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Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero – Cate Lineberry

During the wee hours of the morning, May 13, 1862, the 147-foot sidewheel steamer Planter made its way out of the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Confederate fortifications assumed the ship to be on its usual errands. It never … Continue reading

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The Unquiet Grave – Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave – Sharyn McCrumb You have to admit that Zona and Trout made a beautiful couple.  She with her hazel eyes and strawberry blond hair, him with his crinkly black hair and sculptured face. But their hasty marriage … Continue reading

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The Berlin Project: An Alternative History of World War II – Gregory Benford

It is 1944, the Manhattan Project has been underway for several years, and the goal is finally in sight. Little Boy is ready to be dropped on the enemy. With any luck, Berlin will soon be rubble and Hitler turned … Continue reading

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See

Li-yan often helps her mother, the village midwife. As tradition dictates, she will fill the role someday. High in the mountains of Yunnan, the Akha, an ethnic minority, seem to be living in an earlier century, not in 1988. Their … Continue reading

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The Moon and the Other – John Kessel

Against all odds, Erno lands on his feet. He’s been exiled from his home in the Society of Cousins. He’s been living at the bottom of his new society. And suddenly, he is offered success beyond his wildest dreams. The … Continue reading

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In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel – Jacqueline Winspear

As the wireless crackled to life, conversation stopped and tension mounted. Maisie waited in the drawing room with her best friend, Priscilla, and Priscilla’s husband and boys. It was Sunday, September 3, 1939, and they were all prepared for what … Continue reading

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Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History – Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney

Who knew that the history of printing could be so much fun. In the introduction we are reminded that humankind is full of idiots and this book reinforces the idea. Rebecca Romney is a rare book expert often called upon … Continue reading

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