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12/06/2010 - 1:08pm

Thanks for e-mailing us for a Book Match. You did not give a title or author for a match, but just noted that you wanted historical fiction.

There are many types of historical fiction, and you may want to give us more specifics so we can narrow down the choices! But, here are a few general resources that may be helpful to you:

Historical Fiction Booklists

Historical Novels Database


06/23/2009 - 10:16am

 

If You Like the “Savannah Reid" Mysteries by G.A. McKevett

You Might Enjoy…

Susan Wittig Albert - The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries Series

Set in Texas, this series features herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a Houston criminal attorney to buy an herb shop in a small town located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Each of her mysteries has a signature herb that is connected to a major theme, and each is liberally sprinkled with information on growing and using herbs.

06/12/2009 - 10:01am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

One of the privileges of being U.S. Poet Laureate was to choose two poets each year to receive a $10,000 fellowship, funded by the Witter Bynner Foundation. Joseph Stroud, who lives in California, was one of my choices. This poem is representative of his clear-eyed, imaginative poetry.

Night in Day

The night never wants to end, to give itself over
to light. So it traps itself in things: obsidian, crows.
Even on summer solstice, the day of light’s great

08/28/2009 - 9:50am

If you haven't already read her
other books like "How to Deal," "That Summer," "The Truth About
Forever," and "Just Listen", you might want to check them out. Also, you might enjoy:


Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. (and anything by Joan Bauer)
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from
Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the
Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's
political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

06/05/2009 - 9:00am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

As we all know, getting older isn't hard to do. Time continues on. In this poem, Deborah Warren of Massachusetts asks us to think about the life lived between our past and present selves, as indicated in the marginal comments of an old book. There's something beautiful about books allowing us to talk to who we once were, and this poem captures this beauty.

Marginalia

12/06/2010 - 1:13pm

Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock
Regional Library. You asked for a book similar to Morgan Spurlock's
Don't Eat This Book. If you are looking for books on the same topic, you may like:

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric
Schlosser
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm
between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled
American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges,

06/02/2009 - 1:55pm

Hello! I haven't had a chance to read "The Lollipop Shoes" (published as "The Girl With No Shadow" in the U.S.) by Joanne
Harris, but I enjoyed "Chocolat". Here are some titles that pick up on
various elements of Harris's work that you may also enjoy:


"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

"Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the
story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and
story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they

08/28/2009 - 3:40pm

Here are some other books that I think you may like:

 

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss
research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a
murdered physicist. (This story was written before/takes place before
The Da Vinci Code).

 

Tamar : A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet.

05/28/2009 - 2:11pm

Similar Title: The Trouble with Mary by Millie Criswell
Original question: Is this humor or romance? I don't know but I like the
combination of the two. Also, there was good sexual tension without a
lot of graphic description. Can you recommend another author who
combines humor and romance? I also like characters from Italian families but that's not essential.

ANSWER:

"The Trouble With Mary" by Millie Criswell is a romance, but it IS
funny, isn't it? Do you know that there are three more titles by Ms.

05/28/2009 - 2:04pm

If you liked "The Invisible Circus" by Jennifer Egan, you may enjoy
these novels for their 1960's and 1970's settings:



"The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler

A funny and touching book about 5 women and 1 man who meet to discuss
Jane Austen's books. Over the course of six months, each member
reminisces about events from his or her life.



"Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress

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