The era is pre World War II when Berlin was referred to as “the nightclub” capital of the world. Enjoy the “three ring circus atmosphere of the “Cabaret” with its singers and dancers from all over seen by the sarcastic host. Listen to the sounds of jazz and swing, imported from America and Britain, in smoke filled nightclubs as the German youth known as the “Swing Kids” dance. Germany and its youth are enjoying life. Personal freedom is still available to experience, it is a relaxed time, and an accepting time when race does not play a prominent role in day to day life.
Now travel forward to the time that Hitler has gained power the National Socialist Party is in place and the Hitler Youth is the group to join. Jazz is banned by the government, its melodic note instills a feeling of freedom and chaos and the artists are of questionable race based on the “Nuremberg Laws” of 1935.
These historical fiction books span the centuries as well as the globe. Try them for an escape to another time and place.
The book thief by Markus Zusak
Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland
City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
The midwife's tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford
Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay
While the world is watching The Hunger Games, you may be waiting to read a title in the series or wanting to read something similiar. Try these read-alikes, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
The running man by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman ; with an introduction by the author
Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Daylight runner by Oisin McGann
Neurological challenges, such as Alzheimer's, stroke, and amnesia, are, in many ways, still a mystery to modern medicine. These books take a fictitious look at the ways that these disorders affect both the patient and their loved ones.
The art of forgetting by Camille Noe Pagán
Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson
Left neglected: a novel by Lisa Genova
Imagine this: unexplained deaths, mysterious suspects, murky alibis and suspenseful prose, all happening in — Ann Arbor, Michigan? Author Harry Dolan has written two books (below) featuring the mystery magazine editor, David Loogan, and his detective sidekick, Elizabeth Waishkey, set in the famous college town. As an extra, Stephen King has recommended them. Be forewarned: reading books set in local communities may lead to murder mystery roadtrips.
Bad things happen by Harry Dolan
Very bad men by Harry Dolan
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