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Calumet College Book Club 2014      

When reading historical fiction, it is sometimes difficult to determine where the historical facts end and the fiction begins. The CCSJ Book Club continues its popular exploration of historical fiction with a new slate of books for 2014. As we enjoy riveting reading about some fascinating characters, we will ask some important questions: How much historical research should an author present? How much liberty can authors take with historical facts? And do we as readers care about these issues when we've got our hands on a real page-turner? 

We invite community members to participate in the sessions, along with CCSJ students, staff, and faculty. Sessions will be held in the Specker Memorial Library at 3:30 on the fourth Thursday of each month.

If interested, please contact Marcia Keith by phone (219-473-4375) or email (mkeith@ccsj.edu).


Pearl of China

Anchee Min

Early girlhood of Pearl S. Buck and a lifelong friendship in China.


The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck

Saga of a Chinese farmer and his quiet wife, earned the Nobel Prize for Pearl S. Buck.



Mary Doria Russell

Historical novel of Doc Holiday and the Earp brothers in Dodge.


Heretic Queen

Michelle Moran

Nefertari and her pharaoh rule during the 19th Dynasty in Egypt.


When the Emperor was Divine

Julie Otsuka

Each chapter tells of a family member in Japanese internment camp during WWII.


Elizabeth Street

Laurie Fabiano

Italian immigrant woman encounters the Black Hand of the mafia in 1900 NYC.


Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Jennifer Chiaverini

Friendship between Mary Lincoln and her seamstress, freed slave Elizabeth Keckley.


The Queen’s Vow

C.W. Gortner

Isabella of Castille’s early life and marriage to Ferdinand of Spain.


Books to Bridge the Region selection (To Be Determined)




Painted Girls

Cathy Marie Buchanan

Dancers at the Paris Opera House model for painter Edgar Degas


Other historical fiction titles enjoyed by CCSJ members include many books from past discussions. We enthusiastically recommend the following books and authors!

Hart's War by John Katzenbach

Leonardo's Swans by Karren Essex

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Sand Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw


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