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December 17, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : New Adult Historical Fiction

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New Historical Fiction Books for Adults

 

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

 

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Murder in the Lincoln White House

Murder in the Lincoln White House
Gleason, Colleen

Abraham Lincoln's inauguration has an unexpected hitch: murder. Fortunately, former frontier scout Adam Quinn is there to investigate.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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A Long Way From Home: A Novel

A Long Way From Home: A Novel
Carey, Peter, 1943-

"The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you some place else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 2 on 18 copies

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The Enchanted Clock: A Novel

The Enchanted Clock: A Novel
Kristeva, Julia, 1941-

"In the Palace of Versailles there is a fabulous golden clock, made for Louis XV by the king's engineer, Claude-Siméon Passemant. The astronomical clock shows the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets, and it will tell time -- hours, minutes, seconds, and even sixtieths of seconds -- until the year 9999. Passemant's clock brings the nature of time into sharp focus in Julia Kristeva's intricate, poetic novel The Enchanted Clock. Nivi Delisle, a psychoanalyst and magazine editor, nearly drowns while swimming off the Île de Ré; the astrophysicist Theo Passemant fishes her out of the water. They become lovers. While Theo wonders if he is descended from the clockmaker Passemant, Niv's son Stan, who suffers from occasional comas, develops a passion for the remarkable clock at Versailles. Soon Nivi is fixated on its maker. But then the clock is stolen, and when a young writer for Nivi's magazine mysteriously dies, the clock is found near his body. The Enchanted Clock combines past and present, jumping back and forth between points of view and across eras from eighteenth-century Versailles to the present day. Its stylistically inventive narrative voices bring both immediacy and depth to our understanding of consciousness. Nivi's life resembles her creator's in many respects, coloring Kristeva's customary erudition with autobiographical poignancy. Part detective mystery, part historical fiction, The Enchanted Clock is a philosophically and linguistically multifaceted novel, full of poetic ruminations on memory, love, and the transcendence of linear time. It is one of the most illuminating works of one of France's great writers and thinkers" --Publisher's summary from Amazon.


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Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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Mama Flora's Family: A Novel

Mama Flora's Family: A Novel
Haley, Alex

A family saga centered on an African-American matriarch whose husband was shot for stealing. It follows her descendants as they fight World War II, march for civil rights, join the Black Panthers and help develop Africa.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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Sharpe's Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803

Sharpe's Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803
Cornwell, Bernard

When a bitter English officer defects from the East India Company to join the mercenary forces of the Mahratta confederation, Richard Sharpe hunts down the turncoat and is hurled into the battle of Assay alongside the Duke of Wellington.


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810

Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
Cornwell, Bernard

With Wellington outnumbered, the bankrupt army's only hope of avoiding collapse is a hidden cache of Portuguese gold. Only Captain Richard Sharpe is capable of stealing it, and it means turning against his own men.


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Death of A Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and A Requiem

Death of A Salesman: Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and A Requiem
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

[This book] has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and shoeshine, [the author] redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity - and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.


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Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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Roma Caput Mundi: L'ultimo pretoriano

Roma Caput Mundi: L'ultimo pretoriano
Frediani, Andrea, 1963-

"Barbarians are a growing threat to the borders, but they are also the new recruits that swarm the imperial army files. Christianity is able to overcome every obstacle, even bloody persecution, to become the most authoritative among religions. When Diocletian leaves the throne, ferocious struggles for succession are triggered. Among the protagonists of these transformations is Constantine, the bastard son of one of the emperors among which Diocletian has divided power: he is the most unconscious and determined among those who contend with the throne, and aims by all means to obtain power.... His irresistible ascension intersects with the story of a fragile and naive woman, but at the same time very passionate, Minervina, and with that of Sesto Martiniano, a Praetorian who is determined to defend the values ​​of a society and a tradition that is crumbling. The two of them will have an intense, epic and tormented love story as they age, up to the epilogue in the fateful battle of Ponte Milvio: the passage of witness between ancient Rome and the medieval one, among the traditional gods, the God of Christians." -- translation of the dust jacket.


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Holds: 0 on 1 copies

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A Hope Divided

A Hope Divided
Cole, Alyssa

"For all of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother's traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her--until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause. Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory. Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard, and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible. When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie's freedom on the line, she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night. Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love--and freedom--before they ever cross state lines." Amazon.com.


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Holds: 1 on 6 copies

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Death Comes to the School

Death Comes to the School
Lloyd, Catherine, 1963-

Three years have passed since Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lucy Harrington, the rector's daughter, became husband and wife. Having established a measure of contentment among the gentry of Kurland St. Mary, the couple lately have found an unsettling distance grown between them. But when the small-village peace is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous letter accusing Lucy of witchcraft, her as yet unfulfilled desire to be a mother becomes the least of her worries, especially after she learns she is not the only one to have received such a malicious letter.


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Holds: 4 on 4 copies

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