The Queen of Gay Street

The Queen of Gay Street by Esther Mollica

Author: Esther Mollica

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: February 01, 2023

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Isn’t New York’s motto, “Give me your tired, your poor, your undersexed”?
In New York, the party never stops and love’s always just around the corner. At least, that’s what queer journalist Esther Mollica told herself when she quit her job during the 2008 recession and moved three thousand miles away to become New York City’s first blogger on lesbian dating. Her hometown brought her nothing but heartache, and none more devastating than learning that the love of her life was secretly married to a man. On the other hand, New York, with its brazen, sadistic wiles, promised something more than just another walk of shame.
What it really delivered was the woman who became Esther’s hardest subject to write about: her editor. Soon, their tempestuous relationship turned into something as twisted and trauma-inducing as it was intoxicating. And even the haze of all-girl nightlife glamor at the height of pre-pandemic New York couldn’t help Esther hide from the truth: about their dysfunction, about her past, and about the life she longed for in the city she loved.
Gritty, dazzling, heartfelt, and hilarious, The Queen of Gay Street is a personal window into the queer dating scene and a promise that those in search of true love will find their own happily ever after.

The Survival of the Princes in the Tower

The Survival of the Princes in the Tower by Matthew Lewis

Author: Matthew Lewis

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: January 29, 2023

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The murder of the Princes in the Tower is the most famous cold case in English or British history. Traditionally considered victims of a ruthless uncle, there are other suspects too often and too easily discounted. There may be no definitive answer, but by delving into the context of their disappearance and the characters of the suspects, Matthew Lewis will examine the motives and opportunities afresh as well as ask a crucial but often overlooked question: what if there was no murder? What if Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York, survived their uncle's reign and even that of their brother-in-law Henry VII? There are glimpses of their possible survival and compelling evidence to give weight to those theories which is considered alongside the possibility of their deaths to provide a rounded and complete assessment of the most fascinating mystery in history.

The Nevills of Middleham

The Nevills of Middleham by K. L. Clark

Author: K. L. Clark

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: January 27, 2023

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In 1465, the Nevills must have thought they’d reached the pinnacle of power and influence in England. Richard Nevill was the king’s right-hand man and married to the richest woman in the kingdom; John Nevill was an accomplished soldier who’d done much to stabilise the new dynasty; and George Nevill was not only chancellor but newly enthroned as Archbishop of York.The Nevill women were as active as their male counterparts. As sisters and wives, daughters and daughters-in-laws, they had the ears of the elite in England and were not afraid of wielding their influence. And they were not always on the same side. Cracks in the stability of the most powerful family in England began to show. Rivalries led to serious conflict that worsened when King Edward IV impulsively married Elizabeth Wydeville, a choice of bride that did not please everyone. The Nevills had already lost a great deal for the Yorkist cause. Within six years, as the Wars of the Roses turned into one of the bloodiest periods of English history, they’d lose even more for the Lancastrians.

The Last Letter

The Last Letter by Karen Baum Gordon

Author: Karen Baum Gordon

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: January 23, 2023

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Born a German Jew in 1915, Rudy Baum was eighty-six years old when he sealed the garage door of his Dallas home, turned on the car ignition, and tried to end his life. After confronting her father’s attempted suicide, Karen Baum Gordon, Rudy’s daughter, began a sincere effort to understand the sequence of events that led her father to that dreadful day in 2002. What she found were hidden scars of generational struggles reaching back to the camps and ghettos of the Third Reich.
In The Last Letter: A Father’s Struggle, a Daughter’s Quest, and the Long Shadow of the Holocaust, Gordon explores not only her father’s life story, but also the stories and events that shaped the lives of her grandparents—two Holocaust victims that Rudy tried in vain to save in the late 1930s and early years of World War II. This investigation of her family’s history is grounded in eighty-eight letters written mostly by Julie Baum, Rudy’s mother and Karen’s grandmother, to Rudy between November 1936 and October 1941. In five parts, Gordon examines pieces of these well-worn, handwritten letters and other archival documents in order to discover what her family experienced during the Nazi period and the psychological impact that reverberated from it in the generations that followed.
Part of the Legacies of War series, The Last Letter is a captivating family memoir that spans events from the 1930s and Hitler’s rise to power, through World War II and the Holocaust, to the present-day United States. In recreating the fatal journeys of her grandparents and tracing her father’s efforts to save them an ocean away in America, Gordon discovers the forgotten fragments of her family’s history and a vivid sense of her own Jewish identity. By inviting readers along on this journey, Gordon manages to honor victim and survivor alike and shows subsequent generations—now many years after the tragic events of World War II—what it means to remember.

