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All for Nothing Cover Image
By Walter Kempowski, Anthea Bell (Translator), Jenny Erpenbeck (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681372051
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Published: New York Review of Books - February 13th, 2018

In January, 1945, East Prussia, refugees are afoot, trying to beat the advances of the Russian soldiers. Thousands of families pushing carts crammed with cherished belongings pass on the road in front of the insulated Georgenhof mansion of the Van Globig family. Eberhard, the father, is serving in the war in Italy, while his wife, Katharina, and 12 year-old son, Peter, live comfortably with their servants and unlimited supplies, seemingly oblivious to the approaching threat. Kempowski builds tension in the household so gradually that once their idyllic lives turn south, even the reader is surprised! 


Review by Jane

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Before We Were Yours Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

Avery, from a prominent South Carolina political family, is haunted by a nursing home resident, May, who seem to find her familiar. Bridging between 1939 and contemporary times, Avery discovers another stain upon American history, as she delves into May's story. May, originally Rilla, is the oldest of Briny and Queeny's 5 children, when the Memphis Tennessee Children's Home Society under the direction of Georgia Tann steals the kids. The plan making Tann wealthy is to gravely mistreat the young ones and then sell them at exorbitant prices to wealthy clients. A mystery, many untold horrors of the children abducted spill from this authentically told novel, as answers are unveiled to bring these strong characters peace in knowing who they really are!


Review by Jane

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Jackaby Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205461
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Sherlock meets Doctor Who but from the point of view of an awesome female lead. Add in some cool mythology, sharp wit, and a lot of adventure and follow up with a dose of the macabre. A great start to a wonderfulf series! (I've bought several copies to hand out as gifts)


Review by Lish

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This book is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every page. It tackles everything controversial for its time, piracy, infidelity, homosexuality, but the most wild...a brilliant female. It does have its heartbreaking moments, but at its core it's an adventure story, a love story, and a story of growth and acceptance. Most of all, it has a queer protagonist with a happy ending, and that means the most.


Review by Courtney

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Berserker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250055200
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 10th, 2017

This violent, glorious book is about a 16 year old female Berserker who has to flee Norway in 1883 for the American West in order to evade the strictures of the law long enough to seek guidance from a long lost uncle who just may be able to help her contain her instinct to mercilessly slaughter anyone who threatens her family.

Berserker combines all the best parts of Norse mythology, historical fiction, and a solid Western. Think Vikings meets True Grit.


Review by Anje

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Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

Miles (and decades) away from the unconventional style of A Visit to the Goon Squad, Egan takes a chance on historical fiction and manages to create a beautifully-lush and character-driven story centered around WWII-era New York City. The most compelling voice belongs to a young and ambitious woman new to the once male-dominated workforce, and her story of navigation through a life of newfound independence will cause any reader to root for her survival in a world consistently telling her "no."


Review by Sarah C.

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A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

Sentenced to live out his days as a Former Person in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov resolves to make the best of his reduced circumstances. With unparalleled charm, he moves through three decades, befriending staff, guests, and foreign journalists, always the gentleman. Fans of Helen Simonson will enjoy the count's quick wit and the minutiae of his days. 


Review by Emily