The Dictionary of Lost Words

is a logophile’s dream: a compelling, emotional story that revolves around words and their power to shape history. Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a shed in a back garden in Oxford, England where her father is at work compiling the Oxford English Dictionary. Her inquisitive nature leads her to realize that some words are left out of the dictionary, particularly words that describe women’s lives and suffering. Esme begins to compile an alternate dictionary of words, an endeavor that leads her to contend with the burgeoning suffrage movement and the looming threat of WWI.