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Subject: Any suggestions?
Date Posted: 6/9/2010 8:44 AM ET
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I am providing a young (17 yr old) family friend with historical fiction set in the cities she is interested in going to college in. I've given her Charleston by John Jakes, since she loves the College of Charleston. Any other ideas for Charleston, SC?  She also has interest in Providence, RI and Providence College, so I am looking for suggestions there, too.

It is so great to have the internet back, even if it is dial up!  Debbie

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 8:50 AM ET
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Celia Garth, Gwen Bristow (Charleston, Revolutionary War) - very good, very readable, very age-appropriate.

 

Kelly

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 9:47 AM ET
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I second Kelly's rec. Excellent book.

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Date Posted: 6/9/2010 10:37 AM ET
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It is not historical fiction but The Haunted Bookstore by Alice Kimberly is set in Rhode Island and tries to capture a bit of its culture.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 11:52 AM ET
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I wish I could recommend Celia Garth, but alas, I have not been able to obtain a copy. It has been languishing on my WL for quite some time because (AHEM) no one here is posting it -- and I have been #1 on the waitlist at the library for several months as well, which typically means that there is only one copy in the entire system and it has gone lost. (I guess I'll just have to order from Amazon and then, of course, order another book or two to get free shipping. I'll tell ya -- that "free shipping" sure ends up costing a lot!)

 

ETA: Oh, sorry, Debbie -- I don't have any suggestions for you right now.



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Date Posted: 6/9/2010 12:16 PM ET
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Oh, Celia Garth is WELL worth purchasing new and spending the extra "free shipping" on. LOL  If you buy it and read it before passing it along, you will probably end up buying another copy to keep for yourself.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Free shipping at book depository, fyi! They do have it, I just checked. I'm waiting to see if there are more recommendations before I go back, or I'll get stuff for me. ..

Who am I kidding?!?!? I'll get stuff for me either way. Sounded good though, didn't it? Debbie

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Date Posted: 6/9/2010 2:26 PM ET
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Mary Kruger wrties Historical Mysteries set in Newport, RI in the 1890's . Death on the Cliff Walk is the first. Kinda of a cozy.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 3:42 PM ET
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How about ...

  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike (RI, 1960s)
  • The Gods of Newport by John Jakes (RI, late 19th century)
Date Posted: 6/9/2010 9:53 PM ET
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Look at.......Sons of Providence by Charles Rappleye

My sister, who lives in Providence, recommended it.  Unfortunately, I don't see it offered here at PBS.

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Date Posted: 6/9/2010 9:57 PM ET
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I can't recommend Witches of Eastwick I thought it was absolutely awful. I had all I could do to get through it.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 10:04 PM ET
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Years ago I read a book called Charleston by Alexandra Ripley.  Too long ago to remember much though!

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 10:39 PM ET
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Rhett Butler's People is also set mostly in Charleston.  Not a great book IMHO, but lots of good local color.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 1:43 PM ET
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Thanks everyone! Really appreciate the help; I never would have found these myself. Debbie

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 9:28 PM ET
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Found this book list of Rhode Island fiction.  Some HF is listed too.


http://www.ribook.org/booklists/adult07setinri.html