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Subject: Best book on your shelf...
Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:49 AM ET
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What is the best historical fiction book on your PBS bookshelf? Tell us why it should be requested.

Mine is: Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781573229715-Miracle+at+St+Anna

This book is based on the Buffalo soldiers and a little known historic event that occured during WWII, and even though it's not completely factual, it was still an amazing, moving story. Parts of it frustrated me while other parts made me want to cry. It's a wonderful book!

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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 3:17 PM ET
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I'd say Master and Commanderby Patrick O'Brian.  It is the first in a marvelous series of British naval chronicles that take place during the Napoleonic wars.  Over and above the naval information and battle details which I love, is the enduring friendship throughout the series of the two main characters, Captain Jack Aubry and Dr. Stephen Maturin.  Because of the nature of life at sea, the captain and the doctor spend more time in each other's company than with their respective families and their dedication and protection of each other over the course of years is something to behold between men of that era or any era.

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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Right now, I'd have to say Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George.  I think it's best because it takes an inquisitive look to a central figure in history, regardless of one's religious leanings, and imagines her life and her contributions in a well-researched method that could have been real.  It's written believably and empathetically.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts beats any other book on my shelf hands down. It's a revolutionary war novel that I read, geez, about 30 years ago. I've been wanting to re-read it. (I have another copy.) I remember it as one of my favorite Roberts novels. Great character development. Love. War. Very descriptive portrayal of the rabble army that against all odds won the war.


Date Posted: 6/30/2008 9:28 PM ET
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None of the available books on my shelf are currently HF...imagine that!

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 1:13 AM ET
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I have several HF on bookself, but my favorite isn't there because I can't bear to part with it yet - The Winthrop Woman.  I do have:

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

The Many Lives Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.  (the other 2 are already gone)

Memoirs of a Geisha

The Red Tent


Of all of those, my favorite is Memoirs of a Geisha.


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