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The book club meets here at Bookin’ with Sunny every day, and the sec­ond Mon­day of each month at the Clay­ton CA Com­mu­nity Library at 7:00 p.m.

The Overstory
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Overstory A powerful novel of environmental concepts. During the decade before I retired, I often taught “Environmental Literature,” a capstone course for graduating seniors.

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Grim Honey
Poetry
Sunny Solomon

Grim Honey You do not need an MFA in English to read  Jessica Barksdale’s latest collection of poetry, you need only to be among the

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The Grande Dame and Hitler's Twin
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Grande Dame and Hitler’s Twin A Comedy of Errors and more. Sally Patterson Tubach subtitled her novel “A Comedy of Errors.” In truth, The

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Facing the Wave
Reviews
Neal Ferguson

Facing the Wave, a Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami. Gretel Ehrlich faces the wave directly in her telling of A Journey in the

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The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie One historical event, two points of view.   Marie Benedict’s novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, demonstrates for the reader

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The Peacock Emporium
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Peacock Emporium Jojo Moyes gives light bending depth to her characters. Sometimes, when reading a novel, I try to envision a single word that

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Overground Railroad
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

Overground Railroad The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America My selection for Black History Month, 2021, was Candacy Taylor’s Overground Railroad.

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Broken Verses
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Broken Verses, Pakistani thinkers and talkers. Kamila Shamsie’s enigmatic novel, Broken Verses, explores a number of thematic issues that are specific to Pakistan but equally

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The Second Home
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Second Home, a Cape Cod cottage claimed by three. Some authors deploy setting almost as an additional character in their novels; Charles Dickens’s London,

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The Clockwork Crow
British Authors
Sunny Solomon

The Clockwork Crow, first in a new series by Catherine Fisher. I feel on pretty sure ground when reviewing children’s picture books, but lacking a

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Pelosi
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal

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All the Light We Cannot See
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All the Light We Cannot See, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner Four years ago I reviewed Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome for “Bookin’ with

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A Perfect Explanation
Reviews
Ann Ronald

 A Perfect Explanation for a most dytsfunctional family Talk about a dysfunctional family!!! Sybil, Joan and Enid and Douglas, Fagus and Finetta and Ian, stumbling

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Sylvie
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Sylvie – A graphic memoir and a story for the whole family. I am always a bit wary of reviewing any book, fiction or nonfiction,

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A Marriage Out West
Biography
Ann Ronald

A Marriage Out West The Romance of Anthropology. Subtitled “Theresa and Frank Russell’s Explorations in Arizona, 1900-1903,” A Marriage Out West analyzes the Russell’s 1900

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The Forgotten Room
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Forgotten Room as remembered by three romance novelists. When three gifted romance writers decide to write a single novel, The Forgotten Room, together, the

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Fun Fact

Sunny is a poet and playwright. Her play, The Unleashed Hearts, was read on stage at the Brüka in Reno in 2018.

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Drysalter

Drysalter – Poem by Poem

DRYSALTER – POEM BY POEM The Poem  — Hymn to the Faces.   Hymn to the Faces A wall of photographs from nowhere, overnight gallery

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Golden Slippers

Langston Hughes – A poet for BLM?

GOLDEN SLIPPERS: An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers Poem: Youth Poet: Langston Hughes (1901 – 1967) Editor: Arna Bontemps Publisher: Harper & Row

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