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Biographical fiction

  • Author:
    Gaynor, Hazel
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    China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a terrible twist of fate determines a different path for Elspeth, and those in her charge.

  • Author:
    Boyle, T. Coraghessan
    Summary:

    As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists have been selected to live in a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. But as these "Terranauts" face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
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    1939. As the wife of the King George VI and the mother of the future queen, Elizabeth--"the queen mother"--shows a warm, smiling face to the world. But it's no surprise that Hitler himself calls her the "Most Dangerous Woman in Europe." For behind that soft voice and kindly demeanor is a will of steel.

  • Author:
    Ewen, Pamela Binnings
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    This novel based on the real life of Coco Chanel reveals an unseen side to the celebrated icon as she trades fashion for espionage during World War II to protect her name, her business, and her legend.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
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    This novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England's most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Mary. This book tells Mary Boleyn's life story from when she was ten years old and sent to France to be among the Queen's Ladies to right after her sister and brother are beheaded for treason. After befriending the Queen, she is then torn away to serve the new Queen Claude.

  • Author:
    Starr, David
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    This novel for young readers or young adults is about Duncan Scott, who is also the protagonist in David Starr's earlier novel, The Nor'Wester. In this new novel, set in 1810, Duncan returns to England to search for his sister, and learns that she is staying with Elizabeth Fry, but before he can find her he is press-ganged into the Royal Navy and is sent off to fight, first, the Russians in the Baltic and then the French in the Mediterranean. He escapes in the Mediterranean and swims to shore in Sicily and then buys a small boat which he sails with a shipmate to Malta. From there he returns to England to meet up with his sister and Elizabeth Fry. It turns out that Elizabeth Fry has been helping his sister, and he learns about Fry's good work.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
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    Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known as Gera, finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
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    Joan plots to scandalize Edward, Prince of Wales, and the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father's downfall and death. But what begins as a calculated strategy soon grows into love. When Joan learns that Edward returns her feelings, she is soon fighting her own, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, if she does, what will be the cost?

  • Author:
    Vicary, Tim
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    A fictional account based on the life of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. The true and tragic story of a man who finds a friend for the first time in his life.

  • Author:
    Moriarty, Laura
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    Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and icon, fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks heads to New York to make it big, accompanied by a chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Ultimately, the time they spend together changes both their lives.

  • Author:
    Harper, Karen
    Summary:

    A young widow and candlemaker, Varina Westcott, agrees to travel to Wales to investigate the suspicious death of the newly married Prince Arthur as a secret request of Queen Elizabeth of York, the wife of Henry VII. But with each clue, fears arise that the conspiracy Varina is confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even the queen imagined. And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor dynasty.

  • Author:
    Mayer, H. Jack
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    During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler's rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler's own words, "tried to talk the mothers out of their children." Inspired by Irena Sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere. 

  • Author:
    Snyder, Carrie
    Summary:

    Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. The devastation of WWI and the Spanish flu epidemic, the optimism of the 1920s and the sacrifices of the 1930s play out in Aganetha's mind, as she wrestles with the confusion and displacement of the present.

  • Author:
    Lund, Gerald N.
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    A dramatic account of Christ's ministry, as seen through the eyes of those who would follow him. In Come Unto Me, volume 2 of the bestselling series The Kingdom and the Crown, Simeon of Capernaum wrestles with how to undo the damage wrought by his reluctant conversion to a man called Jesus of Nazareth. His determination to follow the teachings of the Master has cost the life of one friend and sent three others to a Roman prison to await execution. How can he stay true to the teachings of Jesus, which require that he love his enemies, and yet deliver the friends who face death because of him? A similar dilemma faces Miriam of Jerusalem. Her father, along with the other leaders of the powerful Sanhedrin, are determined to stamp out the growing popularity of this itinerant preacher from Nazareth. But Miriam too has found Jesus to be far more than a mere man, and this poses a terrible choice for her - will she follow family or faith? From the Galilee to Jerusalem to the great city of Rome, Come Unto Me continues the story of the people whose lives are forever changed by the teachings of a simple carpenter from Nazareth. Award-winning author Gerald N. Lund masterfully blends the biblical account of the greatest story ever told with unforgettable fictional characters in this dramatic epic.

  • Author:
    McHugh, Clare
    Summary:

    Clare McHugh tells the story of Victoria, the Princess Royal, from her younger years as the apple of her father Albert's eyes through her rise to power atop the mighty German empire to her final months of life.

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