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We hope this site will give you the same enthusiasm and knowledge you expect from a community bookstore. We review a broad range of genres, choosing those titles we believe worth reading. 

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.

When the Stars Go Dark
Crime
Ann Ronald

When The Stars Go Dark: superb writing with fascinating characters is enough to make a reluctant reader recommend this novel. As a matter of personal

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Fiction
Ann Ronald

  The Girl Who Wrote in Silk – two different centuries, two different ladies, and one idyllic island,   I have a soft spot in

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The Word is Murder
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Word is Murder – the author as a character? Horowitz muses about murder mystery writing and more. When it comes to writing murder mysteries,

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El Deafo
Children's graphic novels
Sunny Solomon

El Deafo – Cece Bell’s superhero, airborne with a red cape and, do our eyes deceive us, wearing a hearing aid? This is a graphic

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Windswept
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Windswept, Walking the Paths of Trail Blazing Women. Author Annabel Abbs walks the same paths as 19th and early 20th-century trail blazing literary women. To

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Rodham
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Rodham – Historical fiction, a reimagining of Hillary Clinton’s life with and without Bill. Longtime readers of “Bookin’ with Sunny” know my fondness for historical

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The Phantom Tollbooth
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Phantom Tollbooth – You are never too old to read and love Norton Juster’s 1961 novel marketed for children. How is it possible to

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Bound for Gold
Books on books
Ann Ronald

Bound for Gold, William Martin’s sixth Peter Fallon novel. This one is a West Coast page-turner as tasty as it is mysterious, both in the

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
British Authors
Sunny Solomon

The Beekeeper of Aleppo gives voice to asylum seekers with compassion and complexity. People whose troubles we only thought we knew. Christy Lefteri’s novel The

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Carnegie's Maid
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Carnegie’s Maid – Marie Benedict’s insightful and creative imagining of a non-factual character in a thoroughly factual historical fiction. In her conversational comments at the

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origin
Reviews
Neal Ferguson

Origin, A Genetic History of the Americas – turns up the heat on the understanding of genetics and its contributions to what we know about

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Children of the land
Immigration
Ann Ronald

Children of the Land – Merciless Politics & Personal Pain merge to describe the treatment of illegal immigrants on both sides of the Mexican/American Border.

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Yellow Bird
History
Ann Ronald

Yellow Bird, Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country – is freelance journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch’s deep dive into Native American

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Spy of the first person
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Spy of the First Person – Novella? – Memoir? – Narrative prose poem? Sam Shepard’s last work seems to be all three. Maybe a review

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The Paris Arhitect
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Paris and Fallen Architects – Two novels, one author, an architect by training, a novelist by inclination. An architect by training and a novelist by

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Animal Bodies
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Animal Bodies, On Death, Desire, and other Difficulties – a bravely written book for very brave readers. Animal Bodies, on Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties

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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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Stones – Poem by Poem

STONES, BY KEVIN YOUNG – POEM BY POEM Hum I am learning how to sleep again, to love the descent, or is it, lying here,

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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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