John La Bonne

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America

By Karen Abbott - Published 2019



The Ghosts of Eden Park chronicles the rise and fall of George Remus, “King of the Bootleggers,” during Prohibition. Author Karen Abbott illustrates ...Read Review

The Ventriloquists: A Novel

By E.R. Ramzipoor - Published 2019


World War II was fought on many fronts. One of the most important battles concerned the Germans’ attempt, in spite of their campaign ...Read Review

Delayed Rays of a Star: A Novel

By Amanda Lee Koe - Published 2019



Delayed Rays of a Star features three women—the actresses Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong, and the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl—who were ...Read Review

American Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington, D.C., 1941-1981

By Frederick W. Gooding Jr. - Published 2018



Contrary to the myth that black employees were welcomed in the federal sector in the latter half of the 20th century, Frederick W. ...Read Review

The Undertaker’s Assistant

By Amanda Skenandore - Published 2019


As a former slave, Effie Jones, in Amanda Skenandore’s The Undertaker’s Assistant, has had to rely on her rational, keen mind ...Read Review

Searching for You (Orphan Train)

By Jody Hedlund - Published 2018



After she witnesses two murders, Sophie Neumann, the focus of Jody Hedlund’s big-hearted and generous Searching for You, flees the rough streets ...Read Review

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel

By James Markert - Published 2019



Memories and the burden of remembering propel the narrative of Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert. While its characters wrestle with ...Read Review

Savage Conversations

By LeAnne Howe - Published 2019



Part fever dream, part extended meditation on madness, Howe’s Savage Conversations is a bracing commentary on the nature of guilt and grief. ...Read Review