Historical Fiction

Book Cover of The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage Of Opposites

Alice Hoffman
5
Rated by
Stephanie S
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

I absolutely love this book and consider it one of my "top 10" favorites! I did not expect to like it when a friend lent me her copy to read, but it blew me away.

Cover for The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden

Park Chan-wook
5
Rated by
Zachary C
Friday, Jun 8, 2018

The Handmaiden, a Korean film adaptation of the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, is the newest film from one of the most daring directors in cinema.

Dunkirk (2017) DVD cover

Dunkirk (2017) DVD

Christopher Nolan
3
Rated by
Emily D.
Friday, Apr 27, 2018

The film Dunkirk tells a very important story. During the Second World War the British, French and other allied forces get surrounded at Dunkirk, a beach town in France. The limited Navy and Red-cross ships can't seem to make it back across the channel without being hit by German forces, and British fighter planes don't have the fuel capacity to be of much help. Overall, the situation is very grim. The British Navy commissions the use of any serviceable ship or boat to rescue the 300,000 some odd soldiers trapped at Dunkirk.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
5
Friday, Feb 12, 2016

At the funeral of her brother, Liesel steals her first book. When she arrives at her foster home, freshly separated from her mother, she is terrified. But she does not expect the incredible kindness shown by her eccentric accordion foster father and begrudging love by her foster mother. With their help, she slowly learns to read, and shares the books she steals from book burnings and the mayor’s library to her terrified neighbors during bombing raids, as well as to the Jewish man hiding in her basement. Set in the backdrop of World War II in Germany, this book is an unforgettable story...

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1538959036

The Librarian of Auschwitz

Antonio Iturbe
4
Friday, Mar 23, 2018

This book is based on the incredible true story of the Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. She was taken from the Terrezin ghetto in Prague, and she is adjusting to life in the Nazi camp with her mother and father. And when the Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch asks her to protect the 8 precious books prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. This is the story of how she became the librarian of Auschwitz. This girl risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust despite constant danger every day.

This book is at times horrifying and joyful. It contains...

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/488895036

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas
3
Rated by
Debbie L.
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018

The main character, d'Artagnan travels to Paris in hopes of joining the King's Musketeers, a task that takes a bit of time to accomplish. Upon his arrival, he befriends musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and thus begins a series of adventures. A great, satirical novel that expertly entwines plots and characters. It starts off a little slow, but once the plot groundwork is established, The Three Musketeers becomes an enjoyable, lively read.

Assassin's Creed Origins cover art, a hooded man in front of a pyramid

Assassin's Creed: Origins

Ubisoft
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Saturday, Mar 3, 2018

The latest in the Assassin's Creed juggernaut, Origins (available for PS4 and XBoxOne) is immediately striking due to the sheer amount of pretty. The vast expanses of desert, the detail in the cities, the shining pyramids, the stars in the sky...this game is gorgeous. Happily, it's more than just a pretty face!

vine on orange background

The Fortune Teller

Gwendolyn Womack
3
Rated by
Catherine G.
Friday, Feb 2, 2018

This is an interesting book about prophecy, antiquity, and crime, with just a tiny bit of romance. The story is about how Semele, an appraiser for a prestigious auction house in NY, finds a 2,000 year old manuscript that was written for her. Semele discovers this manuscript while cataloging items from a recently deceased private collector in Switzerland. The collector left her a handwritten note warning her not to tell anyone about the manuscript. She realizes there must be some connection between herself and the deceased collector even though they had never met.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476602036_projekt_1065

Projekt 1065

Alan Gratz
5
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Michael O'Shaunessey, like all his other classmates, is part of the Hitler Youth. He participates in their book burnings and horrific games, but he secretly despises everything the Nazis stand stand for. He has a dangerous secret that he must protect at all costs, he and his parents are spies. He is just playing the part so he can get insider information. Soon he hears about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission that he has to stop. But to do that he must prove his loyalty to the Third Reich no matter the cost...

Started out a little slow for me, but the last 150 pages I could not...

Monday, Jun 20, 2016

After all of Jacky’s family dies from a disease outbreak, she is forced to dress as a boy and work as a ship’s boy to survive. Now she no longer has to scavenge for food or fight for survival in the streets. As she becomes a skilled and respected member of the crew, she must use every ounce of her wit and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

Excellent story! I tend to like those gender-bending characters in general, but Jacky was especially well done. She proves herself worthy in combat, but doesn't relish it. She plays a boy because it will secure her food and...

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