Daily Archives: March 22, 2013

When You’re Looking For a Different Time

There are many who long for the peace of times gone by… but the picks in this week’s Reader Round-up highlight the turmoil, toil, and triumph in different periods of history. If you crave detail-rich historical fiction than check out some of our staff’s recent picks.

I really enjoyed and would recommend  John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk. It’s set against the backdrop of the English Civil War, and satisfied my love of British history and food, as well as offered just a taste of magic. (Recommendation)

From the English Civil War to just before our own… Jean L. from Williamston recently suggested Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig which offers a glimpse into what shaped the handsome scoundrel of Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone with the Wind. (Recommendation).

To follow the literary theme Joe M. from our Haslett branch suggests The Passages of H. M. by Jay Parini noting that anyone who “read and loved Moby Dick, Typee, or Billy Budd … should read this tale of the adventurous and unconventional and bipolar life of Herman Melville.” (Recommendation).

Another recent pick from Paul C., Head Librarian at Stockbridge. Is Denis Johnson’s poem-like novella Train Dreams. Paul describes it as “a dreamy farewell to a way of life now long gone from the great Northwest.” (Recommendation)

Do you have any historical picks you’d like to suggest?

-Jessica T., Public Services Head, CADL Downtown Lansing