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February 21, 2018

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month

By: Kirsten Edwards

March offers more than Daylight Savings and the promise of warmer temperatures, it also brings Women’s History Month.  Join us in honoring the legacies of some fascinating women of past and present.  Grab your favorite cozy blanket and curl up with these new releases in historical fiction – written by both upcoming and bestselling female authors.

Lyrical author Amy Bloom returns to book shelves with her new release, White Houses. This novel was inspired by the life of Lorena Hickok and her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt.  Bloom’s previous book, Lucky Us, is another historical fiction tale of strong women finding not only love, but themselves.

Marie Benedict is known for her biographical fiction hit, The Other Einstein.  In her January release Carnegie’s Maid, Benedict takes readers into the gilded word of Andrew Carnegie and the young maid who captured his affections.

Historical fiction takes a dramatic turn on the streets of 1950’s Morocco in the debut novel Tangerine by Christine Mangan.  Think of it as female twist on the Talented Mr. Ripley, it’ll have you on edge from the first chapter!

Whatever happened to Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia?  Ariel Lawhon paints a compelling picture of the fate of the youngest Romanov daughter in I Was Anastasia.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!  Elizabeth J Church transports readers to 1960s Vegas and the heyday of the showgirl in All the Beautiful Girls.

The silent era of Hollywood beckons in Melanie Benjamin’s The Girls in the Picture.  The novel focuses on the partnership between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford.  This semi-biographical tale takes readers to the golden shores of Southern California before WWI.  Benjamin’s no stranger to historical fiction and is best known for her hits The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and The Aviator’s Wife.

Finally, travel back to the time of Lord Byron and follow his daughter through London’s high society in Jennifer Chiaverini’s newest release Enchantress of Numbers.  Raised in the worlds of math and science, Ada Lovelace defies gender norms of the day by pursuing her passions – both professionally and romantically.  You might recognize Chiaverini from her Elm Creek Quilts series and universal bestseller Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.

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