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Adult Winter Reading Program: Historical Fiction Titles

The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
About a family in France during the Nazi occupation. This was one of those books you don't want to put down, very good read. -- Added by CARLSONL on 02/20/2017

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the quick and the dead
the quick and the dead by louis l'amour (Historical Fiction)
recommend. a little stilted, noble language, and all but a reasonable read. -- Added by edger on 02/17/2017

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Under Fire
Under Fire by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend. -- Added by edger on 02/16/2017

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The People's Princess
The People's Princess by Larry King (Historical Fiction)
It was interesting to read all the different stories by the people in her life. -- Added by itsmyyear on 02/14/2017

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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (Historical Fiction)
Enjoyable book about a young lady making her way to America via the Titanic. When she arrived, she was torn between two very different men she met on board the ship. The historical references let me understand a little bit more about that event in history. -- Added by read-when-i-can on 02/13/2017

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In Danger's Path
In Danger's Path by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend -- Added by edger on 02/11/2017

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Roots
Roots by Alex Haley (Historical Fiction)
I had heard of this book and the famous miniseries my whole life but had never taken the time to read or watch it before today. I'm so glad that I did! The writing was poignant, detail-ridden, evocative, and gripping. The author painted realistic, well-rounded, flawed characters and created a powerful story that spanned two centuries of his family's history. I loved it! -- Added by rwoolston on 02/09/2017

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Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (Historical Fiction)
It took me a while to get into Sarah's Key, and I felt that the author's character development was somewhat flat. However, the story of what happened with the French police and the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup is very intriguing (and heartbreaking). To know more of this historic event makes this well worth the read. -- Added by smogleboph on 02/08/2017

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The Second Mrs. Hockaday
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (Historical Fiction)
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down, highly recommend it. -- Added by loldson on 02/08/2017

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Behind the Lines
Behind the Lines by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend -- Added by edger on 02/07/2017

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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Historical Fiction)
The story grabbed me at the beginning of the novel, and did not let go until the last sentence. The characters were quirky, yet believable. The setting showed post-Tzar Russia from all points of views. The discussions of art, writers, and philosophy were handled deftly in words and in the actions of the characters. The ending was satisfying. I would recommend this to anyone. This is the type of novel I might want to add to my personal library. -- Added by cindyhanssen on 02/07/2017

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I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Be Seeing You by Gia Cooper (Historical Fiction)
Historical Fiction about war nurses in the Philipines after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. Christian Romance. -- Added by Sugarsnoodle on 02/07/2017

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Celia's House
Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson (Historical Fiction)
This book is about a house which has been in the same family for many years. It takes place in Scotland in the early 1900's and follows several generations of the family with all of the ups and downs usually encountered in such a story. It is beautifully written. I enjoyed it and read it in two days. -- Added by Sanibel on 02/06/2017

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The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
This book is about two very different sisters living in occupied France (WWII). Vianne is a teacher and a mother whose husband goes off to war. Isabelle is her rebellious sister who is searching for a purpose. It is heartbreaking and showcases women's roles during wartime. It is beautifully written. Highly recommend. -- Added by amd on 02/06/2017

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Historical Fiction)
I didn't expect to like the book much, since reading about the powerful and wealthy in the 1960's and 70's, especially as they revolved around Truman Capote, didn't have much appeal. BUT, she did such a masterful job of imagining the conversations between these people who have troubles and griefs just like the rest of us, made it a good read. Discussing with a group helped to expand my singular experience too; and I heard Melanie in person at the library in the last year! -- Added by Ellie on 02/06/2017

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