Historical Fiction

The Miniaturist

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ISBN: 9780062306814
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Published: Ecco - August 26th, 2014

A magical and haunting book about a young bride who is given a miniature model of her house that predicts the future. Set in a vividly-drawn Golden Age Holland and with writing so beautiful it will make you cry, this is a perfect book to transition out of beach reading.


The Daughters of Mars

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ISBN: 9781476734620
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 6th, 2014

The Daughters of Mars is a moving, meaty story of two Australian sisters who volunteer as nurses during World War 1. I was enthralled from page one with its combo of plot, character and rich historical setting. The women travel from Australia to Egypt to Europe and back again and we see the changing, volatile world through their eyes. This book is a strong and satisfying read that I think lots of readers will love.


Song of the Shank

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ISBN: 9781555976804
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 17th, 2014

This is a monumental work, less a story of a particular person living in a particular time, and more a field of experience that flows around and through our baffling, corrupt, dangerous, and racist world. But for all the sorrow and death, all the war and poverty, all the crime and injustice, Allen reminds us our world is also a world of music, where, maybe every century or so, fate and genetics align to give us a someone like Blind Tom,  who can channel all the potential power, passion, and joy of music, into a song on his piano. Song of the Shank is a masterpiece.


An Elephant in the Garden

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ISBN: 9780312593698
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 25th, 2011

A thoroughly humane and accessible tale of WWII survival that follows one family's trek across Germany after the fire bombing of Dresden, accompanied by a young zoo elephant. Recounted by an old lady in a nursing home to a young boy, and loosely based on real events, it is a poignant tale of the effects of war on both sides.  It includes just the right amount of danger to keep it exciting, but is thought provoking enough to raise awareness of the sacrifices made and bravery exhibited in WWII.


An Officer and A Spy

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ISBN: 9780385349581
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 28th, 2014

Bestselling author Robert Harris (Fatherland) explores in novel form the legendary Dreyfus Affair through the character of George Picquot, a diehard military man who begins to suspect that Dreyfus was framed.  Jewish and wealthy, Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason on trumped up evidence and Picquot’s investigation leads to many disturbing conclusions, both political and social.  C’est honteux!


The Son

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ISBN: 9780062120397
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Published: Ecco - May 28th, 2013

Without question one of my favorite 2013 releases and destined to be a classic, The Son is an incredible, old-fashioned epic about the American West. It’s as violent and tough as it is gripping and unforgettable. Meyer gets right into his characters’ heads and fills the book with impressive historical and geographic detail; you’ll think you’re reading Cormac McCarthy crossed with Margaret Atwood. You’ll wonder at how he pulled it off.


Sophia's War

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By Avi
ISBN: 9781442414426
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 24th, 2013

It is 1776 and the British occupy New York City. A witness to the hanging of Nathan Hale, Sophia Calderwood vows to do all she can to help the American cause, and becomes a spy. This fast-paced and riveting historical novel will appeal to readers young and old.Robin

A Very Long Engagement

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By Sébastien Japrisot, Linda Coverdale (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780312424589
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Published: Picador - November 15th, 2004

I can't say enough good things about A Very Long Engagement, a love story and thriller about a young Frenchwoman who simply will not accept news of her fiance’s ignominious death in the trenches of World War 1. Full of twists and turns, combining history, mystery and romance, and told from the point of view of one very scrappy and determined woman, it's a page-turner with characters you'll remember for a long time.


Letters from Skye

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ISBN: 9780345542601
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 9th, 2013

A love affair that crosses two continents and encompasses two wars begins with a chatty letter from David, a young American to his new favorite poet, Elspeth Dunn, sent in 1912. The book is a novel-in-letters, a complicated and passionate story that Elspeth's daughter pieces together while the bombs begin to fall on Britain in 1940.


Corelli's Mandolin

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ISBN: 9780679763970
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Published: Vintage - August 29th, 1995

Mandolin is historical fiction of the old school, a sweeping story to
get lost in and fall in love with. Set on the Greek isle of Cephalonia
during the Italian occupation of World War II, the book follows a
panoply of unforgettable characters- beautiful Pelagia, her father the
doctor, Captain Corelli, Mandras the rebel, Carlo the soldier and more-
each with his or her own heartbreaking, beautiful arc. This is a
wonderful summer read, a book to linger over, smile over, cry over, a
book that will leave its mark on your heart forever.Marie


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