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[I Had Rather Die - Rape in the Civil War - Cover]
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I Had Rather Die - Rape in the Civil War
By Kim Murphy
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"A meticulously documented and gut-wrenching account of the gratuitous acts of violence against women's bodies, black and white, slave and free, young and old... A major work of scholarship that was long overdue, and that all historians should be grateful for."

—Susan Brownmiller, author, Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape.


The American Civil War is often regarded as a "low-rape" war, due to gentlemanly "restraint." Nearly thirty Union soldiers were executed for the crime. As a result, rape is perceived to have been dealt with harshly. On the surface, the numbers reflect the view that rape was indeed far from widespread. In reality, few soldiers received harsh punishment for a crime that was considered a capital offense in the nineteenth century.

Through the extensive use of primary sources, Kim Murphy exposes the misrepresentations of the topic of rape during the war. Not only were women raped during times of battle, but those who bravely stepped forward to name their attackers were interrogated in the justice system, often by their assailants. Courts-martial revolved around a woman's consent and her degree of resistance against a man's force. Poor and black women frequently had their reputations called into question. For far too long, women's claims have been dismissed as hearsay and propaganda. Behind the brother-against-brother war lurks the hidden war of brother against sister.

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Ever Your Servant or how retail really sucks
By K.A. Corlett.
 
Imagine Anne Rice being trampled by the cast of Are you being Served?

Joelle Lachance works with the terminally banal. That is, she runs the Health Food Shop at Weatherstons Department Store. Patriarchy, incompetence, lowbrow politics? All in a day's work–until Maximillien Lambert darkens her door.

Max is tall, pale, and colder than burial ground in January. He owns Weatherstons' new Cyber Café, but he's far more interested in Joelle than he is in hard drives. When Joelle starts having nightmares, she's sure Max has something to do with it. Hardware Manager Geraint McKellar is suspicious, too: why is Max offering meditation lessons to Weatherson staff? After all, the guy's more like the Grim Reaper's better-dressed brother than Mahatma Gandhi...

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[The Dreaming - Walks Through Mist]

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The Dreaming — Walks Through Mist
by Kim Murphy.
  Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Witch trials in Virginia?  Salem wasn't the first...

Psychologist Shae Howard treats a patient who claims to recall nothing of the current century. Under hypnosis, Phoebe Wynne tells an astonishing tale of an ocean crossing to Colonial Jamestown, followed by near starvation and a daring escape to a nearby Indian tribe.

Although Shae's ex-husband, seasoned police detective Lee Crowley, is intrigued by Phoebe's story, he remains skeptical regarding her claim that she's from the seventeenth century. A Native American himself, he does, however, admit to feeling a kinship with Phoebe. How is it that she seems to understand his pain and anger at being caught between two cultures?

Phoebe shows Lee "the dreaming," which reveals a misty world where the Powhatan people and Colonial Jamestown come to life... and connects him to his own past. Is Phoebe delusional? A witch? Or has she indeed traveled through time?

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Whispers Through Time
by Kim Murphy.
 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Winner
On the Virginia Plantation Poplar Ridge, seven-year-old Sarah witnesses the murder of her father Geoff Cameron. Sarah refuses to speak, and drawings of her father's death become her only means of communication—until she reveals that Geoff continues to read her stories. Are the ghostly whispers a figment of a bereaved little girl's imagination, or can Sarah really speak to the dead?

The search for answers leads Sarah's mother, Chris, on a whirlwind journey through time. In the age of Reconstruction, Chris must unravel the web that binds Geoff's murder to the violent demise of his ancestor George Cameron. She leaves a diary for Geoff, hoping to break the chain of tragic events, only to find that Sarah holds the link between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Whispers Through Time is the sequel to the award-winning Whispers from the Grave.

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[Whispers from the Grave]

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Whispers from the Grave
by Kim Murphy.
 RT Reviewers' Choice Nominee
ForeWord Magazine 2007 Book of the Year Bronze Winner
IPPY 2008 Bronze Winner
The Virginia Plantation Poplar Ridge is sprawling, secluded, and foreboding. Chris Olson is immediately swept into its somber history and an inexplicable, electrifying passion for Geoff Cameron, her best friend's brother. Dreams of a Confederate soldier who strongly resembles Geoff and a haunting one-eyed scout cloud her mind further.

Through the eyes of the long-dead Margaret, Chris witnesses mysterious events shrouded in the conflict of the Civil War, until little by little, she uncovers Margaret's dark and terrible secret—and Geoff's connection to the enchanting woman from the past.

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Glory & Promise
by Kim Murphy.
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2006 Library of Virginia Literary Award
Glory & Promise is the triumphant conclusion to Kim Murphy's acclaimed Civil War saga. Occupied by Union forces, Fredericksburg lies in ruins. After four years of devastating conflict, two sisters are plunged into the turbulent world of the war's aftermath. Married to Colonel Samuel Prescott, Amanda struggles to maintain harmony in her home life, while Sam strives for order in the newly reunited country. But Alice has wed Amanda's former beau, William Jackson. With the demise of the Confederacy, Wil has lost his command and must finally face the haunting truth about his past. The guns on the battlefield have been silenced, but war rages within all of their hearts, ready to explode.

The first two books in the trilogy are Promise & Honor and Honor & Glory.

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