Take time this summer to learn the history behind historical fiction or enjoy history brought to life in fiction.  Read for the joy of it—and share your opinion of what you read. Reviews will be posted at your local libraries in Fremont, Newark and Union City. (No prizes will be given.)


The cannons of Lucknow / V.A. Stuart

V. A. Stuart wrote several series of military fiction and numerous other novels under various pseudonyms. Her settings span history and the globe, from the Napoleonic wars of Europe to India under the British Raj. Born in 1914, she was in Burma with the British Fourteenth Army, became a lieutenant, and was decorated with the Burma Star and the Pacific Star.



(No prize will be given)


The complete short stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, with a selection of the best short novels

Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a writer of power and originality, who penned such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Weir of Hermiston. The editor has collected in convenient form Stevenson’s short fiction, including the complete New Arabian Nights and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as ghost stories, medieval romances, farces, horror stories, and the South Sea Tales.This volume amply illustrates Stephenson’s wide range and enduring appeal.

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