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A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles     Pages: 462                 Published: 2016

The book: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced, by a Bolshevik court, to house arrest in the Metrapol Hotel in Moscow.
The Count must now live in a small attic room, and confine his activities to the hotel. He forms unexpected friendships with both staff and guests. One particular friendship will impact his life emotionally more than the revolution itself.
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The Alice Network

Kate Quinn         Pages: 503        Published: 2017

The book: London 1915, Eve Gardner is recruited as a spy and sent into occupied France.
1947, Charlie St. Claire and her mother have just arrived in Britain en route to a clinic in Switzerland to take care of a “little problem.”  However, Charlie, desperate to find her cousin Rose who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, abandons her mother and heads for London to find someone who might help her locate her cousin.
She finds Eve, now a drunken recluse tortured by the past.  Read more

Master and Commander

Master & Commander  by Patrick O’Brien    Pages: 459   First published: 1970

The book: This is the first novel in a fictional series about Captain Jack Aubrey of the British Royal Navy. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Aubrey’s first command as Captain and the adventures and battles that ensue.

You might like it because: It’s a marvelous tale of life in Nelson’s navy, with all it’s political intrigue, sailing adventures, and dangerous naval battles. O’Brien does a wonderful job of bringing the time period to life and immersing the reader in navy life. Read more

The Aviator’s Wife

Melanie Benjamin  Pages: 396  Published: 2013

The book: Anne Morrow first meets the dashing Colonel Lindbergh when she’s a shy college senior spending her Christmas vacation with her family in Mexico. Whilst Anne is in awe of the great hero, she is sure Lindbergh has barely noticed her. However, she has most definitely made an impression on him, and they will soon be married. This is a fictional account of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s marriage. Read more

All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Pages: 530     Published: 2014

The book: A blind twelve-year-old, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, and her father flee Paris, which is under German occupation. They seek refuge with her great uncle in Saint-Malo, an ancient walled French town by the ocean.
In a mining town in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner Pfennig, becomes obsessed with radios and learns how to make and repair them. His radio skills take him first to a Nazi youth camp and from there into the German army, where he tracks resistance radio operators.
This novel is the story of Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives as their paths intersect during the war. Read more

The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Pages: 314     Published: 2011

The book: Hadley Richardson met Ernest Hemingway in Chicago in 1920. A whirlwind romance followed, and despite objections from friends and family, they married then moved to Paris. There they became part of a group of writers and artists – sometimes referred to as the “Lost Generation”- that included Gertrude Stein, Erza Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book is a fictionalized account of Hadley and Ernest’s life together.

You might like it because: Hemingway and Richardson had an incredibly passionate relationship, and the story of their lives during their marriage is interesting and interspersed with famous literary and artistic figures. McLain does a marvelous job of bringing these people to life. Read more

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