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    The Sapphire Widow Book Cover Picture

    The Sapphire Widow

    by Dinah Jefferies

    A sweeping, breathtaking story of love and betrayal from the internationally bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Wife.
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    The Sapphire Widow Book Cover Picture

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    Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture

    Before We Were Yours

    by Lisa Wingate

    Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which poor children were sold to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
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    Before We Were Yours Book Cover Picture

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    White Houses

    by Amy Bloom

    White Houses is the captivating account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok. Amy Bloom’s new novel moves elegantly through fascinating places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit, and acuity.
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    Washington Black

    by Esi Edugyan

    From the author of the award-winning international best seller Half-Blood Blues comes a dazzling adventure story, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.
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    The Kennedy Debutante Book Cover Picture

    The Kennedy Debutante

    by Kerri Maher

    A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America’s greatest political dynasties.
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    The Kennedy Debutante Book Cover Picture

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    House of Gold

    by Natasha Solomons

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.
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    Lilac Girls Book Cover Picture

    Lilac Girls

    by Martha Hall Kelly

    New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
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    The Silence of the Girls Book Cover Picture

    The Silence of the Girls

    by Pat Barker

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature’s most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.
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    Love and Ruin

    by Paula McLain

    The bestselling author of The Paris Wife brings to life the story of Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious woman ahead of her time, who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
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    Love and Ruin Book Cover Picture

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    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

    The Underground Railroad

    by Colson Whitehead

    In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. This novel is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
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    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

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    Lady Be Good Book Cover Picture
    Lady Be Good Book Cover Picture

    Lady Be Good

    by Amber Brock

    Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana.
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    The Stars Are Fire Book Cover Picture

    The Stars Are Fire

    by Anita Shreve

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event–based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history.
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    The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom

    by Alison Love

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    The Air You Breathe

    by Frances de Pontes Peebles

    The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride–and each woman’s fear that she would be nothing without the other. Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.
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    I Was Anastasia Book Cover Picture

    I Was Anastasia

    by Ariel Lawhon

    In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman’s legacy?
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    I Was Anastasia Book Cover Picture

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    The Masterpiece

    by Fiona Davis

    In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.
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    The Mapmaker’s Children

    by Sarah McCoy

    When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings.
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    The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

    by Jennifer Ryan

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    Munich

    by Robert Harris

    From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy–a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.
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    Dracul

    by J.D. Barker and Dacre Stoker

    The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s—and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
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    So Much Life Left Over Book Cover Picture

    So Much Life Left Over

    by Louis de Bernieres

    The narrative unfolds in brief, dramatic chapters, and we follow these old friends after WWI as their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor’s grief and guilt, and adjust in profound and quotidian ways to this newest modern world.
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