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Retail New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion. In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history. In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose Keckley from among a number of applicants to be her personal “modiste,” responsible not only for creating the First Lady’s gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that stunned the nation and the world. Keckley saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, eventually piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saved memories, which she fashioned into a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Upon its publication, Keckley’s memoir created a scandal that compelled Mary Todd Lincoln to sever all ties with her, but in the decades since, Keckley’s story has languished in the archives. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Chiaverini brings history to life in rich, moving style. Review Praise for Sonoma Rose: "Chiaverini does an excellent job of describing the lush landscapes of California wine country, while simultaneously painting a touching portrait of the difficulties faced by farming families who must tend to one another, as well as the earth.” —*Publishers Weekly “Chiaverini has an impressive ability to bring a time and place alive, showcasing the effects of Prohibition on farmers in Sonoma Valley.” —Romantic Times Book Review “Together the two set out to make a new future for themselves in the wine country of Sonoma Valley in Chiaverini's emotionally compelling tale.” —Chicago Tribune* Praise for Jennifer Chiaverini: “Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book—so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page...Truly unforgettable.” —BookPage “Jennifer Chiaverini’s strength is not only writing strong female characters, but also placing them in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books About the Author JENNIFER CHIAVERINI is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels. Her original quilt designs have been featured in Country Woman, Quiltmaker, and Quilt, and her short stories have appeared in Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.


The editors of Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns deliver a new collection—including a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story. New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost—plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more—send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns . With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer—for immortals.







Wilbur Smith sets his vividly realistic novels on the razor's edge between human courage and nature's wrath. In Hungry as the Sea, this master storyteller takes us to the frigid South Atlantic, where one man fights for his life-- and for redemption.     Nicholas Berg is on a daring rescue mission.  One of his former ships is being lashed against the cliffs of Cape Alarm and is surrounded surrounded by survivors clinging to their boats. Berg has gambled everything on reaching the Golden Adventurer before a competitor and a violent storm to win a fortune in salvage fees. If he succeeds, however, the real danger will only just begin . . .. From the power of a relentless ocean to the hunger of men to survive upon her, this is a towering novel of adventure, love and the daring of the human soul. Review "One of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers."--"The Washington Post" "Smith joins the ranks as one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."--"Tulsa World" "A captivating storyteller."--"Orlando Sentinel" Review "One of the world's most popular and prolific adventure writers."--*The Washington Post "A captivating storyteller."--Orlando Sentinel * "Smith is a master." -- *Publishers Weekly * "A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --Tulsa World   Praise for Wilbur Smith “Smith is a master.” *—Publishers Weekly “One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” —The Washington Post Book World “A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” —Tulsa World* “Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” —The Times (UK)       "Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King "Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--The Washington Post Book World “The world’s leading adventure writer.” —Daily Express (UK) "Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--Sunday Times “Smith is a captivating storyteller.” —The Orlando Sentinel “No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —Daily Mirror (UK) "A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —The Irish Times   * * *     * * *


Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe. Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself. While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack. But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns. Review “A fast moving and cynical who-done-it, thriller, political novel, and space opera all rolled into one, with a touch of romance as well, where you can't help cheering for the protagonists, even as you wonder exactly how they'll manage to pull it out.” —L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluce Saga “Takes the tried-and-true motif of space traders…and embroils them in a web of conspiracy worthy of John LeCarré himself…. I haven’t had my spine chilled by paranoia this strong since I first read Frank Herbert’s Dune. Planck is to be congratulated on a most impressive debut.” —Dave Duncan, author of *The Seventh Sword “Layers of intrigue unfold in this star-spanning tale of a far-flung humanity.” —Paul Melko, author of Singularity’s Ring and The Broken Universe* About the Author M. C. PLANCK lives in Australila.