Historical Fiction

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The book thief

Markus Zusak

Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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This gorgeous, heartbreaking book is literally told from the perspective of Death, and is set during the Holocaust. It's so beautiful and haunting--once you read it, you'll never forget it. -Amanda

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The madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Jennifer Ashley

FICTION Ashley, Jennifer
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

In the aristocratic circles of London, 1881, everyone says Lord Ian McKenzie is crazy--and possibly a murderer--but a young widow longing for passion is determined to bare the truth about the dashing and darkly charming Scotsman.

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A beautiful historical romance featuring a male lead who is on the autism spectrum. Also features a murder mystery element! This book is so wonderful and sensitive. It also kicks off a great series! -Amanda

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Alice Network

Kate Quinn

Historical Fiction

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A suspenseful story alternating between 1915 and 1947 that includes an English spy network of women, a heartbroken American college student searching for her French cousin who went missing in WWII, and a Scotsman with PTSD. Each character is haunted by their war experience and on a personal journey to find truth and hope. Kate Quinn is a great storyteller who expertly develops characters and only shares plot details when she is ready. I listened to the eAudio version and Saskia Maarleveld's narration is excellent. -Kara

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Riding freedom

Pam Muñoz Ryan

jFICTION Ryan, Pam Munoz
Kids, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

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Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey

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A tale of two cities

Charles Dickens

FICTION Dickens, Charles
Historical Fiction, Classics

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One of Dickens's shorter novels, but perhaps the most quoted: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." The French Revolution comes to grim life in these pages, and unfortunately, at times it doesn't seem very different than the societal battles we still fight. I love Charles Dickens's long sentences and humorous use of words and names. This one made me cry too. -Heidi L

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Lauren Groff

FICTION Groff Lauren
Historical Fiction

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Lauren Groff

FICTION Groff Lauren
Historical Fiction

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To die but once

Jacqueline Winspear

MYSTERY Winspear, Jacqueline
Historical Fiction

While investigating the disappearance of an apprentice craftsman who had been working on a secret government contract, Maisie discovers links to the London underworld.

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The Maisie Dobbs series continues. It's 1940, Britain is at war with German, and Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young man. -Kara

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Lonesome Dove : a novel

Larry McMurtry

FICTION McMurtry, Larry
Historical Fiction

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