Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Title: The Golem and the Jinni Author: Helene Wecker Published: 2013 Pages: 496 Rating: ****      Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When … Continue reading

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Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

 Title: Victory of Eagles (Temeraire #5) Author: Naomi Novik Published: 2008 Genre: Fiction: Historical-Fiction; Historical-Fantasy; Fantasy Pages: 376 Rating: **** For Britain, conditions are grim: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective is the occupation of London. … Continue reading

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Ulysses by James Joyce

Title: Ulysses Author: James Joyce Published: 1920 Genre: Fiction: Classics; Historical-Fiction Pages: 768 Rating: ** Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book–although he found it sufficiently … Continue reading

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DNF: Unmentionables by Laurie Lowenstein

Title: Unmentionables  Author: Laurie Lowenstein Published: to be published in January 7, 2014 Genre: Fiction: Historical-Fiction Pages: 307- stopped reading on page 64 Rating: DNF Marian Elliot Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, sweeps onto the Chautauqua … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox

Title: The Meaning of Night: A Confession Author: Michael Cox Published: 2006 Genre: Fiction: Historical-Fiction; Mystery Pages: 703 Rating: **1/2 Edward Glyver has a confession to make: He’s responsible for an unsolved, entirely random murder in Victorian London. But there … Continue reading

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Title: The Joy Luck Club Author: Amy Tan Published: 1989 Genre: Fiction: women’s fiction; cultural fiction Pages: 332 Rating: ***** Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In … Continue reading

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Title: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Author: Betty Smith Published: 1943 Genre: Fiction: Classics; Historical-Fiction Pages: 493 Rating: ****1/2 The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is … Continue reading

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