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    The Women of Chateau Lafayette

    The Women of Chateau Lafayette, Stephanie Dray's latest work of historical fiction, revolves around three courageous individuals who navigate the dangers of warfare during different time periods: Adrienne Lafayette (1759-1807), a politically astute woman who helped her husband usher in the French ...

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    The Woman's Peace Party

    In The Women of Chateau Lafayette, New York socialite and war supporter Beatrice Ashley Chanler is often at odds with the Woman's Peace Party (WPP), an organization that opposed war in general and the United States' entry into World War I in particular. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia ...

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    Windhall

    Ava Barry's debut mystery novel Windhall is centered around the salacious murder of a starlet named Eleanor Hayes during Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1940s. At the time of her death, Hayes is a household name and embodies the glamour and beauty of the era, especially in films directed by her friend...

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    The Black Dahlia Murder

    In Windhall, the murder of Hollywood starlet Eleanor Hayes is the unsolved crime of the century. Eleanor's friend and movie director Theodore Langley was initially accused of the crime, but he was never charged, and speculation abounds as to what exactly happened on that unfortunate night. ...

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    Libertie

    Kaitlyn Greenidge burst onto the literary scene in 2016 with her award-winning novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman. This brilliant debut wove together an intimate story of family relationships with a larger narrative about the interplay of race, history and language. Now, Greenidge has followed up ...

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    The Lost (and Found) Community of Weeksville

    Greenidge's character Dr. Cathy Sampson in Libertie is based on the real-life story of Dr. Susan McKinney Steward, the first Black woman to become a medical doctor in New York State. The novel's setting, meanwhile, is based on the historical settlement of Weeksville, which was located in what is now...

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    Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

    "Kim Jiyoung is thirty-three years old, thirty-four Korean age. She got married three years ago and had a daughter last year. […] Jiyoung's abnormal behavior was first detected on 8 September."

    So begins Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-Joo's daring excavation of a young woman crumbling ...

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    Feminist Movements in South Korea

    South Korean society has long been profoundly patriarchal, with traditional expectations that designate men as breadwinners and women as homemakers remaining intact even as more women have entered the workforce. According to a 2017 report, Korea has the highest gender pay gap among all Organisation ...

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    A Good Neighborhood

    After fictionalized biographies of Zelda Fitzgerald (Z, 2013) and Alva Vanderbilt (A Well-Behaved Woman, 2018), Therese Anne Fowler has returned to the kind of contemporary setting that characterized her first three novels. A Good Neighborhood is an up-to-the-minute story packed with complex issues ...

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    Tree Law in the United States

    In Therese Anne Fowler's A Good Neighborhood, a lawsuit over a tree precipitates a series of tragic events. It is not uncommon for a tree to be the basis of a dispute between neighbors. Fallen trees or branches often affect neighbors, but remain the responsibility of the person whose property ...

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    The Mountains Sing

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    All 23 of our First Impressions reviewers for The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai rated the book 4 or 5 stars, with over half giving it 5 stars, resulting in an inspiring average rating of 4.6.

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    Land Reforms in North Vietnam (1953-1956)

    The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế is set against the backdrop of several decades in Northern Vietnam, including the period from 1945 to 1976 when it was an independent state known as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV). This was a time of extraordinary hardship brought about by...

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