The Chosen Maiden

Doubleday Canada #ad - Beautifully blending fiction with fact, immersing them in the experiences of the era's giants, The Chosen Maiden plunges readers into an artistic world upended by modernity, from Anna Pavlova and Serge Diaghilev to Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso. From their earliest days, the Nijinsky siblings appear destined for the stage.

The lush, sweeping story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. Deemed a prodigy, vaslav Nijinsky will grow into the greatest, and most provocative, dancer of his time. To prove herself her brother's equal in the rigid world of ballet, Bronia will need to be more than extraordinary, defying society's expectations of what a female dancer can and should be.

The Chosen Maiden #ad - The real-life muse behind one of the most spectacular roles in dance, Bronia rises to the heights of modern ballet through grit, The Rite of Spring's Chosen Maiden, resilience and fervor. Bronia is a gifted young ballerina, but she is quickly eclipsed by her brother Vaslav. But when the first world war erupts and rebellion sparks in Russia, traditional and ground-breaking, Bronia—caught between old and new, safe and passionate—must begin her own search for what it means to be modern.


Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great

Bantam #ad - Wonderfully, stachniak’s story vibrates with passion, lyrically written, drama and intrigue. We quarrel about power, ” catherine would write to the great love of her life, Grigory Potemkin, not about love, but her days were balanced on the razor’s edge of choosing her head over her heart. A critically acclaimed historical drama and instant #1 international bestseller, The Winter Palace brilliantly reimagined the rise of Catherine the Great through the watchful eyes of her clever servant Varvara.

From the fevered depths of her mind, the friends who beg more of her than she was willing to give, Catherine recalls the fateful trajectory of her turbulent life: her precarious apprenticeship as Russia’s Grand Duchess, the usurpers who seek to deprive her of a crown, and her struggle to know whom to trust and whom to deceive to ensure her survival.

Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great #ad - Now, her rule over an empire, catherine takes center stage as she relives her astonishing ascension to the throne, in Eva Stachniak’s enthralling new novel, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time. Power, to amass a vast fortune, she learns, is about resolve, and direction; love must sometimes be secondary as she marshals all her strengths to steer her volatile country into a new century and beyond—to grow the Romanov empire, strategy, and to control a scheming court in order to become one of history’s greatest rulers.

. Historical fiction fans will appreciate this personal account of a formidable and, indeed, infamous ruler.


The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

Bantam #ad - From award-winning author eva stachniak comes this passionate novel that tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has loftier, more dangerous ambitions. Readers are treated to a firsthand account of the young princess’s slow ascent to the throne, a path deliciously strewn with discarded lovers and sanguine court intrigues.

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great #ad - Minneapolis star-tribune   “A brilliant, bold historical novel. Varvara will become sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. What sophie needs is an insider at court, the conspiracies, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, and the treacheries that surround her.

This superb biographical epic proves the Tudors don’t have a monopoly on marital scandal, royal intrigue, or feminine triumph. Booklist starred review.


Necessary Lies

Dundurn #ad - In the midst of grieving, she discovers more pieces than expected: for the length of their lives together, William carried on a long-distance affair with a woman journalist in Germany. Back home, martial law is declared. She meets william, a music professor, and falls in love. From the author of the winter palace comes Eve Stachniak’s first novel about the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives.

What are the lies we tell ourselves and others that get us through our lives? In the summer of 1981 Anna is suddenly offered the opportunity to study English at McGill University in Montreal. In search of truth, the berlin wall has been torn down, Anna returns to a dramatically changed Europe, and where, where Communism has fallen, once again, history will have to be rewritten.

Necessary Lies #ad - Winner of the 2000 Amazon. Com/books in canada first novel prize Necessary Lies tells the story of the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives. After almost ten years of marriage, William dies suddenly of a heart attack, and Anna is left to pick up the pieces. She jumps at the chance, her husband, leaving behind her job, and her country – Poland.

Probing the depths of betrayal and forgiveness, she confronts her own past and the motives that drove her away from Poland; she sees herself through the eyes of her mother, William’s German lover, and most importantly, her ex-husband, Ursula.


