An Extraordinary Union

An Extraordinary Union Author Alyssa Cole
ISBN-10 9781496707451
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Kensington
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“Richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters.” —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . . Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army. Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia. Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . . . Praise for the novels of Alyssa Cole: “Rich in atmospheric details and rife with unexpected dangers.”—RT Book Reviews “Sweet, sensual, and suspenseful . . . rousing and entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly

A Hope Divided

A Hope Divided Author Alyssa Cole
ISBN-10 9781496707475
Year 2017-11-28
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Kensington
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“A masterful tale.” —Kirkus, Starred Review on An Extraordinary Union The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor—but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them together . . . For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother’s traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her—until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie’s home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause. Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory. Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard, and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible. When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie’s freedom on the line, she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night. Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love—and freedom—before they ever cross state lines. Praise for An Extraordinary Union “[B]rimming with vivid characterization, heartfelt dialogue, and sensual sweetness.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW “Cole spins a tale that will pull you in from the very first page. A true treat!” —RT Book Reviews, 5 stars, TOP PICK

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree Author Ann Weisgarber
ISBN-10 9781101190364
Year 2010-08-12
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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An award-winning novel with incredible heart, about life on the prairie as it's rarely been seen When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the boardinghouse owner's son, he makes her a bargain: he'll marry her, but only if she gives up her 160 acres from the Homestead Act so he can double his share. She agrees, and together they stake their claim in the forebodingly beautiful South Dakota Badlands. Fourteen years later, in the summer of 1917, the cattle are bellowing with thirst. It hasn't rained in months, and supplies have dwindled. Pregnant, and struggling to feed her family, Rachel is isolated by more than just geography. She is determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, but she knows that her husband, a fiercely proud former Buffalo Soldier, will never leave his ranch: black families are rare in the West, and land means a measure of equality with the white man. Somehow Rachel must find the strength to do what is right-for herself, and for her children. Reminiscent of The Color Purple as well as the frontier novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Willa Cather, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree opens a window on the little-known history of African American homesteaders and gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the spirit that built America.

The Wedding Gift

The Wedding Gift Author Marlen Suyapa Bodden
ISBN-10 9781448149506
Year 2013-05-09
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Random House
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Set in the Deep South pre Gone with the Wind and the Civil War, The Wedding Gift is a compelling and powerful story of slavery, abuse and passion. Perfect for fans of The Help. What if, on your wedding day, you were given your sister – as your slave? When wealthy plantation owner Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he presents her with a wedding gift: a young slave woman called Sarah. The two girls have grown up together but their lives could not have been more different. Clarissa is white and is used to a life of privilege and ease. Sarah is black and is used to a life of slavery and hard work. When Sarah decides her future lies outside the plantation, it sets in motion a series of events that will have devastating consequences for them both.

Daughters of a Nation

Daughters of a Nation Author Kianna Alexander
ISBN-10 1941885349
Year 2016-11-01
Pages 360
Language en
Publisher
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The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In this anthology, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley (authors of THE BRIGHTEST DAY anthology) bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE.

Let It Shine

Let It Shine Author Alyssa Cole
ISBN-10 1530758068
Year 2016-03-14
Pages 134
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo, but it's 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie's spent half her life being prim, proper, and reserved-as if that could bring her mother back-but the nonviolent protests happening across the South bring out her inner agitator. Ivan Friedman has devoted his life to boxing, loving the finesse of a well-delivered punch and the penance of receiving one. His family escaped from Europe before the horrors of WWII, and Ivan decides to help fight injustice in their new country, even if it goes against all his instincts as a fighter. When Ivan and Sofie meet, they realize that their pasts are intertwined and-with the sparks that fly between them-perhaps their futures will be too. With everything in their society lined up against them, will Sofie and Ivan be able to beat the odds? Or will their chance at love be destroyed by the tumultuous times they live in?

God Is Watching You

God Is Watching You Author Dominic Johnson
ISBN-10 9780199895632
Year 2015-09-30
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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The willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal. Retribution awaits those who commit bad deeds; rewards await those who do good. Johnson explores how this belief has developed over time, and how it has shaped the course of human evolution.

