Historical Fiction

Last House (Staff Pick)

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Last House: A Novel By Jessica Shattuck Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780062979896
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Published: William Morrow - May 14th, 2024

A story of three generations of a family and their involvement in politics, activism, and counterculture. From the CIA's complicity in the Shah's overthrow of Iran's democratic government in the '50s, through the protest movements of the 60s, the family's intricate psychological drama plays out against a vivid historical backdrop.

- David


The Road from Belhaven (Staff Pick)

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The Road from Belhaven: A novel By Margot Livesey Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593537046
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Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2024

The recipient of awards from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute and a member of the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Margot Livesey’s new novel – The Road to Belhaven – has received universal critical acclaim. Set in 19th century Scotland, the book tells the story of Lizzie Craig, a young woman born with the gift second sight, who finds her blessing can also be a curse. Livesey’s eloquent prose casts a spell on the reader.

- Nathan


The Fervor (Staff Pick)

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The Fervor By Alma Katsu Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593328354
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2023

This awesome historical horror novel takes place in US Japanese internment camps during WWII. People are getting sick to the point of chaotic violence, who could be behind this mysterious illness? Enjoy this important and harrowing tale of the dangers of demonization.

- Hannah


Case of Cem (Staff Pick)

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The Case of Cem By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva Cover Image
By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva
$24.95
ISBN: 9789533514376
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Published: Sandorf Passage - January 16th, 2024

Every individual is actually a chorus. This brilliant beefy historical fiction imagines unraveling the story of Cem, pretender to the Ottoman throne & at one point arguably the most important person on Earth, through the testimony of dozens of historic figures. Rich in detail, insight, and narrative, this is a must for fans of historical fiction.

- Josh


Beloved - Everyman's Library Edition (Staff Pick)

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Beloved: Introduction by A. S. Byatt (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) By Toni Morrison, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307264886
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Published: Everyman's Library - October 17th, 2006

The haunting, heartbreaking, staggering work of one of America's greats in a beautiful format.

- Stacey


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Staff Pick)

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

In this unusual novel that's perfect for readers fresh off the high of R.F. Kuang's Babel, two magicians change history by bringing magic back to nineteenth-century England. It's quiet, rich in historical detail, and employs good direction of it's magic. It's not to miss if you enjoy expansive world building, humor that's reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse, and won't mind reading an 800 page novel (be not afraid!!).

- Engel


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