Empires of Sand by David Ball
Grand adventures from Paris to the Sahara in 1870.
Away by Amy Bloom
A young Russian immigrant mother in 1920s New York embarks on a risky odyssey to find her missing daughter.
Beguiled by Alice Borchardt
Love and war and Vikings in Medieval France.
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard becomes the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The battle of Agincourt; one of England's most dramatic victories of the 15th century.
A Mapmaker's Dream by James Cowan
A Venetian monk strives for a perfect map.
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
A coming-of-age story in early 1900s Montana.
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
An Indian request in 1854 for 1,000 white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Japanese-Americans in Seattle during the turbulent World War II era.
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
A billionaire 19th century American debutante seeks titled Englishman, but there are some things money can’t buy.
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
When the Ottoman Empire of 1836 is shattered, an intelligence agent conducts an investigation into the Empire's once-elite military forces.
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Third book in a series on the Boleyn family of 16th century English fame.
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover Mamah Cheney abandon their families to pursue higher artistic goals.
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slavery in antebellum Virginia.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
A young Puritan woman tries to cope with life after her mother is accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
A motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians to investigate the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler.
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
The Haymarket riot of 1920s Boston
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn in 16th century England.
An Army of Angels by Pamela Marcantel
A novel of Joan of Arc.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
A rich vision of the pain, loneliness, mystery and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
Mr. Darwin's Shooter by Roger McDonald
An exploration of natural worlds and a crisis of faith by one who worked alongside Darwin.
Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
A fictional tale of the life of Marie Antoinette.
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
A Civil War-era midwife travels to Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
A World War II saga about a Jewish family's struggle against annihilation, and the dangerous power of art in the time of war.
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Japanese-Americans in World War II internment camps.
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Murder in Restoration England.
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday team up in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas.
Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd
A fictionalized account of the history of Ireland.
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
An American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War captures the chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A Wall Street secretary is catapulted into the upper echelons of 1930s New York society by a chance encounter with a handsome banker.
The Book of Salt by Monique T.D. Truong
A personal cook to Gertrude Stein remembers his youth in French-colonized Vietnam.