Friday, July 13, 2007

A PLACE AND TIME : Summer 2003

Friday, July 13, 2007
The setting of a book sometimes serves as merely a backdrop for the story, but in other books, the setting and time become as important as the plot and characters. Here are some worthy considerations.

We can’t travel in time nor can we often visit places, but the magic of stories enables us to
savor those places and times. And best of all, we don’t need a passport, a car, plane, boat or a time machine.

Berry, Wendell. Jayber Crow. PS3552.E75 J39 2000 (Kentucky Mid 20th century)

Buechner, Frederick. The Storm. PS3552.U35 S76 1998. (Florida)

Cather, Willa. O Pioneers! PS3505.A87 O2 1992 (Nebraska 19th Century)

De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. PZ7.D35 Do (England. Middle Ages)

De La Roche, Mazo. Jalna. PR6007.E34 M65. (Ontario Canada.19th century. This is one of a series of books)

Dellilo, Don. Libra. PS3554.E4425 L43 1988 (United States 1960’s)

Dillard, Annie. The Living. PS3554.I398 L5 1992 (Pacific Northwest 1850’s.)

Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. PS3554.O3 R3. (New York 1920's)

Duggan, Alfred. My life is for my sheep. DA209.T4 D78 1957. (England Twelfth Century)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. PS3511.I9 G7. (United States. 1920’s)
Flagg, Fannie. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ©. PS3556.L26 F7 1988 (Alabama 1980’s)

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. PS3556.R3599 C6 1998. (American South. Post Civil War)

Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. PS3557.A355 L47 1994. (Louisiana 1940’s.)

George, Margaret. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles. PS3557.E49 M37 1992. (England and Scotland. 16th Century)

Hoeg, Peter. Smilla’s Sense of Snow. PT8176.18.O335 F7613. (Denmark. 20th century.)

Karon, Jan At Home in Mitford PS3562. A678 A92 1994. (North Carolina Late 20th century.)

McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove. PS3563.A319 L6 1995. (American West. 19th Century)

Michener, James. Caravans. PS3525.I19
C3. (Afghanistan)

Michener often takes a geographic
location and explores it from prehis-
tory to the twentieth century. Hawaii
is his most well known work.

Pears, Iain. An Instance of the Finger
post.PR6066.E167 I57 1998
(Restoration England, 1660s)

Peters, Ellis. The Summer of the Danes.
PR6031.A49 S8 1992 & The Potter’s
Field. PR6031.A49 P66 1991
(England. Twelfth Century)

Renault, Mary. The Persian Boy. PR6035.
C55 P5. (Ancient Near East)

Rolvaag, Ole. Giants in the Earth.
(North Dakota 19th century)

Santmyer, Helen. And Ladies of the Club.
PS3537.A775 A82 1985. (Ohio 1860-

Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels.
PS3584.H2 K5 1987. (Gettysburg,
Pa. Civil War)

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres.
PS3589.M39 T47 1991. (Iowa 1979)

Tyler, Anne. Saint Maybe. PS3570.Y45
S25 1991. (Baltimore. 1965)

Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome PS3545.
H16 E7 1939. (New England)

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the
Prairie PZ7.W6461 Lit2. (Kansas

Walker, Margaret. Winter Wheat.
PS3545.A524 W5 (Montana,

Willis, Connie. The Doomsday Book
PS3573.I4562 D66 1993.
(England. Black Death)

Wolfe, Tom The Bonfire of the
Vanities. PS3573.O526 B6 1988.
(New York City Twentieth Cen-

Additional lists for similar works:
“Zeitgeist Novels.”

“A Sense of Place”


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