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It’s all true, er, well, sort of! March 17, 2010

Posted by carol in Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.

Yes. It’s true. No offense to nonfiction readers out there, but most nonfiction books make my eyelids heavy. I would much rather ‘escape’ with a good novel. That’s why I love reading historical fiction, which, for me is the perfect blend of reality and fiction. Often based on actual events, historical fiction lets me travel through time and place from the comfort of my own home (or wherever I may be reading). Where else can you make those kinds of travel arrangements? 

Per usual, there are so many titles to choose from, but the following are a few of my favorite historical novels.

  • Geraldine Brook’s Year of Wonders provided me the opportunity to (safely) visit England during the Plague outbreak in the 17th century.
  •  Michael Faber’s Crimson Petal and the White allowed me to walk the streets of Victorian England with Sugar, a 19-year-old prostitute and downright fabulous character.
  • Luncheon at the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland gave me a behind the scenes look at Renoir’s creative process.
  • Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha delivered what its title promised and more.

Are you inspired to dabble in the (fictionalized) truth? Try one from the list above. Otherwise, you can find more historical fiction here at Rocky River Public Library or at your own local library. 

Read on and enjoy!  ~Carol





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