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The Quality Of Mercy by Barry Unsworth

The Quality of Mercy is the sequel to Barry Unsworth’s Booker Prize winner The Sacred Hunger, a novel about a slave ship revolt where the survivors ended up living peacefully in an interracial community in Florida, before they were found … Continue reading

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The Widow’s War by Mary Mackey

I needed a book set in Kansas and I have a love of historical fiction.  I ran across this book, which features the fight for Kansas Territory between the abolitionists and the pro-slavers during the mid 19th century, and it … Continue reading

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Song Yet Sung by James McBride

Liz Spocott is a runaway slave in 1850 Maryland.  She is shot in the head and captured by slave traders, when she manages to escape, setting free the other captures slaves at the same time.  In McBride’s novel, we are … Continue reading

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The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

It is 1850. Honor Bright is an English Quaker, who accompanies her soon-to-be married sister to America..  Tragedy strikes.  The sister dies following a short illness, and Honor is stranded in Ohio, with a not very welcoming community of Quakers. … Continue reading

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Chesapeake by James Michener

James Michener has a remarkable talent for introducing a setting and taking his readers on a journey, that will make one understand the area through it’s history and it’s people.  In Chesapeake, he forms a novel around that area in … Continue reading

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Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Having just read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, I was interested to read more about the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, and Bill O’Reilly’s book didn’t disappoint.  Every child learns in history class that President Abraham Lincoln was … Continue reading

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The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara

Jeff Shaara is truly a master at depicting the intricacies of war.  In The Last Full Measure, he takes on the final battles of the Civil War, and what surely must be going through the heads of the most notable … Continue reading

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