Best American Civil War (Book Club Recommends)

Monday, August 17, 2015


Paper Bindings - Civil War Books


Welcome back to another book club recommends feature! This time we (Tracy and Tisha) are sharing a few of our favorite American Civil War books with you.



March One of our favorites, March takes the well known historical and literary figure of Amos Bronson Alcott aka Mr. March from Little Women and creates a back story for him. What was he really doing while Jo and her sisters were in Concord? The novel also explores how war changes parts of a person they never thought possible.

Little Women
Okay, we're retiring this one, we swear. This is the last we will talk about this book...

Meet Addy: An American Girl
This was the first American Civil War book that we remember reading. Though a children's book, Meet Addy never hid the real hardships of slavery and what that would mean for a nine year old girl. And that's why she has endured as one of the most favorite American Girls

Across Five Aprils
If you are talking about a book that shows the hardship of growing up during wartime, Across Five Aprils is definitely one. There are no easy answers or conclusions in this one, but that's why it has stayed a popular book both with readers and in the classroom since 1964.

Mine Eyes Have Seen
Anne Rinaldi has covered almost every historical topic out there, but Mine Eyes Have Seen remains one of our favorites. It's always fascinating to see the behind the scenes story of a famous figure.

This Republic of Suffering
A non-fiction book, Drew Gilpin Faust's book reads more like a novel. It amazes us that while more than 620,000 soldiers died in the America Civil War how all this death affected society had not been discussed before.

Annie, Between the States
We can't say enough good things about this book. engaging and wonderfully written- We couldn't put it down-even the second time around. We liked that Annie's character painted a more realistic view of the war. She wasn't a die-hard Unionist or Rebel. She simply wanted to save her home and family. Sadly, a lot of the characters go through unfortunate changes throughout the novel. Annie herself in the beginning is basically your stereotypical Southern Belle and then grows into the head of the family and its moral compass. The several romances she has in the novel are realistic, interesting, and certainly help illustrate Annie's growing maturity. We liked who she ended up with in the end...This novel is a love letter to the South, but also highlights the fact that North and South aren't quite that different. We'd love to see Elliott tackle The Civil War from a Northern perspective.
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Tisha

As an INFJ Tisha doesn’t like she obsesses. Luckily, she has television, film, and books to keep her busy. Although YA is her favorite, she loves all types of books especially historical fiction. This resident Gryffindor also enjoys traveling and seeing where her wanderlusting nature will take her. Twitter

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