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The Nightingale
A Novel
by Kristin Hannah (Apr 25, 2017)
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In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that f...
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
A Novel (Outlander)
by Diana Gabaldon (May 31, 2016)
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It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated.Her former husband, ...
Musashi
An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
by Eiji Yoshikawa (Sep 14, 2012)
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The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai-without really knowing what it meant-he regains consciousness after the battle to find himsel...
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The Things We Cannot Say
A Novel
by Kelly Rimmer (Mar 19, 2019)
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In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Toma...
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (May 31, 2016)
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An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.   Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London t...
Refugee
by Alan Gratz (Jul 25, 2017)
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Three different kids.One mission in common: ESCAPE.Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety a...
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Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers (May 09, 1997)
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California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she m...
Henry's Freedom Box
A True Story from the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine (Jan 01, 2007)
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A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his fam...
Lonesome Dove
A Novel
by Larry McMurtry (Jun 15, 2010)
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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroe...
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens (Aug 14, 2018)
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A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found ...
The Mirror & the Light
by Hilary Mantel (Mar 10, 2020)
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“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?”England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his c...
The Heart's Invisible Furies
A Novel
by John Boyne (Mar 06, 2018)
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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war IrelandCyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?Bor...
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett (Apr 05, 2011)
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Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, raising her seventeenth white child. She's always taken orders quietly, but lately it leaves her with a bitterness she can no longer bite back. Her friend Minny has certainly never held her tongue, or held on to a job for very long, but now she's working for a newcomer with secrets that leaver ...
An Echo in the Bone
A Novel (Outlander)
by Diana Gabaldon (May 24, 2011)
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A new Outlander novel — the seventh — from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.Readers have been waiting with bated breath for the seventh volume in bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga — a masterpiece of historical fiction featuring Jamie and Claire, from one of the genre’s most popular and beloved authors.Jamie Fraser...
Gates of Fire
An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield (Aug 31, 1999)
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In 480 B.C., two million Persian invaders come to the mountain pass of Thermopylae in eastern Greece, where they are met by 300 of Sparta's finest warriors. The Greek loyalists battle for six days in a prelude to their ultimate victory....
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
by Diana Gabaldon (Apr 29, 2008)
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A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the ...
Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi (May 02, 2017)
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A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a...
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
A Novel
by Mark Sullivan (May 01, 2017)
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Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours....
Shogun
The Epic Novel of Japan (Asian Saga, book 1)
by James Clavell (Jun 04, 2019)
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The multimillion-copy bestselling historical novel of feudal Japan that captured the heart of a culture and the imagination of the world.After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen -- Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the ...
The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang (Feb 13, 2018)
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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!Sebastian’s ...
Voyager
A Novel (Outlander) (Mass Market Paperback)
by Diana Gabaldon (Oct 01, 1994)
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From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to...
We Were the Lucky Ones
A Novel
by Georgia Hunter (Jul 30, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive--and to reunite--We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. "Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely." --GlamourIt is the spring of 19...
Before We Were Yours
A Novel
by Lisa Wingate (May 21, 2019)
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Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’...
A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry (Jan 01, 1997)
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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow...
Unbroken
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand (Nov 16, 2010)
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In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacif...
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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Novel
by Amor Towles (Mar 26, 2019)
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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed...
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck (Jun 01, 2003)
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In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helples...
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Nov 25, 2008)
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After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved c...
Her Daughter's Dream
by Francine Rivers (Sep 01, 2011)
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In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother's Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.Growing up isn't easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to...
Echo
by Pam Munoz Ryan (Feb 24, 2015)
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Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.   Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All...
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys (Apr 03, 2012)
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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slo...
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Sep 11, 2007)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
When Nietzsche Wept
A Novel Of Obsession (P.S.)
by Irvin D. Yalom (Mar 22, 2011)
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From bestselling author Irv Yalom comes a riveting blend of fact and fiction, a drama of love, fate, and will, played out agains the intellectual ferment of nineteenth-century Vienna on the eve of the birth of psychoanalysis.Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher ...Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis ...a secret...
The Song of Achilles
A Novel
by Madeline Miller (Aug 28, 2012)
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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the...
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Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys (Aug 01, 2017)
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While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The s...
What the Wind Knows
by Amy Harmon (Mar 01, 2019)
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Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous pla...
Heartstone
A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery
by C. J. Sansom (Dec 21, 2011)
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Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. He is asked to investigate claims of 'monstrous wrongs' committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death....
Gods and Kings
by Lynn Austin (Feb 01, 2005)
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Though born the second son of King Ahaz, Hezekiah is not protected from his father's perverted attempts to gain the favor of the idol Molech. Terrified and powerless at the foot of Molech's altar, Hezekiah encounters for the first time the one true God of his royal ancestry, Yahweh. But his journey to the Holy One is riddled by influence from an as...
