Evening with an Author, historical fiction, Libraries

Otis Library’s signature fundraiser Evening with an Author.

  On April 12, the 16th Annual Millie & Martin Shapiro Author Series event featuring an Evening with Pam Jenoff was held at The Spa at Norwich Inn. The evening featured a silent auction, delicious dinner, keynote address and author signing all to benefit Otis Library. Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels of… Continue reading Otis Library’s signature fundraiser Evening with an Author.

fiction, historical fiction, History, Nobel Prize Winner

Novels that Illuminate Chinese Culture

Let's honor Pearl S. Buck by reading her amazing novel or another book that gives us a glimpse into Chinese culture.

Black History Month, Children's books, Civil Rights / Diversity, fiction, historical fiction, History, Nonfiction

Essential Books for the Whole Family in Celebration of Black History Month

The following are some of our favorite books for Black History Month (and anytime!). Some describe our different histories, while others show the joys and challenges that are shared by people of all backgrounds & ethnicities. We hope these suggestions serve to introduce you to what Black History Month is all about. Books for Children… Continue reading Essential Books for the Whole Family in Celebration of Black History Month

Fantasy, fiction, historical fiction, History, Read-alikes, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Authors to try if you love books by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card Orson Scott Byron Walley Card, was born in 1951 and studied theater at Brigham Young University. He received his B.A. in 1975 and his M.A. in English in 1981. He wrote plays during that time, including Stone Tables (1973) and the musical, Father, Mother, Mother and Mom (1974). A Mormon, Scott served… Continue reading Authors to try if you love books by Orson Scott Card

fiction, historical fiction, Mystery, Read-alikes

Deanna Raybourn Read-alikes

Deanna Raybourn (born June 17, 1968) is an American author of historical fiction and historical mysteries. Raybourn was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she majored in English and History. Her first published novel, Silent in the Grave, was nominated for the Agatha Award for best new mystery of 2007.[2] Set in Victorian era England, the acclaimed series[1] has been… Continue reading Deanna Raybourn Read-alikes

historical fiction, History, Holocaust, Nonfiction

Remembering the holocaust: essential reading.

We've gathered a list of moving nonfiction and fiction books that will enlighten readers about the Holocaust. Adult Historical Fiction Lilac girls : a novel Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.… Continue reading Remembering the holocaust: essential reading.

fiction, historical fiction, History

As Luck Would Have It…here’s a St. Patrick’s Day book list!

With St. Patrick's Day once again upon we wish to acknowledge the vast contributions of Irish men and women to the world of literature. Here is a St. Patrick's Day book list of books either by or about the Irish, including many about the Irish in America. Enjoy! The Green Road by Anne Enright - The… Continue reading As Luck Would Have It…here’s a St. Patrick’s Day book list!

historical fiction, History, Nonfiction, women's history month

Women’s History Month

Reading Recommendations · Women's History Month March is Women’s History Month! Honor their remarkable achievements with these book picks by or about women. Books for Kids   Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats Julie Cummins _______________________________________________________________________________ First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low Ginger Wadsworth _____________________________________________________________________________ You want women to vote, Lizzie Stanton?… Continue reading Women’s History Month

Black History Month, Children's books, Civil Rights / Diversity, fiction, historical fiction, History, Nonfiction

Essential Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History Month

 The following are some of our favorite books for Black History Month (and anytime!). Some describe our different histories while others show the joys and challenges that are shared by children of all backgrounds & ethnicities as they learn and grow. These suggestions can offer windows into the world of African American lives and can… Continue reading Essential Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History Month

eBooks, fiction, historical fiction, Romance, Stephen King

The 12 Most Quotable Lines of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a romance novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of… Continue reading The 12 Most Quotable Lines of Pride and Prejudice