What are the best American historical fiction?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Aurora Zepeda
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "This book is a staple for public school students but ends up being an enjoyable read outside of the classroom. It paints a picture of the values of culture in the American South, the roles presented on young women, the unfairness of racism and knowing to stand up for what is right even when everyone else says you're wrong."
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    #2Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Sandra Stephens
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Gone with the Wind is one of the best novels out there, historical fiction or not. It won the Pulitzer prize and has stood the test of time. It's the story of spoiled Scarlet O'Hara and gives an interesting, intriguing perspective into some politics during the storytelling."
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    #3The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Samantha Ward
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This book will have you so emotionally invested in the characters, you'll find yourself cheering out loud for some and rolling your eyes at others. Set during a time when Jim Crow laws were still heavily relied on, your main character, Skeeter takes matters into her own hands and changes the way her white friends and family viewed segregation. An aspiring journalist, Skeeter decides to write an anonymous book in the point of view of "the help", aka three women of color who work for her friends as maids or nannies. This book goes on to expose the evil, hatred, and madness that their employers demonstrate at the hands of racism. It was such an inspiring storyline that will leave you wiping up tears in the final pages. It truly captured the idea of "oppression, thinly disguised as good intentions" and what it means to fight back against it. This is a book you'll hold dear to your heart for years and years after reading it. I highly recommend it."
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    #4The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    Austin Peterson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath is so completely, so guturally human that it's practically impossible not to become engrossed in the life stories of the main characters. Some have complained that the characters are flat, that there is little growth. I find this only partially true. There is much to read between the lines. One who reads closely can find much growth in the characters of Ma Joad, Rose of Sharon, Tom, and even Al. Then there is the former preacher, Casy, whose growth occurred before the Joads' story even began -- but Steinbeck offers glimpses of that growth in his stories to the Joads."
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    #5The Invention of Wings

    The Invention of Wings
    Inspired by Sarah Grimke, Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings is a historical novel about the life-long bond between Sarah and Handful, her slave. It is a story about freedom, liberation, and empowerment for all.
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    Kyle Sullivan
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This story has deep personal meaning and motivation. It creatively attempts to heal a past horror with stories told by the voice of the oppressed victim."
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    #6The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Arthur Morris
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "It's been several years since I first read The Scarlet Letter and I have to say there's a good reason for that. The American classic is just a slog, nothing especially enjoyable and the characterizations are shallow and poorly developed. Unless you're forced to read this for a class, I'd avoid it."
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    #7The Kitchen House

    The Kitchen House
    The Kitchen House is a historical fiction novel by Kathleen Grissom that tells the story of Lavinia, an Irish immigrant working as a kitchen maid. Set in a plantation in Virginia prior to the Civil War, the color of her skin sets her apart from other slaves.
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    Jacob Schmidt
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Don't care to read another slave story. Especially one about a girl who did not experience first-hand what the African slaves were experiencing. She became hired help not a slave. Although, her eyes may have seen some shameful things. I don't care to read about it."
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    #8The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.

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    Charles Collins
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I love historical fiction novels. And this one takes place in old NYC. How fascinating this sounds!!!! The paperback is 15.30 but I think I will select the Kindle version at 9.99"
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    #9Snow Falling On Cedars

    Snow Falling On Cedars
    The award-winning historical fiction novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson revolves around a murder case in small-town America. It recounts what it was like to be Japanese in America after the Second World War.
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    Amy Turner
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This is the kind of book you want to make everyone you know read. It's beautiful and righ and poignant. I've read many books about the internment camps on the west coast during WWII, but this is the one I keep going back and back and back again to reread."
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    #10Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Christine Hopkins
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Lonesome Dove certainly deserves to be in the category of great American historical fiction, both the book and the mini series show life in the late 1900's and shows how the US has evolved. A wonderful love story and great storyline."
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    #11Burr

    Burr

    Burr is the first novel in the historical drama series for young adults written by Gore Vidal. It was first released in 2011. It is about Aaron Burr, one of the most controversial founding fathers who killed Alexander Hamilton.

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    Jean Evans
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Based on history, this book gives a new insight into Aaron Burr, who killed Alexander Hamilton. This book explores Burr's past and what lead him to his infamous killing. This book is page-turning and I found it hard to put down at times. I found that most of the history was accurately presented in a fictional forum."
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    #12One Thousand White Women

    One Thousand White Women

    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1998. This book follows the journey of May Dodd and the other thousand women. The first edition of this novel was released by St. Martin's Griffin.

