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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.

Strangers I Know by Claudia Durastanti

An autobiographical fiction with meaning for any reader, particularly if language and its meaning to humankind is of interest. Sometimes funny and warm, sometimes dark and disturbing, it’s a great work of literature.

The Heretic by Liam McIlvanney

A quick-paced and character-driven Scottish mystery set in the gray and somber streets of Glasgow follows murder and gang-related retribution to a satisfying ending that should please any whodunit reader.

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.

Celebrate Black Love

This Black History Month, celebrate Black Love with powerhouse authors J. Elle, Nicola Yoon, Elise Bryant, Kalynn Bayron, and Alechia Dow.


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.