul language and bad teeth and a craving for good food.
(catalog summary)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
A spectacular, riotously entertaining epic set in post-World War II
London, "White Teeth" tells the story of two families, whose hilarious
and tortured lives capture all the optimism and absurdity of the past
half-century. (catalog summary)

I hope you will like some of these choices! If they aren't quite right,
though, let us know and we'll see what else we can find for you!

Michele R. Brown
Reference Librarian
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Posted - 11/06/2008 : 4:30:28 PM
If you liked "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series by Ann Brashares, you may enjoy these titles:

"London Holiday" by Richard Peck

"... Lesley is a St. Louis society woman; Julia is a successful Manhattan interior designer; and Margo, a teacher, is the divorced mother of a teenager. Best friends since their Missouri childhood, they are awakened to the realities of their often dreary existences by a shocking act of violence. Now desperate for change, the three friends escape on a trip to London and the unexpected promise of new lives awaiting them. Safe in the cozy confines of Mrs. Smith-Porter's bed-and-breakfast, the women enter a gracious new world of tea in the garden, antique markets, lush countryside, and romance."-catalog summary

 

"Shoe Addicts Anonymous" by Beth Harbison

Four different women, one common shoe size, and a shared lust for fabulous footwear. The wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone-sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet Tuesday nights to trade shoes, and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems--from secret pasts to blackmail, bankruptcy, and dating."-catalog summary

 

"Delta Belles" by Penelope J. Stokes

"The year is 1965 and the Spring Fling Talent Show is in the works at the Mississippi College for Women, a proper Southern institution. As a joke, Delta Ballou puts the names of her three best friends on the list of Performers. Rising to the challenge, they agree to sing and even convince Delta to join them. Rae Dawn DuChamp plays the piano and weaves harmonies in a smoky contralto. Lacy Cantrell masters the basic guitar chords, and her twin sister, Lauren, contributes a pleasing voice. They call themselves the Delta Belles and win the talent show hands down.
What started as a lark turns into an exciting adventure. The Delta Belles perform at protests and voter registration rallies across the country. As graduation draws near, all the Delta Belles seem poised for bright futures. Twenty-five years later Delta, recently widowed and angry at God, is asked to get the Belles together to perform at their college reunion. Lacy and Lauren haven't spoken to each other in years, and Rae Dawn has been beset by overwhelming losses. Their reunion turns out to be much more than an opportunity to relive the past. As the old friends reconnect, they come to a new understanding of the meaning and value of their lives."-catalog summary

 

"Last Chance Saloon" by Marian Keyes

"Friends since the days when leg warmers were cool, Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have graduated to their slightly more serious thirties."-catalog summary