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    Roger Wheeler
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Even though this book was published 20 years ago the title is pretty catchy for today's political issues. This is a really hit or miss book for most people. I'd recommend reading it as if you like it you'll love it."
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    #13Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain is a book by Esther Hoskins Forbes that tells the story of Johnny. He is a young apprentice silversmith whose caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston. He will have an important discovery he makes in his own life.

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    Nicole Snyder
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "I like Johnny Tremain because it is a fiction story that around the revolutionary time. I like also that Johnny discovery himself in his home in Boston and that the book develops his character."
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    #14The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 




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    Samantha Jackson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Picked up this historical fiction book about the Battle of Gettysburg for my history buff husband. He ended up finishing it during a recent weekend beach trip because he could not put it down. This Pulitzer Prize winning book is book 2 in a trilogy. My husband says they are all incredible!"
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    #15Tidewater

    Tidewater

    Tidewater is a historical fiction novel by Libbie Hawker. Set in 1607, it tells the story of the English settlers who set out to establish a colony in Virgini. It features the friendship between Captain John Smith and Pocahontas.

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    Ishan Dutta
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Great book for anybody into american historical fiction. It's a neat way of reading the Pocahontas without Disney's boring and annoying spin on it. I could see teenagers enjoying this book as well as adults. I might read this again, I enjoyed it that much. "
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    #16The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife is a historical fiction novel written by David Ebershoff first published in 2008 by Random House. This suspense novel is about Ann Eliza Young's life. 

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    Tiffany Campbell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "From the title alone, you can guess that this book is about Mormons. The author understands the church but clearly does not like it. The writing is poor quality. Shameful book."
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    #17A Fistful of Nothing

    A Fistful of Nothing

    A Fistful of Nothing is a dieselpunk novel and adventure novel for young adults written by Dan Glaser. It was released in 2014. It is set in 1952 America and is an alternate history where Los Angeles is war-torn and gangs rule the land.

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    Susan Freeman
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A fictional work based loosely on history during World War II. The story is very compelling with the main character and his many adventures with low-lifes and criminals. Everyone doing what they need to do to stay alive during the Great Depression. It was a very good work of fiction and I was compelled to keep reading it."
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    #18Seventh Heaven

    Seventh Heaven

    Seventh Heaven is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Alice Hoffman which centers on Nora Silk set during a time in the US when women are only allowed to remain in the house and raise their children. 

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    César Zavala
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great coming of age book.Nicely written,brings back memories."
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    #19Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche moon is the last book in Lonesome Dove tetralogy written by Larry McMurtry. It is a historical fiction novel first published in 1997 and follows the story of Gus and Call with their comrades. 

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    Kathy Riley
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This was one of my favorite stories when I was younger. I remember the first time I read it; I'm not the kind of person who usually reads a book more than once, but this was an exception. It was just that immersive and thought-provoking. I would recommend it for any fan of early American history."
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    #20Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI is a non-fiction historical book by Bryan Burrough first published in 2004 by Penguin Books. 

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    Russell Armstrong
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book reads like historical fiction, and at times it's easy to forget that this is all real history. It's a well written and interesting read. I would recommend it to people interested in this era of history, along with people that like novels about crime and government during this time period."
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    #21The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore is a historical comedic fiction and mystery novel originally published in 2014. This book was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Humor.

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    Richard Reyes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you are familiar with Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Othello, and have a decent sense of humor, then you should enjoy this book. Very funny historical fiction. Best of works for this book."
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    #22The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Joyce Carol Oates which centers on Rebecca whose family moved to America just before the World War II started.

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    Hannah Daniels
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Joyce Carol Oates is a great writer. Her characters are well detailed and the book is much better than the movie. A good story about a family moving to America before World War II"
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    #23Those Rebels, John and Tom

    Those Rebels, John and Tom
    Those Rebels, John and Tom is a children's picture book written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. It was released in January 2012. It is about the lives of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
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    Kevin Yi
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a story about two great american heroes, very interesting and adventurous, I strongly recommend it."
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    #24Understood Betsy

    Understood Betsy

    Understood Betsy is a historical fiction novel written by Dorothy Canfield Fisher which centers on Elizabeth Ann who must not leave her sheltered life to live in Vermont with her distant relatives as her Aunt Frances can no longer care for her. 

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    Nicole Walker
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is just the sort of thing that I was looking for. It's a historical fiction, and it's well-written and interesting. Perfect! I'd recommend this to others as well."
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    #25Hamlet

    Hamlet

    Hamlet is a classic fictional tragic play written by William Shakespeare. Hamlet was published on August 12, 2008 by Modern Library. Hamlet's first publication was in year 1603.

