If I had the opportunity to teach whatever literature class I wanted, it would Women’s Historical Fiction in relation to Women’s History. It’s the spoonful of sugar technique, a little bit of a story to get that thirst for history going.
- Outlander A number of historic topics can be covered, from the institutionalized abuse to the roll of women in 18th century Scottish culture.
- I Shall Be Near To you The American Civil War is a fascinating time in American History. However, we seem to overlook the roll of women in this time. I Shall Be Near to You looks at those rolls that women play and the absolute fascinating occurrence of women dressing up as men so that they could fight in the Civil War.
- The Forgotten Garden. This one is roughly late 1800’s to early 1900’s this story looks at parental rights issues and adoptions of the time among other topics still relative to women today.
- Marriage of Opposites This deals with the challenges that faces the refugees and immigrants. The challenge of being able to hold on to their old ways of life with an ever new and changing world.
- Circling the Sun. The story of the life of Beryl Markham in Colonial Kenya. It’s a fascinating tale looking at the limited options that women had during the early 1900’s.
- Five Quarters of the Orange A look at World War II France from a child during the occupation.
- All the Light we Cannot See This will also look at World War II from the perspective of a little blind girl in Paris along with some other viewpoints.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a look at an occupied island off the coast of England, again during World War II.
These World War II books in combination show a rounded perspective of war from various women’s eyes.
9. Breakfast At Tiffany’s Moving forward we’d read this classic to get a perspective in the 1960’s in New York.
10. Pomegranate Soup. The story of three Iranian sisters taking refuge in a little Irish village after the Iranian Revolution. This story covers such topics as immigration, cultural clashes and middle eastern history.
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