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Michael Koryta
How It Happened

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Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Michael Koryta about his latest crime thriller How It Happened.

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How It Happened
by Michael Koryta
$27.00
Air Date/Time: May 22, 1 pm (Central)
368 pages, hardcover

Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.

Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He’s been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story-a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and...

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Richard E. Quest
I Held Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Richard E. Quest about his new book, I Held Lincoln, a true account of a Civil War Naval officer who survived and escaped Confederate prison – twice – and was on hand to carry a dying Abraham Lincoln from Ford’s Theater.

I Held Lincoln
by Richard E.Quest
$24.95
Air Date/Time May 17, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 224 pages, hardcover

Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824–1902) lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.

Covering almost a year of Loring’s service, I Held Lincoln describes the lieutenant’s command of the gunboat USS Wave, the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, the surrender of his ship, and his capture by the Confederates. He was incarcerated in Camp Groce, a deadly Confederate prison where he endured horrific conditions and abuse. Loring attempted to escape, evading capture for ten days behind enemy lines, only to be recaptured just a few miles from freedom. After an...

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Brian Freeman
Alter Ego

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Brian Freeman about his latest crime thriller Alter Ego.

Brian Freeman is a #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian’s novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award

Alter Ego
by Brian Freeman
$26.99
Air Date/Time: May 17, 12pm (Central)
400 pages, hardcover

When a freak auto accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a “ghost,” with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. Alarmingly, a gun is found in the car–and the gun has recently been fired.

The next day, Stride learns that a Duluth college student has also vanished, and he worries that the two incidents are related. But what would have put an ordinary young woman in the crosshairs of a man who has all the hallmarks of an assassin for hire?

Stride’s investigation of the girl’s disappearance leads him into the midst of a film crew in Duluth, where a movie...

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Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank With Me

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Roberta Rubin interviews author Julia Claiborne Johnson about her newest novel Be Frank With Me.

Reclusive novelist Mimi Banning needs the assistant her publisher sent, Alice, to help her finish her book… But it’s Mimi’s nine year old son Frank who actually runs things in this breakout debut novel.

Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
$25.99
Air Date/Time: May 10, 3:30pm (Central)
304, hardcover

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.
When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel...

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Sebastian Rotella
Rip Crew

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Sebastian Rotella about his latest crime thriller Rip Crew.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of The Convert’s Song and Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, as well as the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter covering international security issues for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest. He worked for twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires. His honors include a Peabody Award; Columbia University’s Dart Award and Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American coverage; the German Marshall Fund’s Weitz Prize for reporting in Europe; five Overseas Press Club Awards; The Urbino Prize of Italy, and an Emmy nomination. He was a Pulitzer finalist for international reporting in 2006.

Rip Crew
by Sebastian Rotella
$27.00
Air Date/Time: April 27, 2pm (Central)
336, hardcover

Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. Award-winning reporter-turned-author Sebastian Rotella returns to crime with this propulsive new work.

At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted, at any cost.

From an author who has been praised for his “pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style” (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of...

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Frank Cicero
Creating the Land of Lincoln

Daniel Weinberg interviews author Frank Cicero about his newest title Creating the Land of Lincoln:The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870

Samuel Wheeler, Ph.D., the State Historian of Illinois, will be joining us to discuss the Illinois Bicentennial, and an exciting new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Creating the Land of Lincoln
by Frank Cicero
$29.95
Air Date/Time: April 14, 12 pm (Central)
288, hardcover

How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

Frank Cicero Jr. provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions—and the lively conventions that led to each one. In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Cicero sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history. Cicero analyzes decisions large and small that fostered...

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Lauren Dane
Jagged

Sonali Dev interviews author Lauren Dane about the latest novel in the Whiskey Sharp Series – Jagged: about the baker-next-door who gets a former FBI agent turned tattoo artist all het up. Cue line about buns? No?
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Jagged: Whiskey Sharp Series Book 2
by Lauren Dane
$7.99
Air Date/Time: April 19, 3:00pm (Central)
352, paperback

Fans of the first Whiskey Sharp book rejoice: not only do you get an update on Maybe and Alexsei, but you meet his cousin Vicktor and her friend Rachel, and it seems likely that they fall in love…

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Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away.

Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to...

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Lenora Bell
What A Difference A Duke Makes

Sonali Dev interviews author Lenora Bell about her new School for Dukes Series – kicking off with What A Difference A Duke Makes.
Hot, smoldery, arrogant Duke has kids. Can-do vixen with teaching credentials takes a governess job. Sexy mayhem ensues.
You can ask Lenora Bell questions in advance and have them answered on the live broadcast! Order your signed book and get it after the show airs!

What a Difference a Duke Makes: School for Dukes Series
by Lenora Bell
$7.99
Air Date/Time: April 27, 12 pm (Central)
384, paperback

Wanted: Governess for duke’s unruly children
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have chased away half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.

Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke
Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won’t be quite so easy to control. And there’s something else she can’t seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time the duke is...

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Kathleen Rooney
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Roberta Rubin interviews author Kathleen Rooney about her newest title Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk.

Lillian is on her way to a party when she decides to stroll down memory lane quite literally.

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Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
by Kathleen Rooney
$25.99
Air Date/Time: March 20, 3:00pm (Central)
304, hardcover and later paperback

It’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now ― her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl ― but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed ― and has not.

A love letter to city life in all...

