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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.

Week of March 13, 2017

Paperback releases for the week of March 13th include JANE STEELE, Lyndsay Faye's reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer, which has been nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel; RIGHTFUL HERITAGE, historian Douglas Brinkley's chronicle of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands; TWO IF BY SEA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, an epic story about an unlikely hero whose life is transformed when he rescues a boy with an extraordinary gift; and MAGGIE SMITH, Michael Coveney's biography of Dame Maggie Smith, whose stage and screen career spans six decades.