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Week of February 8, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of February 8th include GET IN TROUBLE, Kelly Link's first short story collection for adult readers in over a decade; AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST by Alan Bradley, in which Flavia de Luce takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools; THE INVENTION OF FIRE, which comes courtesy of Bruce Holsinger, the author of the acclaimed historical thriller A BURNABLE BOOK, who once again brings medieval London alive in all its color and detail in a novel that imagines the beginnings of gun violence in the Western world; and 17 CARNATIONS, a meticulously researched historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor and Adolf Hitler before, during and after World War II.

February 2016

February's roundup of History titles includes WEST OF EDEN, a mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from Jean Stein, the author of the contemporary classic EDIE; THE FIRST CONGRESS by Fergus M. Bordewich, which tells the dramatic story of the two remarkable years when George Washington, James Madison and their dedicated colleagues struggled to successfully create our government, an achievement that has lasted to the present day; THE BLACK CALHOUNS, in which Gail Lumet Buckley --- the daughter of actress Lena Horne --- delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African-American family from Civil War to Civil Rights; and Patricia Bell-Scott's THE FIREBRAND AND THE FIRST LADY, which details the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.

March 2015

March’s roundup of History titles includes DEAD WAKE, Erik Larson’s enthralling account of the sinking of the Lusitania that also brings to life a cast of evocative characters --- from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson; THE DEATH OF CAESAR, the exciting, dramatic story of one of history’s most famous events --- the death of Julius Caesar --- which is now placed in full context of Rome’s civil wars by Barry Strauss; THE GREAT DIVIDE, in which acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and leadership styles of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson shaped two opposing views of the presidency --- and the nation; and A GREAT AND TERRIBLE KING, the first major biography of King Edward I, whose reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale.