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Historical Fiction

Cover Image for The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck’s father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past.

Cover Image for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Cover Image for The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night?

Cover Image for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young milliner, Miss Love Simpson—a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward—the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century.

Cover Image for The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

In the latest by the author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Cover Image for The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

Cover Image for Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

This #1 International bestselling novel is set in 1920s Ceylon. A young Englishwoman marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences.

Cover Image for News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Cover Image for Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.

Cover Image for The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

Cover Image for The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife comes a novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history.

Cover Image for Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp

In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O’Keeffe’s work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others are saying about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in.

Cover Image for Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.

Cover Image for Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

This historical offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, painter, and her sister Virginia Woolf, writer, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group in London.

Cover Image for All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This stunningly beautiful novel is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Cover Image for West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

Cover Image for China Dolls by Lisa See

The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. China Dolls starts in 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities.

Cover Image for The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society.

Cover Image for The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

At 11, Sarah is given ownership of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, urban slave in 19th century Charleston. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Cover Image for Longbourn by Jo Baker

For fans of Pride and Prejudice: While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Cover Image for The March by E. L. Doctorow

Doctorow presents a stunning visionary reconstruction of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous/infamous march of sixty-two thousand soldiers through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Cover Image for Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The second (after the prize-winning Wolf Hall) in a trilogy centering on the life of the complex, enigmatic Thomas Cromwell, chief secretary to Henry VIII and overseer of the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn.

Cover Image for Winter of the World by Ken Follett

The second volume of Follett’s “Century Trilogy” picks up where the first installment (Fall of Giants) left off, as the characters of its international, interrelated families face the cataclysms of the Third Reich, World War II, and the ensuing Cold War.

Cover Image for The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

Did Lincoln subvert the Constitution? In the “What-If?” mode of historical fiction, Yale law professor Carter supposes Lincoln’s miraculous survival of the assassination attempt, and his impeachment two years later over his prosecution of the war against the Confederacy.

Cover Image for Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

Harrison’s take on the last days of Imperial Russia centers on the doomed Romanovs and their relationship with Grigori Rasputin, faith healer, peasant, mad monk, and – surprisingly – family man. His legitimate daughter, Masha, and her unlikely friend, the hemophiliac Romanov heir Alyosha, are co-narrators.

Cover Image for The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

Bohjalian’s novels have taken readers on journeys from 1980s Vermont in winter, to 1920s Long Island in summer, to 1930s Germany and Poland. Here he travels between Aleppo, Syria and Bronxville, New York, all the while calling on his personal heritage to tell the story of the Armenian genocide of 1915-20.

Cover Image for Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain

“Get ready to laugh, prepare to weep.” Tremain presents a sequel to her much-praised novel Restoration, published in 1989 and set around 300 years earlier in the England of Charles II. Merivel is the king’s courtier – no longer young, but still in hot pursuit of pleasure.

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