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End-of-the-Year Contest 2023

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 End-of-the-Year Contest! One reader received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2023, while 11 others won four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2023's Bets On selections.

If you would like to know more about these books, be sure to check out this video and podcast where Carol talks about each of her 44 picks.

The House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan

THE HOUSE OF LINCOLN tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. president to the Great Emancipator through the eyes of a young asylum-seeker who arrives in Lincoln's home of Springfield from Madeira, Portugal. Showing intelligence beyond society's expectations, 14-year-old Ana Ferreira lands a job in the Lincoln household assisting Mary Lincoln with their boys and with the hostess duties borne by the wife of a rising political star. Ana bears witness to the evolution of Lincoln's views on equality and the Union and observes in full complexity the psyche and pain of his bold, polarizing wife, Mary. She also encounters the presence of the underground railroad in town and experiences personally how slavery is tearing apart her adopted country.


Nancy Horan, author of The House of Lincoln

Rich with historical detail, THE HOUSE OF LINCOLN is an insightful account of Abraham Lincoln's transformative vision for democracy as observed through the eyes of a young immigrant who arrives in Lincoln's home of Springfield, Illinois, from Madeira, Portugal.

The House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan

June 2023

THE HOUSE OF LINCOLN is Nancy Horan’s first book since 2014. Having grown up in Springfield, Illinois, Nancy was quite familiar with Abraham Lincoln’s influence on the country, especially on that part of the state. The more she read and explored, the more she wanted to bring to life not just the man, but also the time in which he lived --- a time that was fraught with racial divide.

Week of February 5, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of February 5th include I WILL FIND YOU, a breathtaking thriller from Harlan Coben in which an innocent father serving life for the murder of his own son receives evidence that his child may still be alive; CITY OF DREAMS, the dramatic second novel in Don Winslow's epic crime trilogy, a sweeping saga of family, love, revenge, survival and the fierce reality behind the dream; THE LAST ORPHAN, the eighth entry in Gregg Hurwitz's pulse-pounding Orphan X series, which marks the return of Evan Smoak (aka The Nowhere Man) --- but this time, everything changes and everything is at risk; and four outstanding books that were 2023 Bookreporter Bets On picks when they released in hardcover: ALL THAT IS MINE I CARRY WITH ME by William Landay, EXILES by Jane Harper, THE HOUSE OF EVE by Sadeqa Johnson, and THE HOUSE OF LINCOLN by Nancy Horan.