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Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

by Therese Anne Fowler Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win

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Posted in Early Modern History, Modern History

Historical Fiction: Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour

by Alice McDermott On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife―“that the hours of

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Posted in Modern History

The History Behind the Mystery: The Devil’s Half Mile

by Paddy Hirsch Journey back to New York City in the days in which our nation was a young country, still finding its way—before The Alienist, before Gangs of New York… where the Wall Street as we know it was

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Posted in Modern History

The History Behind the Mystery: Death in St. Petersburg

by Tasha Alexander While the principal characters in Death in St. Petersburg are fictional, there are a handful in supporting roles (beyond Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra) who were real.

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Posted in Modern History

Kristin Hannah: A Look at Women in War

The Nightingale

The History Reader In her newest novel The Nightingale, Historical Fiction novelist and New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah offers a look at the heroism and personal sacrifice that women make during wartime.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History, Test History

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