Yellow Jack: A Novel

W. W. Norton & Company - An erotic, disturbing novel. Russell's "virtuoso storytelling, evocative prose and original conception mark his first book as a significant work that we can only hope will be followed by many more" Chicago Tribune. In this "luminously haunting" entertainment Weekly portrait of decadence, daguerrotypist Claude Marchand becomes hopelessly entangled with both a voodoo-adept octoroon mistress and the erotically precocious daughter of a prominent New Orleans family.

Yellow jack is a ribald, death, picaresque trip through an 1840s New Orleans saturated with sex, drugs, and corruption. Russell has distilled the new orleans of the mid-1800s, the terrible fever of the title, and the savage lives of the characters into a novel of terrible beauty. Nashville Scene. Irresistible.

Yellow Jack: A Novel - New orleans times-picayunehailed by reviewers as "an electrifying debut" baltimore Sun and "perhaps the best evocation of New Orleans ever to appear in print" Richmond Times-Dispatch, Yellow Jack has given Southern literature its own intoxicating hybrid of Caleb Carr, Flannery O'Connor, and Vladimir Nabokov.

. Shimmers with intensity.

The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped

Bantam - They could not have been more different, and they would meet only for a short time in 1502, but the events that transpired when they did would significantly alter each man’s perceptions—and the course of Western history. In 1502, italy was riven by conflict, with the city of Florence as the ultimate prize.

. Machiavelli, the consummate political manipulator, attempted to placate the savage Borgia by volunteering Leonardo to be Borgia’s chief military engineer. That autumn, remote villages, the three men embarked together on a brief, perilous, and fateful journey through the mountains, and hill towns of the Italian Romagna—the details of which were revealed in Machiavelli’s frequent dispatches and Leonardo’s meticulous notebooks.

The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped - Superbly written and thoroughly researched, the Philosopher,  The Artist, and the Warrior is a work of narrative genius—whose subject is the nature of genius itself. Leonardo da vinci, niccolò machiavelli, and Cesare Borgia—three iconic figures whose intersecting lives provide the basis for this astonishing work of narrative history.

Canaan: A Novel

W. W. Norton & Company - Its points of reference are richmond in the throes of reconstruction; the trading floors of Wall Street; a Virginia plantation; and the Great Plains, where the splendidly arrogant George Custer—Yellowhair—rides to his fate against Sitting Bull’s warriors. This is the story of America over twenty years of its most turbulent history.

Through her eyes we witness the hanging of her father by whites in the mass execution of 1863, Red Cloud’s banquet with President Grant, and that final confrontation on the bluffs above the Little Bighorn. A bred-in-the-bones storyteller. Geraldine BrooksCanaan fills a vast canvas. The characters are black, and red, white, ex-Union and ex-Confederate; and the principal narrator is a Santee woman She Goes Before who marries an ex-slave.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Random House - Weaving in the compelling saga of the minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.

Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, and their formidable mother, actress June Havoc, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee - Enter gypsy rose lee, bawdy, a strutting, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, struggle, glamour, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, and survival.

New york times bestselleramerica was flying high in the Roaring Twenties.

Fourth Street East: A Novel of How It Was The Benny Kramer Novels Book 1

Open Road Media - By the time he died, but much wiser, he was no richer, and everything he learned he imparted to his son. Handed a banana and told it was “American food, ” he scarfed it down, peel and all. Growing up on new york’s lower East Side between the wars, Benny’s life was just as chaotic as his neighborhood.

How many young boys have seen a man decapitated by a horse? how many know blacksmiths who got tangled up in a multiple homicide? How many win an elocution contest, only to find out it was rigged by the mob? For Benny, these are everyday events, and he remembers them with the biting wit that made Jerome Weidman one of the most beloved novelists of his day.

Fourth Street East: A Novel of How It Was The Benny Kramer Novels Book 1 - A new york times–bestselling author’s poignant novel of a boy’s coming of age on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1920s. When benny kramer’s father came to the United States, broke, he was hungry, and ignorant. This ebook features a foreword by Alistair Cooke.

Company of Liars: A Novel

Delacorte Press - And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming. Magical, and raw, heart-quickening, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction. The year is 1348. From camelot, to cygnus, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, the one-armed storyteller .