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    Debra Howard
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Hamlet is definitely a classic. I read this in middle school and again in Highschool. When you can analyze the play bit by bit you get a better appreciation for the play and the message in it. I have not read this in years and I would enjoy doing so again."
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    #26A Blaze of Glory (The Civil War in the West)

    A Blaze of Glory (The Civil War in the West)

    New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Shaara's A Blaze of Glory is the first novel in a trilogy featuring the re-creation of the Civil War in the 1860s. The novel was published on May 29th, 2012 by Ballantine Books.

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    Charles Wood
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I'm a history buff, and I especially love American history. I came on here looking for the best American historical fiction. I was told to read A Blaze of Glory (The Civil War in the West). This book was incredible from beginning to end. "
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    #27The Fighting Ground

    The Fighting Ground

    The Fighting Ground is an adventure and historical fiction novel for pre-teens and young adults written by Newbery Medal winner Avi. It was released in 2009. It won the Scott O'Dell Award, the ALA Notable Book, and an ALA Best Book. 

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    Bobby Cruz
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I was looking for a good work of historical fiction that would be accessible to children while still treating the subject matter and the reader with respect. Avi’s “The Fighting Ground,” a tale of the Revolutionary War told through the eyes of the ordinary people draw up into it, did not disappoint in this regard. Without resorting to age-inappropriate gore, it makes clear that war is awful, while at the same time making clear the enormous stakes for the world and all involved. I enjoyed it even as an adult."
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    #28News of the World

    News of the World

    News of the World is a historical adventure fiction for young adults written by bestselling author Paulette Jiles. It was released in 2016 and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. 

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    Tejas Patil
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "a great read for kids"
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    #294 3 2 1

    4 3 2 1

    4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster is a fiction novel originally published in 2017. This book tells the story of Archibald Isaac Ferguson and the four simultaneous paths of life he had to live. 4 3 2 1 was nominated for Booker Prize.

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    Carolyn Barrett
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "4 3 2 1 is a perfect mix of history with the future. I love how we can see who Archibald could have become, but also captures the exciting times of the 1950's and 60s"
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    #30The Wind Is Never Gone

    The Wind Is Never Gone

    The Wind Is Never Gone: Sequels, Parodies, and Rewritings of Gone with the Wind is a historical romance fiction written by M. Carmen Gómez-Galisteo. It is published in 2011.

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    César Bautista
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "As a big fan of GWTW, I heartily enjoyed this book's commentary and analysis of the various literary works that have been derived from GWTW. I felt that the author provided thoughtful analysis of the ambiguous ending of the original novel. I also enjoyed the author's commentary about the various sequels and other works that have attempted to provide a resolution for these famous characters."
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    #31People of the Earth (The First North Americans)

    People of the Earth (The First North Americans)

    People of the Earth is a historical fiction novel by archeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. It tells the story of the migration of the Uto-Aztecan people. It is the third book in the First North Americans series.

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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This book is rated 4.5 so that is good.If you find this subject interesting, this would be a very good book."
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    #32Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is a biography written by National Book Award finalist Deborah Heiligman. The book was released in 2017 and won the Printz Honor book, the YALSA Nonfiction Award, and SCBWI Golden Kite.

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    Thomas Roberts
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great book because it showcases the relationship conflicts between brothers. It is easy to relate to because of this. The fact that this book is based on real people also gets the imagination going and helps the reader relate to a time period in history none of us ever lived through."
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    #33A Chain of Thunder (The Civil War in the West)

    A Chain of Thunder (The Civil War in the West)
    Jeff Shaara's A Chain of Thunder, a New York Times Bestseller, is a continuation of the author's books on the Civil War in the West. The book was published on May 21st, 2013 by Ballantine Books.
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    Barbara Thomas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I like to read anything I can about the Civil War, even if it's fictional. This one stays true to historical facts, while introducing us to characters we grow to care about. This is one of my favorites series."
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    #34At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices

    At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices

    At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices is a historical fiction written by Louise Peacock. It was first published in 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers under ISBN 0689830262 and focuses on the history of Ellis Island.

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    Sean Keller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a really good book I mean I grew up in New York so it definitely holds a little bit of bias for me but I love to see anything about our Country even with a little fiction sprinkled in for good measure"
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    #35A Family Apart

    A Family Apart

    A Family Apart is a dramatic historical adventure novel for pre-teens and teenagers written by Joan Lowery Nixon. It was first published in 1995. It is about a family separated by poverty and the upcoming Civil War in the mid-1800s.

