Category: Historical

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner. Available now from Harper Audio.  From the Publisher: “The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for . . .

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UNREQUITED: Women and Romantic Obsession by Lisa A. Phillips plus GIVEAWAY

Available now from Tantor Audio. From the Publisher: “The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned thirty, she fell in love with someone who didn’t return her feelings. She soon became obsessed. She followed him around, called him compulsively, and talked about him endlessly. One desperate morning, after she snuck into his apartment building, he picked up . . .

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Spoken Freely Gives Back for JIAM 2013

Welcome to Day 2 of Spoken Freely’s month long project at Going Public! Today my narration is featured both at the Going Public site and at Linus’s Blanket.  I’ve donated my recording of Louisa May Alcott‘s story Death of a Soldier to the project.  You can download just this story, or purchase the entire collection . . .

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The Marchand Woman by Brian Garfield

Available now from Audible.com   From the Publisher: When her son is kidnapped in Mexico, a mother seeks vengeance. Film director Carole Marchand’s son has just been kidnapped for the third time. The first two times weren’t as troubling, since Carole had abducted Robert herself – incidents in her hideous divorce. This time, the kidnappers are . . .

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The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo

Available now from Harper Audio. From the Publisher: “Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women—an unbroken line of daughters—living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. Anna, the family matriarch, is 112 and determined to become the oldest person in the world. An . . .

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Review of THE ABSOLUTIST by John Boyne

From Other Press, New York: “The Absolutist is a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young privates, both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.” I received a copy of this book as part of my participation in Book Club hosted . . .

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Review: ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE by Stacia M. Brown

I read this book at the suggestion of Jennifer from LiterateHousewife.com, who set up a readalong so she’d have people to talk about it with.  So glad I joined in.  I agree, it warrants discussion.  Without the readalong, I might never have gotten around to reading it. This is a debut novel from Stacia Brown, but . . .

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: GODS OF GOTHAM by Lyndsay Faye

This is the first of occasional reviews that I’ll be posting here at Home Cooked Books.  I’ll only be reviewing books that I’m NOT narrating or directing for audio.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know so many book bloggers over the past year, and thanks to them, I’m inspired to add my two cents to . . .

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CHILD OF THE SOUTH by Joanna Catherine Scott

is available now at Audible.com From the publisher: From the award-winning author of The Road from Chapel Hill, comes a story of loyalty, duty, and love in the days following the Civil War. Returning to characters introduced in her previous novel, acclaimed author Joanna Catherine Scott explores the terrain of a devastated South, where the war is . . .

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THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew

Available now from Blackstone Audio. From the Publisher: “In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood—and for the woman who means the world to her. On a scorching day . . .

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