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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1910s Titles

Crusoe's Daughter
Crusoe's Daughter by Jane Gardam (1910s)
Enjoyed very much. -- Added by 8247 on 01/24/2014

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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1910s)
Beautiful and sad; understandably celebrated as one of the most vivid accounts of (white) missionary arrival to tribal Africa. -- Added by awild on 01/21/2014

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The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (1910s)
A mystery spanning 4 generations of women, set in Australia and England. I enjoyed the way fairy tales were woven into the narrative, although the mysteries were a bit lackluster. -- Added by natashaelise on 01/20/2014

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Wings of Fire
Wings of Fire by Charles Todd (1910s)
This intriguing combination of mystery and psychological drama sends Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge to Cornwall to discover the truth behind what appears to be a double suicide and an accidental death, all in the same family. Or has murder been done? Rutledge digs out the truth while continuing to deal with his own traumatic experiences in the Great War. More fun than it perhaps sounds. -- Added by Madwoman on 01/18/2014

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O Pioneers!
O Pioneers! by Willa Sibert Cather (1910s)
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The writing is wonderful. I had to refresh my knowledge of Bohemian history. The reading program challenges me to read beyond my norm. -- Added by Janet on 01/18/2014

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Thunder City
Thunder City by Loren D. Estleman (1910s)
Recommend. First in what is the "Detroit" series. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/17/2014

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The Obituary Writer: A Novel
The Obituary Writer: A Novel by Ann Hood (1910s)
This novel covers the lives of two women from different eras, the 1910s and the 1960s, and how they handle grief and move past it. Some of the writing seems uneven, but the segments about the writers eleven year waiting period and postponed bereavement are quite good. -- Added by Lmclevine on 01/17/2014

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Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1910s)
Book really takes place in the middle 1800's and tells of the progress of a young girl from ignorant Portsmouth lass to a happy, sophisticated young woman. -- Added by marysu on 01/16/2014

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The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (1910s)
This book starts during the Ching dynasty and after the collapse to the beginning of the Republic. This book spans many decades. Although it is well written and well researched this book is not one of my favorites. At times I loved this book but the ending doesn't live up to my expectations. -- Added by Jean P on 01/15/2014

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Ginger Pye
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (1910s)
Fun read especially if you like dogs. -- Added by ozgirl on 01/13/2014

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Leaving Cold Sassy
Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns (1910s)
Great sequal wish there were more. -- Added by ozreader on 01/13/2014

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The Assassination of the Archduke
The Assassination of the Archduke by Greg King (1910s)
The story of how WWI really started--the desire for ethnic separatism in the Balkans along with the elitism of the Archduke's uncle on the throne of Austria-Hungry. Franz Ferdinand and his wife were treated horribly because she was not "of equal status". -- Added by GuineaPigMama on 01/13/2014

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Loving Frank
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (1910s)
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Knowing the story of Mamah Borthwick- particularly her tragic and gruesome death- was like hearing the train on the tracks, anticipating the wreck, and refusing to turn away, instead looking for clues as to how, why, and having the joy knowing she was living her true life. To learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright, his essence, eccentricities, foibles,and genius through the lens of not only Mamah, who loved him dearly, but through society's judgemental bias was to learn more about the man. Mamah, a brilliant and courageous scholar herself, illustrates the struggles of womanhood, maternal love, and marriage. An engaging read and interesting complement to The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain. -- Added by HaleyJo09 on 01/12/2014

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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (1910s)
Although there is an ABUNDANCE of new & previous material on the sinking of the Titanic, this one introduces a fictional character with an interesting interaction with a real person who represents the moral decision faced by many that night. A young Irish girl hoping to find work in America as a dressmaker/designer manages to get employment as a personal maid to a famous European dressmaker. The results of this relationship is especially entertaining to those who enjoy some history along with their fiction. I highly recommend this book which moves at a brisk pace & at times is hard to put down. -- Added by jkot43 on 01/12/2014

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Behind the Shattered Glass
Behind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander (1910s)
The latest installment of a the Lady Emily series which features a female Victorian era sleuth. Perfect airport or airplane reading. -- Added by CFA on 01/11/2014

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