Penguin Press

The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

By Andrew Delbanco - Published 2018



Scholar Andrew Delbanco argues convincingly that slavery is the basis of America being divided since its founding.  (“Slavery was in the understanding that ...Read Review

The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba

By Mark Braude - Published 2018



The French emperor, Napoleon, conducts a massive campaign of conquest and seizes almost half of Europe. Then he is defeated and dies a ...Read Review

A Good Hard Look

By Ann Napolitano - Published 2011


Biographical FictionLiterary

Flannery O’Connor is one of the great figures of 20th-century American literature, an icon of Southern fiction whose life was cut tragically ...Read Review

The Creator’s Map

By Emilio Calderón - By Katherine Silver (trans.) - Published 2008 (UK)Published 2008 (US)



The violent death of an aristocratic former Fascist and Nazi sympathiser in 1952 is the catalyst for this mystery story set among Spanish refugees ...Read Review

A Vengeful Longing

By R. N. Morris - Published 2008



This is the sequel to the highly acclaimed A Gentle Axe, the first of Morris’s books to feature the investigating magistrate Porfiry ...Read Review