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Emma Donoghue is a magnificent writer, but Akin is not her best novel. Still, it’s a high bar.

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The opening chapter of Fishnet, the debut novel by Kirsten Innes, is a mystery that takes almost the entire novel to piece together. Who is speaking? What is happening?

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The Dutch Maiden is a well-crafted gothic romantic story, with strong characters, set at a difficult time in Europe.”

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“Blurring the line between history and myth, Delayed Rays of a Star is encyclopedic in its detail and fit to bursting with invention.”

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“Weir’s presentation of Anna is interesting, intense, filled with myriad crises, and a fast read.”

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“Lyrical, sensual, raw, and heartbreaking, The Age of Light is Scharer’s own masterful portrait of a woman driven by longings, whose passions verge on demons, who thinks it might b

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“Hockney’s creative output had taken a marked turn. Working in three dimensions changed his relationship to space. It enhanced his vision further the way his deafness had . . .

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“Certainly this novel is timely, a reminder of the United States’ inexcusable inhumanity 70 years ago when it cruelly blocked desperate refugees.”

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Ardent was the word that Joshua Speed, Abraham Lincoln’s best friend, used to describe Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd.

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“The Damascus Road might be read as a parable of our own times with its mad men, visionaries, true believers, and pagans . . .”

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“That Churchill Woman is an engaging and heartrending account of a complex woman living in a complicated world who learns that no one can live their life entirely

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“Little Boy will delight you again and again. It is rich and playful poetry disguised as a novel, and it is pure Ferlinghetti.”

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“The Quintland Sisters transports the reader to another time period . . .

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“Castellani delivers a touching, and often eloquent dramatization of one of the most legendary gay couples in theatrical history.”

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“It is a novel replete with the joy, cynicism, excitement, frustration, and other deep emotions that we often find accompanying any worthwhile, profound learning experience.”

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“In Ullmann’s artful hands, the sadness of witnessing the physical and mental decline of her father has been transformed into a unique and intimate recitation of a child’s love.

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"a worthy read about this gorgeous and talented woman."

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“A tale well-researched and honest, it returns to Alva Smith Vanderbilt that which many historians have taken away: her voice.”

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor is a journey into the past . . . and then again, further into the past.

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When looking among 19th century women for those who might have been feminists, forged a path for women’s rights, or were simply independent-minded, the pickings are rather slim. Susan B.

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Jane Austen’s books are cultural touchstones, but the details of her life are less public. Most of what we know is reconstructed from letters.

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Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit presents a feisty, eccentric woman in the fall of 1916, way before women’s lib was even a term. 

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“Here's the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it.”

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From the opening scene of Sally Koslow’s Another Side of Paradise it is clear that the love story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham does not end well.

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