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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

If you’re in the mood for a long book and like family histories with a supernatural twist, try The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. While the story is set in the same world as her vampire series, there are no vampires in this … Continue reading

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is the story of Lily’s life in the Hunan province of China and the pivotal role played by her “laotong.” The narrator is 80-year-old Lily, who refers to herself as ”one who is yet … Continue reading

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet opens in 1986 in Japantown Seattle with Henry Lee watching as items are being brought out of the old Panama Hotel. Items left behind by Japanese families as they were sent to … Continue reading

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1356 by Bernard Cornwell (podcast)

Two librarians from the Johnson County Library, Christine Peterson and Gregg Winsor, discuss Bernard Cornwell’s novel “1356″ and some other favorites from the historical fiction genre. Listen to the discussion, or check out the books they discussed here.

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Historical Fiction Boot Camp

Historical Fiction is set in the past, either before the author’s birth or at least 50 years in the past. The main characters are generally fictional but the settings are usually real and attempt to accurately capture the history, manners … Continue reading

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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Never growing beyond two feet and eight inches, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump spent much of her life hidden by her parents. However, when she impressed legendary showman P.T. Barnum, she suddenly became the world’s most unlikely celebrity. In this fictional … Continue reading

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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Train Dreams is a weird little book. Only 116 pages but sweeping in scope, it tells the story of Robert Grainer, born in the late 1800s, orphaned and sent to live in the Pacific Northwest where he becomes an itinerant … Continue reading

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The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The Shoemaker’s Wife is a love story set in the early 1900’s, first in the Italian Alps when Enza and Ciro meet and leave a very distinct impression on each other, then later in New York City where they meet … Continue reading

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Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

How far would you go to know the truth about your father? When orphan Carver Young discovers a letter written by his father, he becomes caught up in the hunt for a notorious killer who just may hold the keys … Continue reading

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QB VII by Leon Uris

QB VII is a work of historical fiction that was written in 1970 and that takes place from the 1940’s to 1967. QB VII is a courthouse in London where a good portion of the book takes place. Before getting … Continue reading

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