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Books, Movies & Music : Historical Fiction: World War II

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Historical Fiction: World War II

 

A selection of current fiction about what life was like during World War II in different locations and for people filling diverse roles.

 

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Bitter Eden: A Novel

Bitter Eden: A Novel
Afrika, Tatamkulu

A U.S. release of a modern classic is based on the author's real experiences and follows the story of three prisoners of war who must negotiate the complex emotions and belief-challenging intimacies of survival in a male-only prison camp. (NoveList)


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Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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No One Is Here Except All of Us

No One Is Here Except All of Us
Ausubel, Ramona

When an isolated Jewish village in Romania is threatened by war in 1939, the suggestions of a young child and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank compels the community to reinvent itself while completely detaching from the known world, a creative plan that involves disturbing reassignments of jobs and families. (NoveList)


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Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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The Temporary Gentleman

The Temporary Gentleman
Barry, Sebastian

In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman"--an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of hislife with desperate urgency. A lifetime of war and world travel--as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer--has brought him to this point. Butthe memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. (NoveList)


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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The Paris Architect: A Novel

The Paris Architect: A Novel
Belfoure, Charles

A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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Above the East China Sea: A Novel

Above the East China Sea: A Novel
Bird, Sarah

Growing up on Kadena Air Base with her no-nonsense sergeant mother, Luz suffers suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of her soldier sister's death and investigates the story of her Okinawan grandmother, who also confronted her mortality after the World War II deaths of family members. (NoveList)


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Holds: 3 on 8 copies

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The Light in the Ruins: A Novel

The Light in the Ruins: A Novel
Bohjalian, Chris

Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later. (NoveList)


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Holds: 1 on 17 copies

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For Such A Time

For Such A Time
Breslin, Kate

A powerful retelling of the biblical story of Esther set during WWII: Blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin must save her people--even if she cannot save herself. (NoveList)


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Holds: 0 on 2 copies

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Letters From Skye: A Novel

Letters From Skye: A Novel
Brockmole, Jessica

A love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence between a poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears. (NoveList)


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Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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Warburg in Rome

Warburg in Rome
Carroll, James

David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. Marguerite, caught between justice and revenge, is forced to play a double game. (NoveList)


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Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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The Ghosts of Bungo Suido

The Ghosts of Bungo Suido
Deutermann, Peter T.

Hearing rumors of the construction of a formidable Japanese battleship capable of adversely shifting power in World War II, Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond is charged with leading a first American submarine into the Inland Sea in the hopes of finding and stopping the seemingly invincible ship. (NoveList)


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Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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