Books That Will Make You Cry: Popular Tearjerkers

Author: Sherry Helms

Books that make readers cry are of two types: one which will have readers sobbing from start to end, and the other that unexpectedly leave them sniffling on the subway or howling at the end, trying to keep them from wiping nose on sleeves.

Today, we have shortlisted some such tear jerking titles for our readers. The idea  behind this post is to bring into their knowledge the most moving stories set in diverse culture and milieu, which introduce the readers to lives that they’d never experience or imagine.

Here’s the list:

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally – This tearjerker recreates the true story of Oskar Schindler, the Czech-born southern German industrialist who risked his life to save over 1,100 of his Jewish factory workers from the death camps in Nazi-occupied Poland. Based on the recollections of the Schindlerjuden (Schindler’s Jews), Schindler himself, and other witnesses, this documentary novel recounts the lives of the flamboyant profiteer and womanizer Schindler; Schindler’s long-suffering wife, Emilie; the brutal SS (Nazi secret service) commandant Amon Goeth; Schindler’s quietly courageous factory manager, Itzhak Stern; and dozens of other Jews who underwent the horrors of the Nazi machinery.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. But, their dreams of owing a farm goes terrible wrong. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Comes from the writer of bestselling “The Kite Runner”, this book sheds light on the wretched status of women in a male dominated society, eliciting how miserable it was to being a woman in Taliban dominated Afghanistan. Eloquently written, this book has the depressed story of two women – Mariam, the protagonist and Laila, and their struggle to survive peacefully and with dignity in the male-chauvinist as well as war-torn Afghanistan.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is an Autobiography of Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, when Nazis overpowered the Holland, Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding with another family. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences she had during this period.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – Sure to compress out more tears from its readers’ eyes, this romance novel by the bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks is story of a pair of unlikely young lovers. The story starts in a corny flashback as 57-year-old Landon Carter started thinking back of his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, North Carolina, when he was a troublemaking teenager of the 1950s and changed forever when met his unexpected first love, Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, who made him the depths of the human heart and the joy and pain of living.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – Written by the author who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people, this is an emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. This is the story about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is. Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this is the novel that will keep readers wiping their noses on sleeves from middle to the end.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan – This is a heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog, named Marley who taught them what really matters in life. Based on human-animal relationship, this book is also adapted into a movie with the same name and that is as much appreciated as the books is. A true tear jerking story of the emotional attachment between the master and the pet.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins this distressing memoir of Frank McCourt about his miser than miserable childhood, about his survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors, yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

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