Time Was... New Historical Fiction

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We can't give you a time machine, but we can give you the next best thing - historical fiction. Explore the world's vast history with these gripping reads.


Julián López
Description: "As political violence escalates around them, a young boy and his single mother live together in an apartment in Buenos Aires -- which has recently been taken over by Argentina's military dictatorship. When the boy returns home one day to find his mother missing (or "disappeared"), the story fractures, and the reader encounters him fully grown, consumed by the burden of his loss, attempting to reconstruct the memory of his mother. By leaping forward in time, the boy -- now a man -- subtly gives shape to his mother's activism, and in the process recasts the memories from his childhood. The result is a stylistically masterful and deeply moving novel marking the English-language debut of one of Argentina's most promising writers"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lop
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Alyssa Cole
Description: "The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor--but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together..."--Page 4 of cover.For all of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped 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. Then the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerrilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause. Escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in Marlie's laboratory; he has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard. When Marlie's freedom is endangered, she and Ewan run for their lives, following the path of the Underground Railroad.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
M. R. C. Kasasian
Description: The latest mystery in the popular Victorian crime series featuring the ever-curmudgeonly private detective, Sidney Grice, and the charming March Middleton.
Call Number: FIC Kas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Mark Noce
Description: "Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her country threatens to tear itself apart. All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her young son's footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin. Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten to destroy their lives from the inside out."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Noc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Ray Celestin
Description: Chicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat three disturbing events take place. A clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel. A white gangster is found mutilated in an alleyway in the Blackbelt. And a famous heiress vanishes without a trace. Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to find the missing heiress by the girl's troubled mother. But it proves harder than expected to find a face that is known across the city, and Ida must elicit the help of her friend Louis Armstrong. While the police take little interest in the Blackbelt murder, Jacob Russo--crime scene photographer--can't get the dead man's image out of his head, and so he embarks on his own investigation. And Dante Sanfelippo--rum-runner and fixer--is back in Chicago on the orders of Al Capone, who suspects there's a traitor in the ranks and wants Dante to investigate. But Dante is struggling with his own problems, as he is forced to return to the city he thought he'd never see again. As the three parties edge closer to the truth, their paths cross and their lives are threatened. But will any of them find the answers they need in the capital of jazz, fast liquor, and corruption?
Call Number: FIC Cel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Description: "What happens when your god goes missing? The lord god of Cahokia has been spirited away to the Underworld and the empire teeters on the brink of disaster as clans fight for control. Night Shadow Star, the god's human sister, and Fire Cat, her warrior bodyguard, are the only two people who can bring him back. They descend into the Sacred Cave where monsters dwell, willing to sacrifice themselves to save their kingdom. What they find makes them question if that sacrifice is worth it"-- from Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Gea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
John Banville
Description: "Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naive girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and--as Isabel finds out too late--cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy--along with someone else!--the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Barbara Hambly
Description: "When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately. As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of 1839, he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in. But when clues to the dead man's identity link the death to another murder, in another July in January's past, he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Nine years ago in Paris he failed to catch a killer-- with tragic consequences. Now in New Orleans he must unravel the earlier murder, the one that took place during the great revolt against the Bourbon kings, to solve the second killing. At stake is not merely a hundred dollars, but hidden treasure, the fate of an innocent woman-- and the lives of January's wife, son and unborn child." -- Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Colleen Gleason
Description: Abraham Lincoln's inauguration has an unexpected hitch: murder. Fortunately, former frontier scout Adam Quinn is there to investigate.
Call Number: FIC Gle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Dorian Sukegawa
Description: "Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue's dark secret is revealed, with devastating consequences." -- From publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Dor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Sheldon Russell
Description: They say a railroad is little more than a small town that stretches a thousand miles along a single winding thread. And like any small town, gossip is known to travel up and down the rail so fast it might as well be a telephone party line. So when a local runaway turns up dead sixty miles down track under a bridge marked as a safe hobo camp, it becomes Hook Runyon's job to find out what happened before it hits the headlines of the local newspapers. The rail yard bull is dealing with the constraints of a new office job and the presence of a young aspiring criminologist from Back East, a mixture ripe for all hell breaking loose.
Call Number: FIC Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Dennis Glover
Description: April, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy--the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death. In this masterful novel, Dennis Glover explores the creation of Orwell's classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century, and is now again proving its unnerving relevance. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation, and an unflinching portrait of a writer, The last man in Europe will change the way we understand both our enduringly Orwellian times and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Call Number: FIC Glo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Mylène Dressler
Description: "In a small logging town in northern California, young Emma Rose Finnis was born and died. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams--but she remembers. She remembers everything. Emma Rose is still here, one hundred years after her death and she doesn't plan on leaving. But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to "clean" Emma Rose out of her haunt, the stately Lambry mansion, death suddenly isn't the worst fate imaginable. Emma Rose refuses to be hounded from the only place she's ever found peace, even if it means waging a war on the living, and the dead"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Dre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Nicholas Guild
Description: A fictional account of the life of Philip of Macedon traces how after being largely ignored by his family and raised by a servant, the forgotten boy rose to power, saved his country, and became a living legend.
Call Number: FIC ordered 120717
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Janet Fitch
Description: Marina Makarova, a young woman of privilege coming of age in 1916 St. Petersburg, finds her life and ambitions upended by historical events that find her joining the cause for workers' rights, falling in love with a radical poet, and navigating devastating betrayals.
Call Number: FIC Fit
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Caroline Preston
Description: "When Lila Jerome's husband, Perry, ships out, she begins to feel his memory slipping away. She decides to start a "war bride's scrapbook" and creates a history of their love story through vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more. Years later her children find the scrapbook in a closet." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Call Number: FIC Pre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
Jennifer Kincheloe
Description: "Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former boyfriend, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna. Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger. Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family's sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2018
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A Beautiful Young Woman : A Novel
Julián López
FIC Lop
Sweet Bean Paste
Dorian Sukegawa
FIC Dor
A Hope Divided
Alyssa Cole
FIC Col
The Bridge Troll Murders
Sheldon Russell
FIC Rus
Dark Dawn over Steep House
M. R. C. Kasasian
FIC Kas
The Last Man in Europe : A Novel
Dennis Glover
FIC Glo
Dark Winds Rising : A Novel
Mark Noce
FIC Noc
The Last to See Me : A Novel
Mylène Dressler
FIC Dre
Dead Man's Blues : A Novel
Ray Celestin
FIC Cel
The Macedonian
Nicholas Guild
FIC ordered 120717
Moon Hunt
W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear
FIC Gea
The Revolution of Marina M.
Janet Fitch
FIC Fit
Mrs. Osmond : A Novel
John Banville
FIC Ban
The War Bride's Scrapbook : A Novel in Pictures
Caroline Preston
FIC Pre
Murder in July
Barbara Hambly
FIC Ham
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Jennifer Kincheloe
FIC Kin
Murder in the Lincoln White House
Colleen Gleason
FIC Gle