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A Hearth in Candlewood

by Delia Parr

Emma Garrett serves her boarders at Hill House with homespun wisdom and absolute faith in God. When tragedy strikes close to home is Emma wise enough to save Hill House?


Mount: A Mountain Man's Adventures

by Arlen Blumhagen

Arlen Blumhagen captures the feel of the western wilderness of the late 1800's in this story of one man's adventures across the American wilderness. Mount leads a simple life, using his skills to survive in...


The Balkan Story

by M. I. Quandour

No European region in recent history has seen as much suffering and devastation as the Balkans, where all the terrible manifestations of man's inhumanity to man could be demonstrated, and sometimes televised...


Jacob Faithful

by Frederick Marryat

From the Father of Modern Nautical Fiction One of the great things about the writings of Frederick Marryat is that he introduces you to all aspects of early 19th Century nautical life. It's not just the Royal...


Lincoln: A Novel

by Gore Vidal

Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., Empire, and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect...


Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War

by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Originally published as In the Lion’s Den

Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction

 

Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction

 

1861: The war that’s been...


Enigmatic Pilot: A Tall Tale Too True

by Kris Saknussemm

Enigmatic Pilot is Kris Saknussemm’s outrageously brilliant yet profoundly moving exploration and excavation of the American dream—and nightmare.

 

In 1844, in a still-young America, the first intimations...


Dolley

by Rita Mae Brown

She had the president's ear and the nation's heart.

She's the wife of the fourth president of the United States; a spirited charmer who adores parties, the latest French fashions, and the tender, brilliant man...


God's Fool

by Mark Slouka

Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng were considered a marvel, an omen, an act of God, evidence of His glory or proof of His wrath. Uniquely cursed, enslaved to one another for life, they were a joke of...


The Privateersman

by Frederick Marryat

The Privateersman, written in 1846, was the last of Frederick Marryat's nautically oriented novels, although one of his best non-nautical works, Children of the New Forest, still lay ahead of him. Privateers...


Percival Keene

by Frederick Marryat

In Percival Keene Marryat goes back to a character-style that he first introduced in Frank Mildmay. In both books, the ""hero"" is a bit of a low-life-proud, rebellious and, many times, downright mean. He was...


Peter Simple

by Frederick Marryat

From the Father of Modern Nautical Fiction While Frederick Marryat had achieved commercial success with his previous books, Peter Simple was perhaps his first ""classic."" Indeed, Peter Simple is considered...


Bread and Dreams

by Jonatha Ceely

“A lovely book.” raved Anne Rivers Siddons about Mina, Jonatha Ceely’s luminous debut novel. “Suspenseful…evocative…meticulously researched,” praised the Boston Globe. Now Ceely returns to the...


Newton Forster

by Frederick Marryat

From the Father of Modern Nautical Fiction Newton Forster first appeared in 1832 as a series in Metropolitan Magazine, a periodical of which Frederick Marryat was the editor, and which initially hosted several...


Frank Mildmay

by Frederick Marryat

It can be argued that modern nautical fiction began with this book-the first that flowed from Frederick Marryat's pen. Written in 1829, it follows the adventures of Frank Mildmay as he enters the Royal Navy...


Broken Country-Broken Soldier

by Mary Anne Butler

From Fighting Front to Home Front. A troubled Adam Springer, Heinrich Mueller's grandson, returns from the Civil War to the family farm in Ohio. Bedeviled by the memory of battlefields red with the mingled blood...


Wilderness Road

by Mary Anne Butler

A Road Opens Westward and a Frightening Past is Left Behind. A handsome patent medicine peddler steals the heart of Lizzie Mueller, Heinrich Mueller's daughter, who is intent on breaking 19th century constraints...


The Voyage of the Parzival

by Terry Mort

""It's not my fight,"" said Ethan Grey. It didn't matter. Mexico was at war, and he was in it. He'd wanted a cruise in warm waters, a chance to forget the war he'd just fought, the War Between the States. But...


The Crisis

by Winston Churchill

Missouri was in a delicate position in the years leading up to the Civil War. The state had been forged by two streams of immigrants, one from the north and one from the south. As a result, half of it was in...


THE REIGN OF LAW: A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields

by James Lane Allen

The Reign of Law is about two revolutions, even though the plot is situated in the Kentucky hemp fields. The first revolution was the social upheaval in the South that followed the Civil War. The second was...