The Great Wall by Yimou Zhang

Viewers who want period accuracy and believable tales can skip this one.  For the rest, the story is entertaining, but not particularly surprising. 

Posted by on July 11, 2018

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Through a series of letters written to her deceased mother, shy, quiet, twelve year-old Nisha tells the story of her family’s journey from the newly-formed Pakistan to India in the Read more...

Posted by on July 11, 2018

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a sweeping, carefully plotted novel of politics and trade in Japan when the island nation closed its borders to all others. There Read more...

Posted by on May 1, 2018

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster by George O’Connor

The Greek god of thieves, language, and travel comes to life in this vibrant addition to George O’Connor’s Olympians graphic novel series.

Posted by on March 22, 2018

Flame in the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh

The prose is elegant and descriptive, and it's apparent much research was put into life in feudal Japan. If you're in the market for historical fiction in a nontraditional setting Read more...

Posted by on March 14, 2018

Fool by Christopher Moore

Fool is a funny, gossipy, irreverent, silly, irreverent, offbeat, high-drama – and did I mention, irreverent? – retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, from the perspective of the court jester.

Posted by on February 21, 2018

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield by Ann Hood

When their parents go through a divorce, 12 year old twins Maisie and Felix Robbins are forced to move from NYC to Rhode Island, and their lives feel bleak. To Read more...

Posted by on November 14, 2017

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is a plot-driven story about friendship in the face of racism, inspired by the true history of Malaga Island. The often dramatic and intense tale has Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2017

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus illuminates Florentine history through the eyes of a precocious young woman who, more than anything, wishes to decide her own fate.

Posted by on July 31, 2017

Motor Girls by Sue Macy

Should horseless carriages be powered by electricity, steam engines, or gasoline? An odd question today, but at the dawn of the 20th century it was a very real debate. Even Read more...

Posted by on May 4, 2017

Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project by Dan Gutman

Part history lesson, and part time-travel adventure story, this book could appeal to Dan Gutman fans and also to children who loved the Magic Tree House books, but are ready Read more...

Posted by on April 27, 2017

March by John Lewis

March is a trilogy of graphic novels by Congressman John Lewis. The series tells the story of the freedom marches that lead to the desegregation of the south and the Read more...

Posted by on April 13, 2017

My Man Godfrey by Gregory La Cava

I remember the night I first watched this movie years ago. I had come home and turned on the television, and My Man Godfrey was on a public station. I Read more...

Posted by on November 25, 2016

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