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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.

The Clockwork Crow
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

The Clockwork Crow, first in a new series by Catherine Fisher. I feel on pretty sure ground when reviewing children’s picture books, but lacking a

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Pelosi
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal

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All the Light We Cannot See
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All the Light We Cannot See, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner Four years ago I reviewed Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome for “Bookin’ with

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A Perfect Explanation
Reviews
Ann Ronald

 A Perfect Explanation for a most dytsfunctional family Talk about a dysfunctional family!!! Sybil, Joan and Enid and Douglas, Fagus and Finetta and Ian, stumbling

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Sylvie
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Sylvie – A graphic memoir and a story for the whole family. I am always a bit wary of reviewing any book, fiction or nonfiction,

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A Marriage Out West
Biography
Ann Ronald

A Marriage Out West The Romance of Anthropology. Subtitled “Theresa and Frank Russell’s Explorations in Arizona, 1900-1903,” A Marriage Out West analyzes the Russell’s 1900

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The Forgotten Room
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Forgotten Room as remembered by three romance novelists. When three gifted romance writers decide to write a single novel, The Forgotten Room, together, the

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Dutton's Dirty Diggers
History
Ann Ronald

DUTTON’S DIRTY DIGGERS, GIRL SCOUT ARCHEOLOGISTS ON THE MOVE. Anyone who fondly remembers Girl Scout camping days will relish the reminiscences to be found in

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Comanches The History of a People
History
Neal Ferguson

COMANCHES, THE DESTRUCTION AND THE HISTORY OF A PEOPLE. First published by Knoph in 1975, T. R. Fehrenbach’s Comanches remains a stunning popular history of

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Drysalter
Poem by Poem
Sunny Solomon

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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The Missing American
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Missing American, African mystery untangled by Ghanian private detective Emma Djan If I were to summarize The Missing American in a single couplet, I would

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Always
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Always – Love with a twist As one might surmise, Sarah Jio’s novel, Always, is a book about love. It’s love with a heart-wrenching twist,

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

Can the Bookish Life be enough for Nina Hill? Happy New Year, dear readers, and what better way to start the new year than to

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Unsheltered
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Unsheltered, to see ourselves more clearly In the middle of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, two of her characters talk about the unusual word she uses

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The Long Call
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Long Call, detective Venn in Ann Cleeves’ new Twin River mystery series. In the first chapter of Ann Cleeves’s North Devon murder mystery, The

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Caste
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

CASTE, MORE OF WILKERSON’S METICULOUS RESEARCH In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson invites her readers to reconsider their inherent understanding of American

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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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Drysalter

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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