The Blue Cotton Gown by Patricia Harman: The author describes her life as a nurse and midwife in West Virginia, sharing stories of her own personal and professional challenges as well as the lives and problems of those in her care.
Lusitania by Greg King: Resurrects a lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania’s passengers. Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats
The Fall of the Ottomans by Eugene Rogan: Evaluates the impact of World War I on the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East as a whole, explaining the region’s less-understood but essential contributions to the war and the establishment of present-day conflicts.
The Russian Army in the Great War by David Stone: Corrects widespread misperceptions of the Russian Army and the war in the east even as it deepens and extends our understanding of the broader conflict.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson: Chronicles the last and fatal voyage of the Lusitania, moving between events on the luxury ocean liner as it returned to its home port of Liverpool from New York City to those on the German submarine U-20.
War Bonds by Cindy Hval: Highlights stories of couples who met or married during World War II, beginning with a WWII-era song title and concluding with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world
Fortune’s Children by Arthur Vanderbilt: Describes the members of the Vanderbilt family, once hailed as American “royalty” and explores how they have managed to dissipate his vast fortune in under a century, to the point where some of them have died bankrupt.
Born to be King by Catherine Mayer: Draws on interviews with members of Prince Charles’ inner circle and on rare access to the prince himself to examine court life, Charles’ struggles, his achievements as a philanthropist and activist, and his popular marriage to Princess Diana.