Tag: historical fiction

This Week on Well Read TV: George Saunders Talks about LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

This week on Well Read, award-winning author George Saunders will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his best-selling novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, released February 14. Acclaimed for his wealth of innovative short story collections (including Tenth of December, 2013), Saunders’ latest, a surreal exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s late-night visits […]

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Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
By March 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 after an intense legal battle with activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode […]

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die
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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

A Dystopia for Every Reader

A Dystopia for Every Reader

Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)   Reality-based Dystopia Open Doors and Three […]

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Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Emma Donoghue Talks about THE WONDER

This week on Well Read, best-selling, award-winning author Emma Donoghue—of Room (2010) fame—will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Wonder (2016), released September 20. A historical thriller set in 1859 Ireland, Donoghue’s latest introduces English nurse Lib Wright and her “unsettling mission”: the care of 11-year-old […]

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Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Lynn: In Outrun the Moon (2016), Stacey Lee takes readers to 1906 San Francisco, introducing a feisty heroine who won’t take no for an answer.  Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong has big plans. Following the advice of a cherished business book, she plans to start her own import business and move her family out of Chinatown to Nob […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Amor Towles Talks about A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

This week on Well Read, author Amor Towles will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), released September 6. Here, Towles trades in the 1930s New York backdrop of his first bestseller, Rules of Civility (2011), for 1920s Moscow, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov […]

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Poldark’s Back on PBS Masterpiece: Read-Alikes for Winston Graham Fans
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Poldark’s Back on PBS Masterpiece: Read-Alikes for Winston Graham Fans

British drama Poldark returns to American airwaves on September 25, when its second season premieres on PBS’s Masterpiece. For a chance to win a CD of the unabridged audiobook Ross Poldark, the first novel in Winston Graham’s series upon which the first season of the show was based, leave a book recommendation of your own in the comments below. […]

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By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Tasa’s Song

Inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in eastern Poland during World War II, Linda Kass’s debut novel, Tasa’s Song (She Writes), follows the plight of Tasa and her Jewish family as they seek shelter in a friend’s underground bunker. For Tasa, recollections of “the sound and feel of her beloved violin” instill hope. […]

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