• Moonrise Over New Jessup

    By Jamila Minnicks (Fic Minn, PLAY Fic Minn)

    Alice Young steps off the bus into the all-Black town of New Jessup, where residents have largely rejected integration. In this place, Alice falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge the status quo and could lead to their expulsion from the home they both hold dear.

  • Skull Water

    By Heinz Insu Fenkl (Fic Fenk) 

    Skull Water is a coming-of-age story set in South Korea about Insu, the son of a Korean mother and a GI father in the U.S. Army, and the intertwined tale of his Korean Big Uncle, who was exiled to a mountain cave near the family village to die.

  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

    By Paterson Joseph (Fic Jose) 

    Georgian London is not a safe place for Sancho, a young Black man who has escaped slavery. So how does the same Charles Ignatius Sancho meet the king, write and play highly acclaimed music, become the first Black person to vote in Britain, and lead the fight to end slavery?

  • The Dance Tree

    By Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Fic Harg, PLAY Fic Harg, eBook, eAudiobook)

    Strasbourg, 1518. In the midst of a blisteringly hot summer, a woman begins to dance in the square. Set in an era of superstition, hysteria, and extraordinary change, and inspired by true events, The Dance Tree is a story of family secrets, forbidden love, and women pushed to the edge.

  • The World and All That It Holds

    By Aleksandar Hemon (Fic Hemo, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    As the Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrives in Sarajevo one June day in 1914, Rafael Pinto is busy behind the counter at the pharmacy he inherited from his father. Then the world explodes. War devours all. Together, Pinto and fellow soldier Osman will escape the trenches and survive near-certain death.

  • Picture in the Sand

    By Peter Blauner (Fic Blau, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    Peter Blauner's epic Picture in the Sand is a sweeping intergenerational saga told through a grandfather's passionate letters to his grandson, passing on the story of his political rebellion in 1950s Egypt in order to save his grandson's life in a post-9/11 world.

  • The Lost Journals of Sacajewea

    By Debra Magpie Earling (Fic Earl, eBook) 

    Among the most memorialized women in American history, Sacajewea served as interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark. In this novel, acclaimed Indigenous author Debra Magpie Earling brings this figure to life, casting light on the men who brutalized her and recentering Sacajewea as the arbiter of her own history.

  • The Romantic: The Real Life of Cashel Greville Ross

    By William Boyd (Fic Boyd, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    One man, many lives . . . Cashel Greville Ross seeks his fortune across the turbulence of multiple continents, from County Cork to rural Massachusetts, from Waterloo to Zanzibar, embedded with the East Indian Army in Sri Lanka, sunning himself alongside the Romantic poets in Pisa.

  • Queen of Exiles

    By Vanessa Riley (Fic Rile) 

    Queen of Exiles is the tale of a remarkable Black woman of history--Marie-Louise Christophe, wife and then widow of Henry I--a canny and bold survivor who chooses the fire of political struggle, and then is forced to rebuild her life on her own terms, forever a queen.

  • Bessie

    By Linda Kass (Fic Kass) 

    Drawing on biographical and historical sources, Bessie reimagines the early life of Bess Myerson, a college-educated daughter of poor Russian Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx, who remarkably rises to become one of the most famous women in America, competing in the Miss America pageant. At stake: a $5,000 scholarship.

  • King of the Armadillos

    By Wendy Chin-Tanner (Fic Chin, PLAY Chin, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    A transcendent debut novel about family, love, and belonging, set against the backdrops of 1950s New York City and a historical leprosarium in Louisiana, following one young man’s quest to not only survive, but also live a full and vibrant life.

  • River Spirit

    By Leila Aboulela (Fic Abou) 

    In River Spirit, Leila Aboulela gives us the unforgettable story of a people who-against the odds and for a brief time-gained independence from foreign rule through their willpower, subterfuge, and sacrifice in the years leading up to the British conquest of Sudan in 1898.

  • Never Sleep

    By Fred Van Lente (Fic VanL) 

    The year is 1861, the eve of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration. For Kate Warn, the first female private detective in American history, the only assignment tougher than exposing a conspiracy to assassinate the new president is training her new mentee, Hattie McLaughlin, in the art of detection.

  • The Thread Collectors

    By Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman (Fic Edwa, Q Edwa, CD Fic Edwa, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    In 1863, a young Black woman who embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army crosses paths with a Jewish seamstress who helps her discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save.

  • The Last of the Seven

    By Steven Hartov (Fic Hart, eBook, eAudiobook) 

    A lone soldier wearing a German uniform stumbles into a British military camp in the North African desert with an incredible story to tell. He is the only survivor of an undercover operation meant to infiltrate a Nazi base, trading on the soldiers' perfect fluency in German.