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Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris

By Caroline Weber - Published 2019



This delightful, richly detailed, and wonderfully sympathetic biography looks at the lives of three French mondaines – women of taste, influence, and intellect – who ...Read Review

The Man in the Red Coat

By Julian Barnes - Published 2020



Inspired by a John Singer Sargent portrait, Barnes’ most recent book of non-fiction explores the life of Dr Samuel Pozzi, celebrity doctor and ...Read Review

The Pelton Papers

By Mari Coates - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This beautifully rendered biographical novel imagines the vibrant interior world of 20th-century artist Agnes Pelton. Forgotten after her death in 1961, Pelton is having ...Read Review

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

By Kayte Nunn - Published 2020


This atmospheric dual-timeline novel tackles postpartum depression, the impossibilities of love, and the ways people harm when they mean to help. Shifting between 1951 ...Read Review

Show Me a Sign

By Ann Clare LeZotte - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

This middle-grade historical novel offers a unique setting with a compelling, relatable heroine who faces horrific prejudice while navigating her own biases. Set ...Read Review

Red Letter Days

By Sarah Jane Stratford - Published 2020


The “Red Scare” of 1950s US – a panic fueled by fears of Communists infiltrating and influencing US culture – is made intimate and real ...Read Review

Gunpowder Express (A Widowmaker Jones Western)

By Brett Cogburn - Published 2019



This is the third novel in Cogburn’s Western historical fiction series featuring Newt “Widowmaker” Jones, a down-on-his-luck pugilist forced to take work ...Read Review

A Sanctuary of Spirits (The Spectral City Novels Book 2)

By Leanna Renee Hieber - Published 2019


Historical Fantasy

This second book in Hieber’s Spectral City series returns with another powerful, evocative story set in this unique alternative history of 1899 New ...Read Review

Must Love Dukes

By Elizabeth Michels - Published 2014



Michels’ debut novel is a sweet and humorous Regency romance that opens with sexy oomph. Lillian Phillips, anticipating a life as a spinster, ...Read Review

What the Groom Wants

By Jade Lee - Published 2014



The fourth book in Lee’s Bridal Favors quartet focuses on Wendy Drew, co-owner of a women’s clothing store. Forced to work ...Read Review