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The following recommendations are a result of a Readers' Advisory grant awarded to the Bellingham Public Library. This grant funded staff training in recommending books, and the genre of historical fiction was chosen to study. The grant was federally funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services & Technology Act, and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners under the provisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Staff Picks for Historical Fiction
 
Book Title and Author Recommended by
Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters Mary Ambler
All-True Travels & Adventures of Lidie Newton, Jane Smiley Janice Simmons
The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart Pauline Krajcik
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell Renee Milliken
Medicus:a novel of the Roman Empire, Ruth Downie Barbara Selvitella
Murder on the Celtic, Conrad Allen Charlotte Canelli
The Thief Taker, Janet Gleeson Pauline Krajcik
Ghost Riders, Sharyn McCrumb Janice Simmons
The Coffee Trader, David Liss Cecily Christensen
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak Nina Hunt
Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks Janice Simmons
An Inconvenient Wife, Megan Chance Barbara Pacak
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See Anne Kuncewicz
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian Renee Milliken
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan Nina Hunt
We the Living, Ayn Rand Charlotte Canelli
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, Morgan Llywelyn Cecily Christensen
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory Barbara Pacak
The Gods of Newport, John Jakes Barbara Selvitella
Bitter Grounds, Sandra Benitez Mary Ambler
The Sisters Mallone, Louisa Ermelino Barbara Pacak
The Subtle Serpent, Peter Tremayne Nina Hunt
Mirror Mirror, Gregory Maguire Cecily Christensen
Pay the Piper, Kate Kingsbury Pauline Krajcik
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Patrick O'Brian
Bernard Cornwell, C.S. Forester, Nevil Shute, Richard Woodman
Tracy Chevalier
Susan Vreeland, Harriet Scott Chessman, Margaret Forester, Sarah Dunant, Penelope Fitzgerald
Sharyn McCrumb
Wendell Berry, Fred Chappell, Tony Hillerman, Deborah Grabien, Lee Smith
Lindsay Davis
Barbara Cleverly, Dashiell Hammett,Steven Saylor, John Maddox Roberts, Brad Geagley
Anne Perry
Sharan Newman, Laura Joh Rowland, Caleb Carr, Val McDermid, Anthony Trollope
Elizabeth Peters
Sharyn Mc Crumb, H. Rider Haggard, Joan Wilder, Dashiell Hammett, Carolyn Hart
   

 

 

 
 
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