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There’s nothing like fall in New England–the foliage, the flannel, the apple orchards. Check out these 10 reads, set in New England, that evoke a cozy autumn atmosphere. These stories will have you sipping pumpkin spice lattes and seeing witches around every corner.

Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
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In a fictional Massachusetts town, two sisters are raised by their witch aunts, who warn them that there is a curse on all the women in their family. Eventually, the magic they’ve denied all their lives–and the notorious curse–catches up to them. Practical Magic was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. 

Bowlaway – Elizabeth McCracken
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Bertha Truitt, oddball and candlepin bowling enthusiast, opens a bowling alley in fictional Salford, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. The story follows three generations of Bertha’s family as they navigate their lives and keep the bowling alley running.

Empire Falls – Richard Russo
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Miles Roby manages a diner in small-town Empire Falls, Maine, chock full of colorful characters that have known each other all their lives. These deep relationships play out with humor, drama, and several surprises. The movie adaptation was filmed in Skowhegan, Maine.

The Secret History – Donna Tart
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A young, naïve freshman at a picturesque college in Vermont fights for acceptance into a secretive group of privileged Classics students, and once there, takes part in a tragedy that he then narrates as a mystery to the reader. The school and surrounding town is based on Bennington College in Vermont.

Cider House Rules – John Irving
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The Cider House Rules follows Homer Wells as he grows up at the orphanage of obstetrician Dr. Wilbur Larch in rural Maine. The movie version was filmed at various locations throughout Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Dance Upon the Air – Nora Roberts
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Nell escapes an abusive husband and begins to build a new life on fictional Three Sisters Island in Massachusetts. This book is the first of a trilogy about three friends who find their true identities as witches and as women.

The Fifth Petal – Brunonia Barry
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When a teenager is murdered in Salem, Massachusetts, the chief of police sees similarities to a string of murders from 20 years ago. While not exactly a sequel, this book is set in the same universe as Barry’s The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places.

Love Story – Erich Segal
College students Ollie and Jenny meet and fall in love on the storied sidewalks of Cambridge, Massachusetts. They try to create a life together without support from either of their families, and tragedy strikes. This book is a novelization of the screenplay Segal wrote for the 1970 movie of the same name, which was filmed partially on location at Harvard University.

The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike
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Three witches grow their powers in a small Rhode Island town. When the mysterious Darryl Van Horne comes to town, the drama kicks into high gear. The movie version, filmed in seaside Massachusetts towns like Cohasset and Marblehead, stars Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson
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Immanuelle, daughter of a frowned-upon interracial affair, discovers her deceased mother’s journal and learns the truth about her puritanical hometown. The story takes place in a fictional version of Salem.

List compiled by Samantha Totman, MLIS student intern.