My Original Strong Woman
Ever since reading Anya Seton’s The Turquoise, I became hooked on historical fiction at the age of twelve. After reading every book that Seton wrote, I turned to other authors who wrote about strong women in different historical eras. Now I write for the Historical Novels Review four times a year. What follows on this page are snapshots of books I have particularly enjoyed reading. This list will change monthly.
macy*s: The Store. The Star. The Story. (2009) by Robert M. Grippo. I started riding the train into New York City with my mother when I was eight years old. Our destination was 34th Street, the location of Macy’s Department Store. For me, Macy’s has always been the true definition of a department store. This book is a wonderful tribute to the founders of the legendary store, plus contains a wealth of period photos and a running timeline throughout the book sharing with the reader what was happening in America during the decades discussed. Not just a tribute, but a glimpse into the phenomena of how this store has catapulted the shopping habits of generations.
Our Souls at Night (2016) Kent Haruf. This heart-touching novel tells of two lonely people, both of whom lost their spouses years ago, but find solace in each other’s company, by spending each night together. Tender and tragic, courageous and believable , this is a story that reinforce for all times the importance of companionship.
The Nightingale (2015) by Kristin Hannah. Already a huge fan of Kristin Hannah’s writing, I found that I could not put this book down. This story is also one about France in WWII and focuses on the story of two sisters, both of whose lives change drastically once the Nazi Regime occupies France. Loosely based on real historical events, one of the sisters will become entrenched in the daring rescues of down Allied pilots, and both girls will experience horrific cruelty and deprivations spawned by the war. This is a must read for any lover of historical fiction with strong female protagonists.
Story Trumps Structure (201) by Stephen James. Hallelujah! Finally a well respected author who earnestly believes that the storytelling of a book should take precedence over all the rules that the experts shout from the rooftops as ‘must-be-followed’. I was hooked on the veracity of his premise from the first scenario of the Ceiling Fan Principle. This is a must read for any writer seeking freedom to ‘just tell the story’!