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Favorite books about life in the 1940s?
May 12, 2011
2:11 am
Emmaline
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Does anyone here like to read about what life was like in the 40's? I'm fond of some modern young adult books on the subject, like Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn. What about you?

May 12, 2011
12:56 pm
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Emmaline said:

Does anyone here like to read about what life was like in the 40's? I'm fond of some modern young adult books on the subject, like Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn. What about you?


 

Yes, Emmaline!  I love historical fiction, particularly historical fiction pertaining to WWII and the 1940's.  My most recent read was a book titles Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg.  It's about three sisters living in Chicago at the end of WWII and their struggle to cope with rations, metal drives, and the uncertainty of their futures as theri boyufreinds and fiances fight overseas.  It really captures the essence of the '40's on the homefront.  A couple of other really good fiction books about life in the '40's are While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin and I'll Be Home for Christmas by Julie L. Cannon.  If you're specifically looking for young adult fiction on the subject of life in the '40's, you might really enjoy Your Eyes in Stars by M.E. Kerr and Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes.  But if you REALLY want young adult books that hearken back to that era, I must recommend the Cherry Ames series by Helen Wells.  I have a box set of these charming books and they are such a delight to read!  You can learn more about the series here http://www.netwrx1.com/CherryAmes/

May 12, 2011
3:41 pm
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac is supposed to take place in the 1940s. I just read it for an English class and I enjoyed it. I think it captures the time very well. I suppose it's a bit different, but 1984 by George Orwell was published in the 1940s and I think it's interesting to read about the future from a 1940 perspective.

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