Amistad: a novel. Alexis Pate.
Based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny on board the Spanish slave ship, Amistad, here is the story of Cinque, the illegally enslaved son of a Mende chief, who led an uprising full of fury and courage. Fic Pate, A.D.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer.
This warm-hearted novel-in-letters captures life on an English isle during and after its World War II occupation by Germans. Fic Shaffer, M.A.
The Lacuna. Barbara Kingsolver.
An epic journey from the Mexico of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of FDR and J. Edgar Hoover, this novel is also the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. Fic Kingsolver, B.
The Last of the Wine. Mary Renault.
During the last phases of the Peloponnesian war, Alexis, a young Athenian of good family, develops a relationship with Lysis, a youth influenced by Socrates. Fic Renault, M.
Leaving Cecil Street. Diane McKinney-Whetstone.
This richly poetic novel offers a vivid depiction of urban life during the early post-civil-rights era as Joe and Louise find their marriage falling apart. Fic McKinney-Whetstone, D.
Lincoln : a novel. Gore Vidal.
Meet Lincoln, the Civil War president, who enters a besieged capital where most of the population supports the South and where even those favoring the Union have serious doubts that the man from Illinois can save it. Fic Vidal, G.
No Less Than Victory. Jeff Shaara.
This final book in Shaara’s World War II trilogy is a fictional account of the Battle of the Bulge and the final months of the war from the perspectives of Eisenhower, Patton, Churchill, Hitler, and an assortment of young soldiers. Fic Shaara, J.
The Octopus. Frank Norris.
Based on an actual bloody dispute in 1880 between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad, this shocking tale of greed, betrayal, and a lust for power plays out during the waning days of the western frontier. Fic Norris, F.
Outlander. (series) Diana Gabaldon.
Transported back to 18th century Scotland, a 20th-century woman struggles to survive the drama, passion, and violence of the times. Fic Gabaldon, D.
Picture Bride. Yoshiko Uchida.
Carrying a picture of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana arrives in early 1900’s California, one of several hundred Japanese "picture brides.” Fic Uchida, Y.