Grant: The Man Who Won the Civil War

Grant: The Man Who Won the Civil War by Robin Neillands

Author: Robin Neillands

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: January 22, 2023

Deal ends: January 22, 2023

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Ulysses S. Grant made famous the expression ‘unconditional surrender’, which is how most of his campaigns ended — for his opponents.
A hard-drinking soldier in a hard-drinking army, he led the Union armies to victory, first in the West and then in the East, eventually compelling the main Confederate army under Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox in 1865. Yet at the beginning of the Civil War no one, least of all the man himself, anticipated that Grant would lead the Union forces to victory.
Ulysses S. Grant was a failure as a pre-war soldier. His subsequent business career was even worse. His emergence as a successful general and eventual promotion to Commander-in-Chief is a stunning example of how a soldier's peacetime career sometimes gives no indication of how he will perform in a major war. Grant's advance down the Mississippi realized General Scott’s ‘Anaconda’ plan and ultimately cut the Confederacy in half. His capture of Vicksburg, just as Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North was halted at Gettysburg, spelt the end for the Confederacy.
Yet Grant's battles in 1864 cost the Union army dearly and he has never quite shaken off the reputation as a ‘butcher’ who bludgeoned down the Army of Northern Virginia by sheer weight of numbers. Robin Neillands investigates how and why Grant emerged from pre-war obscurity and whether his ultimate victory was won by brains or brawn.
Praise for Robin Neillands
‘One of Britain’s most readable historians’ – Birmingham Post
‘Immensely readable … a blast of fresh air’ – The Spectator
‘Informed and explicit, this is military history at its best’ – Western Daily Press
‘Neilland’s willingness to call a spade a spade will catch the popular imagination. His central argument is hard to fault’ – Literary Review
Robin Neillands is the author of several acclaimed works on the First World War including ‘The Death of Glory’, ‘The Great War Generals on the Western Front’, ‘Attrition: The Great War on the Western Front, 1916’ and ‘The Old Contemptibles’.

To the Edge of the Sky

To the Edge of the Sky by Anhua Gao

Author: Anhua Gao

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: January 20, 2023

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This is a true story, graphically told, of life in China under Mao and the communists.
‘I wanted to tell the whole world the truth about China. People living outside didn’t really understand what happened – because my parents died a long time ago I could not do my duty and look after them. I was too young. So I have written a book for them.’
Despite suffering terrible heartache, loss and pain growing up in communist China, Anhua Gao found courage, hope and – eventually – love. This is her story: the story of a woman who, whether she tried to live with or struggle against the harsh ideology of Red China, was treated with shocking inhumanity.
When her parents died, leaving Anhua and her siblings orphans, they were hailed by Mao Tse-tung as revolutionary martyrs. But her parents’ reputation proved a fragile shield from the horrors of communist China. Her life torn apart by the whims of the state, Anhua found herself alone – something she fully realized when, after serving with distinction as a nurse in the Red Army, her own sister betrayed her, blighting her future.
Ill-treated for years by her cruel husband, she was then thrown into jail when the security police accused her of being an enemy agent because she spoke English. While there she not only experienced appalling deprivations and bore witness to hideous torture, but was completely isolated from her young daughter – not even being told who was caring for her.
Moving, sometimes shocking, but always compelling, this is the tale of someone who, against unbelievable odds, survived and, finally, found a happiness she had not dared to hope for. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in modern and, in particular, Chinese history.
Praise for To the Edge of the Sky:
’An authentic survivor’s story, more disturbing and awe-inspiring than any TV reality show’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘To the Edge of the Sky explores the depth of human existence in hardship, and it does it in such a down to earth way that you won’t be able to pry yourself away. I stayed up to read it’ - Avalinah’s Books
Anhua Gao was born in 1949 in Shandong Province and brought up in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province. After many years of hardship, she moved to the UK in 1994 to be with her British husband.