Books

  • Seven Stitches

    Seven Stitches entwines Portland, Oregon in 2059 and Ottoman Istanbul in the 1500s, to weave a story of hope, loss, and resilience.

    Companion novel to The Ninth Day and award-winning Blue Thread.

    Portland, Oregon, 2059. It’s been a year since The Big One–the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake–hit the city and devastated the Oregon coast. Meryem Einhorn Zarfati is still struggling to put her life back together when she’s called upon to save a young girl enslaved in sixteenth century Istanbul. Seven Stitches joins The Ninth Day and Blue Thread in the Blue Thread Saga.

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  • The Ninth Day

    Hope Friis, 16, shuttles between two worlds (1964 Berkeley and 1099 Paris) to find her voice and save a baby’s life. Companion novel in the Blue Thread Saga to Seven Stitches and Blue Thread.

    Berkeley, California, 1964. While the Free Speech Movement rages, Hope, a shy, stuttering teen scarred by an accidental LSD trip, plans to keep a low profile. Risk compounds reticence when she meets a time-traveler who claims that Hope must find a way to stop a father from killing his newborn son in 11th century Paris.

    Companion novel to Seven Stitches and award-winning Blue Thread.

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  • Blue Thread

    Miriam time-slips from Oregon’s 1912 woman suffrage campaign to the conflict over a woman’s right to own property 3,000 years earlier.

    Companion novel in the Blue Thread Saga to Seven Stitches and The Ninth Day.

    Portland, Oregon, 1912. Spurning her pampered life, Miriam strives to work in her family’s print shop and campaigns a woman’s right to vote. She finds an heirloom shawl, steps into a time-traveling adventure, and faces an ancient conflict over women’s rights. Miriam’s hardest struggle awaits when she returns home.

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  • Thurgood Marshall

    Fighter for civil rights, the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court, and the man who barely escaped his lynching.

    From his modest upbringing in Baltimore through his years as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall spent much of his life battling to gain civil rights for African-Americans—and for all Americans. He won the Brown v. Board desegregation case and barely missed his own lynching.

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  • How Congress Works

    Step inside the U.S. Capitol to witness laws in the making and sip Senate bean soup.

     

    Members of Congress do more than make laws. They also investigate government activities, declare war, impeach public officials (such as the president or a judge), create taxes, make treaties, and change the Constitution. How do they manage to make it all work?

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  • Don’t Whistle in School

    Hornbooks to web-cams. Dame schools to “duck and cover.” Four hundred years of America’s schools.

    In this comprehensive look at the history of schooling and education in America, experience what going to school was like for children over the past four hundred years. From hornbooks and primers to textbooks and computers, discover the wide variety of tools and techniques developed to educate America’s children.

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  • The Fall of Constantinople

    The 1453 battle for the “Eye of the World” marked the end of one empire and rise of another.

    Constantinople’s perfect geographic location earned it the nickname “Eye of the World.” The city’s massive walls thwarted attackers for centuries—until 1453, when Ottoman Turks captured the city and renamed it Istanbul. This shift in power, marking the official end of the Byzantine Empire, became one of history’s most pivotal moments.

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  • Calvin Coolidge

    Succeeding to office after President Harding’s death, this shy prankster brought America through the Roaring Twenties.

    Calvin Coolidge led the U. S. from 1923 to 1929. In spite of his shyness, Coolidge was the first president to make wide use of the media. He gave the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House. Although popular, Coolidge refused to seek another term after the anguishing death of his teenage son.

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  • Chester A. Arthur

    How did a corrupt politician turn into a president whose lasting legacy was a fairer system of government?

     

    When Chester Arthur unexpectedly became president of the United States in 1881, he was known for his corrupt  business and political practices. New York politics. The presidency changed all that. His reform to honesty and integrity in politics surprised his public and left the lasting legacy of a fairer system of government.

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  • James A. Garfield

    One of our most intelligent and accomplished presidents, and a man who served only four months in office.

    James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was a “dark horse” candidate who won the presidential election by a hair and was assassinated four months after taking office. Garfield supported full civil rights for newly freed slaves. What if he had lived to serve out his term?

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  • The Korean War

    More than 60 years later, this war is not yet over. Will Korea ever be reunited?

    When troops from North Korea tried to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under Communist rule, the result was a three-year conflict (1950-1953) that cost hundreds of thousands of lives and left a division that is yet to be decided today. How started this? Why hasn’t it formally ended? What’s next?

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  • World War I

    One assassination started a war that ended with the death of millions and seeded the conflict for World War II.

    Entangled alliances turned the assassination of a single ruler into the world’s first global war. After three years of horrific trench warfare stretching across Europe, American troops entered the war in June 1917. American’s celebrate the armistice that stopped the fight on November 11, 1918, as Veterans Day.

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  • The Mexican-American War

    Remember the Alamo—and much more, including the Mormon Battalion, yellow fever, and a diplomat/spy named Jane Snow.

    Mexico was once twice its current size. When Texas broke away from Mexico, and then sought to join the Union, the U.S. and Mexico fought for power in the southwest. The U.S. victory in 1848 included California and its gold, and made Mexicans foreigners on their own soil.

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