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The Indifferent Stars Above

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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061348112
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Published: Mariner Books - September 22nd, 2015

This is the second recent history (the first was Desperate Passage) about the ill-fated Donner Party. Brown's book is focused on the experiences of a young woman and her personal ordeal in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter of 1846/7. Both books stand as testaments to the human spirit and the determination to persevere against almost insurmountable odds. Brown puts faces on the people who lived and perished in the nightmare and, like the countless numbers who came before and after, managed to endure and flourish. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

Despite the off-putting title, you will find yourself falling for the quiet charm of this original novel. Set mostly on the Channel Islands immediately after World War II, it tells the story of a group of hardy people who survived the German occupation, and an author's determination to make their struggle and perseverance known to the world. The book is comprised of the letters sent by the various characters, each an individual and each, in his own way, very memorable. As Germany collapsed, the soldiers stationed on the islands suffered along with the inhabitants and one of the more admirable aspects of this book is its compassion for them. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Confessions of Nat Turner

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The Confessions of Nat Turner (Vintage International) By William Styron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679736639
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 1992

Styron based this riveting novel on an historical incident that shook the pre-Civil War South to its very foundations. Nat Turner led a bloody revolt against the tyranny of slavery during which many white men, women and children were brutally killed. The book is an examination of the social climate that incubated the hatred, tracing Turner's life back to his childhood when his owner recognized enough potential in the boy to teach him to read. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Dangerous Laughter

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Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Steven Millhauser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307387479
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2009

Thought provoking, clever and moving by turns, this collection all but renewed my faith in the power of the short story. The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman is a heart-breaking cautionary tale that everyone should heed. Cat 'n' Mouse, a kind of literary cartoon, had me laughing out loud. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective By Kate Summerscale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802717429
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 24th, 2009

The gruesome and monstrous murder of a child from a fairly well-to-do family in 1860 England baffles local authorities. Jonathan Whicher, one of the original detectives in London's Scotland Yard, is summoned to the scene. There, he finds a manor house more abundantly populated with suspects than an Agatha Christie novel. Although Whicher's deductions ultimately prove to be correct, his expertise perversely triggers his professional undoing. This eminently readable book is proof in itself that fact is, indeed, stranger than any fiction. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Baltimore Plot

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The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln By Michael J. Kline Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594161803
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Published: Westholme Publishing - March 7th, 2013

Exciting chronicle of Abraham Lincoln's twelve-day journey from Springfield, Illinois to his inauguration in Washington. The train route took the president-elect through Baltimore, a city deeply sympathetic to the southern cause and seething with resentment over his election. When evidence of a sophisticated assassination plot while he passed through Baltimore surfaced, one of the most daring -- and little known -- exploits in American history took place to assure Lincoln's safety. An prime example of history proving itself as tense and suspenseful as the most fanciful thriller. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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