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Lambda by David Musgrave

The conflict between a race of aquatic near-humans and their bigoted land-based relatives is the basis for this complex tale that mirrors current events. Immigrants and those from different cultures have long been at odds, as they are in this tale.

After the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

A comprehensive view of the Russian emigres, exiles from Imperial Russia and subsequently the Soviet Union. Intimate details of persons and outlines of the cultural and political outcomes engendered by the exodus at the turn of the 20th century. Rich with information and meticulously researched, it is a work of great merit.

The Last Professional by Ed Davis

An up-and-down adventure on the hobo road showing how the riders of the rails have lived and even prospered in their own way with a wealth of tips on catching freight trains to ride for free. It is a story of friendship, loyalty and courage with a stimulating tingle of danger.

Daughter of the Morning Star by Craig Johnson

Walt and Henry once more exhibit steadfast resolution in their struggle to find justice for one of the many young women who disappear from reservations never to be found. Juggling crimes being committed all the while, they are looking into history and native beliefs for answers and confronting entities both temporal and spiritual.

Small World by Jonathan Evison

Decades, centuries, even, of struggle and suffering bear fruit that we may all recognize, even if we have not been part of it. Rich with characters and landscape, this is a substantial literary work that will satisfy any reader of historical fiction.

Wildland by Evan Osnos

A clear-eyed and exhaustive examination of the temperature of our cultural body with evidence of misdoings and prescriptions for a cure.

The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

A first-rate whodunit with stolen art, sinister dealers, obsessed collectors, an amoral hitman and a protagonist with his own problems, including romantic entanglement. Lots of fun and informative, too.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

A mix of classic mythology and historical records with the engaging tale of two brothers from Nebraska who find themselves in the midst of an adventure neither anticipated but which proves the equal of any great myth or seminal history.