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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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News of the World: A Novel

News of the World: A Novel
Jiles, Paulette, 1943-

"In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a 0 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 41 on 72 copies

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Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Caroline: Little House, Revisited
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth, 1979-

"In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril--the Kansas Indian Territory. The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline's world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses. For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier's most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 41 on 12 copies

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Pachinko

Pachinko
Lee, Min Jin

"Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Large Print
Holds: 39 on 4 copies

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past
Bowen, Rhys

"Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house's atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple's young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother's pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. 'I'm Charlotte,' she says. 'I've come home'"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 34 on 8 copies

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The Last Ballad

The Last Ballad
Cash, Wiley

"About a young mother desperately trying to hold her family together in the years before the Great Depression, a haunting and moving story of cowardice, courage and sacrifice"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 32 on 12 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: Large Print
Holds: 31 on 13 copies

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Careers for Women: A Novel

Careers for Women: A Novel
Scott, Joanna, 1960-

Working for the New York Port Authority in the late 1950s under the tutelage of a legendary publicist, Maggie Gleason befriends her boss's newest protégé, who goes missing amid rumors about a devastating secret from the past.


Format: Book
Holds: 31 on 8 copies

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The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth
Follett, Ken

A prior, a master builder, and their community try to build a mighty cathedral to protect themselves while Stephen and the Empress Maud fight for the crown of England.


Format: Book
Holds: 30 on 11 copies

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The Revolution of Marina M

The Revolution of Marina M
Fitch, Janet, 1955-

Marina Makarova is a woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life. Swept up on the tides of the Russian Revolution, Marina joins the marches for workers' rights, falls in love with a radical young poet, and betrays everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through tremendous upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion, devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times.


Format: Book
Holds: 29 on 18 copies

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The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant
Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-

"A couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 28 on 28 copies

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