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Soul Catcher: A Novel P.S.

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be found. Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and determination only a mother can feel. She bears the scars—inside and out—of a life lived in servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. Her flight is her one shot at freedom, and she would rather die than return to the living hell that she has left behind.

In the perilous years before the civil war, the fates of these two remarkable people will intertwine in an extraordinary adventure—a journey of hardship and redemption that will take them from Virginia to Boston and back—and one that will become an extraordinary test of character and will, mercy and compassion.

Soul Catcher: A Novel P.S. #ad - It is an odyssey that will change them both forever. Soul catcher is a dazzling tapestry of imagination and character, atmosphere and emotion. Augustus cain faces a past he wants to forget, a present without prospect or fortune, and an uncertain future marred by the loss of his most prized possession: the horse that has been his working companion for years.

Poignant and utterly compelling, it is a story to be savored and remembered.

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The Price of a Child: A Novel

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Vintage #ad - And we see her agonizing all the while about the baby boy she had to leave behind on the plantation, whom she is determined to rescue. In a remarkable feat of historical empathy, lorene Cary has created an authentic American heroine -- a woman who finds voice for the appalling loss and bitterness of her past, and who creates within herself a new humanity and an uncompromising freedom.

From the Hardcover edition. Temporarily stranded in philadelphia when they miss their steamboat, Ginnie makes a thrilling leap of the imagination: it is the moment she has been desperately waiting for, the moment she decides to be free. We follow ginnie as she settles with a respectable and rambunctious black family, as she reinvents herself, lectures far and wide in the cause of abolition, christens herself Mercer Gray, dodges slave catchers, and falls in love with a man whose own ties are a formidable barrier to their happiness.

In broad daylight, under the furious gaze of her master, she walks straight out of slavery into a new life -- and into a whole new set of compromising positions. A virginia planter is on his way to assume a diplomatic post in Nicaragua, Ginnie, accompanied by his cook, and two of her children one of whom is his.

The Price of a Child: A Novel #ad - An intimate, based on the true story of a valiant philadelphia freedwoman -- the first novel we have had from the author of Black Ice, gripping novel of the antebellum Underground Railroad, the "stunning memoir" New York Times of a black student's experience at a New England prep school in the 1970S.

The price of a child opens in the fall of 1855.

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The Queen of Palmyra: A Novel P.S.

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William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - In the words of jill mccorkle going away shoes, “Minrose Gwin is an extremely gifted writer and The Queen of Palmyra is a brilliant and compelling novel. ”. The most powerful and also the most lyrical novel about race, racism, and denial in the American South since To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee smith, author of on agate hill “Exquisitely beautiful… The novel grips the reader from its first page and relentlessly drives us to its conclusion.

William ferris, author of give my poor heart ease: voices of the mississippi blues An atmospheric debut novel about growing up in the changing South in 1960s Mississippi in the tradition of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.

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Beneath the Apple Leaves

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Kensington #ad - Lily morton is quick-witted and tough on the outside, but bears her own secret scars inside. With andrew in tow, they swap their three-story row house for a rough-and-tumble farm. Life in rural Pennsylvania is not as idyllic as Eveline imagined. Though he longs to be a veterinarian, he’s fated for a life underground, picking rock alongside his father.

That destiny changes when his aunt, Eveline Kiser, arranges for her husband to secure Andrew an apprenticeship on the railroad. Wracked with guilt, wilhelm finally agrees to his wife’s pleas to leave Pittsburgh’s smog behind. Wilhelm kiser, has found his american dream in Pittsburgh, with a well-paying job as a brakeman, a German immigrant, and a secure pension.

But on andrew’s first week, an incident goes tragically wrong, leaving him severely injured, his dreams shattered. But there is one piece of beauty in this rugged land. The soil is slow to yield and their farmhouse is in disrepair. Andrew’s bond with her will help steer them through all the challenges to come, even as anti-German sentiment spreads across America with the outbreak of World War I.

Beneath the Apple Leaves #ad - Beneath the apple leaves is a vivid, deeply moving portrait of family—its hardships, triumphs, and passions—and a powerfully authentic evocation of life on the land and the hearts that sustain it. Praise for daughter of australia“a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough’s classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage.

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GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

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Kensington #ad - Rubylyn bishop is luckier than some. Godpretty in the Tobacco Field is a tender, beautifully written second novel. Ann hiteliar's bench"this story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini. Booklist"you'll hear echoes of to Kill A Mockingbird in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide.

Godpretty in the tobacco field* longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize"A great piece of work. Bill burton, wfplkentucky npr affiliate on godpretty in the tobacco field by kim MicheleRichardson"A voice rich and authentic, Host, Morning Edition, steeped in the somber beauty that defines life in the South.

