historical fiction

Book Hunters in Brief #42: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Readers

BHinB#42Book Hunters is joining a whole bunch of readers across Southeast Texas in reading Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan for Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.

Book Hunters in Brief: The Monuments Men

Book Hunters in Brief - Monuments MenIf you loved the book and movie, The Monuments Men, then we think you ought to take a look at these:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman 
Zookeepers in Nazi-occupied Warsaw use their unique position to move Jewish citizens to safety in empty animal cages.

Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine’s Passion for Ancient Civilizations and the Journey to Recover the World’s Greatest Stolen Treasures by Matthew Bogdanos
Bogdanos tells the tale of marines on missions very similar to the work of the Monuments Men, this time in modern-day Iraq.

The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick
A mediocre artist in Nazi-occupied Holland makes his living selling Vermeer forgeries to the enemy.

The Soldier Spies by W.E.B. Griffin
A scientist who is an expert on jet aircraft must be smuggled out of Germany before the Nazis can get to him.

If these aren’t your cup of tea, visit Book Hunters, answer a few questions, and within a couple weeks you’ll have a customized reading list in your email inbox.

Scott O'Dell Award winner

So while we wait for the announcement of the Bluebonnet Award, let's take a look at the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, which goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas.

Highligh Historial Fiction for Tweens

Tweens, have you read The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine? Did you enjoy it? If so, you might like might enjoy learning more on this topic.  There is also a link for teachers at the bottom of this post.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earbuds as Time Machines

It’s no big secret that I am a huge historical fiction buff. As soon as a new novel comes out, I will happily devour it within days. What better way to escape from reality than to be swept across the deserts of ancient Egypt, reliving the British Invasion of the 1960's or trapped in the intrigue of a medieval English court?

So far, this summer has been a great one  for historical audio junkies such as myself – seven new historical fiction novels are currently on the NY Times Best Seller List. Need a little help traveling back to another time or place? Check out some of my favorites below:

Share in the Delight of an American Tradition

 

During storytime this morning, several young friends informed me that they would be celebrating Thanksgiving this week.  I asked them what their plans were, and they quickly noted that they were going to watch "the parade!"

Historical Fiction Reads for Tweens

History Car 1964Welcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on historical fiction, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween historical fiction reads?

 

A not so silent night

I enjoy the occasional historical fiction; it doesn’t really matter what time period it takes place. However, I normally avoid Victorian fiction, I find it boring. This series has changed my mind completely. Deanna Raybourn has created a vivid world in which the reader can easily picture what’s happening and where the characters are. In the first installment, Lady Julia Grey is newly widowed, having just lost her husband to a life-long ailment. Her world is turned upside down when it is suggested that her late husband may have been murdered. Thus the mystery begins!

What's After HBO?

The HBO series, Boardwalk Empire is insanly popular, and the the season finale is just a few weeks away (Sunday, December 5th).  Realizing that many of you will soon need something to do with that extra free time I have created a list of items that you might enjoy.

 

  

On the Shelf: A Reliable Wife

I never read historical (hysterical!) novels – never – and, with the exception of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series, I never read novels written by men. Then one of my tweeps (people I follow on Twitter) said she’d heard A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – an historical novel written by a man – had been garnering rave reviews. I looked up the title in the Harris County Public Library catalog, read the short synopsis and requested a copy.

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