20th Century

Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton

By Donna Baier Stein - Published 2019


LiteraryShort Stories

Donna Baier Stein has embarked on an intriguing mission in Scenes from the Heartland: imagining stories around artworks by Missouri’s Thomas Hart ...Read Review

The Great Pretenders

By Laura Kalpakian - Published 2019


Panache. That is what Laura Kalpakian brings to vivid life in The Great Pretenders. The leading lady, Roxanne Granville, has always been destined ...Read Review

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

By Christopher Sandford - Published 2018



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote extensively about mysteries and detective work through his best-known sleuthing character, Sherlock Holmes. From the late 1800s through ...Read Review

Chasing the Banyan Wind

By Bernadette Gabay Dyer - Published 2018



Driven out of damp and cold Bristol by bad health, Jonathan Gunn, his wife Wilemina, and their two children, Dunstan and Eliza, emigrated ...Read Review

Almost Home

By Valerie Fraser Luesse - Published 2019


Life is much slower along the Loop in Shelby County, Alabama, as residents come together in hard times offering help and healing in ...Read Review

Wunderland: A Novel

By Jennifer Cody Epstein - Published 2019


Ava has given up on trying to develop a closer relationship with her mother, Ilse. All of her questions go unanswered. Who was ...Read Review

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michele Richardson - Published 2019


“‘Right there’ll do it.’ Pa fussed one last time with the slide on the courting candle, then finally placed the timekeeper on ...Read Review

The Red Daughter: A Novel

By John Burnham Schwartz - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

In 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva defected from the Soviet Union to the United States.  This created a diplomatic storm because of who she was: the ...Read Review

Stanley and Elsie

By Nicola Upson - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

Stanley and Elsie is the story of the artist Stanley Spencer, told mostly through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie Munday. It focuses ...Read Review

When We Left Cuba

By Chanel Cleeton - Published 2019


Last year, Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana was one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club selections, and it introduced readers to ...Read Review