• Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel, 2010

  • The Testament of Mary

    Colm Toibin, 2012

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation

    M.T. Anderson, 2008

  • Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1935

    All the books in the Little House series are wonderful to read, or read aloud to your children (noting that the depiction of Native Americans is accurate to that time period but problematic on every other level and needs explaining) but this is the only Little House book that is over the top lyrical, bordering on the metaphysical.

  • Catherine, Called Birdy

    Karen Cushman, 1995

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    Elizabeth George Speare, 1958

    While the choice between two boys seems a little too central to the story, I suppose that’s how it was back then — choosing a husband being central to a young girl’s life—and I couldn’t stop reading it anyway. Life in Puritan America comes alive here through rich detail.