Following are some suggestions of books set in India. Some are
historical novels and some are contemporary, but all deal with domestic
situations. Only the first two are long.
"The Far Pavilions" by M. M. Kaye
"By the Green of the Spring" by John Masters
"The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"A Passage to India" by E. M. Forster
"The Guru of Love" Samrat Upadhyay
"The Jewel in the Crown" by Paul Scott
"The Raj Quartet" by Paul Scott
I've listed below a few titles of action/adventure books, spanning from espionage to
bio-thriller, that you may wish to try. If none of these sound like
your kind of book, let us know a little more about what you may be
Trojan Odyssey, by Clive Cussler
This 17th Dirk Pitt extravaganza finds Cussler (literally, as he makes a
cameo at book's end) and his entourage of paint-by-number characters in
fine fettle, foiling a dastardly plot by outlandish villains to launch a
Since you liked the diverse characters in Adriana Trigiana's Big Stone Gap Series, you may enjoy reading some of the following books:
Bailey White has not written a trilogy; however, her titles "Mama
Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living," "Sleeping at the Starlight Motel and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home," and "Quite A Year for Plums" introduce colorful, offbeat Southern characters.
Virginia-born Lee Smith has several titles that may interest you:
If you liked the "Harry Potter" series for the believable way the magic elements are handled, for the glorious escapism, and for their appeal to girls, you may enjoy these titles:
"Olivia Kidney" by Ellen Potter
12-year old Olivia gets locked out of her apartment and spends the evening searching for her father, the building's superintendent. Her encounters with the strange occupants of the building help her to resolve the problems in her life.
"The Trolls" by Polly Horvath
If you like Sahara by Clive Cussler, you might also enjoy these titles and authors.
The Last Oracle by James Rollins
An ancient relic, a murdered man, an international think tank of scientists known as the Jasons who have discovered a way to bioengineer autistic children, and a plot to wipe out a quarter of the world's population have two men racing against time to solve a mystery that dates back to the first famous oracle of history--the Greek Oracle of Delphi. (Catalog summary)
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Hello! If you enjoyed “Bones of the Moon” by Jonathan Carroll for its character and for the magical, fantastical things that happen, you may enjoy these works:
The Limits of Enchantment
by Graham Joyce
Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. You asked us to match the Harry Potter novels, citing the adventure, fight against evil, political thinking, warfare, and drama. How about trying one of more of these:
Dune series by Frank Herbert
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe an allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House
I am going to recommend some memoirs, some funnier than others, and also some novels that are based, somewhat, on the writers' lives.
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt: Listen to the audio recording read by the author, if you can. When he describes his father singing, McCourt sings the Irish songs for you. That added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book.
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, by Florence King (This memoir does make one think she exaggerates, perhaps, but it's very funny.)
Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library! You asked for series books with characters similar to Stephanie Plum, created by Janet Evanovich. Well! Here are some suggestions for funny heroines in series escapades: