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This is the second in our series of historical fiction lists for Another Time and Place, our summer reading program.
The Awakening Land by Conrad Richter (Fiction RICHTER)
In this trilogy, the author focuses on three generations of a family in the Ohio Valley, taking readers from the frontier to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Our volume includes The Trees, The Fields, and The Town.
Brookland by Emily Barton (Fiction BARTON)
Having gazed across the East River to Manhattan her whole life, a young woman inherits her father’s gin distillery in colonial Brooklyn and campaigns to build a bridge of rock and timber.
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Fiction BROOKS)
A young woman from Martha’s Vineyard who is denied the education that she desires recounts how her friend comes to be the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.
Catherwood by Marly Youmans (Fiction Youmans)
A mother with her infant daughter who is lost in the woods of New York soon after her immigration in 1678 discovers the hard beauty of the American frontier.
Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent (Fiction KENT)
Sixty years after the Salem Witch Trials, a woman recalls the trials that condemned her mother and left her with survivor’s guilt.
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Fiction COOPER)
In the second and perhaps best-known of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, frontiersman Natty Bumppo straddles the worlds of the tribal Mohicans to whom he owes friendship and the British Army by whom he is employed during the French and Indian War.
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon (Fiction PYNCHON)
British surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon do more than establish legal boundaries between Pennsylvania and Maryland colonies. In this darkly humorous novel, they draw lines that separate Americans for centuries to come.
Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara (Fiction SHAARA)
In the wake of 1770’s Boston Massacre, all of New England is enraged. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington face off against Britain’s General Thomas Gage and King George III in this epic novel.
List and reviews by Rick. Rick and the other librarians at the Reference Desk will gladly help you find good reading material.