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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1940s Titles

His Majesty's Hope
His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal (1940s)
This is the 3rd book in a series about Maggie Hope, a young woman who is British but grew up in the U.S., cared for by her aunt after her parents are killed in an auto accident. In this installment, Maggie begins the next phase of her career with MI5, the British secret service organization. She completes her training and is sent into Germany undercover to gather information to aid the British efforts in the war against Nazi Germany. This series seems to be getting a bit more serious & dark, but the plot & subplots are fascinating. I learned a bit more about what Britain & Germany were like in 1941--the author has done a wealth of period research. I look forward to the next episode, due out in July, 2014. -- Added by ElizabethR on 02/23/2014

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This title has been my favorite in the series so far. -- nanwise on 02/24/2014  
The cruel sea
The cruel sea by Nicholas Montserrat (1940s)
Recommend -- Added by Ecseitziii on 02/22/2014

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The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (1940s)
Another masterpiece by Maugham. -- Added by Grier on 02/21/2014

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Hollow City
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (1940s)
The follow up to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Full of action, and we get to know the other peculiar children better. A good read. -- Added by msgwenniepennie on 02/21/2014

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The Caine Mutiny
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (1940s)
Recommend. Great book about WWII and the perils of command, -- Added by Ecseitziii on 02/20/2014

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Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (1940s)
Sandra Dallas is a writer of historical fiction who never fails to tell a very readable, informative story of some event in American history. This one tells of the incarceration of Japanese who are feared as the enemy although they are American citizens. There are, of course, the American families who treat them well, employ them, and enjoy them as neighbors. There are, of course, those who are blindly prejudiced and treat them badly. As with her other books, Dallas's research is impeccable and bring the reader to new understandings of a time and place essential to society's growth. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1940s)
An account of Anne Frank, a teenage girl hiding with her family from Nazis during WWII. She details the boredom and fear of being in hiding while longing for the war to be over. -- Added by Shaynie on 02/19/2014

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (1940s)
This was a wonderful read. I would definitely recommend. -- Added by jacks1997 on 02/18/2014

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The Boy on the Wooden Box
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson (1940s)
Written by a man who had once been a child on Schindler's list, this Holocaust memoir is even more moving as an audiobook narrated by Danny Burstein whose measured, calm delivery reinforces the quiet dignity of Leon Leyson's plain-spoken words. Only 4 hours long, it would be perfect for family listening for grades 5 and up. -- Added by Nimble Novice on 02/18/2014

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The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (1940s)
Wow! Powerful story of a family in Holland in the War and how God provide through hard times. -- Added by Kbader on 02/17/2014

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Heading Out to Wonderful
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrich (1940s)
Not sure how I felt about this book but I still found it hard to put down....just kept wanting to see what was going to happen. -- Added by bigbabe on 02/16/2014

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The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (1940s)
Brilliantly written! -- Added by Readsforfun on 02/15/2014

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The Winds of War
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk (1940s)
Recommend. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 02/11/2014

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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman (1940s)
"The Zookeeper's Wife", by Diane Ackerman is an account of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, Polish Christian owners and managers of the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, before, during, and after World War II. This non - fiction account relates how the Nazi's occupied Warsaw, bombed the Old City of Warsaw, forced Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto, and destroyed the lives of Polish people and zoo animals. The book also describes how Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped hundreds of Jews and Poles escape, using their zoo as an "underground railroad" to safety. It was a very interesting book, especially with descriptions of the animals in the zoo, and how the owners treated humans and animals. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/10/2014

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Jacob's Oath
Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher (1940s)
Nice twist -- Added by Fast reader on 02/08/2014

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