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The Occupation of Joe by Bill Baynes
The Occupation of Joe
by Bill Baynes (Goodreads Author)
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Most of the WWII and post-WWII books I’ve read have centered on Europe, so I was intrigued to read one about Japan. Bill Baynes used a photograph as his inspiration for this story—three happy and laughing American GIs all bundled up against the cold, ...more
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I was looking for something fun to read, and I sure found it! This book, intended for YA audiences, offers a look at the darker side of being a teenaged Latino in San Jose California.

Middle-school-aged Miguel's living situation is horrible. His sing
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Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
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Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
Bright Shiny Morning
by James Frey
recommended to Melanie Spiller by: Adrienne Crew
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I'm not a fan of Southern California. I suppose I got a bad first impression as a child, what with the smog and the freeways and all. But this book makes me want to go for a visit.

My dear friend sent me a paragraph once, and I'd long-since forgotten
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The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury
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This book was published in 1933, not all that long after the Barbary Coast was shut down and modern San Francisco took its shape. In that regard, it's clearly drawn from the writer's own experiences as well as some research.

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Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
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Like other books from James Patterson, there's a certain formula to this one. I kept waiting for Alex Cross to appear in the book--his name is in the title, after all. He's only the descendant of a key character, which is implied, I guess, if you rea ...more
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Stevenson's Treasure by Mark Wiederanders
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This book surprised me on several levels. For one, there was a romance as a central theme, and because the protagonist is male (as is the writer), it had a very different feeling and texture than other books I've read with romance as a central theme. ...more
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Stevenson's Treasure by Mark Wiederanders
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The Succession by George Garrett
The Succession
by George Garrett
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This book was very disappointing. The time period (the succession of Mary Queen of Scots and her son James) is terrifically interesting, but Garrett waters it down with oblique references, never really proclaiming who the "speaker" is for chapter aft ...more
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53412 Historical Info for Historical Fiction Readers — 1527 members — last activity Jan 16, 2019 07:18AM
Information about eras past in different parts of the world. Help for readers who may feel lost in an unfamiliar historical setting, may not understan ...more
69932 History Buffs United — 507 members — last activity Dec 07, 2018 12:23AM
This group is for anyone who loves to read or write historical fiction. Our purpose is to recommend great reads, share our own writing, and help fello ...more
54557 Medieval Crime — 70 members — last activity Jul 01, 2015 11:43PM
Devoted to books about medieval murders - fiction mostly but some non-fiction too.
14235 Medieval Nonfiction Book Club — 123 members — last activity Jan 28, 2015 10:47AM
This book group reads nonfiction books on various topics in medieval European history, both academic and popular history. Group reads can last from on ...more
26346 History: Actual, Fictional and Legendary — 1069 members — last activity Dec 10, 2018 08:05AM
This group is for anyone whose interest in History goes beyond textbooks. While I enjoy reading books that cover actual events and actual people, I al ...more
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