Early United States

Libertie: A Novel

By Kaitlyn Greenidge - Published 2021


On the surface, Libertie is a coming-of-age novel. Libertie Sampson, free-born, dark Black daughter of the much lighter and more self-assured Dr. Catherine ...Read Review

Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas (A Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure)

By James Haley - Published 2021



It is 1834, and a 47-year-old Captain Putnam—in the fourth instalment of the Bliven Putnam Naval Adventures—travels homeward from the Caribbean on ...Read Review

Mr. Beethoven

By PAUL. GRIFFITHS - Published 2020


Alternate History

“What?” I asked myself. “Who? When? Where? Boston. USA? Beethoven? A new oratorio?” Relax! Try running those familiar facts on new lines. And ...Read Review


By Don Zancanella - Published 2021


Biographical FictionLiterary

In Concord, his first novel, Zancanella (English, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of New Mexico) imagines the early adult lives of New England’s most ...Read Review

First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery

By Ken Ellingwood - Published 2021



This eye-opening look at the world of U.S. newspapers and the anti-slavery movement in the decades before the Civil War is an ...Read Review

A Betting Woman: A Novel of Madame Moustache

By Jenni L. Walsh - Published 2021



From its enticing cover to the turn of the last page, this novel is engrossing. Alongside other historical women way ahead of their ...Read Review

The Lincoln Moon

By Michael Price Nelson - Published 2020



In 1857, young Truman “Scrump” Armstrong is living a contented existence on his family’s Illinois farm. His parents, Jack and Hannah, are willing ...Read Review

Beyond the Rio Gila

By Scott G. Hibbard - Published 2021



Tired of being beaten by his father, 17-year-old Moses Cole leaves his farm in the fall of 1844 and walks 18 days to Carlisle, Pennsylvania ...Read Review

Yellow Wife

By Sadeqa Johnson - Published 2021


Virginia, 1850. Beautiful and educated, enslaved Pheby Delores Brown looks forward to the day she turns eighteen, when she has been promised her freedom. ...Read Review

Death in the Great Dismal (A Will Rees Mystery 9)

By Eleanor Kuhns - Published 2021



It is 1800 in Maine, and Will Rees agrees to accompany his friend Tobias, a former slave, on a dangerous journey back into the ...Read Review

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