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Three Sisters, Three Queens
Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory (Historical Fiction)
A good addition to Gregory's examination of the lives of queens and other historical women- this book is from the perspective of Queen Margaret of Scotland, Henry the eighth's older sister- and she is a compelling and flawed character. -- Added by llev45 on 03/11/2018

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Historical Fiction)
This novel follows two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana as one exists in privilege and the other is sold into slavery. Each chapter follows their descendants over the next 200 years, giving intimate witness to strife on both sides of history. At the beginning I couldn't put the book down. I was completely invested in the characters and their stories. The problem is that a character's arc only lasts over the course of a chapter; each chapter focuses on the story of a new person in the family line. At some point towards the end the narrative began to feel unsatisfying, even though the author brings everything together at the end. All the same, I would highly recommend this story of displacement and longing for home. -- Added by Jcjohnson3 on 03/10/2018

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Killing Jesus
Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly (Historical Fiction)
This is one of a group of books written by Bill O'Reilly that investigate the conspiracy of "Killing" a famous person. It combines information from the bible with other historical writings from the time period of Jesus' death and resurrection. -- Added by thebooklistener on 03/10/2018

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The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Historical Fiction)
Manchester County Virginia in the 1840s is home to people tied together by blood and ownership. Winding back and forth through time, Jones sews an American quilt as rich as the Bayeux tapestry. -- Added by carmelbetty on 03/10/2018

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The Last Jew
The Last Jew by Noah Gordon (Historical Fiction)
Another great historical fiction novel by Noah Gordon -- Added by Shirley on 03/06/2018

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The Killer Angels
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Historical Fiction)
When I read The Killer Angels about 30 years ago it stood out in my mind as the finest piece of historical fiction imaginable. I was thrilled by it. Now, however, I would only give it 3.5 out of 5 stars because there's too much talk and not enough action. Allright already, Lee made a strategic error in attacking the North but it's all dialogue. -- Added by billrye on 03/06/2018

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Historical Fiction)
This novel centered around life in the Chinese village well before the Cultural Revolution. It is a look at how a woman lived her life birth to death and the customs that steered her life. The middle to upperclass woman was protected from life outside of the womens room where she learned the skills to raise a family. Not and exciting book but somewhat educational. -- Added by TheLip on 03/05/2018

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Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (Historical Fiction)
Tender, poignant, what a story of triumph in the midst of chaos and sadness. -- Added by read-when-i-can on 03/04/2018

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Death at Nuremberg
Death at Nuremberg by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
An action story of the military in Nurnberg, Germany during the trials of the Nazi war criminals. A very light read. -- Added by eelizmeek on 03/04/2018

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Poland by James Albert Michener (Historical Fiction)
History of Poland shown through eyes of two fictional families: one a land owner and the other a serf who works for him. -- Added by eelizmeek on 03/04/2018

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The Women in the Castle
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (Historical Fiction)
In the post-WWII era, 3 German women are pulled together by the loss of their husbands and the need to survive the end of the war. These 3 characters deal with their relationship with each other and their situations in different way. Interesting to read about the war from this perspective. I recommend this book. -- Added by ChrisPurls on 03/04/2018

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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (Historical Fiction)
Sprawling novel set in England during the Napoleonic wars, follows the distasteful career of social climber Rebecca Sharp. -- Added by Indy7steve on 03/04/2018

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Testimony by Scott Turow (Historical Fiction)
Turow's book is set in the Netherlands, Bosnia and occasional trips back to the US. It's characters are investigating the alleged disappearance of 400 Roma(Gypsy) people following the end of the Bosnian war. That's interesting enough. iIt's a bit convoluted in plot mixed in with the main character divorcing, falling in love, falling out of love and then falling in love again. A bit too much of identity struggle for me. -- Added by ChrisPurls on 03/03/2018

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Lilac Girls
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (Historical Fiction)
This book did a good job of showing World War II from three different female perspectives - a socialite from New York, a German doctor and a Polish prisoner. The first two females are true stories and the third is a conglomeration. -- Added by on 03/02/2018

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Silence by Shusaku Endo (Historical Fiction)
This book is about two Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan in the mid 1600's looking for their mentor who has presumably apostatized under torture. As they realize the dire situation in Japan where Christianity is outlawed they struggle with the "silence" of God. -- Added by amcatald on 03/01/2018

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