Drums of Autumn
by Diana Gabaldon (Dec 30, 1996)
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In this breathtaking novel, rich in history and adventure, #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that started with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Once again spanning continents and centuries, Gabaldon has created a work of sheer br...
Revelation
A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery
by C. J. Sansom (Feb 23, 2010)
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Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Meanwhile, a teenage boy, a religious maniac, has been...
Winter of the World
Book Two of the Century Trilogy
by Ken Follett (Sep 18, 2012)
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Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the Am...
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
A Novel
by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Jun 13, 2017)
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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her prof...
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The Great Alone
A Novel
by Kristin Hannah (Sep 24, 2019)
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Alaska, 1974.Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last ...
All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
by Anthony Doerr (Apr 04, 2017)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths ...
Candle in the Darkness
by Lynn Austin (Mar 18, 2014)
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The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her jo...
Fire by Night
by Lynn Austin (Mar 18, 2014)
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One deceived by a life of wealth and ease, the other desperate to flee her true identity. In a land shattered by war, unlikely heroes test the limits of their strength and discover that love has a meaning far beyond their imagination....
The System of the World
by Neal Stephenson (Sep 06, 2005)
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The System of the World, the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson's shelf-bending Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver and The Confusion), brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling - and truly awe-inspiring - conclusion.Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematic...
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Almost Heaven
A Novel (3) (The Sequels series)
by Judith McNaught (Jun 01, 1991)
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In this classic novel of two willful lovers caught in a breathless adventure of deception and betrayal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught has created a powerful and unforgettable masterpiece.ELIZABETH CAMERONThe Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation...
Edenbrooke
by Julianne Donaldson (Mar 27, 2012)
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Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the hands...
Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare (Aug 31, 2010)
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural un...
Dragonfly in Amber
A Novel (Outlander)
by Diana Gabaldon (Nov 02, 1993)
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From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events...
The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
by Michael Shaara (Jul 01, 1996)
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In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, fo...
The Source
A Novel
by James A. Michener (Jul 01, 2002)
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In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact...
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No Time Like the Past
by Jodi Taylor (Jul 01, 2015)
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Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St Mary is back with a bang…St Mary’s has been rebuilt and it’s business as usual for the History department.But first, there’s the little matter of a seventeenth-century ghost that only Mr Markham can see.Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an u...
Something Wonderful
by Judith McNaught (Jan 01, 1991)
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Bestselling author Judith McNaught masterfully portrays a remarkable heroine, and an unforgettable passion, in this powerfully moving love story -- one of her most beloved novels of all time! The tempestuous marriage of Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent country girl, and Jordan Townsende, the rich and powerful Duke of Hawthorne, is about to face its...
The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett (May 03, 2016)
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If you liked the Century Trilogy, you’ll love the “extraordinary...monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career.“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the histori...
Lies, Damned Lies, and History
by Jodi Taylor (May 05, 2016)
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'I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me.'As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far and everyone is paying the price....
11/22/63
A Novel
by Stephen King (Jul 24, 2012)
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Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.President John F. Kennedy is dead.Life can turn on a dimeor stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry someh...
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Her Mother’s Hope
Marta’s Legacy Series Book 1 (A Gripping Historical Christian Fiction Family Saga from the 1900s to the 1950s)
by Francine Rivers (Apr 07, 2020)
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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner!The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her ...
A Soldier of the Great War
by Mark Helprin (Jun 01, 2005)
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From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin, a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war.Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in ...
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The Book of Longings
A Novel
by Sue Monk Kidd (Apr 21, 2020)
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“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.”...
Sovereign
by C. J. Sansom (Feb 26, 2008)
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Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in York.Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a secret mission for Archb...
City of Thieves
A Novel
by David Benioff (Mar 31, 2009)
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During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s we...
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The Bridal Wreath; The Mistress of Husaby; The Cross
by Sigrid Undset (Jun 27, 1951)
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"The finest historical novel our 20th century has yet produced; indeed it dwarfs most of the fiction of any kind that Europe has produced in the last twenty years."-- Contemporary Movements in European Literature, edited by William Rose and J. Isaacs"As a novel it must be ranked with the greatest the world knows today." -- Montreal Star"Sigrid Unds...
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The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons (Sep 08, 2009)
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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down ...
The Giver of Stars
A Novel
by Jojo Moyes (Oct 08, 2019)
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From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustropho...
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The Pale Horseman
by Bernard Cornwell (Dec 26, 2006)
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The second installment of Bernard Cornwell’s New York Times bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series.This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the y...
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini (Jun 02, 2003)
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Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion. Despite their class differences, Amir, the s...
Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell (Jun 01, 1996)
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Scarlett O'Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea....
A Trail Through Time
The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book Four
by Jodi Taylor (Nov 08, 2016)
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St Mary’s is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth instalment of the Chronicles.Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they’re pursued...
