Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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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...

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H. M. 1970- Castor
lcole
4

I was totally engrossed in this historical fiction novel.  It’s the story of Henry VIII, who was king of England in the early 1500’s.  He’s best known for having six wives but there’s so much more to his life.  Henry VIII, known in the book as Hal, tells his story in the first...

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Jojo Moyes
Dana F
3

I both liked and didn't like The Girl You Left Behind. I enjoyed the book's two settings: 1916 and present day. I learned a lot about German-occupied France during World War I. I also liked the main male character during the present-day setting. However, I had a hard time feeling...

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Philipp Meyer
Michelle
5

It's a Western! An epic multi-generational Texas saga. And I loved it!

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Jonathan Odell
lcole
5

The Healing provides a thought provoking look at slavery in the antebellum South.  Gran Gran has just taken in a young grieving orphan named Violet.  Gran Gran tells Violet the story of her life beginning when she was born a slave on a plantation.  She was taken from her mother as...

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  It is one of my favorites for the year.  The Signature of All Things tells about the life, beginning to end, of Alma Whittaker a very smart, very dedicated botanist in the 19th Century.  I love Historical Fiction and this one will rank high on my list of all...

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Ruta Sepetys
CarolE
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe who...

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Amy Tan
L.F.
3

The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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Rosemary Wells
lcole
3

Ivy Takes Care is a gentle book set in 1949. Ivy’s parents work on a ranch in Nevada.  The family doesn’t have much money.  Ivy’s best friend Annie comes from a wealthy family and Annie will be going away all summer to an elite summer camp.  Annie is getting more connected with...

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Elisa Lynn Carbone
Hope
4

This young adult novel was researched right here in Denver at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library!  In 1878, Eva Wilkins loses the couple that adopted her and is forced to travel to Denver, where her birth mother still lives.  Once she arrives, she is shocked to find...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Joe R. Lansdale
Ken
3

This book is pretty good. It's a novella with four short stories about Reverend Jebidiah Mercer a hardened man of God, whose purpose is to wipe out evil where ever he finds it. It has a lot of horror elements, zombie, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and kobolds. Other than the story with...