Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Matt Phelan
Georgia
3

Every summer is very typical for Henry Harrison until the summer of 1908, when a group of Vaudeville performers vacation nearby. Henry is infatuated with their exciting lives and hilarious performances. He quickly makes friends with one of the star performers, Buster. Henry envies Buster’s...

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Kate Alcott
April
4

Alice Barrow travels to Lowell to become a factory girl in a cotton mill run by iron-fisted Hiram Fiske and his two sons, Samuel and Jonathan.   In the boardinghouse where she stays, Alice meets feisty Lovey Cornell, an older mill girl who is as generous as she is reckless. ...

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Elizabeth Wein
April
5

The performance of this audiobook was excellent.  The narrators did such a great job of bringing to life the two main characters—Queenie/Julie, a Special Operations Executive, and Maddie, an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot.  Set in Britain and Nazi-occupied France during World War II,...

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Julia Alvarez
Angelita
5

The story is based on a true story, but all the accounts in the book are fictionalized, but the author did her research on the historical events that took place in the book.  The book can be heartbreaking because it's based on actual events and real people actually suffered this way.  ...

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John (John Edward) Williams
Jennifer B.
4

A literary western, Butcher's Crossing tells the story of Harvard dropout Will Andrews, who heads west to "see as much of the country as [he] can" after being inspired by a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Will finds himself in Butcher's Crossing, Kansas, where he hooks up with a...

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Frances M Wood
Hope H
4

The last place Illinois-born Molly Gerry wants to be is Raton, New Mexico, but when her father finally dies of a long illness her older sister, Colleen, sees few options other than to lie about Molly's age and get them both jobs as waitresses on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe rail line....

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Amy Timberlake
Melody
5

When her sister disappeared, the sheriff came back with a body, but Georgie Burkhardt was not about to believe that the body could possibly be her sister. If no one else was going to set off to find the answers, she will  just have to take matters into her own hands. A reckless sharp...

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Fannie Flagg
Adelina
5

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg’s newest novel. I love this novel. I think everyone should read it.

Fannie Flagg’s memorable characters and her great storytelling blending of history and the present day makes you almost unaware of learning about the strength of...

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Twan Eng Tan
Beckyr
4

This is a wonderful book - part historic novel, part mystery, part romance. A highlands Malaysia tea plantation is the setting. The time period is post World War II. Characters include a gifted Japanese landscape designer, a former concentration camp prisoner, a European landowner. Very...

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Bec McMaster
seanamo
3

In this second volume of McMaster's London Steampunk series, we follow the Beast, Will Carver, a dangerous and solitary werewolf, and Lena Todd, a master clockworker and the younger sister of Will's boss' wife (Blade and Honoria from Kiss of Steel).

Because the verwulfen curse is a virus...

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Margarita Engle
Hope
5

The Lightning Dreamer is a beautiful book of prose from the perspective of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, (Tula) a Cuban poet from the 1800's. Tula talks about her world and the concerns she has over being married off and living in a world of inequality, where slave labor is still common...

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Rafael Ábalos
mbrandstetter
4

Running away from his abusive uncle's tavern with a known thief and con artist named Durlib, Grimpow now leads the life of a vagabond. They travel from place to place, but have taken shelter for the winter in a cabin in the mountains of France. The year is 1313.  Coming back from...

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Anita Diamant
Sarah Anne
4

If you loved The Red Tent for the way Anita Diamant was able to make it feel so real, then you may also love this town full of misfits, even though there isn’t much there to give you hope or happiness, it’s a bit like looking at a an incredible painting with so much detail. You can’t stop...

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Jean M Auel
Sarah Anne
4

The second in the Earth’s Children Series by Auel, after Clan of the Cave Bear, this book stars a very strong, self-sufficient woman in a time where living alone really isn’t an option. Ayla is amazing, and her survival and thriving alone is compelling in part because of so much detail about...

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Isabel Allende
Sarah Anne
5

This incredible tale is Allende at her best. She writes sprawling, gorgeous, intimate stories, and sneaks in an incredible amount of actual history. What a fabulous read, what skill, what are you waiting for? Read this!

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Adriana Trigiani
Sarah Anne
3

I loved the images from Italy, and from the early days, but the story lost its luster, and arc in minnesota. Her early writing shines so much, by the end I wasn't sure what the takeaway was, or maybe in a way it is masterfully written, because I do have the same questions about how we got to...

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Harper Lee
mbrandstetter
5

According to Merriam Webster, a classic is defined as serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works>

This is definitely true of this very real and fluidly written novel by Harper Lee.  Lee's story is told through the eyes of the young...

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Linda Sue Park
Hope H
4

Linda Sue Park's When My Name Was Keoko​ is told from the dual perspectives of Kim Sun-hee (renamed Kaneyama Keoko) and her older brother Kim Tae-yul (renamed Kaneyama Nobuo) during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1940s. The pair have grown up speaking and writing...

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Edward Bloor
mbrandstetter
4

Martin is a 7th grade student attending a private, Catholic school and he's just been struck across the face by the school's bully for sticking up for his friend.  It's the last day before summer break, but the thought of ever returning is less desirable than a root canal.  Martin's...

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Eli Brown
Monica
1

"Cinnamon and Gunpowder" follows the story of Owen "Wedge" Wedgewood following his kidnapping onto a pirate ship where he is expected to cook extravagant meals to preserve his life.  Despite Wedge's addition to the ship, they continue their plans to foil the Pendleton Trading Company....

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Jim Fergus
mbrandstetter
5

Exquisite.  

We follow May Dodd as she moves through the various stages of her adult life.  As with many defiant, independent, unruly or just inconvenient daughters and wives back in the day, May Dodd finds herself declared mentally insane and institutionalized by her own family...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Kieran Shields
Ken
3

Overall a very enjoyable book. One of the main characters who is supposed to be some amazing detective, and a master of disguise. The master of disguise bit serves no purpose in the story other than to show how awesome the character is.  The murders that are being solved are tied to the...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Hope
3

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol is the 6th of a series of Oscar Wilde based mystery books written by Gyles Brandreth.  While sentenced to two years of prison and hard labor after being found guilty of gross indecency, Wilde is called upon to solve several murders.  Using...

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Jojo Moyes
Georgia
3

The book flashes between present day London and German occupied France during the First World War. The portion of the book during WWI tells the story of Sophia, a young woman struggling to help her family survive in a small French town occupied by German soldiers. The other portion of the book...