Tag: WWII

Inspiring WWII Stories for Fans of DUNKIRK

Inspiring WWII Stories for Fans of DUNKIRK

Moviegoers who want to stay steeped in the deliciously overwhelming feelings they had watching Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will find plenty of tales of grit, despair, inspiration, and insurmountable odds while browsing the 940.53s. Librarians can save them a little time and look like heroes themselves by handselling these other retellings of epic events. (And, don’t forget […]

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For Fans of Lilac Girls, 15 More Unforgettable WWII Reads

For Fans of Lilac Girls, 15 More Unforgettable WWII Reads

Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls is all the buzz, with book groups and individual readers fascinated by the way the horrors of WWII brought out both the best an the worst in people. Be prepared to help patrons discover other stories of faith, fear, and courage in the face of unimaginable cruelty.   All the Light We Cannot See, […]

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Remembering the Drowned: Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea
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Remembering the Drowned: Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea

The acclaimed Ruta Sepetys dredges up a sunken German military ship as she fictionalizes the greatest—and surprisingly little-known—tragedy in maritime history. Shipwrecks and maritime disasters are of fathomless interest, with ships such as the Titanic and the Lusitania household names. It’s interesting that the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during WWII, which led to the largest loss of life […]

Two Daring First Novels: Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things and Paul Goldberg’s The Yid
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Two Daring First Novels: Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things and Paul Goldberg’s The Yid

Two acclaimed nonfiction writers examine the before and after of World War II, respectively, prewar Europe and postwar Russia—both imperiled by tyrants. Kathleen Spivack and Paul Goldberg may be first-time novelists, but they are seasoned writers. Spivack is a poet and author of the memoir, With Robert Lowell and His Circle (2012). Goldberg is a journalist who […]

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Publishing U: Historical Research and Making Stuff Up
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Publishing U: Historical Research and Making Stuff Up

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. This latest addition to the Publishing U series comes from Michael Grant, whose latest novel, Front Lines, goes on sale today and earned a rave review from Booklist‘s Sarah Hunter. We’re delighted to share […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

In previous posts, I’ve introduced the All the Best Books Compilation, and highlighted the top crime and thriller novels that it identified for 2014. Let’s continue coverage by looking at which books were most often mentioned as a best book of the year in the historical fiction category. I’ll count down the top nine, those that […]

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Lynn:  “There are all kinds of wars,” 10-year-old Ada confides at the start of The War That Saved My Life (2015), by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The story opens in London during the summer of 1939. A war with Hitler seemed imminent but for Ada, the more dangerous war had been going on as long as […]