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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.


Stephanie Thornton
Description: Alice may be the president's daughter, but she's nobody's darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves--oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements. But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it's no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument--and Alice intends to outlast them all.
Call Number: FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Clarissa Harwood
Description: Beaten and left for dead in the English countryside, clergyman and reformer Tom Cross is nursed back to health by Miranda and Simon Thorne. The reclusive siblings seem to have as many secrets as he does. Forced to slow down and confront his unexamined life, Tom becomes a welcome distraction for Miranda, a skilled artist. Returning to London, Tom's life begins to unravel as he faces the consequences of his affair with a married woman, and his abusive childhood. As his reputation is destroyed he realizes that Miranda is the only person he trusts with the truth. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Juliette Fay
Description: "It's July 1921, "flickers" are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show. When her friends, fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss, leap after her, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry. At first glance, Hollywood in the 1920s is like no other place on earth--iridescent, scandalous, and utterly exhilarating--and the three friends yearn for a life they could only have dreamed of before. But despite the glamour and seduction of Tinseltown, success doesn't come easy, and nothing can prepare Irene, Millie, and Henry for the poverty, temptation, and heartbreak that lie ahead. With their ambitions challenged by both the men above them and the prejudice surrounding them, their friendship is the only constant through desperate times, as each struggles to find their true calling in an uncertain world. What begins as a quest for fame and fortune soon becomes a collective search for love, acceptance, and fulfillment as they navigate the backlots and stage sets where the illusions of the silver screen are brought to life" -- Jacket
Call Number: FIC Fay
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Alan Brennert
Description: Infant Ruth arrives at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls after being taken from her mother, Rachel, who has spent most of her life quarantined at the isolated leprosy settlements of Kalaupapa. Ruth is adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, and she later marries. But in the midst of World War II, her world is turned upside down as she and her family face internment at Manzanar Relocation Center. Then, one day after the war, Ruth receives an unexpected letter. The signature at the bottom reads, "Rachel Utagawa."
Call Number: FIC Bre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Mary Calvi
Description: New York heiress Mary Philipse was the richest belle in Colonial America-- and George Washington's first love. But her outward beauty and refinement disguised madness. A deception long hidden from the world ultimately led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. Inspired by letters, witness accounts, and journal entries from the eighteenth century, this novel explores their relationship-- and shows how it may have sparked a flame that became the American Revolution. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Stephanie Barron
Description: "Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire--lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph. When the nineteen-year-old beauty agrees to marry the son of a duke she has known only three days, she's instantly swept up in a whirlwind of British politics and the breathless social climbing of the Marlborough House Set, the reckless men who surround Bertie, Prince of Wales. Raised to think for herself and careless of English society rules, the new Lady Randolph Churchill quickly becomes a London sensation: adored by some, despised by others. Artistically gifted and politically shrewd, she shapes her husband's rise in Parliament and her young son's difficult passage through boyhood. But as the family's influence soars, scandals explode and tragedy befalls the Churchills. Jennie is inescapably drawn to the brilliant and seductive Count Charles Kinsky--diplomat, skilled horse-racer, deeply passionate lover. Their impossible affair only intensifies as Randolph Churchill's sanity frays, and Jennie--a woman whose every move on the public stage is judged--must walk a tightrope between duty and desire."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Whitney Scharer
Description: The story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. "I'd rather take a photograph than be one," she declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. But Man Ray turns out to be an egotistical, charismatic force, and as they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee's life forever. Lee's journey takes us from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from discovering radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it's possible to reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition-and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Crystal King
Description: When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves his vast estate--properties, money, and his position--to his nephew and apprentice Giovanni. He also gives Giovanni the keys to two strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents. Despite Scappi's dire warning that the information concealed in those boxes could put Giovanni's life and others at risk, Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle's secrets. He undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi's journals and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and murder--all to protect an illicit love affair. As Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi's past, he must contend with two rivals who have joined forces--his brother Cesare and Scappi's former protégé, Domenico Romoli, who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef's recipes.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Terry Gamble
Description: 1819. Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family settle in Cincinnati. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Gam
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Stacey Halls
Description: Pendle Hill Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term. Then she discovers a hidden letter from her physician that warns her husband that she will not survive another pregnancy. Distraught over the frightening revelation, Fleetwood wanders the woods of Pendle Hill, where she meets a young local woman named Alice Gray. A midwife, Alice promises Fleetwood she can help her deliver a healthy baby. But soon Alice is drawn into the frenzied accusations of witchcraft sweeping the countryside. Even the woodland creatures, the "familiars," are suspected of practicing the dark arts. Can Fleetwood trust that Alice is really who she says she is? As the two women's lives become intertwined, Fleetwood must risk everything to prove Alice's innocence in order to save her own unborn child. The hunt for witches reaches fever pitch. Time is running out. The trials are about to begin. Both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other. Set against the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, this rich and compelling novel draws its characters from historical figures as it explores the lives and rights of seventeenth-century women, ultimately raising the question: Is witch-hunting really just women-hunting?
