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The Best Historical Fiction Books to Read This Winter

Find a cozy reading spot, and go back in time! Find your next historical fiction read on this book list, from beloved tales now in paperback to the latest stories hitting bookshelves this winter.

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    We Must Be Brave Book Cover Picture
    We Must Be Brave Book Cover Picture

    We Must Be Brave

    by Frances Liardet

    Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.
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    We Must Be Brave Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Queen's Fortune Book Cover Picture

    The Queen’s Fortune

    by Allison Pataki

    A sweeping novel about the extraordinary woman who captured Napoleon’s heart, created a dynasty, and changed the course of history—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress, and Sisi.
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    The Queen's Fortune Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Soot Book Cover Picture

    Soot

    by Dan Vyleta

    The year is 1909. It has been ten years since Thomas Argyle, Charlie Cooper and Livia Naylor set off a revolution by releasing Smoke upon the world. Smoke allowed people to mingle their emotions, to truly connect, and the trio thought that freeing the Smoke would bring down the oppressive power structure and create a fair and open society. But the consequences were far greater than they had imagined, and the world has fractured.
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    Soot Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.95

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    A Single Thread Book Cover Picture

    A Single Thread

    by Tracy Chevalier

    After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a “surplus woman,” one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother.
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    A Single Thread Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Girl in White Gloves Book Cover Picture

    The Girl in White Gloves

    by Kerri Maher

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    The Girl in White Gloves Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

    A Vintage Classics edition of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved and influential story of the March sisters, which is once again a major motion picture. First published in 1868, and based on Louisa May Alcott’s own unusual family, the novel brought to life some of American literature’s most spirited female characters—and this edition has a fresh new cover to match the vibrancy of these heroines.
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    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.00

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    House of Gold Book Cover Picture
    House of Gold Book Cover Picture

    House of Gold

    by Natasha Solomons

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.
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    House of Gold Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The King at the Edge of the World

    by Arthur Phillips

    The year is 1601. Queen Elizabeth I is dying, childless. Her nervous kingdom has no heir. It is a capital crime even to think that Elizabeth will ever die. Potential successors secretly maneuver to be in position when the inevitable occurs. The leading candidate is King James VI of Scotland, but there is a problem.
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    The King at the Edge of the World Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Song of Names (Movie Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Song of Names (Movie Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Song of Names

    by Norman Lebrecht

    In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes.
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    The Song of Names (Movie Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Wunderland Book Cover Picture

    Wunderland

    by Jennifer Cody Epstein

    Once inseparable, Berlin teenagers Ilse Fischer and Renate Bauer find their friendship ripped apart by their nation’s abrupt swing into fascism. Ilse, a so-called “Aryan,” throws her lot in with the Nazi Party, while Renate sees her once-secure world dismantled by its race laws and then shattered by a shocking betrayal.
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    Wunderland Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Silence of the Girls Book Cover Picture

    The Silence of the Girls

    by Pat Barker

    Here is the story of the Iliad as we’ve never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles. Given only a few words in Homer’s epic and largely erased by history, she is nonetheless a pivotal figure in the Trojan War. In these pages she comes fully to life: wry and watchful.
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    The Silence of the Girls Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Tyll

    by Daniel Kehlmann

    From the internationally best-selling author of You Should Have Left, Measuring the World, and F, a transfixing retelling of the German myth of Tyll Ulenspiegel: a story about the devastation of war and a beguiling artist’s decision never to die. Tyll displays Kehlmann’s remarkable narrative gifts and confirms the power of art in the face of the senseless brutality of history.
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    Tyll Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    The Chelsea Girls

    by Fiona Davis

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    The Chelsea Girls Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Recipe for a Perfect Wife

    by Karma Brown

    In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.
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    Recipe for a Perfect Wife Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Alex & Eliza Book Cover Picture

    Alex & Eliza

    by Melissa de la Cruz

    As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
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    Alex & Eliza Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.99

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