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The Book of Longings

By Sue Monk Kidd - Published 2020


Kidd has taken a concept which could have been seriously strained – imagining the life of the woman who married Jesus in 1st-century Judea – ...Read Review

Book of the Just (The Bohemian Trilogy)

By Dana Chamblee Carpenter - Published 2018


Historical FantasyThriller

In this conclusion to her absorbing gothic fantasy, The Bohemian Trilogy, Carpenter has sent her uncanny heroine, Mouse, fleeing across the globe with ...Read Review

The Secret Guests

By Benjamin Black - Published 2020



Booker prize-winning Irish author John Banville has written this novel under the pen name he uses for his popular “Quirke” crime novels, to ...Read Review


By Lisa Howorth - Published 2019


In the summer of 1959, Washington D.C. suffers an invasion of spiders, prompting adult paranoia and conspiracy theories about Russian attacks. For Howorth’...Read Review

The Queen’s Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire

By Allison Pataki - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

The world-shaking romance of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais is well known to readers of historical fiction, but Pataki takes a fresh ...Read Review

Inland: A Novel

By Téa Obreht - Published 2019



This stunning literary novel by the award-winning author of The Tiger’s Wife is set in Arizona, 1893, and slowly brings two fascinating characters ...Read Review

The Water Dancer

By Ta-Nehisi Coates - Published 2019



Oprah Winfrey selected this lyrical, imaginative novel for her Book Club’s revival, and it is an impressive work in the vein of ...Read Review

Where the Light Enters

By Sara Donati - Published 2019



This long, absorbing novel is the sequel to Donati’s enthusiastically received The Gilded Hour, a multi-family epic centered on the lives of ...Read Review

The Starlet and the Spy (US) / Marilyn and Me (UK)

By Ji-min Lee - Published 2019


This short but emotionally intense novel takes a real-life moment – Marilyn Monroe’s USO visit to the troops at the close of the ...Read Review

The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel

By Georgie Blalock - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

Weary of mourning a fiancé killed in World War II, Vera Strathmore accepts her cousin’s invitation to an after-hours party with the ...Read Review