The Greatest "Boston, Family" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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The "Family" category of books encompasses stories that revolve around the dynamics, relationships, and experiences of families. These books explore the complexities of familial bonds, including love, loyalty, conflict, and forgiveness. They may focus on different types of families, such as nuclear families, blended families, or extended families, and may cover a range of themes, from coming-of-age tales to domestic dramas. Overall, the "Family" category offers a rich and diverse collection of books that delve into the joys and challenges of family life.

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  1. 1. The Living Is Easy by Dorothy West

    The novel explores the life of Cleo Judson, a Southern-born African American woman living in early 20th century Boston, who navigates the complexities of race, class, and society as she strives to create a facade of affluence and respectability. Married to a successful businessman, Cleo manipulates those around her to reunite with her estranged sisters and recreate the familial bonds and social standing she longs for. However, her scheming and pursuit of superficial success reveal the deep-seated insecurities and the cost of her ambitions, as she grapples with the true meaning of family and identity amidst the backdrop of the African American upper class.

    The 3462nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. H. M. Pulham, Esquire by John P. Marquand

    The novel is a reflective account of the life of Harry Pulham, a middle-aged, conventional Bostonian who is prompted to examine his past and the choices he has made during the process of writing a Harvard class reunion biography. As he delves into his memories, he confronts his youthful ambitions, his experiences in World War I, and his complex relationships, particularly with a vivacious woman who challenged the conservative values of his upbringing. Through this introspection, Harry grapples with the realization that he has conformed to societal expectations at the expense of his own happiness, leading to a poignant exploration of the conflict between individual desires and societal pressures in early 20th-century America.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand

    "The Late George Apley" is a satirical novel that presents a critical view of the upper class society in Boston during the early 20th century. The narrative unfolds through a series of letters, diary entries, and other documents, chronicling the life of George Apley, a wealthy Bostonian. The book explores Apley's struggles to uphold the traditions and social norms of his class, despite the rapidly changing world around him. The story provides a nuanced portrayal of the protagonist's life, highlighting the constraints and pressures of conforming to societal expectations.

    The 10138th Greatest Book of All Time

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