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NPR's list of the year's best historical fiction: To bring the past to life and make it matter, historical fiction must do more than conjure up an exotic backdrop for a conventional story. NPR Books has picked six books this year that challenge our preconceptions and help show how the past shaped the world we live in today.

Time Passages: The Year's Best Historical Fiction

NPR's list of the year's best historical fiction: To bring the past to life and make it matter, historical fiction must do more than conjure up an exotic backdrop for a conventional story. NPR Books has picked six books this year that challenge our preconceptions and help show how the past shaped the world we live in today.

Most interesting bookstore in the world. Acqua Alta Bookstore in Venice, Italy... the tides get high here, so all the books are in boats or bathtubs to keep them dry

Most interesting bookstore in the world. Acqua Alta Bookstore in Venice, Italy... the tides get high here, so all the books are in boats or bathtubs to keep them dry

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

(to read) On an isolated island off the coast of Australia, a lighthouse keeper and his wife rescue a baby who arrives, abandoned, by boat. What results from their decision to raise the child as their own will keep you reading late into the night.

Life In A Jar

Life In A Jar

During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto

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Fishpond NZ, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Buy Books online: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, ISBN Rebecca Skloot

My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story

My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story

Ten Days in a Mad-House  Nellie Bly entered Blackwell's island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, "From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all...." Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

Ten Days in a Mad-House Nellie Bly entered Blackwell's island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, "From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all...." Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

Uncle Tom’s Cabin : A Tale of Life Among the Lowly (1897). Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896). First released 1851-1852. Stowe, a teacher and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave. Depicts the reality of slavery while asserting that Christian love can overcome something so destructive. “Witness, eternal God! Oh, witness, that, from this hour, I will do what one man can to drive out this curse of slavery from my land!” (Stowe, Uncle Tom’s…

Uncle Tom’s Cabin : A Tale of Life Among the Lowly (1897). Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896). First released 1851-1852. Stowe, a teacher and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave. Depicts the reality of slavery while asserting that Christian love can overcome something so destructive. “Witness, eternal God! Oh, witness, that, from this hour, I will do what one man can to drive out this curse of slavery from my land!” (Stowe, Uncle Tom’s…

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