Or perhaps it's because of rainey ford, an african-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle's worrisome shadow and the town's disapproval. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson's debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

Susan wiggs, # 1 new york times bestselling author"An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson's debut novel. Rubylyn's predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she's imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field #ad - Atmospheric, poignant, godpretty in the tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, and searingly honest, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted. Richardson knows this place well, and GodPretty sings of that honesty.

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The Purchase: A Novel

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Anchor #ad - Winner of canada's 2012 governor general's award for fiction in this provocative and starkly beautiful historical novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the only available workers and where the family’s values and beliefs are sorely tested. In 1798, recently widowed and shunned by his fellow quakers when he marries his young servant girl to help with his five small children, Daniel Dickinson, moves his shaken family down the Wilderness Road to the Virginia/Kentucky border.

Darkly evocative, The Purchase is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life.  . Its memorable characters, drawn with compassion and depth, are compellingly human, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience. This ebook edition includes a reading group guide. Although determined to hold on to his quaker ways, daniel becomes the owner of a young boy named Onesimus, setting in motion a twisted chain of events that will lead to tragedy and murder, and despite his most dearly held belief that slavery is a sin, forever changing his children’s lives and driving the book to an unexpected conclusion.

The Purchase: A Novel #ad - A powerful novel of sacrifice and redemption set in a tiny community on the edge of the frontier, this spellbinding narrative unfolds around Daniel’s struggle to maintain his faith; his young wife, who must find her own way; and Mary, the eldest child, Ruth, who is bound to a runaway slave by a terrible secret.

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A Sudden Country: A Novel

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Random House #ad - As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold, are, both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been, and pasts and cultures collide, and may become. Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, A Sudden Country is, above all, and Native Americans, immigrants, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding.

A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. James maclaren, once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson’s Bay Company trader, has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness.

A Sudden Country: A Novel #ad - In the grip of a profound sorrow, whose home once spanned a continent, MacLaren, sets out to find his wife. Convinced that he is the key to her family’s safe passage, she persuades her husband to employ him. Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846, when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox.

But an act of secret vengeance changes his course, introducing him to a different wife and mother: Lucy Mitchell, journeying westward with her family. Lucy, and reluctant emigrant, careful mother, a remarried widow, is drawn at once to the self-possessed MacLaren.

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The Alchemist's Daughter: A Novel

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Crown #ad - Secrets abound in this gripping tale of a young woman cloistered since birth who discovers that knowledge is no subsitute for experience when she choses to follow her heart over science. Raised by her father in near isolation in the English countryside, Emilie Selden is trained as a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist.

. But when emilie—against her father’s wishes—experiences the passion of first love, she decides to listen to her heart over her head. Banished to london and plunged headlong into a society that is both glamorous and ruthless, Emilie discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart.

The Alchemist's Daughter: A Novel #ad - When she tries to return to the world of books and study, she instead unravels a shocking secret that sets her on her true journey to enlightenment. In the spring of 1725, during the english Age of Reason, father and daughter embark upon their most daring alchemical experiment to date—attempting to breathe life into dead matter.

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

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Harper #ad - Emma edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Elizabeth van lew, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. Karen abbott, the new york times bestselling author of sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” USA Today, tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, an abolitionist, a farmgirl, and a widow—who were spies. After shooting a union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War #ad - The beautiful widow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. With a cast of real-life characters including walt whitman, soldier, abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Temptress, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Liar, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Liar, soldier, temptress, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps.  .

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Family

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Anchor #ad - Family #ad - California cooper paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always and four generations of her African-American family. In this wise, beguiling, and beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, award-winning playwright and author J.

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The Courtesan: A Novel

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Dutton #ad - Yet it is jinhua who accompanies him—as emissary to the foreign devil nations of Prussia, Austria-Hungary, and Russia—on an exotic journey to Vienna. As he struggles to play his part in china's early, blundering diplomatic engagement with the Western world, Jinhua’s eyes and heart are opened to the irresistible possibilities of a place that is mesmerizing and strange, where she will struggle against the constraints of tradition and her husband’s authority and seek to find “Great Love.

Sai jinhua is an altered woman when she returns to a changed and changing China, where a dangerous clash of cultures pits East against West. For seven silver coins, she is sold to a brothel-keeper and subjected to the worst of human nature. Seven-year-old jinhua is left an orphan, alone and unprotected after her mandarin father’s summary execution for the crime of speaking the truth.

The Courtesan: A Novel #ad - When an elegant but troubled scholar takes Jinhua as his concubine, she enters the close world of his jealous first wife. A timeless novel inspired by the legendary real-life Chinese courtesan Sai Jinhua—an extraordinary woman who bridged two worlds in the twilight decades of the Qing dynasty, a tumultuous era of East meets West.

As the boxer rebellion brews and finally breaks, Jinhua’s Western sympathies will threaten not only her own survival but the survival of those who are most dear to her. An authentic and beautifully written portrait of China’s relationship with the West, the story of the incredible Sai Jinhua, told the way it might have been, is not to be forgotten.

The year is 1881.

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