- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History by Kati Marton
The Lacuna examines the impact of America's political climate on artists during the McCarthy era. It is far reaching and thought provoking historical fiction. A NYT review can be read here.
The Book Thief (reviewed here) is intended for maybe a high school audience. It deals with the Holocaust and is set in Germany. It can be brutal and somehow hopeful and affirming at the same time. I thought it was intriguing--written with Death as the narrator.
Hidden Power examines the relationships between presidents and first ladies of the past century. I found it interesting, but it really is about relationships and not necessarily very detailed with history. It did give me a few new insights, though, and reinforced my cynicism about politics in general.
I think I will look for a good old Janet Evanovich sugarplum for my next read.