The Heart of it All by Christian Kiefer
A novel that brings us relatable characters who are struggling to navigate life’s pitfalls in a place and time with deep divisions. Here is a story for those of us who feel the disturbing fractures in our world and are eager for hope. A beautifully written story that shows us the answers are, perhaps, closer to home than we realize.
Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons: the Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt by Charlotte Gray
A well researched history of the mothers of two of the most powerful men in modern history. A convincing argument is made that men are made, not born, into greatness. This dual biography is rich with history and social insights – written by an award winning historian.
Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World by Mary Beard
Best Books of 2023: New Yorker, The Economist, Smithsonian – Most Anticipated Books of Fall: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TODAY, Literary Hub, and Publishers Weekly. The quintessential must read book on Rome by one of its most respected historians. From Julius Caesar through the next 30 emperors here is a Rome previously unexplored in such compelling detail.
White House Wild Child: How Alice Roosevelt Broke All the Rules and Won the Heart of America by Shelley Fraser Mickle
“I can do one of two things, I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.”—Theodore Roosevelt. This insightful biography details the intrigue and hijinks of the daughter America was fascinated by at the turn of the century. Richly researched and delightfully told this is a must read for fans of female heroines.
If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love by Mary Calvi
The author has unearthed the amorous letters from Roosevelt to his first love, Alice Lee, and fleshes out this untold love story. Set during the Golden Age, we meet the multi-layered Alice Lee, whose influence on Roosevelt during this important stage in his life, are pivotal to his future successes.
Go as a River by Shelley Read
A coming of age story with a heartbreaking incident that redirects a young girl’s path. Set in the woods of the American West there is a deep reverence for the earth as the protagonist recovers from tragedy in the natural world. As hopeful as it is devastating this is an exceptionally well written story of survival and promise.
The Secret Book of Flora Lea: A Novel by Patti Callahan Henry
Two sisters removed from the daily horrors of war create a private fantasy life as they idle away the days in the English countryside. Tragedy finds them and a mystery unfolds. This is the story of the bonds of sisterhood, the magic of make-believe, and the triumph of hope amidst unspeakable loss.
Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverni
“A lively and illuminating novel about the ‘munitionettes’ who built bombs in Britain’s arsenals during World War I.” Here is an unexpected read about a group of women who put country first and found pride and joy in the journey. A book of strength and good will, the perfect read for the dreary days of winter.
Blaze Me a Sun by Christoffer Carlsson and Rachel Willson-Broyles
A can’t put down crime novel by Sweden’s award winning author, this is a high octane engrossing tale. The sweeping nature of the crimes take decades to unravel – engaging the reader just as it does the detectives. Beautifully translated this is a #1 international best seller.
Book suggestions by Diane Garrett. Written by Dorothy Yewer.
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