The Senator s Daughter

The Senator s Daughter Author Sophia Sasson
ISBN-10 9781488009273
Year 2016-10-01
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Harlequin
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He can play the game, but she'll make the rules Political science professor Kat Driscoll will not be "handled" by anyone. Certainly not by Alex Santiago, the suave, savvy and handsome campaign manager for Senator Roberts, the man recently revealed to be her father. Alex clearly sees the sudden revelation of his candidate's long-lost daughter as an unfortunate glitch in their race for reelection. One that needs to be carefully spun and managed. But Kat isn't about to play along, or comply with Alex's ridiculous attempts to make her more media friendly. He'll have to deal with the real Kat. And maybe, in the process, she can discover the real Alex…

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley Author Jeremy Massey
ISBN-10 9780698177857
Year 2015-05-12
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob. Paddy Buckley is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher’s, a long-established—some say the best—funeral home in Dublin. One night driving home after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. He pulls over and gets out of his car, intending to do the right thing. As he bends over to help the man, he recognizes him. It’s Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. And he’s dead. Shocked and scared, Paddy jumps back in his car and drives away before anyone notices what’s happened. The next morning, the Cullen family calls Gallagher’s to oversee the funeral arrangements. Paddy, to his dismay, is given the task of meeting with the grieving Vincent Cullen, Dublin’s crime boss, and Cullen’s entourage. When events go awry, Paddy is plunged into an unexpected eddy of intrigue, deceit, and treachery. By turns a thriller, a love story, and a black comedy of ill manners, The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley is a surprising, compulsively readable debut novel. From the Hardcover edition.

Among the Ten Thousand Things

Among the Ten Thousand Things Author Julia Pierpont
ISBN-10 9781780747644
Year 2015-08-17
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Oneworld Publications
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Among the Ten-Thousand Things chronicles the breakup of a family in contemporary New York following a devastating extra-marital affair. Jack is a sculptor — charming and vain, visionary and vulnerable in equal measure — whose controversial work wins him attention from a young admirer. When Jack’s spurned lover sends his wife Deb a box of their correspondence to their apartment (and after it is accidentally intercepted by their children), Deb takes refuge with nine-year-old Kay and eleven-year-old Simon on Rhode Island where they become embroiled with a local family that hauntingly reflects their own. At once a mordant moral vision of modern family life and an ironic dissection of our self-deceptions, Julia Pierpont’s first novel is reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Dee’s blistering portraits of post 9/11 American family life. Brimming with lyricism and emotional intelligence, Among the Ten-Thousand Things is an astonishingly original and sure-footed debut that reflects our world back to us with extraordinary force.

Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars Author Sophie Jaff
ISBN-10 9780062346308
Year 2017-06-06
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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In Sophie Jaff’s spellbinding sequel to Love is Red, two women living centuries apart are bound together by an ancient prophecy, which ignites a dark story of obsession, betrayal, and revenge Rumors of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-eyed child, she was feared and then shunned by her medieval English village after her mother’s brutal murder. When her father remarries, Margaret—now a young woman—realizes that she must leave the village for good. Hundreds of years later, as fall comes to Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a killer’s attack, but her roommate Andrea was not so lucky and now Katherine is raising Andrea’s son, Lucas. However, the rest of her world is in ruins: the man she loves has left her and she’s pregnant with his child. She accepts she’ll be a single mother—until he insists on doing “the right thing”, which means taking her and Lucas with him to London for his new job. Katherine hopes that maybe she too can start over. But starting over doesn’t mean that the disturbing and dangerous encounters with strangers will end. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret’s fight to survive in a hostile world reveals she has inherited her mother’s extraordinary gifts—but will she use them for good or evil? Can Margaret change the destiny of Katherine and her unborn child? And what will happen if she succeeds?

On Wisconsin Women

On Wisconsin Women Author Genevieve G. McBride
ISBN-10 0299140040
Year 1993
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Univ of Wisconsin Press
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Wisconsin is known as the home of the Progressive party. But, in the words of a suffragist as late as 1912, "the last thing a man becomes progressive about is the activities of his wife." In On Wisconsin Women, Genevieve McBride traces women's work in reform movements in the state's politics and especially in its press. Even before Wisconsin became a state in 1848, women's news and opinions appeared in abolitionist journals and "temperance sheets," if often anonymously. But the first paper in Wisconsin published under a woman's name, however, was boycotted by Milwaukee printers and failed in 1853. From the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1866 to the state's historic ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919, Wisconsin women were never at a loss for words nor a newspaper to print them. Among women who would be heard were Mathilde Fransziska Anneke, Emma Brown, Lavinia Goodell, Emma Bascom, Olympia Brown, Belle Case La Follette, Ada L. James, and Theodora Winton Youmans. McBride brings their voices vividly to life, in their own words on their lifelong work for woman's rights. Nowhere was "the struggle" fought for so long and so hard as in Wisconsin. While women elsewhere sang suffrage hymns, women in the Badger State marched to a "fight song" with a familiar tune but sung in their own words--lyrics too long forgotten until now.

The Monied Metropolis

The Monied Metropolis Author Sven Beckert
ISBN-10 0521524105
Year 2003-02-03
Pages 492
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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This book, first published in 2001, is a comprehensive history of nineteenth-century New York City's powerful economic elite.