Historical Fiction

The Fervor (Staff Pick)

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The Fervor By Alma Katsu Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780593328354
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2023

This awesome historical horror novel takes place in US Japanese internment camps during WWII. People are getting sick to the point of chaotic violence, who could be behind this mysterious illness? Enjoy this important and harrowing tale of the dangers of demonization.

- Hannah


Case of Cem (Staff Pick)

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The Case of Cem By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva Cover Image
By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva
$24.95
ISBN: 9789533514376
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Published: Sandorf Passage - January 16th, 2024

Every individual is actually a chorus. This brilliant beefy historical fiction imagines unraveling the story of Cem, pretender to the Ottoman throne & at one point arguably the most important person on Earth, through the testimony of dozens of historic figures. Rich in detail, insight, and narrative, this is a must for fans of historical fiction.

- Josh


Beloved - Everyman's Library Edition (Staff Pick)

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Beloved: Introduction by A. S. Byatt (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) By Toni Morrison, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307264886
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Published: Everyman's Library - October 17th, 2006

The haunting, heartbreaking, staggering work of one of America's greats in a beautiful format.

- Stacey


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Staff Pick)

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

In this unusual novel that's perfect for readers fresh off the high of R.F. Kuang's Babel, two magicians change history by bringing magic back to nineteenth-century England. It's quiet, rich in historical detail, and employs good direction of it's magic. It's not to miss if you enjoy expansive world building, humor that's reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse, and won't mind reading an 800 page novel (be not afraid!!).

- Engel


At The Edge of the Woods (Staff Pick)

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At the Edge of the Woods By Kathryn Bromwich Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387318
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - June 6th, 2023

As a girl who dreams about running away and living alone in the woods at any minor inconvenience, I had been searching for a book like this for a while! This novel reads like a poetic breath of fresh air, and a unique decent into madness, all set in the Italian Alps. Strange, stunning, and beautifully written; you wont want to put this book down, or live alone in the woods.

- Emma


One Woman Show (Staff Pick)

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One Woman Show: A Novel By Christine Coulson Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781668027783
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

A poignant and sly look at one woman's life, and how she turned herself into an object to be admired and protected. This novel is told through museum wall labels, and is one of the cleverest books I've ever read.

- Katherine


My Year of Meats (Staff Pick)

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My Year of Meats: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140280463
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1999

I honestly didn't think I'd be interested in this book based on the description (the focus on meat didn't sound particularly appealing), but I read it in two days. A captivating story about media, meat, sex, fertility and love with beautiful prose and strong female characters.

- Alyssa


Moon and the Mars (Staff Pick)

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Moon and the Mars: A Novel By Kia Corthron Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781644213162
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Published: Seven Stories Press - September 12th, 2023

History buffs will appreciate seeing key U.S. events of 1857-78 through the eyes of Theo, a half-Black, half-Irish girl living in the multiethnic “slum” of Five Points, Manhattan, as her two communities interweave and are ultimately rent horribly apart. Author Corthron brings a playwright’s feel for character, dialogue, pacing, and poignancy.

- Rachael


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