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Not Your Usual Historical Fiction

History is always changing behind us, and the past changes a little every time we retell it. ~ Hilary Mantel ~ Historical fiction is one of our most popular genres. Here are some great new titles that are a little bit different. These seven novels will take you on a trip into the distant and not so distant past.

California Golden

A Novel

By: Melanie Benjamin
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

Two sisters navigate the thrilling, euphoric early days of California surf culture in this dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and the tangled ties between mothers and daughters from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife.

“A shimmering rendering . . . pairs the surf culture of the Beach Boys with the sex, drugs, and rock... Read more

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Hang the Moon

A Novel

By: Jeannette Walls
Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
Length: 12 hours 28 minutes

“A rollicking tale.” —The Washington Post *“Propulsive.” —Associated Press * “Wild, smart, energetic.” —Los Angeles Times * “Brilliant and effervescent.” —NPR

From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a “rip-roaring, action-packed” (The New York Times) novel about an indomitable young woman in...
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Lady Tan's Circle of Women

By: Lisa See
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim & Justin Chien
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes

“Another winner from Lisa See! This fictionalized version of Lady Tan, a real Chinese doctor from the 15th century, is a fascinating dive into a world I knew nothing about. Fans of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will enjoy this one as well. Read more

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

A Novel

By: James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

“Reminiscent of Author's like James Baldwin and John Steinbeck, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is a wonderful novel that focuses of racial division, poverty in America, and the importance of community. This was my first time reading McBride, but I will definitely be continuing on to his past works. If you're a character driven reader, I... Read more

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Nights of Plague

A novel

By: Orhan Pamuk
Narrated by: Amira Ghazalla
Length: 29 hours 8 minutes

From the the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature: Part detective story, part historical epic—a bold and brilliant novel that imagines a plague ravaging a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire.

It is April 1900, in the Levant, on the imaginary island of Mingheria—the twenty-ninth state of the Ottoman Empire—located in the eastern... Read more

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The Devil's Playground

A Novel

By: Craig Russell
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

A riveting 1920s Hollywood thriller about the making of the most terrifying silent film ever made, and a deadly search for the single copy rumored still to exist, from the internationally acclaimed author of The Devil Aspect.

"An excellent, engrossing historical horror novel."—New York Times Book Review
"Rich and riveting...a masterful thriller."... Read more

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The Sun Walks Down

A Novel

By: Fiona McFarlane
Narrated by: Emma Jones
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

“A riveting read. I was grabbed by the landscape, the characters and the premise right off the bat. Set in South Australia in the 1880's, it's the story of a missing child and the varied crowd that searches for him amid the backdrop of the mountains and desert of the outback. I couldn't put it down. Read more

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