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Secrets of the Tudor Court

By D.L. Bogdan - Published 2010


Biographical FictionRomance

This is another Tudor novel, this time seen from the perspective of Mary Howard, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn, and (briefly) wife ...Read Review

Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

By Russell Shorto - Published 2008



This is not so much a “historical detective story” as a forensic travelogue of the remains of scientist/mathematician/philosopher Rene Descartes, who ...Read Review

Somewhere in Germany

By Stefanie Zweig - Published 2006



This is the sequel to Nowhere in Africa, which told the story of the Redlich’s family’s flight from Nazi Germany to ...Read Review

A Broken Mirror

By Mercè Rodoreda (trans. Josep Miquel Sobrer) - Published 2006



  As the biographical note explains, Rodoreda is a Catalan writer now being rediscovered as literary force more than 20 years after her death. ...Read Review

The Last Jew

By Yoram Kaniuk (trans. from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav) - Published 2006



If you’re looking for linear narrative, traditional formatting of dialogue and punctuation, and an Aristotelian plot pattern (rising action-climax-falling action-conclusion), this book ...Read Review

Pecker’s Revenge And Other Stories From The Frontier’s Edge

By Lori Van Pelt - Published 2005


Short StoriesWestern

Lori Van Pelt’s short western stories have won awards, been printed in anthologies and read at the Autry Museum. Pecker’s Revenge ...Read Review

Telegraph Days

By Larry McMurtry - Published 2006



From Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning writer Larry McMurtry comes his latest picaresque about life on the American frontier. Our heroine is Nellie Courtwright, a ...Read Review

The Darwin Conspiracy

By John Darnton - Published 2005


Biographical FictionLiteraryMystery/Crime

This latest work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist involves three loosely connected plots that center on the life and career of Charles Darwin. ...Read Review

One Sunday Morning

By Amy Ephron - Published 2005



Despite its title, One Sunday Morning actually takes place over a period of several weeks in an unspecified year in the 1920s after ...Read Review

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

By Anne Rice - Published 2005


Biographical FictionEpic

In her infamous September 2004 posting on, Anne Rice made clear her abhorrence for editors who “distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate sentences ...Read Review