At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white LAPD officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days.
When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit.
This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Anita Hemmings always longed to attend Vassar College, the country's most exclusive school for women. Now, a senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret: with her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white.
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Here is their story reimagined, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, naval warfare, erotic and political conspiracies, and major caffeine abuse.
At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. Includes historical notes and timeline.
Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, joins a second-rate circus struggling to survive. A former veterinary student, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie, where he meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.
At the height of his power, Genghis Khan unified four hundred tribes and was feared from Baghdad to Peking. Like Napoleon, he imposed a pitiless regime on the people he subjugated; like Caesar, he led his troops with a merciless code of conduct; but even the greatest of rulers have a beginning.
Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Deeply enmeshed in the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Mariam and Khalil move through Cairo’s surging streets and roiling political underground, their lives burning with purpose, their city alive in open revolt, the world watching, listening, as they chart a course into an unknown future. They are—they believe—fighting a new kind of revolution; they are players in a new epic in the making.
In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited.
Kidnapped at sea by conquistadors seeking the golden land of Peru, a young Inca boy named Waman is the everyman thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Forced to become Francisco Pizarro's translator, he finds himself caught up in the Spanish invasion of the Incan Empire of the 1530s.
Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children after her husband's death. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the narratives interweave to create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid South Africa.
This is the exciting--yet little known--story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Germany, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents.
On the third day of Ramadan, a small village in Iraq wakes to find the severed heads of nine of its sons stacked in banana crates by the bus stop. One of them belonged to one of the most wanted men in Iraq, known to his friends as Ibrahim the Fated. How did this good and humble man earn the enmity of so many? What did he do to deserve such a death?
On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends a daughter of infamous painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other artists to live and work at their family home. Lily becomes infatuated with this family and longs to truly be part of it.