September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield by Alann Schmidt and Terry Barkley

Antietam (and almost every battle in the Civil War) has been analyzed and written about ad nauseam. The authors find another angle to look at the Union victory that led to the release of the Emancipation Proclamation. This angle is thought-provoking by looking at the costs of the battle not only on the combat troops that fought, but also on the civilians who were left to pick up the pieces of their shattered homes and lives.

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Ahab’s Return by Jeffrey Ford

The book is part mystery (finding Ahab's family) and part fantasy (the mythical characters). The mythical characters and the settings are intriguing. I have never been a big fantasy reader, but this one kept me interested throughout because of the strong plot and engaging characters.

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The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

Bradbury skillfully weaves Tracy's teenage angst amidst a psychological thriller - who attacked Tracy and what he wants. The psychological thriller element adds a dark and brooding undertone throughout the book - even in the more lighthearted moments.

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