New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

October 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Maiden flight : a novel

October 21, 2016
Haskell, Harry, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Katharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved. Written by the grandson of Harry Haskell, Maiden Flight is imaginatively reconstructed from personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period--in particular, Katharine's lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Above all, the book celebrates Katharine's abundant store of what she called "human nature"--Her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness"-- Provided by publisher.

The midwife's dilemma

October 21, 2016
Parr, Delia, author.
Minneapolis, Minneosta : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
317 pages ; 22 cm.
Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger.

The authentic William James : a Sebastian Becker novel

October 19, 2016
Gallagher, Stephen, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
316 pages ; 24 cm
In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England's leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Sebastian Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows. Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist, known as "Wild West Showman, The Authentic William James", Becker travels from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker's appointed role to do his country's bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

By gaslight

October 19, 2016
Price, Steven, 1976- author.
731 pages ; 24 cm
William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective, and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

The other Einstein : a novel

October 19, 2016
Benedict, Marie, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

The perks of loving a scoundrel

October 18, 2016
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
"Every girl dreams of a hero...But sometimes only a scoundrel will do. No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that's why she's reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won't end up with a villain instead. When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London's most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment's indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country. When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured." -- Provided by publisher.

Crossing the horizon : a novel

October 18, 2016
Notaro, Laurie, author.
455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1927, three women, including the daughter of an earl, a former cigar girl-turned-society darling, and a beauty pageant contestant, all vie to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

El Paso : a novel

October 18, 2016
Groom, Winston, 1944- author.
xii, 477 pages ; 25 cm
When the Colonel's famous Valle del Sol ranch is raided, it was Pancho Villa who not only stole the cattle but also murdered the ranch manager. Even worse, Villa's henchmen abduct the Colonel's grandchildren in another daring raid only days later. Frantic, the aging patriarch and his adopted son race to El Paso, hoping to gather a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt down the generalissimo on his own turf. But their deep pockets and political clout mean next to nothing in a crumbling nation rife with communist sympathizers. When a twist of fate unites his party with that of Johnny Ollas, an aspiring matador whose wife has also been kidnapped by the marauding revolutionaries, the two factions gallop off on an extraordinary manhunt through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth: the vast and snake-ridden Sierra Madre.

Sirius : a novel about the little dog who almost changed history

October 18, 2016
Crown, Jonathan, 1953- author.
247 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Translation originally published: London : Head of Zeus, 2015.
"Originally published in the German language in 2014"--Title-page verso.
"A highly original, tragicomic novel as seen through Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and, ultimately, contributes to Hitler's downfall"--

A taste for monsters

October 17, 2016
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976- author.
343 pages ; 22 cm
In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.

Among the living

October 17, 2016
Rabb, Jonathan, author.
303 pages ; 24 cm.
"In late summer 1947, thirty-one-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, arrives in Savannah to live with his only remaining relatives. They are Abe and Pearl Jesler, older, childless, and an integral part of the thriving Jewish community that has been in Georgia since the founding of the colony. There, Yitzhak discovers a fractured world, where Reform and Conservative Jews live separate lives--distinctions, to him, that are meaningless given what he has been through. He further complicates things when, much to the Jeslers' dismay, he falls in love with Eva, a young widow within the Reform community. When a woman from Yitzhak's past suddenly appears--one who is even more shattered than he is--Yitzhak must choose between a dark and tortured familiarity and the promise of a bright new life. Set amid the backdrop of America's postwar south, Among the Living grapples with questions of identity and belonging, and steps beyond the Jewish experience as it situates Yitzhak's story during the last gasp of the Jim Crow era. Yitzhak begins to find echoes of his own experience in the lives of the black family who work for the Jeslers--an affinity he does not share with the Jeslers themselves. This realization both surprises and convinces Yitzhak that his choices are not as clear-cut as he might have thought"-- Provided by publisher.

Cakewalk : a novel

October 14, 2016
Brown, Rita Mae, author.
xiv, 301 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends. An outrageous, affecting, and surprising story of passion, rivalry, and small town antics only Rita Mae Brown could create"-- Provided by publisher.