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    Albert Simmons
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "As a huge fan of American historical fiction, A Family Apart is among the best novels of the genre. I read it as a teenager and it stuck with me for a very long time."
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    #36The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is a historical fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is preceded by The Confusion.

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    Chen Xie
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was kind of out there, but I still enjoyed it. The characters were ripped right from the pages of history and smashed into this crazy story. I kind of loved it! "
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    #37The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest is a historical fiction book written by former American president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter. It is first published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 

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    Anna Sullivan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is a more up to date book and should be easier for anyone to read. It's not in a memoir style and should be a more enjoyable read. "
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    #38Rise to Rebellion (The American Revolutionary War)

    Rise to Rebellion (The American Revolutionary War)

    Jeff Shaara's, Rise to Rebellion (The American Revolutionary War) is another masterpiece by the author who has breathtakingly told stories of war and other important historical events. The book was published on June 29th, 2004 by Ballantine Books.

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    Xiang Pan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "No one covers American conflict the same way that Jeff Shaara does. The Revolutionary War set America on the path to freedom with a stunning loss of life. I was looking for historical fiction, but Jeff Shaara delivers the facts, and dramatizes them in a way that will not let you put it down."
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    #39The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok by Richard Matheson is a historical western fiction novel originally published in 1996. This book tells the story of a legendary U.S marshal - James Butler Hickok.

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    Helen Lynch
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I have heard of the legends of Wild Bill before, so this book gave an interesting look at what his life might have been like. It was an entertaining book to read and I enjoyed getting in the head of (the fictionalized version of) Wild Bill."
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    #40The Berrybender Narratives

    The Berrybender Narratives

    The Berrybender Narratives is a Western historical fiction novel written by Larry McMurtry. It is published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 

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    Daniel Monroy
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I have to say that the plot is rather captivating. Makes me want to try more American historical fiction novels. Could use some better plot twists but overall very solid!"
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    #41Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Renowned historical novelist Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals is the first novel from his Civil War Trilogy. The novel served as a prequel to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 novel The Killer Angels. The book was published in the year 2000 by Birlinn. 

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    Rose Aguilar
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I recommend this book to civil war aficianado's. This book would be difficult to understand without a depth of knowledge about the major players and the politics on both sides of the war, which this book covers. Topic is correct. "
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    #42Magnolia City

    Magnolia City
    Magnolia City is a historical fiction novel by Duncan Alderson. It follows the story of Hetty Allen, a woman engaged to an oil fortune scion who instead falls in love with a mysterious outsider. It was published in 2014 by Kensington.
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    #43A Fine Imitation

    A Fine Imitation

    A Fine Imitation is a historical fiction novel by Amber Brock. It follows the story of a Manhattan socialite who has a wild and reckless affair with a mysterious painter that almost leads to her own ruin. It was published in 2016 by Crown.

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    David Griffin
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love history books, even if they are fictional. I just like to escape to a different time and be entertained. I was able to do so here in a really fun way."
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    #44Last Reveille

    Last Reveille

    Last Reveille by David Morrell is a historical fiction and thriller novel that was originally published in 1977. This classic book follows the story of the United States' military transition into modern tactics of warfare.

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    Christine Valdez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The best is hard to measure when there's a lot of ground to cover like this but I do love Last Reveille. The book is a fast, engaging read with some good history behind it."
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    #45The Glorious Cause (The American Revolutionary War)

    The Glorious Cause (The American Revolutionary War)

    Jeff Shaara's The Glorious Cause is a continuation of the brilliantly written story about the American Revolution. The novel was published on June 3rd, 2003 by Fawcett.

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    Beverly Contreras
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A very informative history of America's fight for Independence. The author brings history alive in his portrayal of the battles fought and the struggle for survival of Washington's army. "
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    #46The Year It All Ended

    The Year It All Ended

    The Year It All Ended is a historical fiction novel by Kristy Murray. It follows the story of Tiney Flynn, a girl living in the aftermath of the Great War and who experiences the splendors and heartbreaks of the Jazz Age. It was published in 2014.

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    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "An historical novel about the life of a little girl after the Great War. I found it fascinating what people probably went through during that time. A great read. "
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    #47Blood on the River: James Town 1607

    Blood on the River: James Town 1607
    Blood on the River: James Town 1607 is a historical fiction novel for children by Elisa Carbone. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy named Samuel who was Captain John Smith's page during the establishment of the James Town colony.
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    Brenda Alvarez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "When it comes to the best American historical fiction, a proper solution is Blood on the River: James Town 1607 written by Elisa Carbone. A well written, compelling story the whole family can truly enjoy, this book seamlessly incorporates American history into the incredible story of a 12 year old boy."
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    #48Dollface

    Dollface

    Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties is a historical fiction novel by Renee Rosen. It follows the story of Vera Abramowitz and how she went from living in a small town to the glitz and glamour of Charleston nightclubs. It was published in 2013.

