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Old 05-29-2014, 04:47 PM
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June Book Club

Ladies it is time for the June Book Club. The theme this month will be

Read a story about the Civil War Era.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:38 PM
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I read Leigh Ann's Civil War by Ann Ranaildi

Leigh Ann Conners is spunky and determined. Although she often finds herself in trouble, she loves her two older brothers dearly and would do anything to make them proud.
When the Yankees arrive in Roswell, Georgia, Leigh Ann places a French flag upon the family’s mill. She hopes the Yankees will then spare the mill from destruction, but her actions have disastrous results. Sent north with the women and children who worked in the mill—all branded traitors for making fabric for Confederate uniforms—Leigh Ann embarks on a journey that requires her to find her own inner strength. Only then will she be able to rise above the war raging around her.
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Oh my goodness. The Civil War era? I will look, but I'm not one to read war stories or historical fiction or non fiction. We'll see. Maybe I can find something.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:35 AM
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Maryann, how about a solider coming home at the end of the Civil War to his girl friend or family.

I am reading The Titans by John Jakes.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:43 AM
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I jumped ahead on the June 2014 Book Club assignment and read a historical novel focused on the 4 days of fighting at Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. It was a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author (Michael Shaara) is now deceased. I believe one or more movies was made of the trilogy so maybe the titles will be familiar.

Gods and Generals: focus on the battles that led up to Gettysburg. (will need to borrow this one)
The Killer Angels: focus on four days of fighting in Gettysburg. (finished)
The Last Full Measure: focus on the battles after Gettysburg through Appomatox. (half way through)

Historical non-fiction can be dry, but Michael and Jeff Shaara have done an excellent job here of taking non-fiction and weaving in the characters of the fighters (from privates to the top) and making the story come alive. Here is a link to Jeff's homepage: Jeff Shaara Bestselling Author of War Novels . You may enjoy reading his other books about the civil war, some in the west, some the Mexican War, etc.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:41 AM
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Sharon, I could do that. Any recommendations from anyone?
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:25 AM
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Maryann,

Some of these will be familiar because they were made into movies.
I am glad you asked so now I have a list to read more!

North and South by John Jakes.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus.
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
Shiloh by Shelby Foote.
March by Geraldine Brooks.
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.
The March by E.L. Doctorow.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Cease Firing by Mary Johnston.
All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren.

part of my organization this past weekend was to get all the history books into one spot on our bookshelves. We have a collection of mostly non fiction but some of these fiction ones listed were there also. My daughters had Beloved as required reading in high school and it was one book they enjoyed quite a bit, disturbing, but we had many conversations during dinner about the book. I believe it is a shorter novel than some of the others listed here.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:36 AM
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and some more titles:

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira.
The First Assassin by John J Miller.
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles.
Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker.
Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys.
Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry.
The Black Flower by Howard Bahr.
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt.

non fiction best one volume (many pages but good reading);
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M McPherson.

finally a link to novels and their reviews:
Guide to Civil War Novels
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