Sarah Johnson

About me

Librarian, HNS book review editor, readers’ advisor, author of Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre and Historical Fiction II. I first joined the HNS in 1998 after seeing Richard Lee’s post about the Society on a Usenet group. Shortly thereafter I signed on as a US-based reviews editor and got the word out about the magazine to American readers and publishers. Now, 15 years later, I serve as the overall book review editor for the Historical Novels Review. I’ve been reading and collecting historical novels for many years and also review for Booklist and Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. I’ve also written for Bookmarks Magazine and Canada’s Globe & Mail. For my full-time job, I work as a reference and electronic resources librarian at Eastern Illinois University, which means I answer research questions, teach workshops, and work with electronic journals and e-books. My husband and I share our home in rural Illinois with too many cats and about 10,000 books.

From my website

A country's trauma made personal: The Memory Stones by Caroline Brothers

Los desaparecidos, the disappeared. That is the name given to those abducted by the military junta that took control of Argentina during the country’s Dirty War, an event that Australian writer Brothers’ (Hinterland, 2012) second novel renders devastatingly personal.In 1976, Osvaldo Ferrero, an eye surgeon, must flee Buenos Aires for…

Ann Howard Creel's The Whiskey Sea, about a Prohibition-era woman facing risky choices

Having grown up along the central New Jersey coast, Frieda Hope has a personal relationship with the ocean. When she goes out clamming with her foster father, the wind rushing through her hair, she feels alive and free. For Frieda, the sea has healing qualities. If she feels upset, the…

Heroes: a guest post by Rachel Hall, author of Heirlooms

Today Rachel Hall, author of Heirlooms, is stopping by with a moving essay about her family history, its relationship to her new book, and the type of historical fiction she prefers to write and read.  I hope you'll enjoy reading it, and I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in…

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