family history

Two girls running in a field, with a large, old house in the background


Laura McHugh
Rated by
Hilary S.
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016

Laura McHugh's second novel does not disappoint. Set in Keokuk, Iowa, this novel tells the story of Arden Arrowood, who has inherited her family's stately old home, where she hasn't set foot since she was a child. Arden's grandparents have owned the house and held it in a trust for years, keeping it maintained and intact. Now that her father has passed away, the house is Arden's. Her mother doesn't think it's a good idea to move back, but Arden can't resist.

Cover image of The Lake House. A woman's face over a large house next to a lake.

The Lake House

Kate Morton
Rated by
Kari E.
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

Family secrets are kept well-hidden until a modern day detective uncovers clues to solve a 70 year-old mystery of a little boy’s disappearance. Alice Edevane is an introspective, long-time crime writer who crafts perfect stories for her readers.

Black/white photo of a young boy standing in front of a stone wall with an open gated door

Hitler's Children (DVD)

Hitler's Children (DVD)
Rated by
Diane H.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013

What would you do if you found out that your father, grandfather, or great-uncle was responsible for the murder and torture of thousands of men, women, and children? Would you change your name? Live in isolation? Deny what your family members had done? This dilemma has been faced by the descendants and relatives of Hitler’s top officials.

In Hitler’s Children, Hermann Goring's and Heinrich Himmler's great-nieces, Hans Frank's son, Rudolf Hoess’ grandson, and others discuss how their lives have been impacted by having such infamous relatives.

Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Rated by
Katerina J.
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010

In her latest book Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, Jeannette Walls introduces her maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith, an intelligent, resourceful and hardworking woman. The book is written in the first person and is based on Lily’s remarkable story as Walls learnt it from her mother and other family members.