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The moon is down : a novel

by:Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968

Steinbeck's comment on the moral and ethical implications of war, begins in an unknown town that has just been occupied by a small regiment of enemy soldiers. With no altenrnative, the Mayor of the town agrees to meet with the enemy to try to work out a plan for peaceful co-existence before the impending war goes much further.

Editions:581  Date:1937 - 2016  Genre(s):War stories, Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), War fiction, War fiction

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11/22/63 : a novel

by:King, Stephen, 1947-

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he sweeps readers back in time to another moment, a real life moment, when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students, a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely possible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life, a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

Editions:145  Date:2011 - 2016  Genre(s):Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Time-travel fiction, Time-travel fiction

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The underground railroad : a novel

by:Whitehead, Colson, 1969-

"Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom"--Publisher's description.

Editions:78  Date:2016 - 2019  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Alternative histories (Fiction)

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The plot against America

by:Roth, Philip

When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and whose virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family-and for a million such families all over the country-during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.

Editions:102  Date:1942 - 2017  Genre(s):Alternative histories (Fiction), Political fiction, Political fiction, Postage stamps, Alternative histories (Fiction)

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Life after life : a novel

by:Atkinson, Kate

"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best."-- Provided by publisher.

Editions:90  Date:2013 - 2015  Genre(s):History, Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Humorous fiction

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Nation

by:Pratchett, Terry

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

Editions:71  Date:2008 - 2017  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Young adult works, Juvenile works, Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Adventure fiction

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Abraham Lincoln : vampire hunter

by:Grahame-Smith, Seth

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years.

Editions:79  Date:2009 - 2012  Genre(s):Horror fiction, Horror fiction, History, Alternative histories (Fiction), Biographical fiction

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The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel

by:Chabon, Michael

For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal Distric of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life - and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder - right under Landsman's nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage - and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written. -- From dust jacket.

Editions:74  Date:2006 - 2017  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction)

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The man in the high castle

by:Dick, Philip K.

"It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan"--Back cover.

Editions:226  Date:1962 - 2018  Genre(s):Alternative histories (Fiction), Science fiction, Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Science fiction

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Timequake

by:Vonnegut, Kurt

A timequake throws the universe backwards and everyone has to relive the years 1991 to 2001, including the hero, a science fiction writer. By and large, people are note pleased by the development.

Editions:101  Date:1990 - 2016  Genre(s):Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), Alternative histories (Fiction), History, Time-travel fiction

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