Historical Fiction

For those who love a dose of solid history with their well-written story.

  • Historical Fiction: Juicy

    • The Crimson Petal and the White

      This rollicking study of Victorian London follows the story of William, a wealthy man who seems to have it all, his mentally ill wife, their daughter, and the prostitute, Sugar, who becomes his obsession.  Great for:Lovers of the Victorian time periodReaders of epic narrativesAnyone who has the time for a...


    • The Conformist

      If you enjoyed Bertolluci’s searing film following Marcello Clerici (and the rise of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy), check out the original literary source: Moravia constructs a world rife with musings, intriguing characters and an authentic plot depicting a deeper philosophy on our need for conformity (and, to some extent, our...


    • Marjorie Morningstar

      Aside from some dated views on women, Morningstar remains a riveting read as we follow Marjorie’s desire to become an actress in New York (circa 1930s), and her affair with her pretentious director, Noel. Great for:Those looking for a page-turnerMostly female readersLovers of the ‘bohemian lifestyle’If you loved the book, rent...


    • The Linnet Bird

      Meet Linny Gow: born into a world of prostitution and poverty in Liverpool, Linny reinvents herself in this disturbing tale that spans both Britain and Colonial India.Great for:Lovers of Colonialist-set literatureThose interested in dysfunctional childhoodsA sweeping story that spans decadesIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): 


    • The Pillars of the Earth

      Whether you love it or hate it (those are really the only two camps the book’s readers fall into), make your own decision as you follow the building of a majestic cathedral told through multiple characters in twelfth-century England. Great for:Architecture lovers (take it with a grain of salt)…Lovers of multiple-character...


    • The Book Thief

      Death narrates this astonishing story of Liesel and her experiences, as a young, German girl, during WWII. Together with the Jewish man hidden in her basement, Liesel adapts to living in a world of horror and loss, punctuated by brief moments of beauty (highlighted through her love of books). An...


    • The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.

      Meet the woman who will rule Napoleon’s heart and, to some extent, France, in this gripping, historical novel that spans the entire lifetime of Josephine Bonaparte. Great for:Those interested in historical fictionThose interested in books about powerful womenThose who need a damn good story 


    • The Shadow of the Wind

      Few contemporary books rival The Shadow of the Wind’s haunting plot: set in Barcelona, during 1945, the novel follows the story of Daniel, who saves novelist Julian Carax’s parallel titled novel from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotton books.’ As Daniel’s life starts to mirror Carax’s, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery...


    • City of Thieves

      David Benioff knows how to tell a good story, whether it’s through film (25th Hour) television, (adaptation of Games of Thrones) or literature. City of Thieves, set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, manages to make us laugh while radiating a profound empathy towards one of history’s less-remembered tragedies. We meet Lev, a...


    • The Paris Wife

      Told from the perspective of Hadley Richardson (aka the first Mrs. Ernest Hemingway), this book will bring you into the nucleus of Jazz-age Paris, and gives an imagined idea of what it was like living with a brilliant yet volatile man.Great for:Readers interested in the literary scene during Paris’ 1920sThose...


    • Cutting for Stone

      Through the lives of Shiva and Marion Stone, twins born in Adis Ababa from a clandestine affair between a heavenly mother and a passionate, yet psychologically removed surgeon, we see the cycle of life and all its absurdities, beauties, cruelties, inevitabilities, hilarities and loves. Cutting for Stone, follows the twins...


    • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

      An imaginative retelling of the artist Michelangelo's life in 16th century Florence.Great for:Those interested in artLovers of historical fictionReaders of the Renaissance (and all the drama of the Medicis)…