Historical Fiction

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Look Away, Dixieland

Rating: 3
The story of a mother and two daughters, and how their lives change after the death of the mother's abusive husband.
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The Sixth

Rating: 2
Avery Hays’ second novel is ambitious, combining political intrigue and romance with Gertrude Stein’s famous art salon. Hays’ heroine, Florbela Sarmentos, is the Lisbon-born daughter of a revolutionary writer, Hermes Sarmento.
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But By the Chance of War

Rating: 3
BUT BY THE CHANCE OF WAR is an ambitious project indeed- a play in four parts, written in heroic couplets, covering the fall of the Gupta Empire to the invading Huns, the defeat of the Iroquois at the hands of the British, the Battle of Amiens in WWI, and a projected future nuclear apocalypse.
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Shadows and Wings

Rating: 4.5
Lara is a young girl who lives with her mother, her Oma and her Opa on a farm in Australia. Oma and Opa are both immigrants from Germany, and both are kind, loving supports to Lara and her younger sister Jen as they grow to womanhood. But Opa has a shadowy past that no one wants to talk about, and after his death, Lara finds out one reason for the silence.
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Scent of Triumph

Rating: 4
SCENT OF TRIUMPH follows the adventures of Danielle Bretancourt, a young part-Jewish Frenchwoman married to a German aristocrat in Poland who becomes a refugee when the Nazis invade Poland, and then again when France falls.
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Coyote Winds

Rating: 4
Moving between two places and times, COYOTE WINDS tells the stories of thirteen-year-old Myles Vincent in 1930 and Andy Vincent-McKay in 2002.
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The Luck of the Weissensteiners

Rating: 3
Beginning in Bratislava in 1933, this story of historical fiction follows various civilians through the lead-up, duration, and aftermath of World War II.
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No City for Dreaming

Rating: 5
Ambition and scandal center the work. It is is August, 1962. The dreams of failed screenwriter, Lou Beach, aspiring actress Cherie Winters and former A list director, Aaron Townes, cross paths
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Unmentionables

Rating: 4.5
UNMENTIONABLES is a story concerning the interaction of slavery, family, love and war, when two Southern families, and the slaves they own, but do not fully control, find themselves forced to confront traumatic change in the face of the Civil War.
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Cliff of the Ruin

Rating: 4.5
Mae Kendrick, born in Ireland, has lived with her aunt and uncle in New York since her infancy, and has grown into an accomplished painter and a lovely woman. Her relatives are concerned, however, by her lack of potential husbands after a failed engagement.
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Wayfarers

Rating: 3
In the days leading up to the American Civil War, Jerry and Daniel are close friends. Though Daniel is a slave and Jerry is the son of a plantation owner, the two are inseparable, falling into their proscribed roles of master and servant only when under the scrutiny of white folk.
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Past the Last Island

Rating: 3
An impossible Stone Age adventure through distant lands and strange new cultures, to a new world.
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The Sword of God

Rating: 3
Studded with the supernatural beliefs of an ancient time, portions such as a tongue searing ritual are rendered with plausible and thrilling ease. These moments however are often lost in the greater expanse of desert magic that is, rather dully, placed in the hands of the improbably frequent amount of characters with blue eyes.
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The Hunger Year

Rating: 4
In this picturesque historical novel, author Lee Conrad Kemsley depicts life and its hardships during an especially arduous time in American history.
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Amgalant One: The Old Ideal

Rating: 1
This book is about Temujin, commonly known as Genghis Khan in the Western world.
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In Arms and Idleness

Rating: 4
David Ricksen and Michael Hurley, two intelligent privates whose friendship seems odd even to themselves discover a world where a small amount of funny money, military scrip used in lieu of U.S. currency, can buy women and a lot more besides.
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Not One Among Them Whole: A Novel of Gettysburg

Rating: 4
The author takes us by the hand and leads us through the horrors of battle as witnessed by a handful of individuals and serves as a timely reminder for the video game generation that might see war as a glorious endeavor from which heroes emerge triumphant and whole.
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Shaken, Not Stirred

Rating: 5
A spellbinding fictional account of Ian Fleming’s early intelligence and writing career during World War II.
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Provenance

Rating: 4
PROVENANCE is the history of a painting, from its creation in Amsterdam in1641 to its discovery in 1990 in a hallway of an administrative building of small college in Brooklyn.
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Justa

Rating: 3
Light reading for romance lovers with an interest in early Roman history.
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Vida Nocturna

Rating: 3
The thrilling and harrowing tale of a Sara and her involvement in the drug trade in decadent 1980s Chicago.
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The Settler

Rating: 5
A riveting story of love and forgiveness set during British expansion in Rhodesia and the Second Boer War in South Africa.
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Soldiers' Field: A Novel of Postwar Germany

Rating: 3
David Streiber is a 19 year-old enlistee from Brooklyn, who joins the U.S. Army in 1959 as a means to escape his sheltered life in the Jewish Ghettos of Brooklyn, New York.