Call Number: FIC Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Ann Weisgarber
Description: Utah Territory, winter of 1888. Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, who is weeks overdue from his travels as a wheelwright. Junction is a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and Deborah earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, the townspeople are regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief. When a desperate stranger pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will turn Deborah's life upside down.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Chris Nickson
Description: "Leeds, 1820. Thief-taker Simon Westow knows all about lost property. A boy from the workhouse, he now has a comfortable business finding and returning his clients' stolen possessions. But when John Milner, a successful Leeds businessman, seeks out Simon's services to find his kidnapped daughter, Hannah, it's clear he faces a challenge like no other. Accompanied by his enigmatic and capable young assistant, Jane, Simon takes to the dark, shadowy streets of Leeds for information - streets he knows like the back of his hand. But his enquiries lead Simon and Jane into great danger. Could the answers lie in Simon's own past, and an old enemy seeking revenge?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nic
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Ayesha Harruna Attah
Description: "Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in pre-colonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates. Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the nineteenth century. Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, The Hundred Wells of Salaga offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Att
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
V. S. Alexander
Description: "Ireland, 1845. To Briana Walsh, no place on earth is more beautiful than Carrowteige, County Mayo, with its sloping fields and rocky cliffs perched above the wild Atlantic. The small farms that surround the centuries-old Lear House are managed by her father, agent to the wealthy, reckless Sir Thomas Blakely. Tenant farmers sell the oats and rye they grow to pay rent to Sir Thomas, surviving on the potatoes that flourish in the remaining scraps of land. But when the potato crop falls prey to a devastating blight, families Briana has known all her life are left with no food, no resources, and no mercy from the English landowner, who seems indifferent to everything except profit. Rory Caulfield, the hard-working young farmer Briana hopes to marry, shares the locals' despair--and their anger. There's talk of violent reprisals against the callous gentry and their agents. Briana's studious older sister, Lucinda, dreams of a future far beyond Mayo. But even as hunger and disease settle over the country, killing and displacing millions, Briana knows she must find a way to guide her family through one of Ireland's darkest hours--toward hope, love, and a new beginning"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Leonard Pitts
Description: "A historical novel of race and war that follows three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous changes World War II triggers in the United States." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Kathleen Morris
Description: "The Lily of the West is the story of Mary Katherine Haroney, known as the notorious "Big Nose Kate." In the American West of the 1800s, women had few choices, but Kate made her own way. A Hungarian immigrant, Kate forged her way across the American frontier, an orphaned stowaway on a Mississippi riverboat who became the belle of the Dodge City music halls, known for her outspoken manner and her alluring appearance. Classically educated, she spoke four languages, finding love and much in common with a charming but volatile dentist from Atlanta, Dr. John Henry (Doc) Holliday. She was a trusted friend of the Earps and Bat Masterson, an adventurous woman who witnessed the violent lawlessness that preceded the end of an era."--book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Isabella Hammad
Description: Midhat Kamal is the son of a wealthy textile merchant from Nablus, a town in Ottoman Palestine. A dreamer, a romantic, an aesthete, in 1914 he leaves to study medicine in France, and falls in love. When Midhat returns to Nablus to find it under British rule, and the entire region erupting with nationalist fervor, he must find a way to cope with his conflicting loyalties and the expectations of his community. The story of Midhat's life develops alongside the idea of a nation, as he and those close to him confront what it means to strive for independence in a world that seems on the verge of falling apart. Against a landscape of political change that continues to define the Middle East, The Parisian explores questions of power and identity, enduring love, and the uncanny ability of the past to disrupt the present.
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Jerome Charyn
Description: "Re-creates the voice of Theodore Roosevelt, the New York City police commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon- to-be twenty-sixth president through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly combining superhero dialogue with haunting pathos. Beginning with his sickly childhood and concluding with McKinley's assassination, the novel positions Roosevelt as a "perfect bull in a china shop," a fearless crime fighter and pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Elizabeth Fremantle
Description: "In the autumn of 1615, scandal rocks the Jacobean court, when a celebrated couple, Robert and Frances Carr, are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. Frances is young, captivating, and from a notorious family. She has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert, and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price. Robert is one of the richest and most famous men in the kingdom. He has risen from nothing to become one of the country’s most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies. Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake. Now a man is dead. And someone must pay with their life." -- Jacket flap
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2019
Shelley Wood
Description: Reluctant midwife Emma Trimpany is just 17 when she assists at the harrowing birth of the Dionne quintuplets: five tiny miracles born to French farmers in hardscrabble Northern Ontario in 1934. Emma cares for them through their perilous first days and when the government decides to remove the babies from their francophone parents, making them wards of the British king, Emma signs on as their nurse. Over 6,000 daily visitors come to ogle the identical "Quints" playing in their custom-built playground; at the height of the Great Depression, the tourism and advertising dollars pour in. While the rest of the world delights in their sameness, Emma sees each girl as unique: Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Marie, and Émilie. With her quirky eye for detail, Emma records every strange twist of events in her private journals. As the fight over custody and revenues turns increasingly explosive, Emma is torn between the fishbowl sanctuary of Quintland and the wider world, now teetering on the brink of war.