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Jeffery Deaver
The Burial Hour

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Jeffery Deaver about the latest Lincoln Rhyme novel The Burial Hour.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com..

The Burial Hour
by Jeffery Deaver
$15.99
Air Date/Time: March 16, 3pm (Central)
512, paperback

Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver’s New York Times bestselling series.

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman’s noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer…

Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away....

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Max Boot
The Road Not Taken

Daniel Weinberg interviews historian and author Max Boot about his newest memoir of Edward Lansdale The Road Not Taken.

Max Boot is an author, military historian, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of the new book “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam” (Liveright, 2018). His three previous books were widely acclaimed: “The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power,” “War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today,” and the New York Times bestseller “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present.” He has been called “a master historian” by the New York Times and a “a penetrating writer and thinker” by The Wall Street Journal. For more information, see www.maxboot.net.

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
by Max Boot
$35.00
Air Date/Time March 15, 3:30 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 768., hardcover

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.

In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and mind” diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America’s giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and...

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Jan Jacobi
Young Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author and educator Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln.
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Young Lincoln
by Jan Jacobi
$16.95
Air Date/Time March 10, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 208p., paperback

Abe Lincoln is growing up on the American frontier in Indiana. It s cold, there isn t usually enough to eat, there s nothing at all to read, and the one job that awaits him is farmer, like his overbearing father.

But a chance to travel down the Mississippi river offers Abe the opportunity to see and meet people he has never dreamed of. Abe s eyes are opened and he can t go back to being the boy he was before. With the help of his friends, Abe will strike out to find his own path. Obstacles wait around every river bend, and the shadow of death is never far, but nothing will stop him from becoming the...

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Kate Hannigan
A Lady Has the Floor


Betsy Bird will meet Kate Hannigan to answer your questions about A Lady Has The Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out For Women’s Rights 

Author Kate Hannigan will speak with Betsy Bird – and with YOU if you submit a question! This book is great to learn about American history and the very first woman to run for President, for grades 2-5, ages 7 to 1,000.

AND the illustrations by Alison Jay are to die for – very beautifully done. You will love this book even more after Kate has signed it!

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
written by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Alison Jay
$17.95
Air Date/Time March 6, 1 pm (Central)
1st ed., 32 pages, hardcover

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
American history for ages 7-10, grades 2-5, exile measure 780.

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question: Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn’t let anyone stand in her way–not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting nonfiction...

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Alyssa Cole
A Princess In Theory

Sonali Dev interviews author Alyssa Cole about the latest novel in the Reluctant Royal Series – A Princess In Theory: about secret identities that turn out to reveal quite a bit…
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A Princess in Theory
by Alyssa Cole
$7.99
Air Date/Time: February 27, 5:00pm (Central)
384, paperback

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales… or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant...

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Melanie Benjamin
The Girls In The Picture

Libby Hellmann will speak with New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin about her newest novel  The Girls In The Picture.

Hollywood in its infancy had many of the same frustrations women in film face today – but for star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion, no man can stop them.

Viewers are welcome to submit questions for the author in advance – and order a signed book to be sent to your home!

The Girls In The Picture
by Melanie Benjamin
$28.00
Air Date/Time: February 22, 3:00pm (Central)
448p, hardcover

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their...

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Timothy Mason Roberts
This Infernal War

Bjorn Skaptason interviews editor Timothy Mason Roberts  about his new book, This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard.
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This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard
edited by Timothy Mason Roberts
$38.95
Air Date/Time February 2, 3 PM (Central)
1st ed., 376., hardcover

The anti-war love letters of a Copperhead soldier and his wife…

Among collections of letters written between American soldiers and their spouses, the Civil War correspondence of William and Jane Standard stands out for conveying the complexity of the motives and experiences of Union soldiers and their families. The Standards – of Lewiston in Fulton County, Illinois – were antiwar Copperheads. Their attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln, “Black Republicans,” and especially African Americans are, frankly, troubling to modern readers. Scholars who argue that the bulk of Union soldiers left their families and went to war to champion republican government or to wipe out slavery will have to account for...

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Sonali Dev
A Distant Heart

Meredith Duran interviews author and Lit with Love host Sonali Dev about her newest novel – about a passion that can heal old wounds and new hearts, and finally set some old mistakes right: A Distant Heart.

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A Distant Heart
By Sonali Dev
$15.95
Air Date/Time January 24, 5:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 352 p., paperback

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass,...

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Kristan Higgins
Now That You Mention It

Sonali Dev interviews author Kristan Higgins about her latest title: Now That You Mention It: A Novel.

An accident sends a young Boston med school student back to her wild island hometown off the coast in Maine. But her education has only begun…

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Now That You Mention It: A Novel
by Kristan Higgins
$15.99
Air Date/Time: January 10, 2pm (Central)
400p, hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family.

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter...

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Sarah Miller
Caroline

Roberta Rubin interviews author Sarah Miller about her newest title, authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust: Caroline.

The untold story of the woman known simply as “Ma” to most Little House fans, the imaginative historical fiction brings the stakes and sacrifices of frontier life dizzyingly close.

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Caroline: Little House. Revisited
By Sarah Miller
$25.99
Air Date/Time December 12, 2:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 p., hardcover

In this novel authorized by Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before–Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise...

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Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.

Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.

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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
$32.95
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320  pages, hardcover

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia,...

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