Phyllis T. Smith

The Daughters of Palatine Hill

By Phyllis T. Smith - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

The Daughters of Palatine Hill tells the story of three powerful women in imperial Rome. Julia, the only child of Emperor Augustus, longs ...Read Review

The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England’s Most Infamous Family

By Susan Higginbotham - Published 2013



In 1464, Edward IV announced he had wed Elizabeth Woodville, an event that, for better or worse, would impact English history. The Woodvilles, often ...Read Review

Once We Were Brothers

By Ronald H. Balson - Published 2010Published 2013


Elliot Rosenzweig is supposedly a survivor of Nazi persecution in Poland. He made it big after coming to America and, now elderly, is ...Read Review

Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America

By Steven Watts - Published 2013



This biography of Dale Carnegie is as engrossing as a good novel. Born in 1888, Carnegie rose from boyhood poverty in rural Missouri. At ...Read Review

Roan Rose

By Juliet Waldron - Published 2012


In this novel set in late 15th-century England, Rose Whitby, the young daughter of a peasant midwife, becomes the servant and playmate of ...Read Review

In the Mind’s Eye

By Barbara Ponomareff - Published 2011



In this novella set just after World War I, Caitlin, a newly graduated psychologist interning at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, grapples ...Read Review

Bristol House

By Beverly Swerling - Published 2013


Beverly Swerling’s latest work is a gripping dual-period novel that is partly a ghost story. Events in Tudor London affect the modern-day ...Read Review

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

By Guo Jian (trans.) - By Stacy Mosher (trans.) - By Yang Jisheng - Published 2012



This extraordinary and important book is based on 20 years of research on the horrific failure of the Great Leap Forward in China in ...Read Review

The Painted Bridge

By Wendy Wallace - Published 2012


In 1859 London, Anna Palmer is committed to an insane asylum by her minister husband. She is not psychotic but has embarrassed him by ...Read Review

Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked the Nation

By Deborah Davis - Published 2012



This highly readable, absorbing work of social history focuses on one small White House dinner party and its aftermath. In 1901, the president of ...Read Review

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