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World Running Down

Engaging prose and compelling dialogue make this novel an easy read that will appeal to teen and adult readers who enjoy sci-fi that addresses social justice issues. This is the traditionally published debut novel from Hess, who has previously written the self-published “Travelers” and “Hep Cats of Boise” series.

Modular Online Learning Design: A Flexible Approach for Diverse Learning Needs

Emphasizing flexibility and functionality, Hess’s book will aid librarians who want to save time and energy when creating online learning content.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.

The German House

Fans of Kate Quinn will enjoy this historical fiction tale for the strong female character and rich details. Recommended for additional purchase, as there are better historical fiction choices.tate Lib., Argos

Deborah and Her Sisters: How One Nineteenth-Century Melodrama and a Host of Celebrated Actresses Put Judaism on the World Stage

This fascinating, well-documented title will be of interest to scholars and general readers interested in Jewish cultural history.

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood's First Effort To Save Atlanta

An exquisitely detailed case study of one of the Confederacy's worst military disasters. Highly recommended for Civil War and military historians, subject enthusiasts, and all libraries.

The Painted Queen

Despite a few flaws, devoted Amelia Peabody fans (this reviewer counts herself as one) will read this book with tears in their eyes as they bid farewell to these much-loved characters (and author). [See Prepub Alert, 1/30/17.]

Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends Feathered, Furred and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love)

Although this is a heartfelt memoir on the power and depth of human-animal bonds, it is recommended primarily for larger pet collections.

Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

Well-documented, Hess's examination of Bragg is balanced and fair and will interest all Civil War aficionados.

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