Libbie Hawker, “The Sekhmet Bed” (Running Rabbit Press, 2013)
Egypt in the Eighteenth Dynasty seems both impossibly distant in time and disconcertingly present. Over 250 years, the dynasty produced several of the rulers best known to modern Western culture: Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti, Tutankhamen (Tut), and Hatshepsut, the… Read More
Tara Conklin, “The House Girl” (William Morrow, 2013)
Lina Sparrow can’t believe her luck when the boss at her fancy New York law firm offers her a once-in-a-lifetime chance: find a suitable plaintiff for a class-action suit to be lodged against the U.S. government and fifty rich corporations… Read More
Pamela Mingle, “The Pursuit of Mary Bennet” (William Morrow, 2013)
It seems fair to say that a large proportion of the English-speaking reading public has encountered Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, either on the page or in one of the many adaptations for stage, screen, and television. At… Read More
James Aitcheson, “Sworn Sword” (Sourcebooks, 2014)
The chivalric society of medieval Europe resembled a pyramid, with each man sworn to serve the lord above him in a social hierarchy that reached up to the king. A warrior without a lord had no future, no means of… Read More
Jessica Brockmole, “Letters from Skye” (Ballantine Books, 2013)
In March 1912, a college student at the University of Illinois takes time away from his usual pursuits–painting the dean’s horse blue, climbing dorm walls with a sack of squirrels, reading Huckleberry Finn–to write a letter to a Scottish… Read More
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