Hamnet
by Maggie O'Farrell (Jul 21, 2020)
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A thrilling departure: A short, piercing, deeply moving new novel from the acclaimed author of I Am, I Am, I Am, about the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son Hamnet--a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fifteenth-century Britain--and the years leading up to the production of his great play.England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bul...
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Lilac Girls
A Novel
by Martha Hall Kelly (Feb 28, 2017)
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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in...
And the Rest Is History
by Jodi Taylor (Aug 04, 2017)
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No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last.No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him.No one knows quite how, but Markham’s marital status remains unknown.Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot could mysteriously materialise on the South Lawn, but it does.But they do know that Cl...
The Nickel Boys
A Novel
by Colson Whitehead (Jun 30, 2020)
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Fall of Giants
Book One of the Century Trilogy
by Ken Follett (Sep 04, 2012)
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This is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution. This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women....
Unashamed
Rahab (The Lineage of Grace Series #2)
by Francine Rivers (Oct 01, 2000)
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2001 Christy Award winner! Book 2 in the Lineage of Grace series by best-selling author Francine Rivers. In her trademark style, Francine tells the compelling story of Rahab from the book of Joshua. Readers will gain a fresh understanding of God's work through the life of this unlikely woman in the lineage of Christ....
Tatiana and Alexander
by Paullina Simons (Jun 29, 2010)
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The epic saga of love and war continues—the heart-stopping sequel to Paullina Simons's beloved international bestseller The Bronze Horseman.Tatiana is eighteen years old, pregnant, and widowed when she escapes war-torn Leningrad to find a new life in America. But the ghosts of her past do not rest easily. She becomes consumed by the belief that her...
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel (May 07, 2013)
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WINNER OF THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZEThe sequel to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son a...
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Tamar (The Lineage of Grace Series #1)
by Francine Rivers (May 01, 2000)
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Book 1 in the 5-book biblical historical fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind.Betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God.Meet Tamar, one of the five women in the lineage of Christ. She risked her life and her reputation to be the wom...
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese (Jan 26, 2010)
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A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel - an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and thei...
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee (Nov 14, 2017)
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In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister pas...
Vienna Prelude
by Bodie Thoene (Apr 01, 2005)
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No one is safe...In 1936 Nazi darkness descends upon Europe. Every person is only one step away from being swept into the nightmarish tide of evil. Blond Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, adopts an Aryan stage name for protection. But her closest friend, Leah, a talented Jewish cellist, is in perilous position.Ther...
A Long Walk to Water
Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park (Oct 04, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" o...
Torrent
A Novel (River of Time Series)
by Lisa T. Bergren (Sep 01, 2011)
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Would you sacrifice your future ... for an uncertain past?Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are just two normal American teenagers. Normal--except for the fact that they time travel to fourteenth-century Italy, where they've lived in castles, become swept up in historic battles, and fallen in love with handsome knights willing to do anything to kee...
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
A Collection of Outlander Fiction
by Diana Gabaldon (Aug 07, 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction--including two never-before-published novellas--featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, from Diana GabaldonAmong the seven spellbinding pieces there is "The Custom of the Army," which begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric...
Dark Fire
A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery
by C. J. Sansom (Dec 27, 2005)
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It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty-one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend's young niece who is charged with murder.         Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about t...
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee (Jan 01, 2002)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Jan 31, 2005)
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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destro...
The Confusion
by Neal Stephenson (Jun 14, 2005)
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In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, legendary gold.In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Count...
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The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century."A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life... If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience... It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The N...
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Perfect Peace
by Daniel Black (Dec 06, 2011)
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Daniel Black's Perfect Peace is the heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family's attempt to grapple with their mother's desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, "You was bo...
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The Alice Network
A Novel
by Kate Quinn (Jun 06, 2017)
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In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 1947. In the chaotic afterma...
Once an Eagle
by Anton Myrer (Mar 12, 2013)
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Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's cor...
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The Huntress
A Novel
by Kate Quinn (Feb 26, 2019)
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From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America....
Circe
by Madeline Miller (Apr 14, 2020)
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and...
Daughter of the Forest
by Juliet Marillier (Feb 18, 2002)
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Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress w...
The Tsar of Love and Techno
Stories
by Anthony Marra (Jul 19, 2016)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and...
Lamb
The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore (May 25, 2004)
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing yearsexcept Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of V...
The Fated Sky
A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut (2))
by Mary Robinette Kowal (Aug 21, 2018)
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The Fated Sky continued the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. It is 1961, and the International Aerospace Coalition has established a colony on the moon. Elma York, the noted Lady Astronaut, is working on rotation, flying shuttles on the moon and returning regularly to Earth.But humanity must get a foothold on Mars. T...