Back to the Future

Is the grass always greener on the other side?  Would Anne Boleyn nod her head? What about The Mata Hari as she danced? Would Napoléon stand tall while disagreeing? When thinking about historical fiction I also think about the saying “stranger than fiction”. A King who married, be-headed, divorced, and watched die six very different women. A stunning sensual informant, and a rather short power-driven man with an old-fashioned pre-nup and an older wife. There are so many wonderful autobiographies written by a few of my favorite people here at Central Library, as well as many biographies reaching as far back as 1818 about Carl Marx and even further back. However, if you want a little added flair in your next read, try out a historical fiction novel. We have plenty here at The Center for the Reader! Try Phillipa Gregory for the Tudor family and Michelle Moran for Mata Hari’s Last Dance. Or Patrick Rambaud’s The Battle, the first book in a series about Napoleon. For some, studying history can be a daunting task. Perhaps, through reading historical fiction with the dramatic flair and character detail, you may enjoy learning more about history. After reading so many historical fiction novels, I find myself walking into the Entertainment, Literature, and Biography room here at Central and seeking out a book about someone I just met in a historical fiction novel.

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