Historical Fiction

The Silence of Bone

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250229557
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2020

I loved this haunting historical mystery set in 1800s Joseon Korea, and can't wait to see more from debut author June Hur. I love a teen girl protagonist who won't stop asking questions and follows her own moral compass even when it means breaking the rules. Your heart will be in your mouth as you accompany Seol on her search for the truth!

Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


The Mercies

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316529259
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 11th, 2020

 

A beautifully written tale of a 1600s witch hunt and trial on a small Norwegian island. It is a nuanced look at the power of a female community, the toxicity of patriarchy, and the whirlwind of a village descending into madness, eating itself from the inside.This book will sweep you up in its whirlwind.

Meaghan


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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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 


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