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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.

Numbered Account
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Numbered Account – Reich bifurcates his novel between the intricacies of Swiss banking and one fast-paced thriller. Christopher Reich has written what I would call

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A Well-Behaved Woman
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Well-Behaved Woman, A Novel of the Vanderbilts. A novel of Alva Vanderbilt’s twenty-year marriage in the Gilded Age. It is tempting, sometimes, for a

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Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto
Books for Curious Readers
Sunny Solomon

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto.  Something to believe in, or not. Can there be an agnostic Christian, agnostic Buddhist, agnostic Jew, or an agnostic Catholic? (Yes,

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Orphan Train
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Orphan Train – From 1859 to 1929, America’s answer for what to do with orphans and indigent children. Beginning in 1854 and continuing for seventy-five

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The Casual Vacancy
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s answer for a twenty-first-century Dickensian novel. When I read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, I was struck by how Dickensian

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Tahoe Jade
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Jade, an Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller is back. A summer read with ties to Lincoln, Stanford, and yes, Lake Tahoe. Finally, it’s here! Summer

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The Blue Bear
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

The Blue Bear, A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild. A one-of-a-kind story of breadth and depth. The subtitle of Lynn

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The Winter Soldier
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Winter Soldier – An outstanding WWI novel. Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier joins a substantial list of novels written to commemorate the centennial anniversary

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Unbelievable
Media
Ann Ronald

Unbelievable, My Front-row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. The subtitle of Katy Tur’s Unbelievable characterizes her remembrances perfectly: “My Front-Row Seat to

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Too Small Tola
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

Too Small Tola shares something with children worldwide. Too Small Tola, by Atinuke, is close to the perfect storybook for early readers. One thing children

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Saints, Sinners, and Sovereign Citizens
History
Ann Ronald

Saints, Sinners, and Sovereign Citizens: The Endless War over the West’s Public Lands A journalist’s look at Clive Bundy and others who rebel against federal

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The President is Missing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The President is Missing – A rip-roaring thriller for readers of every political persuasion. Co-authors Bill Clinton and James Patterson must have had marvelous fun crafting

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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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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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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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