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Jefferson In Our Times: Other Titles

The exhibit "Jefferson in Our Times" also includes a number of books not singled out for analysis, but available for patrons to browse.  They include the following:

Berry, Steve.  The Jefferson Key: A Novel.  New York: Ballantine Books, 2011.  "Cotton Malone battles a group of families whose influence dates back to U.S. Constitution and who seek to crack a code devised by Thomas Jefferson himself in their quest for power."

Chase-Riboud, Barbara. The President's Daughter. New York: Ballantine, 1995.  "In the continuation of Sally Hemings' story, Sally's daughter, Harriet, is allowed to leave Monticello and pass for white."

Cook, J.J. Death on Eat Street. New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, 2014.  A struggling food-truck owner finds a dead body inside her restaurant, and must find the killer.  Jefferson's [sic] recipe for crème brûlée makes a cameo appearance.

Crosby, Ellen.  The Bordeaux Betrayal: A Wine Country Mystery.  New York: Scribner, 2008.  "Third in a series of historical fiction set amid the vines of the Virginia wine country. This tale involves a two-hundred-year-old bottle of Bordeaux that Thomas Jefferson may have purchased for George Washington and is turning out to be a wine to die for."

Cussler, Clive, and Paul Kemprecos.  The Navigator: A Novel from the NUMA Files.  New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007.  "Years after an ancient Phoenician statue is stolen from the Baghdad museum, a series of murders sparks interest in the statue's relevance in Austin and Zavala, who lead the NUMA team on a historical investigation into the lost treasures of King Solomon."  Features scenes at our very own Jefferson Library and plot points involving Hemings/Jefferson descendants.

Daniels, Gene.  Jefferson's Promise: A Mystery.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014.  A contemporary mystery revolving around a lost letter written by James Hemings.

Dietrich, William.  The Dakota Cipher: An Ethan Gage Mystery.  New York: Harper, 2009.  "In 1801 newly elected president Thomas Jefferson, taking office in the burgeoning capital of Washington, D.C., convinces Ethan Gage and Norwegian Magnus Bloodhammer to go on a scouting expedition--one that precedes that of Lewis and Clark--to investigate reports of woolly mammoths and blue-eyed Indians. The pair have their own motive, however, which they neglect to share with the president: a search for the mythical hammer of the Norse god Thor."

Gabler, James M.  An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine, and Conversation.  Palm Beach, FL: Bacchus Press, 2006.  "A fictional but fact-based account in which the reader is transported to eighteenth-century Paris to meet Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Written from the perspective of a modern reader asking questions of Jefferson and Franklin about past and present issues in the twenty-first century in the comfort of Jefferson's Paris residence on the Champs-Elysées, issues discussed include 9/11, Abu Ghraib. the women in their lives, slavery, religion, spies in their midst. They also talk about their embarassments, disappointments, travels, early years, major accomplishments, social activities in Paris and London, including wine, and whether the bottle of Chateau Lafite 1787 wine engraved with Jefferson's initials "Th.J" was ever owned by him."

Langton, Jane.  Murder at Monticello.  New York: Viking, 2001.  "A murder on the ground of Jefferson's mansion at Monticello leads history buff Homer Kelly on a search for Tom Dean, a young man seen trespassing on the property, who has become the prime suspect in the killings of several local women."

Meltzer, Brad.  The Book of Fate.  New York: Warner Books, 2008.  "A two-hundred-year-old code devised by Thomas Jefferson becomes the key to a present-day conspiracy at the highest levels of Washington and the power elite of Palm Beach" - book jacket

Mount, Ferdinand.  The Condor's Head: An American Romance.  London: Chatto & Windus, 2007.  A historical novel set in Revolutionary France telling the story of William Short, Thomas Jefferson's personal secretary.

Murphy, Mabel Ansley.  When Jefferson Was Young.  Chicago: Whitman, 1942.  A biography of Jefferson for young readers.

Page, Elizabeth.  The Tree of Liberty.  New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939.  "Historical novel tracing the birth of the American republic through the narrative of one Virginia family...the story was made into the film The Howards of Virginia by Columbia Pictures Corporation, starring Cary Grant and Martha Scott, in 1940."

Peach, John Harding.  Thomas Jefferson: Roots of Religious Freedom.  Bloomington, IN: CrossBooks, 2012.  "Biographical novel of Thomas Jefferson that begins with Jefferson sitting at the feet of Rev. James Maury, and ends with his retirement to Monticello and the beginning of his passion to build the University of Virginia in Charlottesville."

Peden, William. Twilight at Monticello. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. "A thriller set at a meeting of Jefferson scholars at Monticello; much background given on TJ and various historians' interpretations of him." - Frank Shuffelton

Rollins, James.  The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel.  New York: William Morrow, 2011.  "Sigma Force stalwarts Painter Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce must investigate a gruesome massacre in the Rocky Mountains and root out a secret cabal that has been manipulating momentous events since the time of the original thirteen colonies." - Book Jacket

Simon, Laura. Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener. New York: Dell, 1999.  "Imaginary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson that weaves personal anecdotes with anecdotal history, that tells of the trials and tribulations of growing vegetables and flowers, and attempts to explain the conundrums and advances of modernity to the eighteenth-century renaissance man."

Thor, Brad.  The Last Patriot: A Thriller.  New York: Atria Books, 2008.  "Suspense novel featuring Navy SEAL turned covert Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath, who must race to locate an ancient secret that has the power to stop militant Islam dead in its tracks. Part of the plot's back-story involves a secret discovered by Thomas Jefferson in September 1789 when, as U.S. Minister to France, he is charged with forging a truce with the Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast."

Waldo, Anna Lee.  Sacajawea.  New York: Avon, 1979.  A romantic epic treatment of Sacajawea's life.

Weil, Ann.  My Dear Patsy: A Novel of Jefferson's Daughter.  Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1941.  A novel about Martha Jefferson Randolph for young audiences.

Wilbur, Marguerite Eyer.  Thomas Jefferson: Apostle of Liberty.  New York: Liveright, 1962.  A fictionalized biography of Jefferson.


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