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100 Must-Read Books of U.S. Historical Fiction

"This Independence Day holiday week is a great time to read about America's history. But 1,000-page tomes of dense history are not exactly conducive to beach or picnic reading. How about instead one (or a dozen) of these must read works of historical fiction set in the US? Spanning from pre-America through the 1960s, these books (mostly novels, but at least one play) cover the width swath of both American history and geography. You're bound to find something that rings your patriotic bells."
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The 19th Wife (David Ebershoff)
The 19th Wife (David Ebershoff)
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A Fierce Radiance (Lauren Belfer)
A Fierce Radiance (Lauren Belfer)
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A Good American
A Good American
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A Reliable Wife
A Reliable Wife
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A Ricepaper Airplane (Gary Pak)
A Ricepaper Airplane (Gary Pak)
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A Slant of Light (Jeffrey Lent)
A Slant of Light (Jeffrey Lent)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
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The Alienist
The Alienist
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Ron Hansen)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Ron Hansen)
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Balm (Dolen Perkins-Valdez)
Balm (Dolen Perkins-Valdez)
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Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)
Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia
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Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
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Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)
Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)
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Caleb's Crossing (Geraldine Brooks)
Caleb's Crossing (Geraldine Brooks)
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Cane River (Lalita Tademy)
Cane River (Lalita Tademy)
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The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
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City of Dreams (Beverly Swerling)
City of Dreams (Beverly Swerling)
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Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
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Cold Sassy Tree (Olive Burns)
Cold Sassy Tree (Olive Burns)
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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The Confessions of Nat Turner (William Styron)
The Confessions of Nat Turner (William Styron)
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The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
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Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves
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Daughter of Fortune
Daughter of Fortune
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Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress
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Diamond Head (Cecily Wong)
Diamond Head (Cecily Wong)
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Doc
Doc
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Dreamland (Kevin Barker)
Dreamland (Kevin Barker)
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Fools Crow (James Welch)
Fools Crow (James Welch)
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Forever
Forever
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The Fortunes (Peter Ho Davies)
The Fortunes (Peter Ho Davies)
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
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Glow (Jessica Maria Tuccelli)
Glow (Jessica Maria Tuccelli)
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The Gods of Gotham (Lyndsay Faye)
The Gods of Gotham (Lyndsay Faye)
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The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)
The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)
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Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
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