In this extraordinary novel, karen maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama. None is what they seem. The black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, brought together by chance, nine desperate strangers, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.

Company of Liars: A Novel - Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret.

Night of Sorrows: A Novel

W. W. Norton & Company - Night of sorrows plunges readers into the conflicting New Worlds of the mysterious Malintzín, born as an Aztec princess and sold as a slave, and her dashing and ruthless lover-master, conquistador Hernán Cortés. A tale of love and conquest, "full of page-turning situations. Worthy of a garcía Lorca drama" San Francisco Chronicle.

A historical novel about the conquistador Cortés and the Aztec princess Malintzín, by a "stunning" New York Times Book Review writer. Reading group guide included. Set at the twilight of the aztec empire—april 1519 through the night of sorrows, la noche triste, feminine identity, prostitution, June 30, 1520—Night of Sorrows explores the nature of slavery and imperialism, friendship, and the macho ideal.

Night of Sorrows: A Novel - We witness the volatile dynamics and multifarious intrigues of the commander and his temperamental compadres, and weather the heartbreaking inner odyssey of Malintzín. Combining historical and fictional characters, Frances Sherwood's new novel is the story of a spectacular clash of traditions, smells, imbued with her characteristic humor and bringing to life the colors, and sounds of Mexico.

As they march through the empire of the sun to the shimmering island metropolis, Tenochtítlan Mexico City, Cortés advances his cause by winning friends through Machiavellian conniving and confronting enemies in merciless battle.

The Ballroom: A Novel

Random House - Amid this heady ambience, John Mulligan and Ella Fay first meet. Then one of them receives an unexpected opportunity to leave Sharston for good. Deeply moving. The irish Times. Praise for the ballroom“the ballroom successfully blends historical research with emotional intelligence to explore the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight.

New york times book review“part historical novel and part romance, The Ballroom paints an incredibly rich portrait of the mentally stable forced to live in an asylum. At its heart is a tender and absorbing love story. Daily mail   “Compelling and masterful. She enlists a friend to read them aloud and gains resolve from the force of John’s words, each sentence a stirring incantation.

The Ballroom: A Novel - And, of course, there’s always the promise of the ballroom. At sharston asylum, men and women are separated by thick walls and barred windows. Anna hope transports readers inside the asylum, to feel the thick humidity of the stale summer air of the day room, and the gritty and brutal reality inside those walls.

Booklist   “a compelling cast of emotionally resonant characters, as well as a bittersweet climax, render Hope’s second novel a powerful, memorable experience.

Soul Catcher: A Novel P.S.

HarperCollins e-books - He is also a man haunted by a terrible skill—the ability to track people who don't want to be found. It is an odyssey that will change them both forever. Soul catcher is a dazzling tapestry of imagination and character, atmosphere and emotion. Poignant and utterly compelling, it is a story to be savored and remembered.

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. Her flight is her one shot at freedom, and she would rather die than return to the living hell that she has left behind.

Soul Catcher: A Novel P.S. - 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.

She bears the scars—inside and out—of a life lived in servitude to a cruel and unforgiving master. Rosetta is a runaway slave fueled by the passion and determination only a mother can feel.

An Elephant for Aristotle

Phoenix Pick - What finer way for alexander the Great to honor his old tutor Aristotle than to send him an actual Indian elephant. After capturing a magnificent specimen from an Indian ruler, a cavalry commander, Alexander tasks Leon of Atrax, to deliver the animal to Aristotle in Athens. Leon leads a motley crew of companions and the elephant from India to Greece, and in the process encounter all sorts of dangers and adventures while completing the long and arduous journey.

An amazing narrative vehicle for the display of. A fairly complete composite of the life and times of which the author writes. The chicago daily tribune"by hybridizing a middle-eastern travelogue with an Alexandrine comedy of manners, the author has produced a specimen only slightly less rare then elephants in Westchester–to wit, a historical novel with a sense of humor.

An Elephant for Aristotle - The new york Times“Engaging new novel. The washington Post.

The Summer House Party

Head of Zeus - Within three years, the country will be engulfed in war, but for now time stands still as they sip champagne on the lawn, engaging in casual flirtations and carefree conversation. For all of them, that summer house party will be a turning point. Then a shocking death puts an end to their revelry, changing everything in an instant.

In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house party. The mistakes made during that fateful weekend will change their lives for ever.