Historical Fiction

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Weaving meticulous research with imagination, Monica Weber Babcock gives voice to her great-great-grandparents Samuel and Julia, survivors of the Irish Potato Famine who emigrated to the United States in the 1850s. As they recount their lives through alternating chapters, they draw us into their turbulent world shaped by hunger, hope, poverty, love, sickness, and haunting memories of Civil War battlefields. Finally, Samuel and Julia each describe how, in struggling to care for their family, they make desperate decisions leading to unimagined consequences.
Bessie

Bessie

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Just days after the close of World War II, Bess Myerson, the daughter of poor Russian Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx, is competing in the Miss America pageant. At stake: a $5,000 scholarship. The tension and excitement in Atlantic City's Warner Theatre are palpable, especially for traumatized Jews rooting for one of their own. So begins Bessie.
Drawing on biographical and historical sources, Bessie reimagines the early life of Bess Myerson, who, in 1945 at age twenty-one, remarkably rises to become one of the most famous women in America. This intimate fictional portrait reveals the transformation of the nearly six-foot-tall, self-deprecating yet talented preteen into an exemplar of beauty, a peripheral quality in her world, where success is measured by intellectual attainment. Yet it is the focus on her beauty, and the secular world of pageantry, that she must choose to escape her roots and fulfill her fierce desire to achieve and become someone for whom great things happen.

Bessie is a tender study of a bold young woman living at a precarious moment in our cultural history as she searches for love and acceptance, eager to make her mark on the world.

Briefly, a Delicious Life

Briefly, a Delicious Life

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*A Cosmopolitan Best Book of Summer * One of BuzzFeed's Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books*

An "exquisite...too lovely to bear" (The New York Times Book Review) debut novel from an award-winning writer: a playful and daring tale about a teenage ghost who falls in love with the writer George Sands.

In 1473, fourteen-year-old Blanca dies in a hilltop monastery in Mallorca. Nearly four hundred years later, when George Sand, her two children, and her lover Frederic Chopin arrive in the village, Blanca is still there: a spirited, funny, righteous ghost, she's been hanging around the monastery since her accidental death, spying on the monks and the townspeople and keeping track of her descendants.

Blanca is enchanted the moment she sees George, and the magical novel unfolds as a story of deeply felt, unrequited longing--a teenage ghost pining for a woman who can't see her and doesn't know she exists. As George and Chopin, who wear their unconventionality, in George's case, literally on their sleeves, find themselves in deepening trouble with the provincial, 19th-century villagers, Blanca watches helplessly and reflects on the circumstances of her own death (which involved an ill-advised love affair with a monk-in-training).

Charming, original, and emotionally moving, this "deeply wild debut follows the unconventional love triangle" (Cosmopolitan) between George, Chopin, and Blanca--a gorgeous and surprising exploration of artistry, desire, and life after death.

Burden of Remembrance

Burden of Remembrance

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Set in Cleveland, this novel begins in 1945 at the close of World War II and ends in 1968 at the height of the Viet Nam War. It is the story of a multi-generational family's struggle to remain united as each member grapples with individual painful memories of abandonment, betrayal, sickness, and war. On the verge of healing, they are further traumatized by the revelation of long-buried, shameful secrets which force them to question the boundaries of loyalty, mercy, and forgiveness.
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World War II is finally over, her fiance Johnny Costello is safe, and Grace Larkin anticipates a blissful future with him. But her happiness is tainted by the unexpected reappearance of her father who abandoned Grace and her mother years before. As the years pass, family misfortunes and tensions escalate along with Johnny's PTSD, culminating in the disturbing revelation of long-buried secrets.
Changing of the Gods

Changing of the Gods

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Until the end of the Trojan War, Hades, God of the Underworld, had avoided interfering in the affairs of his fellow gods and mortal men. Fed up with their destructive behavior, Hades sets on a journey that will rock Olympus to its core.
Divisible Man

Divisible Man

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The media calls it a "miracle" when air charter pilot Will Stewart survives an aircraft in-flight breakup, but Will's miracle pales beside the stunning aftereffect of the crash. After waking in a hospital with no memory of the crash, Will finds himself experiencing a morphine-induced hallucination in which he is floating weightless six feet above the hospital bed, and his body has vanished. Things become even crazier when he deduces that it was not, in fact, a hallucination.


Barely on his feet again, Will begins carefully exploring and learning to control his ability to vanish, and the potentially dangerous way in which gravity ceases to have an effect on him in the vanished state. In the midst of all this, an NTSB and FAA investigation into the crash threatens to end his career as a pilot, and worse--Will and his police sergeant wife Andy must race to rescue an innocent child from a heinous abduction.


Will penetrates the dark world of urban gangs in the opioid trade while struggling to control a fantastic tool for justice--and praying it doesn't kill him first.


DIVISIBLE MAN is a page-turning thriller laced with humor and heart told from a perspective seen only in your wildest dreams.

Divisible Man - The Sixth Pawn

Divisible Man - The Sixth Pawn

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When the Essex County "Wedding of the Century" erupts in gunfire, a random shooting sends Will and Andy Stewart after a criminal element no one could have foreseen. A grisly discovery turns their pursuit into a mission to avenge innocent lives lost. Will explores the extraordinary aftereffect of surviving a devastating airplane crash - his ability to vanish - while Andy works a case obstructed by powerful people wielding the sinister influence of unlimited money in politics.


DIVISIBLE MAN - THE SIXTH PAWN takes you on a wild ride that pits Will, Andy and Essex County's best pilot, Pidge, against a murderer with a permanent perfect alibi. Gripping, yet spiced with humor, THE SIXTH PAWN proves that payback can be a beautiful bitch.


Author Howard Seaborne writes, flies airplanes and helicopters, and takes you on a twisted path in this, the second DIVISIBLE MAN novel.


The DIVISIBLE MAN Series in Order:

DIVISIBILE MAN is the origin story of Will Stewart and his ability to vanish.

DIVISIBLE MAN: THE SIXTH PAWN is the second heart-pounding thrill ride in the series.

DIVISIBLE MAN: THE SECOND GHOST goes to heart-stopping heights in high-rise Chicago.

DIVISIBLE MAN: THE SEVENTH STAR encounters the high cost of conspiracy believers.

DIVISIBLE MAN: TEN MAN CREW uncovers a long-forgotten Cold War mystery.

DIVISIBLE MAN: THE THIRD LIE puts Will and Andy at the heart of a national crime.

DIVISIBLE MAN: THREE NINES FINE launches a race against an attack on justice itself.

DIVISIBLE MAN - EIGHT BALL pits Will and Andy against a cold-blooded serial sniper.

DIVISIBLE MAN - ENGINE OUT & OTHER SHORT FLIGHTS - a short story collection.

DIVISIBLE MAN - NINE LIVES LOST a sweeps Will into the world of hoaxes and conspiracies.

Eli: The Phenom's Story

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Hild (USED)

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The award-winning author Nicola Griffith's brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild.

In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world--of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next--that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.

Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king's seer. And she is indispensable--unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.

Hild is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early Middle Ages--all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith's luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.