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The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights

With themes of betrayal and love, followed ultimately by hope and new beginnings, Zeldis has written the type of historical fiction that book groups love, about strong women overcoming horrible situations.

The Twist of a Knife

Readers of character-driven novels will love the twists and turns of this Agatha Christie–style mystery that leads to an unexpected reveal. Perfect for fans of G.  M. Malliet, Elly Griffiths, and Richard Osman.

Hollywood: The Oral History

Recommended for the large audience of popular culture enthusiasts for whom knowledge of the Hollywood past will enable them better to appreciate occurring and anticipated industry changes.

The Way from Here

This somewhat convoluted story gets bogged down as it jumps between time periods but ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion. Should appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty or Celeste Ng.

Woman, Eating

A delicate, consistently surprising riff on the vampire narrative, and a stealthy, subversive story of one young woman’s declaration of self.

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees

This is a beautifully written individual story made more meaningful by thoughtful and well-informed insights into a country ravaged by war and undermined by foreign powers. Highly recommended.


The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe

This accessible trip through the medieval world is well worth taking for anyone wishing to better understand its complexity.

George V: Never a Dull Moment

This detailed and weighty biography will most appeal to those with a grounded interest in British history and rulership. Readers interested in women’s roles in the monarchy will particularly appreciate the attention paid to Queen Mary and her importance in supporting multiple aspects of George’s reign.

Sharpe’s Assassin: Richard Sharpe and the Occupation of Paris, 1815

Here is another gritty and exciting episode in Cornwell’s long-running historical series, seen through the eyes of a common yet extraordinary soldier.

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