Historical Fiction

The Secrets We Kept

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ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Inspired by the true story of the CIA’s role in the publication of Doctor Zhivago, Prescott imagines the lives of Boris Pasternak’s real life lover/muse Olga as well as the fictional Irina and Sally, spies involved in the mission to smuggle the novel into the Soviet Union. Espionage, forbidden love, and the zippy commentary of the Mad Men-era typing pool combine for an absorbing story.

Katie


Fountains of Silence

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ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

 

It’s the summer of 1957, and aspiring photojournalist Daniel Mattheson is staying in Madrid with his wealthy family at the luxurious Castellana Hilton. When he meets Ana, a hotel employee, he begins to understand the dark truth of life under Franco’s dictatorship and strives to capture a story through his photography. This is rich, character-driven historical fiction that will appeal to both teens and adults.

Katie


Deep River

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780802125385
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 2nd, 2019

 

Karl Marlantes transports the reader to the early 1900’s in the Pacific Northwest and the early logging industry, through the story of the Koski family fresh from Finland -  and doesn’t let you go until the last of the 700 pages. He writes with such authority about logging, fishing, immigration, unions, women’s empowerment, and the environment at the time. The story is held together by the bonds of the Koski’s as they navigate through the hardships of life in a new country while maintaining their connection to their traditions and myths. This is a sprawling novel with richly drawn characters, so worth getting pulled into.  

Carol


The Downstairs Girl

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ISBN: 9781524740955
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 13th, 2019

 

Atlanta, 1890. By day, Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid. By night, she writes a newspaper advice column under the name Miss Sweetie. But when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender, she isn't prepared for the backlash. Rich with historical detail and a compelling heroine. Stacey Lee is one of the best YA historical fiction authors writing today!

Rebecca


Age of Light

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316524087
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 5th, 2019

 

When done well - and this is certainly done well! - good historical "bio-fiction" captures their characters' essence but places them in a context of urgency, of narrative and of emotion.  This novel about photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray (she was also his model and muse), in Paris in the late 20s-early 30s, makes you feel like you know them both intimately, that you're in the room for the tempestuous and intense love, fighting, jealousy, art and passion that was their relationship and through which they produced their bewitching and important art.   

 

David 


An Untouched House

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By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781939810069
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Published: Archipelago - October 23rd, 2018

 

A war story unlike any you’ve read before. We follow the protagonist discover & try to preserve a personal identity away from the war. But the forces that create war in the first place aren’t bound by walls and doors and the story ends with something that is shocking in large part because of how banal and obvious it is.

Josh


Queen of the Sea

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By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536204988
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Published: Walker Books US - June 25th, 2019

 

In this historical graphic novel, Margaret seeks to learn who she is and why she arrived at the island convent she calls home. When the banished Queen Eleanor of Albion arrives on the island, Margaret realizes the past is more complicated than she thought. Meconis' beautiful watercolor illustrations will captive readers while her details on history and folklore enrich this immersive feat of storytelling.

Marika


The Last Days of Night

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ISBN: 9780812988925
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2017

 

Before Apple was sued by Samsung over smartphones, before Microsoft was accused of having a monopoly in software, before Theodore Rosevelt broke up any of the large trusts, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse went to court over who would light up America.

John


The Parisian

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ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

 

Mikhat Kamal arrives in France from Nablus in 1914 to study medicine. By the time he returns to Palestine, he has been subtly & indelibly changed by his experience. The next 20 years of the story takes him through currents of early 20th century Arab nationalism, Jewish settlement, & British rule in the years before Israeli independence, all through the lens of his dominating father's pressure to marry &join the family business. The writing is expansive & poignant, the story both intimate & wide-ranging.

 

David


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