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Cloudy Jewel

by Grace Livingston Hill

A spinster by the standards of her era, Julia Cloud has agreed to spend the rest of her days engaged in domestic servitude in the household of her sister. Resigned to a lifetime of loneliness, she's all the...


The Lady of Lynn

by Walter Besant

Settle in for a wild ride in this gripping turn-of-the-twentieth-century tale from British historian and author Walter Besant. Among a group of well-born acquaintances, a nefarious plot takes hold that threatens...


The Countess of Charny: Or, the Execution of King Louis XVI

by Alexandre Dumas & Henry Llewellyn Williams

Known as one of the important early figures in the burgeoning genre of historical fiction, Alexandre Dumas spent much of his life chronicling the social and political unrest that utterly transformed France --...


Semiramis: Tale of Battle and of Love

by Edward Peple

According to legend, Queen Semiramis of Assyria was a powerful leader who succeeded her husband King Ninus to the throne. This retelling from author and playwright Edward Peple incorporates a number of the different...


The Littlest Rebel

by Edward Peple

This novelization of Edward Peple's play of the same name was the basis for a popular 1935 film starring Shirley Temple. The Littlest Rebel offers a glimpse inside the lives of affluent Southerners on the brink...


Forward March

by Kirk Munroe

Kirk Munroe was a well-traveled writer and journalist who was born in Wisconsin, educated in Massachusetts, began his career in New York City, and finally settled in Florida. Once there, Munroe's proximity to...


Knickerbocker's History of New York: Complete

by Washington Irving

Today, author Washington Irving is best remembered for the iconic tales "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." However, Irving also produced a number of well-regarded works of history and biography....


Moscow: A Story of the French Invasion of 1812

by Fred Whishaw

Born in Russia to British parents, Fred Whishaw's family returned to England soon after his birth. However, at age 16, Whishaw decided to reacquaint himself with his country of origin and struck out for St....


The Rise of David Levinsky

by Abraham Cahan

Born in Lithuania, Abraham Cahan rose to literary acclaim in America as both a journalist and a writer of fiction. In The Rise of David Levinsky, which stands as Cahan's best-known novel, he charts the trials,...


The White Terror and the Red: A Novel of Revolutionary Russia

by Abraham Cahan

Lithuanian-born author, journalist, and activist Abraham Cahan made a name for himself first with his investigative journalism and later with his fiction, much of which focused on the immigrant experience in...


The Pioneers: Or, The Sources of the Susquehanna

by James Fenimore Cooper

New York-based author James Fenimore Cooper was an important cultural figure who contributed significantly to the development of a uniquely American voice in literature, one imbued with a keen appreciation for...


Felix Holt

by George Eliot

In the novel Felix Holt, the Radical, George Eliot (the pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans) turns her attention to political affairs. However, although the Reform movement of the early 1800s is an important plot point...


Romola

by George Eliot

Victorian-era novelist George Eliot (the pen name of female writer Mary Anne Evans) is best known for her multi-layered takes on nineteenth-century British society, such as the masterpiece Middlemarch. She takes...


Myths and Legends of Our Own Land: Complete

by Charles M. Skinner

When one thinks of classic fairy tales and folklore, it's usually the enchanted forests of Europe that spring to mind. But in Charles M. Skinner's Myths and Legends of Our Own Land, the author proves that scrappy...


Gertrude

by Hassan Najmi & Roger Allen

As Hassan Najmi’s acclaimed novel begins, our unnamed narrator befriends an elderly man, Muhammad, who, as a young man, worked as a tour guide in the city of Tangier. Muhammad tells the narrator about his...


Local Customs

by Audrey Thomas

In June 1838 , Letitia Landon and George Maclean marry and sail off to remote West Africa, arriving just after Letitia's thirty-sixth birthday. Eight weeks later, Letitia is dead from what appears to be an accidental...


The Miracle Thief

by Iris Anthony

Do you believe in miracles?

Sister Juliana does. She's seen miracles happen as she tends Saint Catherine's altar and guards her relic. Yet she doesn't quite dare to believe that even Saint Catherine could help...


The Secret Sense of Wildflower - Southern Historical Fiction, Best Book of 2012

by Susan Gabriel

Named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews! Set in 1940s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May "Wildflower" McAllister whose life has been shaped around the recent death of...


Taras Bulba: English and Russian Language Edition

by Nikolai Gogol

The story follows an old Cossack, Taras Bulba, and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap returning home from an Orthodox seminary in Kiev. Ostap is the more adventurous, whereas Andriy has deeply romantic feelings...


The Roving Party

by Rohan Wilson

"[An] exceedingly powerful debut. Wilson's compelling story carries us through forest and over plains, leaving a trail of dead men."

Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune

1829, Tasmania. A group of men—convicts,...