• The cover of the book The Two Mrs. Carlyles

    The Two Mrs. Carlyles

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    As a Californian, I was immediately drawn to this novel’s setting: San Francisco, just after the violent quake of 1906. The disaster makes Violet and her two friends wealthy—if only they can keep a secret. Yet after Violet marries a handsome widower, she soon finds herself haunted by the first Mrs. Carlyle, and her own past. This book reminds me of Rebecca in all the right ways, serving up complicated female relationships alongside a delicious dose of the gothic. 

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  • The cover of the book Belladonna

    Belladonna

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    Two best friends set off in the late 1950s to study art in Italy. One girl is beautiful and popular, the other quiet and observant, dying for affection. I remember the fierceness of my own adolescent friendships, and Salam promises to capture that intensity in her portrait of a young woman grappling with selfhood, desire, and loss. This book has been compared to The Talented Mr. Ripley, and I can’t wait to be transported to its lush, retro setting—and find out who is hiding what.  

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  • The cover of the book The Lions of Fifth Avenue

    The Lions of Fifth Avenue

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    It’s 1913, and Laura Lyons is the superintendent of the New York Public. She’s also a woman in search of her own identity. Her journey takes us from the stacks, to Greenwich Village, to the heart of the suffragette movement—until a series of book thefts change everything. Eighty years later, Laura’s granddaughter finds herself confronting another string of thefts, and her own family history. Book heists, feminism, love, and family secrets? This one really does have it all. 

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  • The cover of the book The First Actress

    The First Actress

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    Is any woman so compelling as Sarah Bernhardt? Thespian, lover, mother, muse—Bernhard lived larger than life, and Gortner captures her story in her own voice. From humble beginnings to conquering the world of European theater, this is a story of determination, talent, and one woman’s struggle for independence. Set against the rich backdrop of Paris in the 1800s, readers are sure to be swept away as Bernhard makes her indelible mark. 

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  • The cover of the book The Queen of Tuesday

    The Queen of Tuesday

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    This book takes us off-screen, straight into Lucille Ball’s fraught personal life. Blending fact with fiction, Strauss imagines what might have happened if his grandfather and Ball had had an affair. In the process, he brings to life not only a Technicolor, mid-century America, but also a portrait of a woman before her time: powerful, brilliant, and altogether human. 

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