Monday, December 22, 2014

Best of 2014: Historical fiction

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2014, recommended for your consideration:

From the author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings is historical fiction based on the lives of Sarah 
Grimké, a 19th-century abolitionist, and her slave, Hetty, who was given to Sarah as a gift for her 11th birthday. The story continued until they were well into middle age and were forced to confront their own sets of trials. Sue Monk Kidd takes the story of these two women and establishes a relationship and an unbreakable bond, for the next 30 years of their lives.

I loved this book because of the great history lessons that increased my awareness of the role the Grimké sisters played in the abolition and women's rights movements.

Chosen by Ethel D., reference librarian

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