Category Archives: 20th Century

review: The Saturday Evening Girls Club

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The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey Four friends–Caprice, Maria, Ada, and Thea–from Boston’s poverty-stricken North End have been members of The Saturday Evening Girls Club for seven years. This club, which was started by a librarian and supported by a wealthy society lady with connections, helped the lower-class girls find meaningful work and even provided education grants for… Read more »

History + Vampires

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Browsing the sadly lacking audiobook selection at my local library (this particular library seems to have something against audiobooks that aren’t your usual big name mystery novels), I picked this one up even though I have not read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I don’t think it will be an issue, as it’s giving a bit of a recap. So far… Read more »

And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

Here’s an odd duck I came across yesterday. The strange title coupled with the enormous girth of this book caught my eye in the Historical Fiction section. I was also intrigued with the octogenarian author’s life and decided to do a little research. I found a nice review of the book at Novel Matters with a ‘strong recommendation’. And Ladies… Read more »

Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners

This one is non-fiction, but caught my eye today. Looks like an interesting biography…her life would make an intriguing novel! Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge BOOK DESCRIPTION “What would Emily Post do?” Even today, Americans cite the author of the perennial bestseller Etiquette as a touchstone for proper behavior. But who… Read more »

Wishlist: All the Light We Cannot See

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As I’m browsing Pinterest I came across this one in a “Top Reads Set in France” post and decided to add it to my wishlist. I’ve seen it all over the place and plan to get it on audio, assuming the narrator is compatible with my ears! All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr BOOK DESCRIPTION From the highly… Read more »

New from Janet Fitch: The Revolution of Marina M.

I managed to snag an early copy of this 800+ page tome from the author of White Oleander! The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch Coming November 7, 2017 From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman St. Petersburg,… Read more »

review: Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Hays and McFall What if Bonnie and Clyde didn’t meet their end in 1934 as the newspapers reported? This imaginative alternate account of the story extends their tale to a round of further adventures in which the notorious lovers receive a sort of redemption of their past deeds. They’ve been forcefully recruited by a… Read more »

review: In Farleigh Field

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen BOOK DESCRIPTION: “World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the… Read more »

First Line Friday: 5/26/17

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“Half an hour before Diana Snyder died, she tidied up her desk in the typists’ office of the Cabinet War Rooms.” MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal “London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope…. Read more »

review: Bride of Pendorric

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Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt Nineteen-year-old Favel Farrington has lived most of her life with her parents on the Italian island of Capri. Having spent her younger years at the boarding school her mother attended in England, she never thought she’d go back, but her life is forever changed when Roc Pendorric of Cornwall walks into her father’s art… Read more »

First Line Friday: 5/19/17

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“Rebecca Hoffmann was summoned by the secret police on a rainy Monday in 1961.” EDGE OF ETERNITY by Ken Follett In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous… Read more »

review: A Wilder Rose

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A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series has been a staple in children’s literature for decades, but how many readers know the truth behind its authorship? In A Wilder Rose, Albert takes readers through the years leading up to the stock market crash and through the Great Depression—the years in which… Read more »