By: Candice Millard
Winston Churchill was a great man—just as he set out to be. Making his mark in dangerous forays into wars in Afghanistan and the Sudan, the soldier quickly turned to starting a career in politics. Failing that, he then returned to the Boer War, not as an officer, but as a journalist, captured following a disastrous train wreck. In prison he constantly planned for escape. The rest of the story recounts his fantastic journey to friendly territory against impossible odds. This incredible but absolutely true story will thrill the reader until the triumphant end.
By: Irma Joubert
This piece of historical fiction follows a white, poor South African girl from the late 1930's through the 1960's. Persomi is born to a sharecropper's family in rural South Africa. Her life changes when she is awarded a scholarship to attend boarding school as a teenager. Eventually, she becomes a lawyer who tries to fight the local ordinances being enforced under Apartheid. This well-written novel will appeal to readers who like historical fiction set in other countries and cultures.
By: Phaedra Patrick
Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met--a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places. This is a charming story with quirky characters and humorous situations.
By: Jennifer Weiner
Author Jennifer Weiner is best known for her chick-lit bestsellers. In this piece of nonfiction, she writes about her life and her viewpoints. Having always struggled with her weight, Weiner describes her childhood self as a "Lane Bryant" in a "Abercrombie and Fitch world." Often teased and bullied by her peers, Weiner finally found her calling as a newspaper reporter. With dogged determination, she published her first novel in 2001 featuring a plus-sized heroine. This book is an appealing choice for anyone who enjoys well-written biographies and certainly a must for Weiner fans.
By: Hannah Gersen
Dean is a successful high school football coach in small town Delaware. His wife Nicole, long troubled by depression, commits suicide, leaving him with a teenage stepdaughter and two young sons to raise. He quits his job as football coach so that he can spend more time with his children, but they still are spiraling out of control. Readers who like character-driven fiction will enjoy this novel.