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America's First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie America's First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Wow! This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary woman – Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Martha (Patsy) Jefferson. Daughter of a president, wife of a governor, mother of 12, and care-taker of her father’s legacy – Patsy heroically lived through an amazing time in history, as well as hardships no woman should have to. This well-written, entertaining, juicy, historically accurate novel, relies heavily on Thomas Jefferson’s personal letters – from Monticello, to Revolutionary Paris, to the Jefferson White House. You will learn not only about the dark secrets of the Jefferson family, but how Patsy’s personal choices helped shape this nation. Once you pick this book up, you won’t want to put it down! (Christine)

Price: $15.99
My Dear Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie My Dear Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

This is a heart-wrenching, historically accurate, novel about the life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's wife. Founding fathers and founding wives, and their relationships, struggles and hardships are detailed in this novel. They say behind every great man is a strong woman, and Elizabeth Hamilton is that woman! This book is a true pageturner!

Price: $16.99
Quotable New Englander, by Eric D. Lehman Quotable New Englander, by Eric D. Lehman

This book contains the wit and wisdom of both present and former New Englanders, who remain some of the most quotable people in the world. From politics to sports, from literature to theatre, it includes a variety of notable quotes from William Bradford, Samuel Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Geno Auriemma, Timothy Leary and Ken Burns. As Lehman suggests, there is more that binds New Englanders together besides cranberries, maple syrup and clam chowder…perhaps it is the salt air and landscapes, or the fact that this country was founded here, that affirms that rugged New Englanders have a lot to say! ~ Christine

Price: $18.95
Connecticut Bootlegger Queen Nellie Green Connecticut Bootlegger Queen Nellie Green

Meet Connecticut’s own Nellie Green, “Queen of the Rumrunners on the East Coast” as seen through the eyes of local author Tony Renzoni. Hailing from East Haven Connecticut, Nellie Green built an underground empire during the 1920’s Prohibition era, in in a business world dominated by men. Nellie was a tough woman, and this interesting read full of local characters, chronicles her hard work and personal hardships. ~ Christine

Price: $21.99
Connecticut Rock n' Roll, Toni Renzoni Connecticut Rock n' Roll, Toni Renzoni

In 1961, while The Beatles were performing for the first time in Liverpool, a teenager by the name of Bob Dylan was singing at a Folk Festival in a small, East Coast town across the pond. It was Branford, Connecticut. Such begins Renzoni’s odyssey exploring our state’s contributions to the genre— through sock hops, billboard charts, band interviews, and raw photographs (see Joe Sia’s Jimi Hendrix shot at Yale), this CT resident/rock enthusiast highlights musicians both in and out of the limelight. Because in the end it isn’t about the big crowds and bright lights, but the garage-jamming, down home, grassroots love for the music. ~Ellen

Price: $21.99
Course of History, by Struan Steverson Course of History, by Struan Steverson

Imagine sitting at the dinner table with the likes of Jefferson, Hamilton, Churchill, or Hitler; and listening to history unfold as you dine and drink sumptuous feasts! I felt delightfully transported to ten delicious power dinners in this book – each one rich in historical and culinary detail. It includes recreated recipes from soup to desserts, by celebrity chef Tony Singh - an utterly clever way to portray the importance of food and wine to modern history! ~ Christine

Price: $25.99