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Doerr, Anthony, 1973-
The stories of a blind French girl with an uncle in the Resistance and a young German soldier tracking illegal radio transmissions converge in Saint-Malo during World War II.
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Celestin, Ray, author.
A police detective, a mafia-hired killer and a Sherlock Holmes fan seek the identity of a serial murderer who may have killed as many as 12 people in heady, post-World War I New Orleans. In an unusual twist, the killer promises he will spare those "in whose home a jazz band is in full swing." A colourful portrait of a vibrant, volatile city.
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Freeman, Anna author.
In the sweaty underbelly of Georgian England lady pugilists were just one sort of grimy entertainment to be found. Anna Freeman paints a vivid picture of this less than genteel world with her bold characterizations of gamblers, fighters, whores, schemers and drinkers.
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Stewart, Amy, author.
Self-sufficient sisters on a New Jersey farm in 1914 find themselves on the wrong side of an unscrupulous factory owner and his thugs who menace and intimidate them until they decide to fight back. Drawn from the true story of Constance Kopp, one of the first female sheriffs in the United States.
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Burton, Jessie, 1982- author
Hastily married at 18 to a much older merchant, Nella Oortman delicately navigates the complexities and secrets of her new household. She hires a miniaturist to furnish a dollhouse she received as a wedding gift, but grows uneasy when his exquisitely detailed pieces arrive accompanied by cryptic, knowing messages about her husband and his business. Seventeenth-century Amsterdam comes alive in this story of a young woman trying to become the architect of her own fortune.
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Hunt, Laird.
Hunt pays tribute to the approximately 400 women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the American Civil War with her stoic, resilient character, Ash Thompson who leaves her Indiana farm to fight in the Union Army.
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Boyden, Joseph, 1966- author.
This is a meticulously researched novel of the converging and clashing of cultures in New France as experienced by three characters - Bird, a Wendat warrior, Snow Falls, the Iroquois captive he adopts and Father Christophe, a Jesuit missionary.
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Allen, Jeffery Renard, 1962- author.
A lyrical and imaginative rendering of the life of a real person - Tom Wiggins - a young slave and blind musical prodigy who at ten years of age, played for the president and travelled the world performing concerts.
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Grecian, Alex.
In the aftermath of the unsuccessful Jack the Ripper investigation, D.I. Walter Day, the newest member of the Scotland Yard's "Murder Squad", partners with the Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.
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