Content Categorized ‘historical fiction’

The real and the true: on alternate history

Posted on July 17, 2009 under historical fiction, museums, public history, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

History museums are in the business of helping people make meaning out of the past, often through historic objects.  Stories and personal connections in history help people feel the emotional meanings of objects, engaging with the past in a creative and intimate way. Supporting the historical imaginary, though, could mean tolerating, supporting, even promoting stories […]

Historical fiction ftw!

Posted on January 15, 2008 under historical fiction, kidlit, public history

The winners for the big children’s book awards have been announced, and this year, history won. The most exciting news is that Laura Amy Schlitz’s Good Masters, Sweet Ladies has won the Newbery!  This terrific, original book is a series of dramatic monologues from characters in a medieval village.   It’s a surprise and a pleasure […]

21st century spiritualism

Posted on December 7, 2007 under historical fiction, history of science, kidlit | 2 Comments

Suzanne Harper, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney Wendy Corsi Staub, Lily Dale: Awakening Christine Wicker, Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that talks to the Dead Lily Dale, a small town in Western New York, is possibly the last remaining spiritualist outpost–not (necessarily) New Age-y spiritualist, but practitioners of Swedenborgian spirtualist religion […]

Book Review: The Air We Breathe

Posted on November 12, 2007 under historical fiction, history of medicine

Andrea Barrett, The Air We Breathe (Norton, 2007)* On first glance, this novel could be the American Magic Mountain: it’s set in a TB sanatorium in the Adirondacks (“Tamarack Lake,” a fictionalized Saranac Lake) during the leadup to the Great War. But Barrett’s themes and preoccupations are quite different than Mann’s. The Air We Breathe […]