Tag Archives: Historical

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Title: Mornings in Jenin

Title: Susan Abulhawa

Call #:  ABU

The story of a Palestinian family’s struggle to survive after they are driven from their ancestral lands following the end of World War II and the formation of the modern state of Israel. Heart-wrenching.

Recommended by: Bobbie

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The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield

Title: The Virtures of War

Author: Steven Pressfield         

Call #:  PRE

This first-person memoir of Alexander the Great brings to the reader a highly-researched and historically accurate reckoning of the ancient past. Most enjoyable of all, is the impressive way in which the personal character and thinking of Alexander is presented. What kind of a person would think that he could conquer the world? What kind of a person would want to? Alexander was the best military thinker of his or any age. The charismatic arrogance and visionary brilliance of the man come across in wonderful battle scenes, colorful legends, and brutal facts of history. This is one of the best Alexander novels ever written.    

Recommended by: John

Ines of my Soul by Isabel Allende

Title: Ines of My Soul

Author: Isabel Allende

Call#: ALLENDE

This historically accurate novel fictionalizes the story of the Spanish conquerors of Chile in the 1500s. Ines Suarez narrates the book in her old age looking back on her life that began as a seamstress in Spain, but wound up with her becoming the first Gobernadora of Chile. Ines relates the trials and jubilation, the hard times and the wonderful moments of establishing Santiago, Chile. Most of the novel is taken up with the story of Ines and her lover, Pedro Valdivia, the war hero, and their bloody struggles with the indigenous people of Chile. This is the story of Ines’ life, a chronicle of the founding of Chile, a comment on the price of “discovering” the New World, and a tale of the power of love.

Recommended by: Becky

The Maid by Kimberly Cutter

Title: The Maid

Author: Kimberly Cutter                

Call #:  CUT

A novelization of the story of Joan of Arc, the illiterate French peasant who, guided by visions of saints, led an army and overthrew the English invaders – only to be betrayed, condemned as a heretic, and burned at the stake.

Recommended by: Bobbie

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Title: The Killer Angels

Author: Michael Shaara

Call #:  SHA

This book brings to life the men who fought the battle of Gettysburg – both confederate and union. The author gets inside their heads, exploring their motivations, strengths and their weaknesses. It’s a gripping story and paints a vivid picture of war. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it, even though I knew how it ended.

Recommended by: Betty

Death at the Fair by Frances McNamara

Title: Death at the Fair

Author: Frances McNamara

Call #:  M – MCN

A mystery set in 1893 Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition, with a cast of characters ranging from local thugs and corrupt politicians to Ida B. Wells – who can resist? Not this Chicago girl.

Recommended by: Bobbie

A False Mirror by Charles Todd

Title: A False Mirror

Author: Charles Todd                

Call #:  M – TOD

The tenth book in the Ian Rutledge series has the Scotland Yard detective deployed to a small harbor town to deal with the victim of a severe beating and a hostage situation. The complicated, fragile character of Ian Rutledge never fails to draw me into the story. He is a sort of “wounded healer” in his own way. If you like British mysteries with well developed characters and multiple plot twists, this is for you.

Recommended by: Betty