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  • Piauby Bruce Murray; Anne Murray

    Dundurn 2017; US$ 12.99

    Piau led hundreds of Acadians into the wilderness to escape the Acadian Expulsion. He vowed to lead them to the Promised Land, where they could live without fear. Over the years Piau became a prisoner of war, was deported to Boston, and built a castle before finally leading his people to Memramcook, New Brunswick, the Promised Land. more...

  • Train to Nowhereby Anita Leslie

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2017; US$ 11.99

    'Train to Nowhere speaks of another mood, a different time and a grittier generation...This, surely, is the second world war we want to rediscover in print' Robert McCrum, Observer 'If Evelyn Waugh's Mrs Algernon Stitch had been possessed of a heart, a sense of humour, and a glorious prose style, it could be said that she was a dead ringer... more...

  • The Young Melbourne & Lord Mby David Cecil

    Pan Macmillan 2017; US$ 5.14

    Modern Library’s 100th best non-fiction book of all time, and John F. Kennedy’s favourite book. A masterful biography of the life of Lord Melbourne – Queen Victoria’s Prime Minister and devoted mentor, and one of England’s most controversial statesmen – whose turbulent marriage to Lady Caroline Lamb was one of the greatest scandals of the era. ... more...

  • Mary Queen of Scotsby Jenny Wormald; Anna Groundwater

    Birlinn 2017; US$ 12.49

    A genuine tour de force, a devastating critique of the Queen of Scots - John Guy Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, has long been portrayed as one of history's romantically tragic figures. Devious, naive, beautiful and sexually voracious, often highly principled, she secured the Scottish throne and bolstered the position of the Catholic Church in Scotland.... more...

  • Fathers and Daughtersby Le Ly Hayslip; Jay Wurts

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 0.99

    The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters landed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the government and Viet Cong troops fought in and around Ky La, both sides recruited children as spies and saboteurs. Le Ly was one of those children. In this harrowing selection... more...

  • The Three Graces of Val-Killby Emily Herring Wilson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    The Three Graces of Val-Kill changes the way we think about Eleanor Roosevelt. Emily Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt's life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family... more...

  • John Leighton Stuart’s Political Career in Chinaby Hao Ping

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    In China, John Leighton Stuart (1876-1962) is a controversial figure occupying an important position in the history of modern China and Sino-U.S. relations. As a scholar and educator, Stuart loved Chinese culture and contributed much to the development of Chinese education. While as a missionary, he was inherently prejudiced against Marxism. As the... more...

  • The Sacred Willowby Mai Elliott

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 14.99

    Tied in to Ken Burns' forthcoming (2017) TV series on Vietnam, to which the author is a major contributor, the reissue of a Pulitzer finalist memoir of a Vietnamese family in the 20th century more...

  • Miss Muriel Mattersby Robert Wainwright

    Atlantic Books 2017; US$ 10.99

    In 1908 Muriel Matters, known as 'that daring Australian girl', chained herself to an iron grille in the House of Commons to demand votes for women, thus becoming the first woman to make a speech in the House. The following year she made headlines around the world when she took to the sky over the Houses of Parliament in an airship emblazoned with... more...

  • John Leighton Stuart's Missionary-Educator's Career in Chinaby Hao Ping

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    In China, John Leighton Stuart (1876-1962) is a controversial figure occupying an important position in the history of modern China and Sino-U.S. relations. As a scholar and educator, Stuart loved Chinese culture and contributed much to the development of Chinese education. While as a missionary, he was inherently prejudiced against Marxism. As the... more...