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Can’t We Be Friends: A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

This novel should delight fans of Fitzgerald and Monroe and those seeking biographical fiction about women determined to create their own paths.

The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson

Tumultuous, beautifully described historical fiction for fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, and Gary Jennings’s “Spangle” series.

All the Hidden Paths

Recommended for listeners seeking a lush LGBTQIA+ fantasy and those who enjoy excellent worldbuilding with sumptuous descriptions of fashion and food. Political thriller enthusiasts may also enjoy the tricky byzantine plotting.

Labyrinth’s Heart

Recommended for those who enjoy fantasy in the vein of Lee Bardugo’s Six of Crows, Foz Meadows’s “Tithenai Chronicles,” or E.E. Holmes’s “Riftmagic Saga” series.

The Armor of Light

A hefty but entirely satisfying listen for Follett’s many fans and for those interested in the dynamics of early capitalism and the juxtaposition of compassion and greed during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. This is a solid addition to any collection of historical fiction, especially for libraries that own the other novels in the series.

The Earth Transformed: An Untold History

This thorough nonfiction title is recommended for those who have found works by Jared Diamond, Clive Ponting, or Brian Fagan to be enlightening. A hefty but significant addition to any library’s collection on science, climatology, or history.

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

Share with See’s loyal fans and anyone interested in Chinese history and medicine. An excellent recommendation for book groups and for readers who enjoy historical fiction about women living in highly regulated patriarchal societies.

Defending Alice: A Novel of Love and Race in the Roaring Twenties

A smart, if overlong, depiction of a noteworthy trial initiated only because of a domineering father’s racist beliefs.

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Recommended for readers looking for an absorbing queer fantasy, complete with intricate world-building, tantalizing mystery, and a slow-burn, tender romance.

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