Historical Fiction

An Untouched House

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By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939810069
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Published: Archipelago - October 23rd, 2018

 

A war story unlike any you’ve read before. We follow the protagonist discover & try to preserve a personal identity away from the war. But the forces that create war in the first place aren’t bound by walls and doors and the story ends with something that is shocking in large part because of how banal and obvious it is.

Josh


Queen of the Sea

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By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536204988
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Published: Walker Books US - June 25th, 2019

 

In this historical graphic novel, Margaret seeks to learn who she is and why she arrived at the island convent she calls home. When the banished Queen Eleanor of Albion arrives on the island, Margaret realizes the past is more complicated than she thought. Meconis' beautiful watercolor illustrations will captive readers while her details on history and folklore enrich this immersive feat of storytelling.

Marika


The Last Days of Night

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ISBN: 9780812988925
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2017

 

Before Apple was sued by Samsung over smartphones, before Microsoft was accused of having a monopoly in software, before Theodore Rosevelt broke up any of the large trusts, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse went to court over who would light up America.

John


The Parisian

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ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

 

Mikhat Kamal arrives in France from Nablus in 1914 to study medicine. By the time he returns to Palestine, he has been subtly & indelibly changed by his experience. The next 20 years of the story takes him through currents of early 20th century Arab nationalism, Jewish settlement, & British rule in the years before Israeli independence, all through the lens of his dominating father's pressure to marry &join the family business. The writing is expansive & poignant, the story both intimate & wide-ranging.

 

David


Blood Water Paint

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ISBN: 9780735232136
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

 

You may not have heard of Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to be accepted into the Florence fine arts academy. But Joy McCullough brings her story to vivid life, from her days as a talented (but largely brushed aside) young artist\ to her assault by her mentor and her fight to get him convicted in court--a story that unfortunately still feels familiar today. This gorgeous, devastating, and ultimately uplifting novel-in-verse is the perfect pick for National Poetry Month.

Kate


The Golem and the Jinni

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ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

 

In 1899 Manhattan, Chava is a golem who has unexpectedly lost her master, and Ahmad is a jinni who is accidentally summoned from the copper flask in which he was imprisoned. They form an odd and touching friendship, and together they navigate a strange new country and the return of an old sinister force. Part historical fiction, part mythological fantasy, and entirely wonderful.

Ari


Leading Men

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ISBN: 9780525559054
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

 

At the heart of Christopher Castellani’s latest novel, written with moving grace, is the complicated story of playwright Tennessee Williams and his lover of 15 years, Frank Merlo.  A backward glance to 1953 and Southern Italy, this exquisite narrative explores such themes as fame, fortune, fidelity, art, tragedy and above all, love.

Nathan


Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy

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ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

 

This is the 18th-century women-in-science pirate girl gang you've always dreamed of, tearing down ideas of patriarchy and colonialism as they swashbuckle their way across Europe and the Atlantic. Felicity is fierce, funny, and whip-smart. I didn't think I could love a book as much as Gentleman's Guide, but this one is just as good--and it's a companion novel, so you can pick this one up even if you haven't read the first one yet!

Kate


Little

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ISBN: 9780525534327
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 23rd, 2018

 

This historical novel about Madame Tussaud is dark and delightful. It's the story of a young girl who wends her way through the streets of Paris and the chaos of the French Revolution to become a skilled wax worker. Edward Carey's illustrations are equally eerie and fascinating. One of my favorite books of the year!

Heather


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