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Fiction
Ann Ronald

MOSTLY WHITE, UNLESS ALSO BLACK AND NATIVE AMERICAN I continue to be impressed by the quality of the books published by Torrey House Press. Each

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Rough Magic
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

MAGIC OF THE WORLD’S LONELIEST HORSE RACE The Mongol Derby featured in Rough Magic is a one-thousand-kilometer (just over 621 miles) endurance race across the

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I want my hat back
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

THE IMPORTANCE OF HATS – STOLEN, LOST OR OTHERWISE Welcome to the wonderful world of children’s author-illustrator Jon Klassen. Klassen, a Canadian, is both a

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

WORLD WAR I, KENYAN COFFEE, AND ROSETTI An unseasonable stormy day? Time to curl up with a good book? Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair is

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The Best Land Under Heaven
Nonfiction
Neal Ferguson

MICHAEL WALLIS AND BERNARD DEVOTO ENLIVEN THE DONNER PARTY AND MANIFEST DESTINY In The Best Land Under Heaven, Wallis recounts the history of the Donner

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Poetry
Joanne Mallari

THE BEAUTY AND LONG LIFE OF POETRY – After Rain a Little Girl Straightening Worm The poems in this collection are selected from a lifetime

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Rin Tin Tin
Animal stories
Ann Ronald

RIN TIN TIN – America’s favorite German Shepherd Not long ago, I reviewed Susan Orlean’s latest, The Library Book. Because I liked it so much,

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AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE dust jcket
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE Think of marriage as a lovely pond, surrounded by flora and fauna (family and friends). Then think of someone throwing a rather

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Lilac Girls
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

LILAC GIRLS Lilac Girls sweeps through the mid-twentieth century international scene with both breadth and depth. Martha Hall Kelly’s novel features three women—a New York

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Sweet Promised Land
Biography
Neal Ferguson

SWEET PROMISED LAND AND ROBERT LAXALT, THE STORY OF A STORYTELLER Aside from Mark Twain’s Roughing It, Robert Laxalt’s, Sweet Promised Land (1957, 2007) is

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The Paris Diversion
Mystery
Sunny Solomon

THE PARIS DIVERSION In the book world, the espionage thriller is the milieu of male readers. In other words, Chris Pavone’s latest, The Paris Diversion,

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The Library Book
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

THE LIBRARY BOOK If I still worked in a bookstore, and should you ask for a good read I would grab a copy of  Susan

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Astray
Fiction
Ann Ronald

ASTRAY Emma Donoghue has concocted a collection of short stories that consider a single innovative theme. Astray features a diverse set of characters who have

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The Lucky Ones
Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE LUCKY ONES The cover of Julianne Pachico’s The Lucky Ones calls the book “a tense and haunting jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” A jigsaw

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The French Girl
Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE FRENCH GIRL Lexie Elliott’s The French Girl is the best mystery I’ve read in a while. It’s one of those books that keep you

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Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE Do you have a daughter or granddaughter, niece or neighbor girl in love with numbers? Laurie Wallmark’s debut

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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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Next Time

The Poet’s Corner – Poem by Poem   Next Time When I come back I want to be a rock – Liza Weary of uprightness

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19**

The Poet’s Corner – Poem by Poem   19** Surely, it’s time to speak out as it was once time to remain silent with everyone

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Black History Month 2019

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019 It is February, the shortest month of the year. You know what that means, dear readers. It is Black History Month.

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