Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch

A finalist for the Orange Prize, Jamrach’s Menagerie (Doubleday, $25.95), by Carol Birch, is a beautiful and magical tale of the sea.  Jaffy Brown is an eight-year-old street urchin in 19th-century London. A chance encounter with a tiger leads the boy to meet Mr. Jamrach, an importer of wild animals.  Years pass. The teenage Jaffy and his best friend Tim join a whaling ship bound for the South Pacific.  They are not seeking to become whalers (though their experience of the hunt is masterfully told) but to find and capture a dragon for one of Mr. Jamrach’s clients.  What follows is a truly enthralling saga—there’s not only a dragon hunt, but a terrible storm, and a struggle for survival on the cruel ocean.  With sophistication and a superb eye for detail, Birch describes the wonders and horrors of Jaffy’s voyage and also explores his innermost thoughts and feelings.  A stirring love letter to both sea and land, Jamrach’s Menagerie is the perfect adventure tale for the beach or by the pool.

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ISBN: 9780307743176
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780385534406
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Published: Doubleday Books - June 14th, 2011

Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay

It’s a shame, librarian and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl remarked on NPR, if the masterful UNDER HEAVEN (Roc, $26.95) by Guy Gavriel Kay is shelved only under Sci-Fi/Fantasty, where ardent fans of historical fiction might never find his work. Gorgeously written and impeccably researched, Under Heaven depicts the rich, teeming universe of the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China (known in this book as “Kitai”). Kay seamlessly blends history and fantasy, magic and myth, in this tale of assassins, scholars, warriors, poets, ruthless courtiers, Machiavellian politicians, and ghosts. Among the best characters are the women, who fuel their world (and the novel) with intelligence and strength.

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ISBN: 9780451463890
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Published: Ace - May 3rd, 2011

All Other Nights - Dara Horn

All Other Nights (W.W. Norton, $14.95), by Dara Horn, sweeps the reader into a dramatic  world of intrigue, sacrifice, and devotion—a world of Jewish spies during the Civil War. The story begins with Jacob Rappaport, the son of a New York businessman, who runs away to join the army.  He is ordered to infiltrate the enemy in order to stop a murderous plot against the President.  Jacob’s success leads to another, even more dangerous mission. He encounters triumph and peril while meeting a richly drawn cast of characters from both North and South: female spies, flamboyant actors, cunning military chiefs, and Judah Benjamin, the first Jewish Senator and Secretary of the Confederacy.  This novel is the perfect blend of suspense, history, and romance.

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ISBN: 9780393338324
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 8th, 2010