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1. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveir. In this stunning historial novel, which opens on th eve of the Civil War, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, DC to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.
2. The March by E. L. Doctorow. In the Civil War's final years, Gen. William Tecumsch Sherman marched 60 thousand Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, cutting a 60 mile swath of pillage and destruction that effectively ended the Confederate rebellion.
3. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. One night in 1968, Lynnie and Homan escape from the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. Lynnie is a young whigte woman witgh a developmental disability that hinders her ability to speak and Homan is an African American deaf man with only his own sign language to guide him, and the two are deeply in love. Together they find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow, and soon reveal why they are on the run. Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. Within hours, the authorities arrive; Homan runs away into the darkness and Lynnie is forced back into the institution. But just before she goes, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her". And so begins the forty-year epic tale of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia.
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