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Subject: Suggestions?
Date Posted: 10/3/2014 6:10 PM ET
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I would like to read some historical fiction.  I am waiting on the book The Color Purple right now.  I think that's historical fiction, not sure.  Could you make some suggestions?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 6:56 PM ET
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Oh my gosh -- you are opening the flood gates. But without knowing your interests, it's a bit hard to make specific suggestions. 

You might want to start with the "Essential Historical Fiction" list on PBS: Essential HF List. The list is unwieldy and contains a number of "non-essential" HF books as well as some books that are not HF (e.g., Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre -- these are classics, not historical -- defining what constitutes historical fiction is a whole 'nuther issue), but this list does include a lot of this forum's favorite HF books. 

I would also suggest looking at the following HF Forum threads:

Hope this helps -- and happy reading!!

(edited to fix stubborn links that didn't do what I wanted them to do)



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Date Posted: 10/3/2014 8:26 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!  I am interested in things like the holocaust, underground railroad/slavery, things of that nature

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 4:12 PM ET
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Hmmm. That needs some thinking. Do tame a look at Csardas by Dianne Pearson. Latter half does involve WWII. Set in Hungary. 

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 5:42 PM ET
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Wow -- lots and lots of HF about the Holocaust. A search on Goodreads and/or Amazon will bring up a number of lists. Off the top of my head, I would recommend the following: 

 

  • Sophie's Choice by Styron (not technically HF if we follow a 50-year rule, but hard not to include this title)
  • Those Who Save Us by Blum
  • The Book Thief by Zusak
  • The Storyteller by Picoult
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne
  • Sarah's Key by de Rosnay
  • The Invisible Bridge by Orringer
  • ​Night by Wiesel (not fiction but a classic -- actually, there are lots of fine Holocaust memoirs if you prefer non-fiction)

I have no doubt that others will add to this list. 

I'll have to think about HF titles on slavery -- so many titles about that subject as well. A recent book that immediately comes to mind is The Kitchen House by Grissom.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 8:39 PM ET
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Thank you so much for the suggestions!  Csardas is a pretty big book!  Have never taken on a book of that size.  Sounds good though!

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 7:08 PM ET
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This is an older thread, over in the Jewish Literature section of the forums, but might be of interest for both fiction and non-fiction titles about the Holocaust:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/Holocaust-Books/topic/120701/