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Apr 03

Tabb Book Readers: Historical Fiction Suggestions

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 2:46 PM by Elizabeth Land

Tabb Book Readers meets April 27

The Tabb Book Readers will be gathering on Saturday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. Join us as we explore life in different time periods through historical fiction titles. Can't think of a good title? Check out recommendations hand-picked by our librarians below.

  • Book Cover All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Available in Regular and Large Print, Book on CD, & Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook
    Summary: A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphanturned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
    Available in Regular Print & Overdrive eBook
    Summary: Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life.
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    Available in Regular Print, Book on CD, & Overdrive eBook
    Summary: Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
    Available in Regular Print & Book on CD
    Summary: The impact of the Civil War on lovers. Inman is not the man he used to be, as wounded in battle he slowly makes his way home to North Carolina. His sweetheart, Ada, too has changed, no longer a flighty belle but a hard-working farm woman. Will love be the same?
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Available in Regular Print & Overdrive eBook
    Summary: Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. The book stretches from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem.
  • An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
    Available in Regular and Large Print, Book on CD, & Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook
    Summary: This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hardedged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Robert Harris tells a tale of uncanny timeliness—a witch hunt, secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, the fate of a whistle-blower—richly dramatized with the singular storytelling mastery that has marked all of his internationally best-selling novels.
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    Available in Regular Print & Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook
    Summary: Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
  • The Paris Wife: A novel by Paula McLain
    Available in Regular Print, Book on CD & Overdrive eBook
    Summary: Follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris.
  • book cover The Song of Achilles The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    Available in Regular Print
    Summary: A retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped—a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
    Available in Regular Print, Book on CD & Overdrive eBook
    Summary: In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.

Still can't find a title you like? Stop by the Tabb Reference Desk, call 890-5120, or visit our online catalog to discover more historical fiction titles available from the York County Public Library!