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A Transcontinental Affair

By Jodi Daynard - Published 2019


A Transcontinental Affair takes a winning premise – the first coast-to-coast railroad journey in 1870 aboard the Pullman Hotel Express – and runs it off the ...Read Review

Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

By Patricia Hruby Powell - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

Lil Hardin is born with music in her fingers and a beat in her step. Coming of age in Memphis at the dawn ...Read Review

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

By Therese Fowler - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

Alva has one duty: to secure a marriage that will save her family. Though her bloodline traces back to French royalty, her father’...Read Review

Carnegie’s Maid

By Marie Benedict - Published 2018


Clara Kelley finds her way from an impoverished village in Galway to the bustling streets of Pittsburgh, determined to secure a position in ...Read Review

Feast of Sorrow

By Crystal King - Published 2017


As a slave about to go on the auction block in 1st-century Rome, Thrasius has few hopes for his future. He hitches his ...Read Review

Audubon: On the Wings of the World

By Fabien Grolleau - By Jérémie Royer - Published 2017


Children/Young Adult

In 1820, John James Audubon—an illegitimate child born in Haiti and sent away to live with relations in America—had failed at almost ...Read Review

The Bad Times

By Christine Kinealy - By John Walsh - Published 2015


Children/Young Adult

The Bad Times chronicles – in graphic novel form – the terrible history of the Great Hunger in Ireland and the resulting divisions in families ...Read Review

Vita Brevis

By Ruth Downie - Published 2016



Gaius Ruso, Roman medical officer and reluctant investigator of murders, is back for the seventh installment of the delightful Medicus series. This time ...Read Review

Stealing Indians

By John Smelcer - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Lucy Secondchief, Simon Lone Fight, Noah Boyscout, and Elijah High Horse have grown up in very different regions of America under very different ...Read Review

Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt

By Bob Brier - Published 2016



Between 1831 and 1881, Paris, London, and New York raced to acquire ancient Egyptian obelisks as symbols of their standing as cultured global cities. Egyptologist ...Read Review

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