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December 11, 2017

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Popular Historical Fiction books for adults

 

Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most popular Historical Fiction books for adults.

 

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Before We Were Yours: A Novel

Before We Were Yours: A Novel
Wingate, Lisa

"Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 156 on 27 copies

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The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day
Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-


Format: Book
Holds: 139 on 34 copies

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Beneath A Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Beneath A Scarlet Sky: A Novel
Sullivan, Mark T.

In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow; he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.


Format: Book
Holds: 123 on 26 copies

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The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer
Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.


Format: Book
Holds: 125 on 62 copies

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Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York

Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
Spufford, Francis, 1964-

"New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him?"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 115 on 49 copies

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Lilac Girls: A Novel

Lilac Girls: A Novel
Kelly, Martha Hall

"On a September day in Manhattan in 1939, twenty-something Caroline Ferriday is consumed by her efforts to secure the perfect boutonniere for an important French diplomat and resisting the romantic advances of a married actor. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, is nervously anticipating the changes that are sure to come since Germany has declared war on Poland. As tensions rise abroad - and in her personal life - Caroline's interest in aiding the war effort in France grows and she eventually comes to hear about the dire situation at the Ravensbruck all-female concentration camp. At the same time, Kasia's carefree youth is quickly slipping away, only to be replaced by a fervor for the Polish resistance movement. Through Ravensbruck - and the horrific atrocities taking place there told in part by an infamous German surgeon, Herta Oberheuser - the two women's lives will converge in unprecedented ways."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 111 on 28 copies

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Homegoing

Homegoing
Gyasi, Yaa

"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 91 on 66 copies

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A Gentleman in Moscow: [a Novel]

A Gentleman in Moscow: [a Novel]
Towles, Amor

"A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery..."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Audiobook CD
Holds: 91 on 18 copies

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Alias Grace

Alias Grace
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-


Format: Book
Holds: 89 on 20 copies

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The Essex Serpent: A Novel

The Essex Serpent: A Novel
Perry, Sarah, 1979-

When Cora Seaborne's domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Seeking refuge, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. Cora learns of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have taken the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. Certain that the "sea beast" may be a previously undiscovered species, Cora joins local vicar William Ransome in investigating the rumors.


Format: Book
Holds: 87 on 44 copies

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