Category Archives: Fiction

The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

In this hefty tome, Irwin Shaw follows the lives of three young men serving as soldiers during World War II.  Christian Diestl, is a member of the German army; Michael Whiteacre, an American producer; and Noah Ackerman, a Jewish-American. Each … Continue reading

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Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

The year is 1910, and 12 year old Grace lives in a cramped Vermont company house with her family.  She enjoys attending the local school, where she and her friend Arthur are top students.  Now her studies (and her freedom) … Continue reading

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Neverhome by Laird Hunt

In a unique perspective of the US Civil War, Laird Hunt presents a work of historical fiction narrated by a woman.  Disguised as a man, she calls herself Ash Thompson, leaves her husband on the farm, and takes up arms … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Among the many Southerners who were determined to help the North win the US Civil War, was a woman called Elizabeth Van Lew.  Called “Crazy Bet,” she resided in Richmond, and not only aided Union POWs at the local prison; … Continue reading

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The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

When this book was released in 1981, it seemed like everyone I knew read it – except me.  Even as the years went by and I found myself loving historical fiction, I still didn’t bother to pick it up.  Somehow, … Continue reading

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In Manchuria by Michael Meyer

The more I read about China, the more eager I am to learn about this nation, rich in history and culture.  Michael Meyer, becomes an expat living in rural China after a stint in Peace Corps, and enjoys teaching there.  … Continue reading

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The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

In the opening pages of the novel, a young red-headed woman wakes to find her groom missing the morning after their wedding.  Honeymooning in the famous Niagara Falls area, scandal soon erupts as news arrives that a man fitting his … Continue reading

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