New Books About Things That are Old

Andrea has been running herself ragged trying to keep her display of historical novels full this month. Because here at Watertown, we definitely have a passion for history. And I’m guessing the history fans could do with a new book or two about their favorite old topics, so I’m posting a few historically themed selections from this month’s new item list.

Nothing to Fear by Adam Cohen

A fascinating, in depth, account of the first days of FDR’s presidency, when he set in motion the changes that would birth a new America.

The High City by Cecilia Holland

What is now Istanbul was once Constantinople, and Cecilia Holland tells a tale of this great city, one of it’s most feared emporers, his wife, and the young son of an Irish slave.

Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir

Alison Weir presents an engrossing biography of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who was to become one of the most crucial figures in the history of the British royal dynasties.

Twenty Four Eyes – Japanese DVD

A moving, historical chronicle of a teacher in rural Japan, spanning decades of history from 1928 through World War 2, and more.

The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan

Orphans Aidan and Maddy brave the perilous Oregon Trail in 1865, for the promise of a better life in the Washington Territory.

The Women by T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle creates a fictional account of brilliant architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, from the point of view of the women in his life.

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