Good books about historical events

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good books about historical events

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isnt she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with arent. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Marias sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone shed severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers theres more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before whats known to Maria--or whoevers pretending to be her--is known to all.
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The Best Historical Fiction Books to Read This Fall

Find a cozy reading spot, and go back in time! Find your next historical fiction read on this book list, from beloved tales now in paperback to the latest stories hitting bookshelves this autumn. Discover more fall essentials from all your favorite genres. Buy now from your favorite retailer:. From the National Book Award—winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

As much as we can learn from history books, there's something to be said for fact-based historical fiction. When well-known periods—whether it's the Civil War era or s America—are placed inside a fictional context, we can get a feel for the texture of a time and place. What did people sound like? What did they wear? And what was their daily life like? These details, while sometimes present in nonfiction books, can close the distance between ourselves and the past when presented through dialogue and characters.

An epic reading list for fans of historical fiction novels. The Book of Negroes. Lawrence Hill An 18th An epic chronicle of events leading up to the Russian Revolution. . Absolutely the best series of books I've ever read, and I've read lots.
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The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer

Even more of a wonder is that beyond surviving, we came up with democracy and literature, sailed across thousands of miles of open ocean and into the unknown, underwent a Renaissance and an Enlightenment and a Jazz Age, and got guys on the moon. History is messy stuff, but much of it is, in fact, not ugly. The more you know about it, the more the messes makes sense, both historically speaking and in modern context. Here are 10 great history books that drop brilliant knowledge bombs page after page. Our top picks stretch across time and the globe, but you can see many of our favorites are about Western civilization, recent history, the United States. In A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Ag e, historian William Manchester humanizes many of our centuries-old forebears, bringing to life those people we know only from paintings wrought in odd profile with expressionless gaze, tapestries faded by the years, or from etched visages staring down sternly at us from stained glass windows.

Add to Bag. All the Light We Cannot See , by Anthony Doerr A young blind girl flees Paris carrying a precious jewel while an orphan joins the Hitler Youth; when their paths collide, the course of history changes forever. Isabelle finds herself drawn to the soldier despite the brutality that surrounds them, and over the years that follow, must reconcile herself to the choices she made during the war. Isabelle is based on a real woman, Andree de Jongh, who helped the Allies escape from Nazi-occupied territory. Outlander , by Diana Gabaldon If you could prevent one of the greatest massacres of human history, would you?

Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of historical fiction , you've heard the names Hilary Mantel , Eleanor Catton , Anthony Doerr and Kristin Hannah repeatedly over recent years. No longer dismissed as bodice-rippers rife with anachronisms or dreary textbooks dressed up in barely discernible plots, historical fiction is gaining the respect of critics and readers alike, regularly appearing on shortlists for major literary awards and on bestseller lists around the world. Generally speaking, historical fiction is any story that is set in a time period in the past, but depending on who you ask, the criteria can be more - or less - stringent than that. The Walter Scott Prize , created in to recognize excellence in UK, Irish, and Commonwealth historical fiction, limits the definition to events that take place at least 60 years before publication, during a historical period with which the author has no personal experience. Regardless of how long ago an historical novel takes place, accuracy and authenticity of the historical setting are absolutely essential. But that doesn't just apply to the physical setting; the worldview of the characters, their values, mores, and general sensibilities must accurately reflect their era.

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