Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Iris Chang
mbrandstetter
4

This was a very difficult book to get through. Not because it wasn't written well or because the research was insufficient. On the contrary, the author, Iris Chang, had done extensive research and ties together the various perspectives of this horrific historical event very well. It's the...

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Margot Livesey
Shanna
4

Gemma Hardy has always gotten the short end of the stick.  After her Icelandic parents die, she is taken in by her uncle.  After he dies, her aunt reluctantly cares for her.  She's sent off to a dismal boarding school as a "working girl" as quickly as possible, where she finds...

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Laura Lane McNeal
KristinR
4

Likely to be the next Help (Stockett), Dollbaby is a straightforward novel you will not soon forget. Set in New Orleans during the Civil Rights Movement, Dollbaby tells the story of one Miss Fannie and her granddaughter, Ibby.

Ibby is left unceremoniously on her...

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Merrie Haskell
Hope H
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but strangely still edible...

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Thanhha Lai
Hope H
4

In 1975, Ha starts the year in the familiar and comforting territory of her home in Vietnam, where the traditions make sense, the food tastes good, and her beloved papaya tree holds promise even as the world around her threatens chaos. But the end of the Vietnam War and the approach of the...

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Karen Cushman
Hope H
3

In his twelve years of life, Will Sparrow has been abandoned, abused, and sold for beer, forced to rely on his wits and thievery to survive. When the innkeeper who owns him threatens to sell him as a chimney sweep, Will runs away without shoes on his feet or food to sustain him. Ill-used by...

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Jaime Lee Moyer
Hope H
3

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to know...

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S. E. Grove
extra medium
4

What if the world was divided not only by countries, but by eras in time as well? This is what happens to the Earth after the Great Disruption which leaves North America with multiple eras- from an ice age to Boston in 1891. Sophia is part of a family of explorers and cartologers who try to...

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Gail Carriger
Angelita
3

I was drawn to this book because of the cover. This steampunk series it a great book based on the characters. Sophronia is the main character, who is the youngest girl in a big family. She is very much a tomboy, which her parents don't approve. Soon she will become a woman and she...

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Wallace Stegner
Alison
5

You need to choose your words carefully when summarizing this novel, as its factual re-cap could be off-putting: a man confined to a wheelchair spends his time studying letters written by his grandmother.  Perhaps a bit boring?  Not so, with Stegner.

Any limits to the narrator...

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Lauren Willig
KristinR
4

This is one of those my-family-has-an-old-secret novels, set with dueling narratives between post-WWI England and present-day New York. The secret drives the plot far less than the complex characters do, making the overall reading experience intriguing but not necessarily page-turning.

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Michael Ondaatje
Porscha
5

Coming through Slaughter has been called the best jazz novel ever written, with a lyrical writing style compared to jazz music. It’s a fictional biography about one of the original trumpet giants of New Orleans, Buddy Bolden. Though it takes place around 1907 and was written in the late...

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Nicholas Christopher
Hope H
3

Nicolo is a fourteen year old orphan with little more to his name than a clarinet his father gave him--an enchanted clarinet. That clarinet, and the dedication he puts into learning from it, will take him from the alleys of Venice to an all-girl's orchestra led by Antonio Vivaldi himself, and to...

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Tim O'Brien
lisab
5

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is considered a classic novel and can be found on many “must read” lists. What I wasn’t expecting were the beautiful words. Every time I opened the book, I’m struck again by the beautiful words.  O’Brien’s tales are short stories about the members of a...

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Phil Klay
Joe G
5

Redeployment is an intense collection of short war stories by Phil Klay, who served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. It is well-written and humanizing, and gives multiple accounts of the Iraq war as told from the perspective of soldiers in a variety of roles and situations...

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Esther M Friesner
Hope H
4

In 1910, 14 year old Raisa leaves her tiny Polish shtetl to join her older sister, Henda, in New York City, but when she arrives Henda is nowhere to be found. With luck, perseverance, and the help of friends she meets along the way, Raisa eventually manages to support herself and her...

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Marie Brennan
Hope H
3

Three years after the events of A Natural History of Dragons, Isabella is finally ready to embark on her next expedition, this time to the savannah and swamps of Bayembe. On arrival, she and her companions are immediately welcomed into the Oba's palace complex, and are eventually...

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Charmaine Ortega Getz
Porscha
4

I was happy to stumble on this book in our collection. It covers a lot of insider’s information of interesting and eccentric locations and history in Colorado. It also explains a few things I always wondered about and even a few I hadn’t heard of yet. Two interesting sites I hadn’t heard about...

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Elizabeth Wein
lisab
4

In this follow- up novel to Codename Verity, Rose Justice is a British transport pilot who is caught by the Luftwaffe and sent to Ravensbrück, a women’s concentration camp.  The novel alternates between memories of the camp and her recovery in Paris after her escape and her later...

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Alex Myers
Becker
3

Alex Myers' fictionalized account of the life of Deborah Samson, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as Robert Shurtliff, is a vividly imagined tale of identity, freedom, heroism and love. In 1782, Deborah wants more than her life as a weaver and servant to others....

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Charlotte Pomerantz
Hope H
4

Princess Mat Mat is the ruler of the Tiny Kingdom, a poor, self-sufficient country which is on the cusp of being able to celebrate 100 years of peace. As she starts planning the celebration, however, news comes in of an invading fleet of warships in the distance. Since she has no military...

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TaraShea Nesbit
Dana F
4

The Wives of Los Alamos is historical fiction about the women who accompany their husbands to Los Alamos during the height of nuclear-bomb production during World War II. The book is written without dialog and is told by the collective "we". Each paragraph is told according to more...

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Nicola Griffith
Hope H
3

Before Hild was born her mother, Breguswith, had a dream that the child she carried would be "the light of the world". Breguswith ensures it, training Hild from a young age to become the official seer of her uncle, King Edwin. Yet it is not through magic Hild sees the future. "Quiet mouth,...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Tara
4

The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.

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Stephen King
Brett
5

This engaging ghost story marked a return to top form for Stephen King in 2013. The gruesome killing at the heart of this story is not emphasized throughout most of the book. Instead, King focuses on telling a heartfelt, nostalgic story about coming-of-age in the 1970’s. 21-year-old Devin comes...