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A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

This is the sixth book in the Outlander series. I’m trying to finish the series this year. That’s a lot of pages, though, so we’ll see. At least I get to start reading new ones with the next book in the series.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction with a fantastical element

Length: 980 pages

Setting: mostly 1772-1776, Carolinas

Summary: Short version: Life in the Carolinas as war is beginning, with time travel Continue reading

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Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Arch

My mother-in-law read this book in her book club and passed it on to me after she finished the book.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA historical fiction

Length: 246 pages

Setting: early 1900s, New York City

Summary: Short version: Irish immigrants end up in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire Continue reading

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The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fifth book in the Outlander series, and the last of my rereads before moving into books in the series I haven’t read. I’m hoping to finish the series this year.

Published: 2001

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 1443 pages (let’s start the year with something big, shall we?)

Setting: various locations within North Carolina, 1770-1772 Continue reading

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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1971

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 569 pages

Setting: 1960s and probably early 1800s U.S. Continue reading

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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year.

Published: 1997

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 880 pages

Setting: around Charleston, South Carolina, 1767-1770, and England, 1969 Continue reading

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Mission Control, This Is Apollo by Andrew Chaikin

Tomorrow is our last meeting of American History Club for the school year. We’re doing a second session on the space program. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a YA level book about astronauts/the space program/space race. I ended up choosing a nonfiction book instead of our usual fiction or narrative-driven nonfiction book because that’s all I could find in our library system.

Subtitle: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 105 pages of text, 114 pages total Continue reading

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

This was our latest book club choice.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 369 pages

Setting: Virginia, late 1700s/early 1800s Continue reading

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