What we're about

This is a book club for fans of Historical Fiction. We meet once a month at the historic Sorrento Hotel to discuss the month's book, and it's era.

What do we consider Historical Fiction?
We categorize Historical Fiction as a fiction novel written by a contemporary but taking place in the past.

What are meetings like? Do you actually discuss the book?
There is no formal format for the meetings and type of discussion varies book by book. Many of our regular attendees enjoy learning about history through novels. So though our meetings start with discussing the book, the conversations usually diverge into talking about that era. A lot of "fact checking" happens by our members when reading so there are always fun history facts thrown around! You can also expect an anthropological conversation or two, especially when life for those in the book's time period is drastically different than ours. And sometimes, the conversation will end up somewhere else, but it's typically related to history and arrived there organically!

When do we meet?
We will meet last Monday of every month at 7pm in the Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room. If an event is going on in the Fireside room, we meet in the bar. You pay for what you order. Though no orders are required, the Sorrento Hotel allows us to meet for free without a minimum order, so it's recommended to order at least one drink :)

How strict are you on RSVPs?
After 3 no-shows without notification, you will be removed from the group. Accurate RSVPs help us prepare for meeting space size.

If you are interested in past books, check out our Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/185193... (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/185193-historical-fiction-book-club)

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Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

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Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desire to forsake Egypt's ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband's perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband's rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds--and brave enough to tell the queen--is her younger sister, Mutnodjmet.

Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister's desire for power. She yearns for a quiet existence away from family duty and the intrigues of court. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister, the most powerful woman in Egypt, while also remaining loyal to the needs of her family.

Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/481446.Nefertiti

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

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When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself.

One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24382227-dreamland-burning

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

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Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53138081-the-four-winds

Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

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Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of her ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War, and how her calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Ann-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.

Georgeanne "Georgey" Woolsey isn't meant for the world of lavish parties and demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when the war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women a bother on the battlefront. In proving them wrong, she and her sister Eliza venture from New York to Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg and witness the unparalleled horrors of slavery as they become involved in the war effort.

In the South, Jemma is enslaved on the Peeler Plantation in Maryland, where she lives with her mother and father. Her sister, Patience, is enslaved on the plantation next door and both live in fear of LeBaron, an abusive overseer who tracks their every move. When Jemma is sold by the cruel plantation mistress Anne-May at the same time the Union army comes through, she sees a chance to finally escape--but only by abandoning the family she loves.

Anne-May is left behind to run Peeler Planation when her husband joins the Union Army and her cherished brother enlists with the Confederates. In charge of the household, she uses the opportunity to follow her own ambitions and is drawn into a secret Southern network of spies, finally exposing herself to the fate she deserves.

Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to a war-torn New York City to the horrors of the battlefield. It's a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty, a story still so relevant today.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54809001-sunflower-sisters

Past events (110)

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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