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Letters from Home

By Kristina McMorris

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In 1944 Chicago, Liz Stephens reluctantly agrees to ghostwrite a letter to soldier Morgan McClain, who is stationed overseas, for her friend Betty and becomes torn by her feelings for a man who doesn't know her true identity.

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Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

By Fay Weldon

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A collection of correspondence between an eighteen-year-old student with green spiky hair and her aunt Fay, in which they discuss the merits of reading Jane Austen.
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Letters to Juliet

By Lise Friedman & Ceil Friedman

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Looks at one of Shakespeare's most beloved characters and tells the story of the volunteers who have been answering the thousands of letters from all over the world received in Verona addressed to Juliet since the 1930s.

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Night Letters: A Journey through Switzerland and Italy

By Robert Dessaix

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An Australian traveler, recently diagnosed with HIV, decides to spend his remaining time in Europe. Against a rich background of Venice and allusions to Dante, Casanova, Thomas Mann, and Sterne, this book is a compelling testament to life lived richly.
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Roy & Lillie: A Love Story

By Loren D. Estleman

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For many years Judge Roy Bean, the cantankerous self-styled arbiter of rough frontier justice, wrote fan letters to the beautiful actress Lillie Langtry across the sea; occasionally, she wrote back. He even renamed the town in which he lived Langtry in her honor. And they would have met, if Bean had not died shortly before Lillie. After years of this strange but poignant correspondence, Lillie finally kept her promise to visit her distant admirer.

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The Baker Street Letters

By Michael Robertson

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In Los Angeles, a geological surveyor maps out a proposed subway route--and then goes missing. His eight-year-old daughter, in her desperation, turns to the one person she thinks might help--she writes a letter to Sherlock Holmes.--
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The Boy Next Door

By Meg Cabot

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In her first adult novel since her successful series, The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot uses her heroine's e-mails to tell this boy-meets-girl story. Gossip columnist Melissa Fuller, always chronically late for work, has a real excuse for not showing up to work on time when her elderly neighbor is attacked and put in the hospital, leaving Mel in charge of two cats, a great Dane and her playboy nephew Max. But there is something mysterious about Max and then the killer returns...

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The Chess Garden, or, The Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven

By Brooks Hansen

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"In the fall of 1900, Dr. Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War. Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja. She set out her husband's gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written - letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure."
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The Christmas Letters

By Lee Smith

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Three generations of women pen Christmas letters: gossip, love, marriage, babies, death, divorce and recipes.

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The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

On Film:
Be sure to check out the powerful 1985 movie version, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopie Goldberg.

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