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Memorizing Shadows - Stone Wishes
Nature
Ann Ronald

MEMORIZING SHADOWS, INSPIRATION FROM THE ARIZONA TRAIL  AND  STONE WISHES ON THE COLORADO PLATEAU Because we couldn’t go hiking together in red rock country this

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In Dependence
Reviews
Ann Ronald

IN DEPENDENCE The title of Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novel, In Dependence, captures the thematic subtleties presented in its pages. Is twentieth-century Nigeria seeking independence, or

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Speak No Evil
Fiction
Ann Ronald

SPEAK NO EVIL Occasionally I encounter a novel that leaves me speechless. Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil left me not only speechless but breathless, too.

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Hollow Kingdom
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Hollow Kingdom Are you a nature lover? A hiker? A botanist? A stargazer? A bird watcher? If so, please consider Kira Jane Buxton’s debut book,

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Blackout
Fiction
Ann Ronald

BLACKOUT You probably shouldn’t read (as I did) Marc Elsberg’s thriller, Blackout, while cable news is concentrating on the catastrophic outcomes of a spreading coronavirus.

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Rebel Cinderella
Biography
Ann Ronald

REBEL CINDERELLA Adam Hochschild renews my faith in biographers and the art of biography. Rebel Cinderella models the very best of this sort of intellectual

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The Painter of Battles
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

THE PAINTER OF BATTLES A book worth reading is a book worth talking about, but not always. Arturo Pèrez-Reverte is Spain’s popular author of literary

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The Fencing Master
Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE FENCING MASTER   Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte and his translator, Margaret Jull Costa, have created a novel that may best be described as a

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Ordinary Wolves
Fiction
Ann Ronald

ORDINARY WOLVES Not long ago in Bookin’, I described Susan Orlean’s nonfictional achievement, The Library Book, as a moving meditation coupled with journalism and research.

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My Kitchen Year
Food
Marjorie Cordova

MY KITCHEN YEAR Ruth Reichl: My Kitchen Year was reviewed by Ann Ronald in Bookin’ with Sunny in 2016. Ann’s review set the stage for

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Star of the North
Fiction
Ann Ronald

STAR OF THE NORTH D.B. John’s thriller, Star of the North, pulls back the curtain on North Korea’s secretive milieu. The novel explores the terrain

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Mercy House
Fiction
Ann Ronald

MERCY HOUSE Alena Dillon’s novel, Mercy House, uniquely blends laughter with tragedy, pain with redemption. Its setting is a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter for abused women. Run

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Dog On It
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

DOG ON IT Please don’t wait for the dog days of summer to read Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It. Based on our present pandemic restrictions,

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Always Home
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

ALWAYS HOME The subtitle of Fanny Singer’s Almost Home delineates the content—“A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories.” What begins as a paeon to Fanny Singer’s famous

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The Perfect Horse
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

THE PERFECT HORSE The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion, was the perfect book to review for the Concord Clayton

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A Tale of Two Murders
Mystery
Ann Ronald

A TALE OF TWO MURDERS Heather Redmond has begun writing a new detective series featuring a youthful Charles Dickens pursuing multiple murderous clues and figuring

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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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Bad Indians

Online Author Event – Bad Indians

ONLINE AUTHOR EVENT – BAD INDIANS Today’s pandemic stay-at-home order means many families must deal with online schooling for their children. Back in April 2013,

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In Another Country

Prognosis

The Poet’s Corner  —  Poem by Poem Prognosis from the book In Another Country An old man alone in a house full of books who

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The Fact of a Doorframe

Storm Warnings

The Poet’s Corner — Poem by Poem   Storm Warnings The glass has been falling all the afternoon, And knowing better than the instrument What

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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Is it true that Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad “traces the terrible wounds of slavery,” as Michael Schaub wrote

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