Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Sale Bargains

Book sale day at the local library, and even though my bookshelves are overflowing with unread books, I couldn't resist lugging home a few more. I found five historical novels I've long wanted to read:

Mary by Janis Cooke Newman (2006). The story of the wife of Abraham Lincoln, narrated by herself from the insane asylum where she ended her life.

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (2007). The story of Mamah Borthwicke Cheney, who carried on a clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (2009). A historical love story that entwines the trials of the couple with the history of the exploitation of Niagara Falls. I'm currently enjoying Buchanan's The Painted Girls and look forward to reading more of her work. This was her debut novel.

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (2008). West meets East during the Renaissance as a European appears at the court of the Mughal emperor, claiming to be a long-lost relative born of an exiled Indian princess and a Florentine man.

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (2005). A novel that recreates the life of Carrie McGavock, whose Tennessee home became a Confederate hospital and later a massive cemetery where she grieved the soldiers lost in the war.

So many good books, so little time! Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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