Maisie Dobbs was born in England before World War I when the roles between the landed gentry and the servants were strict and the lower classes were supposed to know their place. Maisie was a maid but her intelligence caught the attention of her employer Lady Rowan. Luckily for Maisie, Lady Rowan ignored convention and became Maisie’s sponsor guiding her to an education, but just as Maisie began college World War I started halting her education and changing both Maisie and England.
This debut novel from Amor Towles, a Manhattan investment banker, draws comparisons to The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The story begins on New Year’s Eve 1937 when Katey Kontent and her friend Eve Ross meet the wealthy Tinker Grey at a low-rent bar in New York City.
The Octavo is a powerful form of divination which can be used to change the world, and the seekers who use the Octavo to foretell a significant event can experience great success or complete ruin.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein “Verity” is a spy arrested by the Nazi Gestapo during World War II. The first part of Code Name Verity is her confession and details of her mission for the British army, written out on scraps of paper in between torture sessions designed to extract as many secrets from […]
Join Nancy Sprowell Geise in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, September 9, 2012 for a discussion of her novel, The Eighth Sea, a love story involving two unforgettable characters – Brenna and Nathan. Their story is our story, its theme universal – finding the meaning of our lives, our way home. In 1769, on […]
In 1868 Paraguay was in ruins from a disastrous war that killed up to ninety percent of the fighting-aged men, and started the breakdown of society. In response, the Padre of the village of Santa Caterina asked the women to become pregnant by any man regardless if they were married. However, even in the midst of the chaos, some things were still worthy of punishment like the murder of the hated Richard Yotté.