October Picks - History and Historical Fiction Continued

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Parvana's journey

Parvana's journey

Ellis, Deborah, 1960-
2002


The pearl that broke its shell

The pearl that broke its shell

Hashimi, Nadia, author
2014


Regeneration

Regeneration

Barker, Pat, 1943-, author
1993


Ru

Ru

Thúy, Kim, author
2015


Sensational : the hidden history of America's "girl stunt reporters"

Sensational : the hidden history of America's "girl stunt reporters"

Todd, Kim, 1970- author.
2021

Presents a social history of women journalists of the Gilded Age who went undercover to champion women's rights and expose corruption and abuse in America.

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The shadow of the wind

The shadow of the wind

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos, 1964-
2004

About a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.

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Sparks like stars

Sparks like stars

Hashimi, Nadia, author
2021

Kabul, 1978: ten-year-old Sitara's world is shattered when her entire family is assassinated. Smuggled out of the palace, Sitara is brought to America and takes on a new name - Aryana. New York, 2008: forty years after that fatal night, Aryana's world is rocked again when an elderly patient appears in her examination room - the soldier who saved her, yet may have murdered her entire family. Realizing that she cannot go on without finding the truth, Aryana embarks on a quest that takes her back to Kabul and through shadowy memories of the world she loved and lost.

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The tattooist of Auschwitz

The tattooist of Auschwitz

Morris, Heather (Screenwriter), author
2018


Time and again

Time and again

Finney, Jack
1995



War and peace

War and peace

Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, author
2008


What the wind knows

What the wind knows

Harmon, Amy, author
2019

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather's stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy's long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman's disappearance is connected to her own. As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland's independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she's willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she'd find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

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When women ruled the world : six queens of Egypt

When women ruled the world : six queens of Egypt

Cooney, Kara, author
2018

Explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra--women who ruled with real power. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today's world learn from its example?

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The woman with the blue star

The woman with the blue star

Jenoff, Pam, author
2021

1942. When the Nazis liquidate the Kraków Ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. Ella Stepanek's stepmother has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans, allowing Ella a life of relative ease. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds.

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