We are reading and talking about history in November – after all on Thanksgiving we’ll be celebrating some local history. Here are a few suggestions if you are looking for ideas:
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean and City of Thieves by David Benioff are both novels based on the siege of Leningrad.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier give you unusual view of war – Birdsong WWI and Cold Mountain the Civil War.
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane looks at 1919 and the Boston Police strike.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson looks at the great migration of African Americans to the north and west.
Here and Nowhere Else by Jane Brox is a memoir of her family in the Merrimac Valley.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal follows a Jewish family through a collection of netsuke.
The Professor & the Madman by Simon Winchester is about the making of the Oxford Dictionary.
Salt by Mark Kurlansky (who also wrote Cod) is the story of the world through a single vital staple.
Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel are about Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with Henry VIII and were both Booker award winners.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Galbaldon is part of her time travel romance with serious information about Scottish history.
Will in the World is a biography of William Shakespeare by local author Stephen Greenblatt
Citizens of London by Lynne Olson is the story of three Americans who were key players in the decision of the US to enter WWII – Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman and John Gilbert Winant.
Candice MIllard has written two books about past presidents – River of Doubt based on a trip taken by Theodore Roosevelt down the Amazon and Destiny of the Republic about James Garfield, his life and the changes brought on by his shooting, a book that won the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.