Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:
Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s
Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s
A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s
The bonfire: the siege and burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman
Chancellorsville, 1863: the souls of the brave by Ernest B. Furgurson
Dissonance: the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer
Donnybrook: the Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer
Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:
American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato
The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard
The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable
What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:
Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!
Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel
Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert
Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — StarringMichael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.
Travel back through America's history and learn more about America's 44 presidents and their families:
America's first families: an inside view of 200 years of private life in the White House by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Dear First Lady: letters to the White House by [compiled and edited] by Dwight Young and Margaret Johnson; foreword by Helen Thomas
First fathers: the men who inspired our Presidents by Harold I. Gullan
Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:
America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826
D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944
The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963
Bound for Canaan: the underground railroad and the war for the soul of America by Fergus M. Bordewich
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry.
The partly cloudy patriot by Sarah Vowell — The time travel wasn't extreme, and mostly included stories from living memory, but I enjoyed the commentary on history, politics, and even job hunting. Favorite quote: "The more history I learn, the more the world fills up with stories."
All the daring of the soldier: women of the Civil War armies by Elizabeth D. Leonard
Daughters of the Union: northern women fight the Civil War by Nina Silber
The dragon hour: a time-travel romance by Connie Flynn
Steamed: a steampunk romance by Katie MacAlister
All for you by Lynn Kurland
Beyond the highland mist by Karen Marie Moning
The gowns, the carriages, the manners of another age — be whisked off to another time with an historical romance.
Trouble at the wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke
The price of temptation by Lecia Cornwall
How the marquess was won by Julie Anne Long
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The time traveler's wife: a novel by Audrey Niffenegger
Kindred by Octavia E.
In the garden of Iden : a novel of the company by Kage Baker
Pastwatch : the redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
Time and again by Finney, Jack
The centurion's empire by Sean McMullen
The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith
A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
Honus & me by Dan Gutman
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Justin Thyme by Panama Oxridge
The new policeman by Kate Thompson
Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Divergent by Veronica Roth — The first of a series set in a future where the population is divided by personality type. Unfortunately, Beatrice doesn't fit just one.
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede — The sequel to Thirteenth Child, this is one of my favorite authors tackling a magical wild west.