1.21 Gigawatts: Time Travel Books Lost in the Stacks

Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success waivers when a disastrous raid gets half her team killed, and she herself is severely wounded. Soon after she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra travels through time leaving her stranded in the same place but in the year 1815.

 For August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train. Jane. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane is literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her.

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of him, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921 is teetering on the edge of war, but Anne finds herself there. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find.

 When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter human history itself. Tristan needs Mel to translate some old documents, which, if authentic, prove that magic actually existed. And so the Department of Diachronic Operations–D.O.D.O. –gets cracking on its mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and meddle with a little history.

A time travelling serial killer is impossible to trace, until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them across different eras until in 1989, one of his victims—Kirby Mazrachi—starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter, Kirby has to unravel time to solve an impossible mystery.

 Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach – an “outlander” – in a Scotland torn by war and raising clans in the year 1743. Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart.

 After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she’d been born in different eras. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the consequences of her choices?

Jake Epping is a 35 year old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Jake’s friend, Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret to Jake one day: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So Jake begins a new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald, and a beautiful librarian Sandie Dunhill—a life that transgressed all the normal rules of time.

If you could go back, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee–the chance to travel back in time. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold.

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