Looking for a great new book to read this month? Why not try one of these three great titles? We hope you will enjoy them. Happy reading!
Love Fiercely: a Gilded Age Romance By Jean Zimmerman, March 2012, 315 pages.
Edith Wharton fans will find much to love in this true life story of Edie Minturn and Newton Stokes, a couple whose romance embraced the spirit of New York during the Gilded Age of the 1890s. Newton was an earnest and bookish heir to a large fortune and Edith, nicknamed "Fiercely," in her girlhood, was a well-traveled and well-educated suffragette. Her likeness was used for the statue that towered over the 1895 World’s Fair. John Singer Sargent painted the couple’s portrait in 1897 that is on the cover of the book. Drawing from the family’s papers and other historical sources, Zimmerman’s prose makes it easy to imagine the couple, the painting and the New York world they inhabited.
Truth of All Things By Kieran Shields, March 2012, 416 pages.
Investigating the murder of a prostitute in 1892 Portland, Maine, newly appointed Deputy Marshal Archie Lean discovers that the victim was ritually executed as a witch, prompting him to enlist the help of a historian and a brilliant criminologist with whom he follows a trail to the spiritual societies and asylums of gothic New England. Fans of The DaVinci Code and psychological thrillers will enjoy this debut novel from Shields.
The Family Corleone By Edward Falco, May 2012, 384 pages.
A prequel to The Godfather, inspired by a screenplay by Mario Puzo, continues the saga of the Corleone Family during the Great Depression, when Vito hides the truth of his occupation from his children and engages in violent measures to secure his family's fortunes at the end of the Prohibition era. This is an exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal. It will appeal to the legions of fans that can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.
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