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December 12, 2017

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Popular Historical Fiction books for adults

 

Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most popular Historical Fiction books for adults.

 

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Barkskins: A Novel

Barkskins: A Novel
Proulx, Annie

"Open in New France in the late 18th century as Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman makes his way from Northern France to the homeland to seek a living. Bound to a "seigneur" for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship and violence, always in awe of the forest he is charged with clearing. In the course of this epic novel, Proulx tells the stories of Rene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions--war, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 20 on 33 copies

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See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done
Schmidt, Sarah, 1979 September 10-

When her father and stepmother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden - thirty-two years old and still living at home - immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime. Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie's unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie's uncle to take care of a problem.


Format: Book
Holds: 20 on 20 copies

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The Alice Network

The Alice Network
Quinn, Kate

Two women--a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947--are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.


Format: Large Print
Holds: 19 on 11 copies

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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel

Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel
Ford, Jamie

About a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle's epic 1909 World's Fair.


Format: Large Print
Holds: 19 on 18 copies

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The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic
Hoffman, Alice

"For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique ... From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle ... they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse ... The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy."--Adapted from book jacket.


Format: Audiobook CD
Holds: 19 on 5 copies

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4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1
Auster, Paul, 1947-

"A sweeping family saga (with a bit of a twist) about the life and loves of Archie Ferguson, a Jewish boy born to second-generation immigrants in the United States just after World War II"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 32 copies

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Dance of the Jakaranda

Dance of the Jakaranda
Kimani, Peter, 1971-

Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, this story reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation.--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 6 copies

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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: [a Novel]

Love and Other Consolation Prizes: [a Novel]
Ford, Jamie

A powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle's epic 1909 World's Fair.


Format: Audiobook CD
Holds: 18 on 12 copies

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A Duke in Shining Armor

A Duke in Shining Armor
Chase, Loretta Lynda, 1949-

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, the Duke of Ripley, takes off on the trail of Olympia Hightower, the bookish and very reluctant intended bride of his best friend, when she attempts to escape her impending marriage.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 6 copies

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The Turner House

The Turner House
Flournoy, Angela

"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone--and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 17 on 48 copies

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