The girl from Venice : a novel

October 14, 2016
Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2016.
308 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith, whom The Washington Post has declared "that uncommon phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction," The Girl from Venice is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. Venice, 1945. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon. The Girl from Venice is a thriller, a mystery, and a retelling of Italian history that will take your breath away. Most of all it is a love story"-- Provided by publisher.

Do you want to start a scandal

October 14, 2016
Dare, Tessa, author.
New York : Avon Books, 2016
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library ... All Charlotte Highwood knows is this-- it wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Grandville-- the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace ... But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own ... Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sorn to never love?"-- Page 4 of cover.

The Christmas secret

October 14, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
136 pages ; 21 cm
In 1880's Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

Free town

October 14, 2016
Sommers, August.
[United States] : [August Sommers], [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Title page identifies the author as "Autumn Sommers".
Cover title.
Free Town is the third in a trilogy following the continuing saga of Caesar and the freemen that he leads from Mississippi to Mexico in their search for asylum. Caesar and the now freed slaves journey to Indian Territory and then to northern Mexico where they establish a free town.

The rise of Caesar

October 14, 2016
Sommers, August.
[United States] : [August Sommers], [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 24 cm
The Rise of Caesar is the story of how twenty eight year old Caesar came to lead one of the largest band of armed African slaves in defense of their homes at Three Winds Plantations.

The queen's accomplice

October 13, 2016
MacNeal, Susan Elia, author.
353 pages ; 21 cm.
"This New York Times bestselling mystery series continues as American-born codebreaker extraordinaire, Maggie Hope, returns to England to continue her intelligence work during World War II. England, 1942. Great Britain and the U.S. have joined forces to fight the Nazis. In London, Maggie Hope takes on the biggest challenge of her career: finding a killer who models himself on Jack the Ripper--and who targets female intelligence Maggie"-- Provided by publisher.

To love a Texas ranger

October 13, 2016
Broday, Linda, author.
441 pages ; 18 cm
"The men of legend" --Cover
After being gravely injured chasing a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend heads for home, only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run.

Crane pond : a novel of Salem

October 13, 2016
Francis, Richard, 1945-
New York : Europa Editions, 2016.
350 pages ; 21 cm.
"In Crane Pond, Richard Francis reveals a side of the history that is not often recounted, as he skillfully constructs a portrait of Samuel Sewall, the only judge to later admit that a terrible mistake had been made. In a colony on the edge of survival in a mysterious new world where infant mortality is high and sin is to blame, Sweall is committed to being a loving family man, a good citizen, and a fair-minded judge. Like any believing Puritan, he agonizes over what others think of him, while striving to act morally correct, keep the peace, and (hopefully make time to) enjoy a hefty slice of pie. His one regret is that only months before he didn't sentence a group of pirates to death. What begins as a touching story of a bumbling man tasked with making judgements in a society where reason is often ephemeral, quickly becomes the chilling narrative we know too well. And when public opinion wavers, Sweall learns that what has been done cannot be undone"

Napoleon's last island : a novel

October 12, 2016
Keneally, Thomas, author.
423 pages ; 24 cm
A "historical novel set on the remote island of Saint Helena about the remarkable friendship between a young woman and one of history's most intriguing figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, during the final years of his life in exile."-- Provided by publisher.

The captive heart : a novel

October 11, 2016
Griep, Michelle, author.
309 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"On the run from a brute of an aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes from England to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when she's forced to agree to an even harsher contract - marriage to a man she's never met." -- Back cover.

The girl in the castle : a novel

October 10, 2016
Montefiore, Santa, 1970- author.
538, 27 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published as Songs of Love and War in Great Britain in 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd."--Title page verso.
"Santa Montefiore presents the first book in a trilogy that follows three Irish women through the decades of the twentieth century"-- Publisher.

The Babe Ruth deception

October 10, 2016
Stewart, David O, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning--baseball heroes are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruth's 1918 World Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned"--Dust jacket flap.

My fair princess

October 7, 2016
Kelly, Vanessa, author.
362 pages ; 18 cm.
Ordered home to England to find a suitable husband, willful beauty Gillian Dryden, the illegitimate daughter of a prince, is sent to the Duke of Leverton to be transformed from a tomboy into a blushing debutante, but her outrageous behavior sets the town on its ear and brings the Duke to his knees.

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