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Ann Ronald

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT Published posthumously, Our Souls at Night is Kent Haruf’s final novel about a fictional community in eastern Colorado. Each of his

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Still Alice
Fiction
Ann Ronald

STILL ALICE Lisa Genova, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, writes novels about people with debilitating neurological diseases. Still Alice, first published in 2007, traces a

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A Grandfather's Lesson
Food
Marjorie Cordova

A GRANDFATHER’S LESSONS Does your child or grandchild express an interest in cooking? Don’t know where to start? Well, I have the book for you

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

ELIZA WAITE Isolated on a tiny San Juan Island after her husband and son die during a smallpox epidemic, Eliza Waite tries to make the

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Mystery
Sunny Solomon

Listen to this review. HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. When one is recovering from surgery having books around the scatter is a terrific way to while away

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Mystery
Ann Ronald

MCPHERSON THREE: MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE; QUIET NEIGHBORS; SCOT FREE Hoping to introduce myself to an unfamiliar mystery writer, I read three Catriona McPherson novels—A Deadly

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Louisiana's Way Home
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME Kate DiCamillo’s character Louisana Elefante is not new to her many fans who have read Raymie Nightingale (2016). I, however, am meeting

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History
Ann Ronald

WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD Kara Cooney, author of When Women Ruled the World, characterizes her book as one of “my little Egyptological ventures in

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Books on books
Sunny Solomon

BIBLIOPHILE, AN ILLUSTRATED MISCELLANY I was just about finished with a book review for the ClaytonPioneer when I went through hip replacement and my daughter,

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Autobiography/Memoir
Martha Hildreth

A LONG WAY HOME Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home, was the basis for the 2014 Academy Award nominated film, Lion, that featured much-praised

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History
Ann Ronald

INTO GREAT SILENCE Eva Saulitis’s memoir, Into Great Silence, is an astute blend of scientific discovery and imaginative creativity. For more than a decade, Saulitis

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Reviews
Sunny Solomon

THE UNLEASHED HEARTS   A ONE-ACT PLAY Think an author can’t review her own work? Nonsense! I hope those who come to see and discuss the

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Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

TEN HORSE FARM Pop-up books are so darned much fun it is hard not to love them. Robert Sabuda, the uncrowned king of pop-ups, has

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Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

LILIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK Most everyone who has read and commented on “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” uses the word charming at least once.

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

NOVEMBER ROAD To appreciate Lou Berney’s novel, November Road, you have to reimagine November 22, 1963. First, you must discard much of what you know

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

GOOD ROSIE! As a book reviewer, I have no favorite genre; if a book is well-written, I will unabashedly tout its merit. In the case

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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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This n' That blog

Martha Hildreth

Welcome to Martha L. Hildreth

WELCOME TO MARTHA L. HILDRETH, OUR NEWEST REVIEWER   Bookin’ with Sunny is happy to announce Martha Hildreth, its newest member of our team. From

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Reading Life After MFA

I’m not the first to say that reading and writing felt impossible after completing an MFA program: one comprehensive exam and a thesis defense later,

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What to do when things go wrong

SNAFU  –  REMEDIED Last night I attempted to post a book review of Toni Morrison’s novel Home. The keyword is “attempted.” I did everything right. Three times

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