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

Ballantine Books #ad - Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Gortner’s ability to weave what reads as a simple tale from such complex historical and familial storylines is impressive. Is the powerful story of a mother trying to save her family and an aristocrat fighting to maintain rule in a country of rebellion.

Publishers weekly“A twist on the tragic story you’ve heard many times before. Bustle. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Alexandra, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin.

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna #ad - The winds of fortune bring minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it. Praise for the Romanov Empress“Timely. This insightful first-person account of the downfall of the Romanov rule.

When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie—now called Maria—must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.


The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici

Mariner Books #ad - After turbulent years in Rome’s papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forlì. Mother, and icon, caterina is unforgettable, warrior, and so is the exciting story that Elizabeth Lev tells here. Barry strauss, author of masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership .

Raised in the court of milan and wed at age ten to the pope’s corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italy’s political intrigues early in life. In this dazzling biography, Elizabeth Lev illuminates her extraordinary life and accomplishments. A rich, and her violent, albeit glittering, nuanced portrait of a highly controversial beauty and military leader, Italian Renaissance milieu.

The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici #ad - Publishers weekly “well-written and meticulously researched, The Tigress of Forlì recreates the world of Renaissance Italy in all its grandeur and violence. At the center stands a remarkable woman, Caterina Riario Sforza. A rich evocation of renaissance life, The Tigress of Forlì reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure.

Following her husband’s assassination, political savvy, martial strength, she ruled Italy’s crossroads with iron will, and an icon’s fashion sense. In this insightful, fascinating portrayal, Elizabeth Lev brings Caterina Sforza and her times very much to life. Kathleen turner, actress and author of send yourself roses a strategist to match machiavelli; a warrior who stood toe to toe with the Borgias; a wife whose three marriages would end in bloodshed and heartbreak; and a mother determined to maintain her family’s honor, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici was a true Renaissance celebrity, beloved and vilified in equal measure.

In finally losing her lands to the borgia family, she put up a resistance that inspired all of Europe and set the stage for her progeny—including Cosimo de’ Medici—to follow her example to greatness.


The American Heiress: A Novel

St. Martin's Press #ad - Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, vivacious Cora Cash, married to Ivo, beautiful, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', the most eligible bachelor in England. The story of cora cash, an american heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind.

Allison pearson, new york times bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It and I Think I Love YouBe careful what you wish for. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.

For daughters of the new american billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. Now including an excerpt from victoria: a Novel, by Daisy Goodwin, the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS.

The American Heiress: A Novel #ad - Anyone suffering downton abbey withdrawal symptoms who isn't? will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, cannot buy everything, Cora soon learns, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

But money didn't always buy them happiness. Daisy goodwin in the daily mailOne of Library Journal's Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011.


The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

Kensington Books #ad - As theodosia sickens with the fatal disease that will finally kill her, and a secret, Mary and Burr are drawn together into a private world of power and passion, tangled union that would have shocked the nation . A rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple. Library journal    “Readers will be captivated.

Publishers weekly starred review   “Packed with political and historical as well as domestic details. Booklist. Sold into slavery as a child in India, Mary Emmons was brought to an America torn by war. He was a hero of the revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president; a skillful survivor in a raw new country filled with constantly shifting loyalties.

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr #ad - . Toughened by the experiences of her young life, resourceful, Mary is intelligent, and strong. Inspired by a woman and events forgotten by history, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott weaves together carefully researched fact and fiction to tell the story of Mary Emmons, and the place she held in the life—and the heart—of the notorious Aaron Burr.

. Praise for i, eliza hamilton   “Scott’s devotion to research is evident. She quickly gains the trust of her new mistress, Theodosia Prevost, and becomes indispensable in a complicated household filled with intrigue—especially when the now-widowed Theodosia marries Colonel Aaron Burr.


Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

Riverhead Books #ad - From the new york times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedForget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. After reading everything bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again.

Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter #ad - With a new afterword by the author. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand Theft Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, far from rotting our brains, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing big idea book, and, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper.