But what if…

 

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Who should read this: fans of Choose Your Own Adventure, poets, nihilists, optimists, history nerds, musicians, and those searching for meaning in life

The story: A child dies shortly after birth, the same child lives to die in adulthood in a mass grave, the same woman, older, has to explain her life to survive, and so it goes on. Will she ever rest in peace? In a series of five books, the same character will die. Between each book is an intermezzo, a what-if, a turning of the die, chance intervenes, and the character lives on through European history spanning three wars, only one cold. With eloquence, the author creates five different lives, all lived by the same woman. Each voice is distinct, each life a new iteration of what was and what could be. The ultimate Choose Your Own Adventure for adults. Continue reading “But what if…”

A Girl, a Goat-Man, and the Devil

IMG_7041Who should read West of the Moon by Margie Preus: fairy tale lovers, dreamers, adventurers, history junkies, and lovers of strong female characters.

The story: A girl in Norway is sold to a Goat-Man but dreams of going to America. The problem, she won’t go without her sister, who is far behind at her old home. Another problem, the strange girl in the shed won’t let her leave her behind with the Goat-Man. A strange trio of strengths, they set off to the coast, to America, to find their father who has left to make a new life for them. Continue reading “A Girl, a Goat-Man, and the Devil”

Epic Love Stories

Escape into these great love stories. Travel through history, feel childhood love growing up , marriage growing stronger, and take a trip back through time that might just change the past.

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II.

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The Past is the Present

History comes alive with characters who you will miss when the novel is over, and characters you will mourn when they don’t make it to the last chapter. Follow it up with dynamic essays about the issues within the book that will stick with you long after you put it down.

In this gripping” New York Times” bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

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Child of Wealth, Child of Poverty

Child of a copper baron, child of poor miners, the same world, and yet not the same at all. Journey with two young women into the past.

An epic that runs from the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 to the ore and industry of the 1930s, “American Copper” is a novel not only about America’s hidden desire for regeneration through violence but about the ultimate cost of forgiveness and the demands of atonement.

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