Book Recommendations: Historical Fiction

Add some historical fiction to your summer reading list.

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
Recommended by Laura Carlson
Spanning fifty years, several countries, and including a movie star or two, this sweeping story follows multiple characters trying to figure out how to balance their responsibilities versus living their dreams.  It’s fun to see how the author shows us how these characters’ lives eventually intertwine.


The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty
Recommended by Mary Severson
Cora Carlisle agrees to chaperone her young Wichita neighbor, Louise Brooks, while she takes a dance class in New York City. Respectable Cora is looking for more than a change of scenery—she has her own hidden agenda for the trip.


The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver
Recommended by Beth Goodrich
A young writer of both Mexican and American heritage hones his craft while living and working in the circle of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky.