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The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

The White Princess is the fifth of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series, this one focusing on Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.  Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses, to become … Continue reading

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Nothing funnier than a cross-dressing slave boy riding the circuit with crazy ole John Brown.  Offensive, hilarious, violent and sad, James McBride fills the Kansas Territory with characters straight out of a Mel Brooks movie and then throws in a dash … Continue reading

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Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a retelling of the Iliad all rolled into one masterfully told epic. Miller at once succeeds in adding depth and substance to Achilles and Patroclus and also preserving the dramatic feel of the … Continue reading

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley may have been born a slave, but she was not destined to remain one.  Her exceptional skill as a seamstress won for her both freedom and the acquaintance of many of society’s elite, the most notable of these, Mrs. … Continue reading

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of Thieves is one of those books recommended to me time and again, and I always think, “Oh yes, I must read this,” and then I never get around to it.  But after stumbling across the audio version and seeing that it … Continue reading

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Quarantine by Jim Crace

An unconventional telling of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, Quarantine grips the reader in a mysterious world of deception and dream. We follow six characters’ sojourn in the desert: a merchant and his wife, a wealthy but barren Jewish woman, an … Continue reading

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Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

I read Follow the River about 20 years ago and I am returning to the novel on audio.   This work of historical fiction is incredible.  Based on the true story of Mary Draper Ingles, it describes her capture and subsequent … Continue reading

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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

If you’re in the mood for a long book and like family histories with a supernatural twist, try The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. While the story is set in the same world as her vampire series, there are no vampires in this … Continue reading

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is the story of Lily’s life in the Hunan province of China and the pivotal role played by her “laotong.” The narrator is 80-year-old Lily, who refers to herself as ”one who is yet … Continue reading

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet opens in 1986 in Japantown Seattle with Henry Lee watching as items are being brought out of the old Panama Hotel. Items left behind by Japanese families as they were sent to … Continue reading

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