Category Archives: historical fiction

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

I love reading historical fiction that teaches me about a different era and puts me into  that time’s mindset.  Historical fiction writer Sarah McCoy has succeeded with The Mapmaker’s Children, which juxtaposes present day West Virginia with the times of the … Continue reading

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Euphoria by Lily King

Novelist Lily King has written an exquisitely beautiful book called Euphoria.  The historical fiction novel is based on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead and her time spent in the territory of New Guinea in the 1930’s.  Upon reading her … Continue reading

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Staff Review: LIfe After Life by Kate Atkinson

I know my friends and colleagues are tired of hearing me gush about this novel. I can’t exactly tell you why I liked it so much. I like the mood and tone of the writing. I started reading Atkinson previous … Continue reading

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Book Talk Cafe: Part II Sharing Our Favorite Current Reads

The librarians recently held  another book talk cafe where we shared our most recent favorite titles with a lovely group of Newburgh readers.    For those who missed it, here is Part II of the list of books.  Try them and … Continue reading

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Book Talk Cafe Part 1: A Review of our Current Favorite Reads

The librarians recently held  another book talk cafe where we shared our most recent favorite titles with a lovely group of Newburgh readers.    For those who missed it, here is the list of books.  Try them and let us know … Continue reading

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

If you’re looking for something to tide you over while you wait for the start of Season 4 of Downton Abbey,  may I suggest reading or listening to Longbourn  by Jo Baker.  The novel is the story of servants  who … Continue reading

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Patron Review: The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

In “The Maid’s Version” the author of Winter’s Bone combines a mystery with a family story, lyrical descriptive prose, and character studies, all of which evoke pity, sympathy, and horror. Like Woodrell’s other books it is set in the Ozarks, … Continue reading

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

Do you love books that sweep you away into another place and time?  Look no further than Anton DiSclafani’s book, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.  Mentioned on several best of summer picks, including The Wall Street Journal and NPR, … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Murder as Fine Art by David Morrell

This is a wonderfully atmospheric Victorian murder mystery, with a real-life author as reluctant detective, and a gaggle of fictional detectives, who will probably be fleshed out in future novels. The revelations of class distinction and social attitudes were strongly … Continue reading

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The library book discussion I run was lucky enough to receive galley copies of Life After Life,  the highly anticipated novel by author Kate Atkinson that is due out at the beginning of April.  Although the author is known for … Continue reading

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