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 (10/12/21)

This historical spotlight takes us back in time to WWII with a powerful story of family, courage, and resilience and to 1870s Paris with a thrilling romance set in the city of love. THREE SISTERS by Heather Morris “Morris skillfully chronicles the lives of the sisters from childhood to old age, balancing fictional invention with […]

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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 (4/28/21)

This historical spotlight takes us back in time with a cultural history of the Cold War, a Gilded Age New York mystery, a literary rediscovery of 1938 Berlin, and the true story of America’s “First Frontier”. THE FREE WORLD: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand 2 starred reviews! “Subversive culture flourished […]

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Author Spotlight: Tatiana de Rosnay (2/23/21)

Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestselling novels have touched millions, and now she brings us to a near future Paris where a struggling writer living in a modern artist residency has the feeling that she is being watched. FLOWERS OF DARKNESS “In near-future Paris, novelist Clarissa Katsef takes up residence in a new artists’ commune located in […]

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Genre Friday: Romance Spotlight (2/12/21)

This Genre Friday spotlights two love-filled stories, one about a woman looking to start over and the other taking us to Regency England with a marriage game afoot. THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED by Rebecca Yarros “Yarros (GREAT AND PRECIOUS THINGS) masterfully weaves two love stories—one in the present day and one during WWII—into an […]

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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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