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.
Possible book club read. Another pinner said...Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. You feel like you are living it. The main character is a self-taught midwife during the plague...one of the best books I've read the last few years. I plan to read more of this author's books.
Inspired by a period of several weeks in 1943, when the people of Denmark smuggled nearly 7,000 Jews out of the country, this historical novel is a sensitive and appropriate introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. Ages 9 and up.