November's the Month for Historical Fiction

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
If you’re like me, you didn’t have a clue about the summer of 1942 when French police arrested thousands of Jewish families and held them in a sports complex before shipping them off to Auschwitz. The contemporary story follows an American journalist as she covers the 60th anniversary of the roundups, while we travel alonside 10 year old Sarah and her family as they are torn from their home by the French police.

The Lost Dogs:
Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
by Jim Gorant and Paul Michael Garcia
I’ve often wondered about the pit bulls from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels and was thrilled when this book came out. Gorant and Garcia give you the good news (there’s plenty!) but don’t pull any punches with the horrible abuse, torture and execution of the dogs. One such episode: Vick and a friend swing a dog “over their heads like a jump rope” and kill it by repeatedly slamming it into the ground. ♥♥

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
Newly weds Viktor and Liesel Landauer meet a brilliant architect. What results is the Landauer House a modern masterpiece in glass and steel with an expansive Glass Room. But while Liesel is Aryan, Viktor is Jewish, so when Nazi troops arrive the family must flee. The house slips from hand to hand -- becomes a laboratory, a war shelter, and finally a place for children.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Ann Eliza Young is the 19th wife of Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. After seeking a divorce she is afraid for her life so she secretly flees Utah. She becomes a crusader and many credit her with helping end polygamy in the United States. The story weaves back and forth between Ann Eliza’s story in the 1800’s and a contemporary narrative of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.