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I Am Abraham

Jerome Charyn's fiftieth book may be his best. Abraham Lincoln, known to his contemporaries as a man who loved to tell a good story, steps down from history's pedestal to narrate his improbable career with wit and charm. A bravura act of literary ventriloquism.

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The Night of the Rambler

The Caribbean British territory of Anguilla’s fight for independence from neighboring isles Saint Kitts and Nevis is starkly detailed in Montague Kobbe’s debut, emerging in a fictionalized narrative of the fateful events of June 9, 1967.

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  • HISTORICAL FICTION

On Sal Mal Lane

The Sri Lankan Civil war is creeping up on the residents of quiet and ordinary Sal Mal Lane, who must cope with the rising conflict while trying to preserve their children’s innocence.

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Elizabeth I

Margaret George's capacious historical novel offers a portrait of the Elizabethan Age in duelling voices—one belonging to Queen Bess herself and the other to her lookalike cousin and enemy, Lettice Knollys. There's room enough for political machinations, palace intrigues, romantic passion—and Shakespeare, too.

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Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

Continuing the story, begun in Roma, of the aristocratic Pinarius family, Steven Saylor follows its fortunes through the peak decades of Rome's empire, the age of Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Trajan, and Hadrian.

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The Pindar Diamond

Katie Hickman’s vividly drawn historical confection transports us to 17th-century Venice, where an English merchant schemes to win the 322-carat gem of the novel’s title at the gaming table while several storylines converge with page-turning satisfaction.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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