Call Number: FIC Wop
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Eleanor Kuhns
Description: "Fresh from facing allegations of witchcraft and murder, travelling weaver Will Rees, his heavily pregnant wife Lydia and six adopted children take refuge in Zion, a Shaker community in rural Maine. Shortly after their arrival, screams in the night reveal a drowned body ... but is it murder or an unfortunate accident? The Shaker Elders argue it was just an accident, but Rees believes otherwise. As Will investigates further, more deaths follow and a young girl vanishes from the community. Haunted by nightmares for his family's safety, Rees must rush to uncover the truth before the dreams can become reality and more lives are lost. Yet can the Shaker Elders be trusted, or is an outsider involved?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kuh
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2019
Niklas Natt och Dag
Description: "Early one morning in the autumn of 1793, watchman Mikel Cardell is awakened from his drunken slumber with reports of a body seen floating in the Larder, once a pristine lake on Stockholm's Southern Isle, now a rancid bog. Efforts to identify the bizarrely mutilated corpse are entrusted to incorruptible lawyer Cecil Winge, who enlists Cardell's help to solve the case. But time is short: Winge's health is failing, the monarchy is in shambles, and whispered conspiracies and paranoia abound. Winge and Cardell become immersed in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams...The rich and the poor, the pious and the fallen, the living and the dead--all collide and interconnect with the body pulled from the lake." -- Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Nat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2019
Anna Jean Mayhew
Description: In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee's love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk's white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South. Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it's dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who's facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. Generations have lived, loved, and died here, supporting and strengthening each other. Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. And Loraylee, searching for a way to keep her family together, will form new alliances--and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home.
Call Number: FIC May
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Susana Aikin
Description: "Like other well-bred young women in Edwardian England, Lily Throop is expected to think of little beyond marriage and motherhood. Passionate about the stage, Lily has very different ambitions. To her father's dismay, she secures an apprenticeship at London's famous Imperial Theatre. Soon, her talent and beauty bring coveted roles and devoted admirers. Yet to most of society, the line between actress and harlot is whisper-thin. With her reputation threatened by her mentor's vicious betrayal, Lily flees to St. Petersburg with an acting troupe--leaving her first love behind. Life in Russia is as exhilarating as it is difficult. The streets rumble with talk of revolution, and Lily is drawn into an affair with Sergei, a Count with fervent revolutionary ideals. Following Sergei when he is banished to Vladivostok, Lily struggles to find her role in an increasingly dangerous world. And as Russian tensions with Japan erupt into war, only fortitude and single-mindedness can steer her to freedom and safety at last."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Aik
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
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American Princess: A Novel Of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt
Stephanie Thornton
FIC Tho
The Hundred Wells Of Salaga
Ayesha Harruna Attah
FIC Att
Bear No Malice
Clarissa Harwood
FIC Har
The Irishman's Daughter
V. S. Alexander
FIC Ale
City Of Flickering Light
Juliette Fay
FIC Fay
The Last Thing You Surrender
Leonard Pitts
FIC Pit
Daughter Of Moloka'i
Alan Brennert
FIC Bre
The Lily Of The West
Kathleen Morris
FIC Mor
Dear George, Dear Mary
Mary Calvi
FIC Cal
The Parisian, Or, Al-Barisi: A Novel
Isabella Hammad
FIC Ham
That Churchill Woman: A Novel
Stephanie Barron
FIC Bar
The Perilous Adventures Of The Cowboy King: A Novel Of Teddy Roosevelt And His Times
Jerome Charyn
FIC Cha
The Age Of Light: A Novel
Whitney Scharer
FIC Sch
The Poison Bed
Elizabeth Fremantle
FIC Fre
The Chef's Secret
Crystal King
FIC Kin
The Quintland Sisters: A Novel
Shelley Wood
FIC Wop
The Eulogist: A Novel
Terry Gamble
FIC Gam
The Shaker Murders
Eleanor Kuhns
FIC Kuh
The Familiars
Stacey Halls
FIC Hal
The Wolf And The Watchman: A Novel
Niklas Natt och Dag
FIC Nat
The Glovemaker: A Novel
Ann Weisgarber
FIC Wei
Tomorrow's Bread
Anna Jean Mayhew
FIC May
The Hanging Psalm
Chris Nickson
FIC Nic
We Shall See The Sky Sparkling
Susana Aikin
FIC Aik