Mailer has flashes of brilliance. Historically interesting.
“A tale well-researched and honest, it returns to Alva Smith Vanderbilt that which many historians have taken away: her voice.”
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor is a journey into the past . . . and then again, further into the past.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre has intrigued readers and fans for decades.
“There is no doubt that this is McLain’s finest novel yet.”
A collection of short, fictional profiles of women who chose to “love” the most notorious monsters of our time, including such failures at the most fundamental acts of human empathy and decency as
Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households.
“one stunning and eloquent final soliloquy.”
“Merry’s book is a needed corrective to the underestimation of McKinley by professional historians.”
“a tantalizing look into how Austen’s classic works were shaped by her close relationship with her brother, as well as the financial scandals and disasters of the Regency era.”
In 1917 while in the throes of the First World War, nine-year-old Frances Griffiths left her home in Cape Town, Africa, with her mother to stay with her aunt in Cottingley, England.
This novel tells the story of an unsung heroine of the American century, Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur. It is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking.
In Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, author Alison Weir takes well-known figures from history and offers their story in a fictional presentation.
“The Broken Hours is a lovely homage to the fantastic dreams of the often heartsick writer who inspired it . . .”
“Free of Vikings, Björk, or enraptured paeans to volcanic landscapes and icy shores, The Outlaw presents Iceland as experienced by a troubled boy.
“The author has done a masterful job writing Kate Warne’s story in this eye-opening novel.”
". . . a gripping historical novel . . ."
“Andrew Wyeth’s vision of her in the painting returns to Christina her sense of self, for she knows that through this painting she will be truly seen.”
Sabina Murray’s expansive new novel Valiant Gentlemen sketches a lucid picture of the British Empire from her imperialist ventures in Africa to her execution of Irish rebels in 1916.
In his deft, swift but deeply thoughtful short novel The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes has turned to one of the most poignant, painful encounters between artist and unbridled governmental c