Literary Fiction

The Last Ballad Wiley Cash

THE LAST BALLAD is a touching look at the hard scrabble life of mill workers during the 1920s and 1930s, and their uphill struggle to acquire some semblance of an existence. The book is so beautifully written and well researched that the reader will become swept up in the story. This is the breakout book for Wiley Cash...

Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon

TELEGRAPH AVENUE features a classic David versus Goliath of the music world. It is set in San Francisco starring friends and bandmates  trying to hang on to their struggling record emporium as a megastore is headed their way. The new operation is owned by an ex-NFL quarterback, who happens to be the fifth richest black...

Moonglow Michael Chabon

MOONGLOW is Chabon at his best, telling multiple stories that are taken from real life, although most are created from his mind. Readers will be  treated to an intense World War II hero who spends time in jail for attacking his civilian boss, a holocaust survivor, and even a few appearances from Wernher von Braun, the...

New Boy Tracy Chevalier

NEW BOY is Tracy Chevalier's retelling of Shakespeare's Othello on an elementary school playground of the 1970s. The Hogarth series and the world class authors chosen for the task, translate the Bard's work into stories all readers will appreciate.

 

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The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier

THE LAST RUNAWAY tells of a young Quaker woman who arrives in the American Midwest in the 1850s to find life very different from her home across the Atlantic. She is drawn into helping slaves escape on the Underground Railway and discovers principles count for little, even within a religious community famed for...

At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier

AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD is a riveting family drama with settings ranging from Connecticut through Ohio to California, in the middle of the nineteenth century. A harsh theme is discovered understanding different types of apple trees and the fruit they produce. This title has been selected as a Booksmith...

A Single Thread Tracy Chevalier

A SINGLE THREAD takes place in 1932, where Violet has become a "surplus woman" after the deaths of both her brother and her fiance in World War I. She saves up enough money to move away from her cold mother, and finds a community in a group of women who sew the kneelers for the grand cathedral in town. However, she...

Switchboard Soldiers Jennifer Chiaverini

SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS is the untold story of America's young women who went to the battlefields of Europe in World War One to set up communication lines between General Pershing, his officers and the men in the trenches. Considering the restrictions on the lives of these gals at this time, their essential role in the...

The Postmistress of Paris Meg Waite Clayton

THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS is the haunting book that has captivated the nation. Based of the true life story of an American heiress who risked her life to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of occupied France, this page-turner follows the dangerous adventures that take place under the Nazi's noses. It is one of the...

Everyone Brave is Forgiven Chris Cleave

EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN is set in London at the beginning of World War II, and tells the little known story of teachers sending their pupils to rural areas to protect them from Nazi air raids in London - the light skin children, that is. There is also a wartime story of romance and loss. The book is inspired by the...