The Other Princess by Denny S. BryceReal-life historical figure Sarah Forbes Bonetta was born Aina, the daughter of a Yoruba king, and enslaved by her father's rival. After a British navy commander rescues her, she is sent to be raised at the court of Queen Victoria, where she navigates the complexities of life as a well-educated, relatively well-treated outsider in search of a real home.
Edith Holler by Edward CareyIn Edwardian Norfolk, 12-year-old Edith Holler relies on her vivid imagination, insatiable curiosity, and found family of actors to cope with the strange, sad life she lives confined to her father's crumbling theater. Then her father's plans to marry a sinister woman with ties to a local unsolved mystery leave Edith with only one choice -- to run for her life.
The General and Julia by Jon ClinchThis candid and compelling biographical novel follows President Ulysses S. Grant during his final days as he frantically tries to finish his memoirs before cancer kills him. As he writes, hoping his memoirs will provide financial security for his wife Julia, Grant reckons with highs and lows of his legacy and the regrets that still haunt him.
The Madstone by Elizabeth CrookSet in Texas a few years after the Civil War, this gritty and atmospheric novel is told through letters from 19-year-old woodworker Benjamin Shreve, detailing the events that brought together his motley crew of companions as they try to help a young mother escape her traumatic past and catch a steamer to New Orleans.
Iwo, 26 Charlie by P.T. DeutermannThis richly detailed follow-up to The Last Paladin is the 10th entry in Deutermann's series of World War II novels and follows naval gunnery officer Lee Bishop during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Sent to land to report Japanese movements, he's completely unprepared for the bloody events about to unfold and the fight for survival that awaits him.
We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren GrodsteinIt's 1940 and inside the Warsaw Ghetto, Adam Paskow teaches English to children and tries to stay optimistic despite the dire circumstances. His language skills get him noticed by real-life social worker Emanuel Ringelblum, who tasks Adam with interviewing ghetto residents to create a priceless archive of historical documents about their lives.
A True Account: Hannah Masury's Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself by Katherine HoweHannah Masury is an indentured servant in 1720s Boston until she seizes an opportunity to escape by disguising herself as a cabin boy on a pirate ship. In a parallel narrative, 1930s Radcliffe professor Marian Beresford encounters Hannah's journal and sets off on a journey to verify the authenticity of the journal and of a treasure it mentions.
The Wildest Sun by Asha LemmieFleeing postwar Paris after an act of violence, 17-year-old Delphine Auber sets out to meet Ernest Hemingway, who her alcoholic mother always claimed was her father. As she travels to him by way of Harlem and Havana, Delphine learns more about herself, her "father" and the world than she could ever have imagined in her old life.
The Roaring Days of Zora Lily by Noelle SalazarAfter a modern-day curator discovers an unknown name on a hidden label attached to a famous dress, the story of forgotten Jazz Age seamstress and designer Zora Lily Hough begins to unfold, from her life of poverty in Seattle to the glamorous heights of Hollywood fashion.
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