Historical Fiction

Epics and Sagas to Sweep You Off Your Feet

Epic fiction, defined as novels that cover a span of time (often centuries) and are focused on a specific geographical location, and sagas series, defined as lengthy novels (often historical) that focus on the characters and families over a certain span of time, are large and expansive. They'll carry you to a different time and place. Give these a try:

Roses by Leila Meacham

The princes of Ireland: the Dublin saga by Edward Rutherfurd

Fall of giants by Ken Follett

The Forsyte saga by John Galsworthy

Murder Will Out: And the Nominees Are...

Mystery Writers of America: Edgar AwardNominations are being announced for the best Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers published in 2010. These are just the beginning...

Library Journal Best Books 2010: Genre Fiction

Mystery Writers of America-Edgars

Look What's In Large Print: February 2011

Tired of squinting while reading? Getting a headache from focusing too hard for too long? You're not alone — one in six Americans over the age of 45 have trouble reading small print. Today, publishers offer simultaneous release of bestselling authors such as:

A precious jewel [Large print] by Mary Balogh

Shadows from the past [Large print] by Lindsay McKenna

Killer heat [Large print] by Brenda Novak

Monday morning faith [Large print] by Lori Copeland

1022 Evergreen Place [Large print] by Debbie Macomber

Turtle in Paradise

Meet Turtle, a charming eleven-year-old who is in under no illusions about the ways of the world. It is 1935 and her "starry-eyed," romantic mother (who is always falling in and out of love with total losers) ships Turtle off to relatives in Key West, Florida because her latest housekeeping job does not allow children. Turtle is thrown into a radically different way of life amid boisterous cousins, eccentric adults, hurricanes, scorpions, and windfall fruit. She isn't allowed into her cousins' Diaper Gang (no girls allowed) to earn spending money, but has high hopes she'll soon be on Easy Street like Little Orphan Annie when she discovers a pirate treasure map. Full of humor, adventures, and a fast-moving plot, it is no wonder Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (author of BabyMouse and several other Newbery Honor books) was named a Newbery Honor Book in 2010. Read and enjoy!

History, boring? Never!

Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore

The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman

Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Year 2010 Top Fiction Picks

The weed that strings the hangman's bag : a Flavia de Luce mystery by Alan Bradley

The girl who kicked the hornet's nest by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

In the company of others by Jan Karon

The three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

Spooner by Pete Dexter

The irresistible Henry House : a novel by Lisa Grunwald

A Mixed Bag of Teen Reads from 2010

Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.

Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The cardturner: a novel about a king, a queen, and a joker by Louis Sachar

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

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