Staff picks tagged "historical"

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Tyringham Park

4

The most unflinching portrait of aristocratic dysfunction since Goya, "Tyringham Park" puts the "down" in "Downton Abbey." Read more...

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President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

5

This book is what you get when you mix "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" with a bit of history! Read more...

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Longbourn

4

Longbourn is for fans of Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" or "Downton Abbey." If, like me, you love all three, pick this one up immediately! Read more...

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Navigating Early

4

If "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" got together with "The Odyssey," their book baby would be "Navigating Early." Read more...

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The Shining Girls

5

"The Shining Girls" is a genre-bending thriller that hits every important mark with confidence and swagger. Read more...

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Life After Life

5

Beautifully written. Makes me go "hmmm," in the best possible way. Read more...

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You Are One of Them

3

Elliott Holt's debut novel is a Cold War mystery that addresses themes of friendship, loss and our capacity to forge our own identity. Read more...

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The Aviator's Wife

4

A glimpse into the private life (and hell) of one of the world's most famous couples. Read more...

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

3

This summer's first buzz-worthy literary debut is smart, scandalous and seductive. Read more...

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Out of the Easy

5

Great historical fiction with a murder mystery twist. I couldn't put it down! Read more...

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The Secret Keeper

4

A wonderful and beautifully written family saga layered with mystery, romance, hidden secrets and more. Read more...

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You Are the Love of My Life

4

All is not what it first may seem in this heart-wrenching novel of love, loss and family secrets. Read more...

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The Painted Girls

5

A story so good I drove an extra block every day just to keep listening. You will never look at Degas' ballet dancers the same way again. Read more...

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The Diviners

4

"The Diviners" is nothing if not ambitious, comparing favorably to such supernatural classics as "The Stand" and "American Gods." Read more...

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11/22/63: A Novel

4

Love, loss, history and time travel collide in this ambitious and, ultimately, likable novel. Read more...

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Code Name Verity

4

No matter what I write for my review, I will not be able to do this book justice. Read more...

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Flashman on the March

5

Horatio Hornblower? Wimp. Richard Sharpe? Peasant. When it comes to fictional British military figures, accept nothing less than Sir Harry Flashman. Read more...

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A Diamond in the Desert

4

This book explores the hardships in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII and the enduring spirit of the people who were held there. Read more...

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The Apothecary

4

Meloy's style is classic and timeless, and has an appeal for both kids and adults. Read more...