One of these could be yours! We're giving away a mug each week to a commenter.
One of these could be yours! We’re giving away a mug each week to a commenter.

Each Tuesday we’re posting a new entry in our Online Book Club to share with you what you’re reading. Join in with the conversation! We’re focusing on a specific genre each week. Leave us a comment about what you’re reading or what you think about the genre, and you could win one of these super-cute reading-themed coffee mugs. We’ll pick a winner each week from the comments below.

If you’re a reader, don’t miss out on winning one of the great prizes at the end of the summer: we’re giving away a Kindle (courtesy of the family of the late Mrs. Bernice B. Franklin, a library trustee and long-time library supporter) to one lucky book reviewer, and the library system is also giving away an iPad (courtesy of the generous folks at Cobb EMC). All you have to do to enter to win the drawings is write a review. Get started today!*

Today we’re reading books in the Historical Fiction Genre, and today’s post is brought to us by Jennifer, branch manager at the Gritters Library.



Genre: Historical Fiction

What is Historical Fiction? Historical fiction must be written at least fifty years after the events described, or be set in a time before the author’s birth.

What do you like about this genre? I love being able to step into a time period different from my own, and discover what life might have been like.


In the Genre:

What was your favorite when you were young? My love began in the 4th grade with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingles Wilder (1800’s).

What was the most recent book you enjoyed? Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (1660’s)

Name one of your favorite books. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (1970’s)


Other books in this genre:

The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff:

19th wifeSweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense.

It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death.

And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.


The Things We Cherished, Pam Jenoff:

things we cherishedAn ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attorneys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes.

The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.

Rich in historical detail, Jenoff’s astonishing new work is a testament to true love under the worst of circumstances.


The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka:

buddhaA gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.





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Have you read these books? Do you like the Historical Fiction genre? Let us know in the comments below and you could win one of the super-cute library-themed coffee mugs!

*Limit of 10 entries per person for the Kindle; each person will be entered to win the iPad once.

Online Book Club: Historical Fiction

6 thoughts on “Online Book Club: Historical Fiction

  • June 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books mentioned above but I’m now reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. She also wrote Girl with a Pearl Earring. The author takes a person, event, or thing from history and writes a story around it. Remarkable Creatures is about Mary Anning who had “the eye” : the ability to see fossils no one else could see. This led to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century. As one reviewer said the author has the uncanny ability to bring a lost world to life.

    • June 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy! You’re entered into the drawing to win one of the prizes – and don’t forget to head over to to enter your reviews for a chance to win a Kindle or perhaps even an iPad as part of our Summer Reading Program!

    • June 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Congrats, Kathy! You’ve won the prize!! Will you contact us at to claim it, and we’ll send it out to your favorite branch? Thanks for entering!

      • June 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Thank you! My neighborhood branch is Lewis A. Ray. Thanks again.

  • June 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres! I recently read The Diviners by Libba Bray. It takes place in 1920s New York City and has just the right amount of history and just the right amount of fantasy. I haven’t bobbed my hair yet, but I’m sorely tempted to!

    And I’ve added Caleb’s Crossing to my to-read list 🙂

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