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    Karen Riley
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love a good "roaring 20s" historical fiction read, and this one definitely didn't let me down! The setting is great but the main character is a little cliche. The author does a good job of drawing you into the time and the mindset of the era."
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    #49Moon Palace

    Moon Palace
    Moon Palace by Paul Auster is a picaresque fiction book originally published in 1989. This novel follows the story of Macro Stanley Fogg and his two previous generations of family. Moon Palace is preceded by In The Country of Last Things.
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    Barbara Fields
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I think this book would confuse me. I dont think it would fascinate me much. I do think sci fi fans would love it"
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    #50The Husband List

    The Husband List

    The Husband List is a historical romance novel written by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. It is a romance story set in 1894. The Husband List was published on January 8, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    #51The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight is a western fiction novel written by award-winning author Richard Matheson. This book was originally published in 1993. It follows the story of a gunman in the wild west - John Benton.

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    Julie Stewart
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Gripping story, but this is all fiction. Not sure how historically accurate it is - I like my historical fiction to feel a bit more factual. If you don't care about that, then give this a try."
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    #52Rhett Butler's People

    Rhett Butler's People

    Rhett Butler's People is a historical romance fiction written by Donald McCaig. This civil war novel is first published in 2007 by Pan MacMillan. 

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    Julie Palmer
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you love Gone With The Wind then you will love reading Rhett Butler's People. This book has romance and historical fiction. I recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about the time period."
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    #53Against the Day

    Against the Day
    Against the Day is a historical novel for young adults written by famous post-modern author Thomas Pynchon. It was released in June 2012 and became a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Washington Post Best Book of the Year.   


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    Barbara Stephens
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is a really good one. I don't like the cover though it's too plain."
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    #54Ruth's Journey

    Ruth's Journey

    Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind is a historical romance fiction written by Donald McCaig. It is published in 2014 by Atria Books. 

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    Hao Shi
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I guess the estate approved this book for the money. It's just to capitalize on Gone With the Wind. It's unnecessary and disappointing."
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    #55A House of Tailors

    A House of Tailors
    A House of Tailors is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Patricia Reilly Giff which centers on 13-year-old Dina who leaves Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn to work in another industry. 
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    Raymond Jenkins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of American historical fiction and the book "A House of Tailors" by Patricia Reilly Giff really delivers within the confines of this genre. This book is actually quite different from your average historical fiction type of novel as it follows the story of an ambitious teenage girl who leaves Germany to live with her Uncle in Brooklyn. The book does a great job giving an accurate portrayal of the past and really makes you yearn for a simpler time if you're into that. I don't really have any specific complaints with the book as I really enjoyed it and would easily recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre."
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    #56Jitterbug!

    Jitterbug!

    Jitterbug!: It's not a musical. It's a dancical! is a warmly regarded play for young adults and adults written by D.C. Copeland. it was first released in 2014. It is about cultural diversity and its effects on American society.

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    Beverly Lucas
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Historical fiction is rather popular. Jitterbug is a dance based attempt at interpreting america."
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    #57Freaks I've Met

    Freaks I've Met

    Freaks I've Met is a humorous American literary fiction novel written by Donald Jans. It was first published in 2015 by Sheabeau Publishing. 

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    Charles Fields
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "i recommend this book if you're looking for a fun, easy going, and entertaining read. it is very interesting . The characters in this book are well imagined and artfully described, giving the reader humorous insight from the main character's perspective. i really love this book "
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    #58The American Lieutenant

    The American Lieutenant

    The American Lieutenant is a historical romance fiction for young adults written by Peyton Garver. It was originally published in February 2017. It is about an American soldier and his love story with a royal Brit girl.

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    Frank Banks
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A great historical fiction novel was The American Lieutenant by Peyton Garver. This was a very enjoyable read about an American soldier falling in love with a royal British girl set during the second World War. I read the book in less than a week, when it usually takes me a month to get through a novel. "

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Best What are the best American historical fiction
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 35 Paid
2Gone with the Wind Books 32 Paid
3The HelpBooks 31 Paid
4The Grapes of WrathBooks 29 Paid
5The Invention of WingsBooks 27 Paid
6The Scarlet LetterBooks 26 Paid
7The Kitchen HouseBooks 23 Paid
8The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)Books 21 Paid
9Snow Falling On CedarsBooks 19 Paid
10Lonesome DoveBooks 19 Paid
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