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Historical Fiction
by Jenna Blum

For fifty years Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter Trudy was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minne More
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by Diane Ackerman

The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundred of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw and the cit's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead zoo keep More
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by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton More
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by Philippa Gregory

"Two sisters competing for the greatest prize the love of a king When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golde More
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by Colm Toibin

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Toibin's sixth novel,Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s,when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.Eilis Lacey has come of age in sm More
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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

With effortless grace celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history, Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria. We experience th More
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by A M Holmes

When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth. So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the More
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by Anita Diamant

Atlit is a holding camp for "illegal" immigrants in Israel in 1945. There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past. Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, tells the st More
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by David Ebershoff

Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain. Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to More
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by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, a reimagining of the life of Pan Yuliang and her transformation from prostitute to post Impressionist. Down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River and into the seedy backrooms of "The Hall More
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by Sally Gunning

Lyddie has long been the wife of Edward Berry, a well liked and successful whaler in Satucket Village, Massachusetts. Married for twenty years, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaling wife, her husband's sudden departure More
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by Diana Gabaldon

Unrivaled storytelling, unforgettable characters, rich historical detail, these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions o More
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by Anita Amirrezvani

In 17th century Persia, a 14 year old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to More
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by Luis Alberto Urrea

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th century Mexico. It is Eighteen Eighty Nine, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A sixteen More
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by Johanna Moran

When Henry Oades accepts an accountancy post in New Zealand, his wife, Margaret, and their children follow him to exotic Wellington. But while Henry is an adventurer, Margaret is not. Their new home is rougher and more rustic tha More
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by Sally Gunning

On the eve of the Revolutionary War, a young woman is caught between tradition and independence, family and conscience, loyalty and love, in this spellbinding novel from the author of The Widow's War and Bound Jane Clarke lead More
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by Jean Kwok

A fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice makes an inspiring debut with this novel about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two cultures. [R]eminiscent of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."--Min Jin Lee ( More
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by Philippa Gregory

The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre s More
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by Robin Oliveira

An enthralling historical novel about a young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War. In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head貞trong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of More
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by Kate Quinn

An exciting debut: a vivid, richly imagined saga of ancient Rome from a masterful new voice in historical fiction Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress More
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by Donna Woolfolk

"Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama–love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."–Los Angeles Times Book Review For a thousand years her exi More
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by Mary Pat Kelly

In a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family. Because they and their countrymen More
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by Kathleen Kent

In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense s More
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by Elizabeth Kostova

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortun More
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by Laurie Fabiano

Based on true events, Elizabeth Street is a multigenerational saga that opens in an Italian village in the 1900's, and crosses the ocean to New York's Lower East Side. At the heart of the novel is Giovanna, whose family is target More
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by David Fuller

The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages through the South. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything-punishment, sale to a cotto More
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by Nigel Farndale

On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft ditches into the sea. As water floods the cabin, zoologist Daniel Kennedy faces an im­possible choice—should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves and the mother of hi More
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by Paula Mclain

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time—Paris in the twenties—and an extraordinary love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. More
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by Sarah Dunant

The year is 1570, and a new novice has just been forced into the Italian convent of Santa Caterina. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteen-year-old Serafina is sharp and defiant. Her first night inside the walls is More
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by Julie Klassen

Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his. But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything--his reputati More
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by Alan Brennert

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven More
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by Mary Sharratt

Daughters of theWitching Hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt. Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Fo More
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by Elle Newmark

A sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the rich backdrop of war-torn India. 

In 1947, American historian and veteran of WWII, Martin Mitchell, wins a Fulbright More
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by Lisa See

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country More
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by Geraldine Brooks

Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha's Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosi More
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Historical Fiction
by Margaret Leroy

A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family?” “What should you do for a stranger?” and “What would you do for love?” As World War II draws closer and closer to Guerns More
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by Alice Hoffman

Over five years in the writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel. In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months agai More
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by Adriana Trigiani

The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apar More
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by Sandra Dallas

In a novel based on true events, New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas delivers the story of four women---seeking the promise of salvation and prosperity in a new land---who come together on a harrowing journey. In 185 More
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by Susan Abulhawa

A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farmin More
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