Historical Spotlight (4/13/22)

This historical spotlight features a former WWI ace pilot and his wingwalker wife as they barnstorm across America, a woman and a nation struggling to be reborn from the ashes, and a gripping tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets amid America’s last deadly flu pandemic. WINGWALKERS by Taylor Brown “Vivid writing pops off the page […]

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Historical Spotlight (3/8/22)

This historical spotlight features a grim tale of royalty and ruthless determination, a WWII love story, a glossy portrait of Russian artists and nobles in exile, a 20th-century mystery, and a feminist take on the witch hunts. THE TSARINA’S DAUGHTER by Ellen Alpsten “Alpsten impresses with the second volume of her trilogy (following TSARINA)…While readers […]

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Historical Spotlight (2/22/22)

This historical spotlight features a fast-paced reimagining of what happened during Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance, from an affair to murder + a deep dive into the history of real-life heiresses and what it meant for women of the time to be surrounded by fortune, gossip, and scandal. THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR BY NINA DE GRAMONT 2 […]

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Historical Spotlight (11/11/21)

This historical spotlight takes us into a gripping scandal of two women in the Jacobean court, the story of Christian Dior’s remarkable sister’s life, and a crossover tale with historical detail and village charm. A NET FOR SMALL FISHES by Lucy Jago 2 starred reviews! “The brilliant adult fiction debut from historian and YA author […]

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Historical Spotlight (5/6/21)

The previously-untold story of nine female resistance fighters from WWII + the brutal history of 20th Century crimes of The Mob = this historical nonfiction spotlight. THE NINE: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss “Poet and essayist Strauss (TRAIL OF STONES) tells the […]

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Historical Spotlight (2/4/21)

This historical spotlight takes us back to a fateful Manhattan snowstorm and to heartbreak and heroism in 1940s Europe. THE BLIZZARD PARTY by Jack Livings 2 starred reviews! “From acclaimed story writer Livings, a first novel that might be called a detour de force: sprawling, discursive, loose-limbed (and impressive)…An exuberant, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink pleasure.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review […]

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Historical Spotlight: Diversity (11/9/20)

This historical spotlight on diversity features a Senegalese man in the trenches of World War I and a unique retelling of Romeo and Juliet set during the Civil Rights movement. AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK by David Diop 2 starred reviews! “lfa Ndiaye, a young Senegalese man recruited into the French army as a […]

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Historical Spotlight (9/9/20)

This historical spotlight takes us back to a Polish town during WWII and to medieval Europe in the era of Robin Hood. ELI’S PROMISE by Ronald H. Balson “Balson returns to the subject of his first three historical novels: Holocaust survivors and the stories of their lives during and after the war…Balson juggles between his […]

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Happy #PubDay + Historical Spotlight (1/14/20)

Princesses seeking safety during WWII + the story of a young feminist a century ahead of her time (with some Jane Austen mixed in) = today’s historical #pubday party! THE SECRET GUESTS by Benjamin Black “Black’s lucid prose is the perfect foil for tangled politics, old hatreds, unsolved crimes, the threat to Irish neutrality, and […]

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