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For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, the Civil War is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. Dire circumstances land her in jail, yet she falls in love with her interrogator, a Union major, who manages to gain her freedom. Now an escaped "enemy woman," Adair must make her way south buoyed by a promise -- seeking a home and a family that may be nothing more than a memory.
Additional Recommended Reading
The Grapes of Wrath
Along with thousands of other men and women, one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, are driven off their homestead to the promised land of California. Faced with the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots, Steinbeck's drama is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity.
The Lost Mother
Mary McGarry Morris
This is Morris's chronicle of the Talcotts, a family in rural Vermont during the Great Depression. Abandoned by his beautiful wife, Henry and their two young children spend a summer in a tent on the edge of Black Pond. As he searches for work, Henry often must leave the children alone. When a prosperous neighbor intervenes, the consequences may cost the Talcotts everything.
In the textile-manufacturing region of New Hampshire in 1929, the Beechers wrestle with a failing economy and a family betrayal. When Sexton Beecher is forced to take a job at the local mill, repeated pay cuts and inhumane conditions propel the workers closer to a violent clash with management and union breakers. Alliances are formed, honor is challenged, and character flaws become fatal as the tinderbox explodes, leaving old bonds broken and new ones bolstered.
Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion: a roughhewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten all the way. But this rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense following and becoming the single biggest newsmaker of 1938 -- receiving more coverage than FDR or Hitler. Laura Hillenbrand beautifully renders this story of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary.
In this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, and satisfying life in remote central Florida, Rawlings has written a rich and varied tale -- tender in its understanding of boyhood, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the primitive, beautiful hammock country. It's a picture of a life refreshingly removed from modern patterns of living, and of simple courageous people and the beliefs they must live by.
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