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By Kathleen Rooney -
Published 2017Published 2018
In the style of a first-person memoir, this is actually a fictionalized riff by the author upon the eventful life of an actual ...Read Review
By Eileen Charbonneau -
It’s the summer of 1942 in New York City. Kitty is a war widow, a handsome woman from an ethnic neighborhood who works ...Read Review
By Bill Rapp -
This is set in the 1950s, the Cold War era, in Vienna. The Hapsburg Variation is the second book in a series about ...Read Review
By Loretta Miles Tollefson -
Set in the 1860s in the New Mexico Territory, this is a fiction built upon an actual event. Gregoria is a brutalized Mexican ...Read Review
By Eowyn Ivey -
This novel is an epistolary novel with four principal characters: one pair, husband and wife, live in 1885, and the other pair are contemporary. ...Read Review
By Carla Joinson -
This is the story of the notorious Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, an institution begun as a government pork barrel project during the ...Read Review
By Chuck Pfarrer -
The novel begins in 1807. Philip Nolan, a young lieutenant in the western territories, is caught up in Vice President Aaron Burr’s schemes ...Read Review
By Carole Boston Weatherford -
Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult
Beginning at his birth in 1912, Life Magazine photographer Gordon Parks’ story is told simply and without melodrama, allowing the power to emerge from ...Read Review
By Sarah Vowell -
In the history-plus-humor tradition, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is another smart offering from Sarah Vowell, author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot. ...Read Review
By Carlos Rojas (trans.) - By Yan Lianke -
This is an allegorical novel set during Mao’s Great Leap Forward in the 1950s, in a labor and re-education camp for intellectuals. ...Read Review
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