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We hope this site will give you the same enthusiasm and knowledge you expect from a community bookstore. We review a broad range of genres, choosing those titles we believe worth reading. 

The book club meets here at Bookin’ with Sunny every day, and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 PM on Zoom (until Clay­ton CA Com­mu­nity Library re-opens for meetings).

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghoses
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Kate Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts has morphed the genre of classic gothic to “Gothic Romp.” Ever since I finished reading Kate Racculia’s novel, Tuesday Mooney

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These Precious Days
Essays
Ann Ronald

These Precious Days – Ann Patchett’s gathering of whimsical, wise, comical, sad, personal, prosaic, and profound essays that readers will find as enchanting as her

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Oh Willianm
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Oh William! – Strout’s Lucy Barton is back in a stand-alone novel of depth and texture, drawing the reader into a compelling story of past

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The Decent Inn of Death
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Decent Inn of Death – Rennie Airth’s sixth in the detective John Madden series and as baffling as ever, with a near-oxymoronic title. Have

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The Flight Girls
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Salazar and Ackerman – The Flight Girls – Radar Girls, two authors, two books, two historical fictions of rarely acknowledged stories of the secret but

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When We Were All Still Alive
Fiction
Ann Ronald

When We Were All Still Alive – A thoughtful and moving take on the ways the death of friends and spouses grows more intense as

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Clock Dance
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Clock Dane – Anne Tyler’s latest novel, proving once again, that even folks like us are worthy of novelhood. I cannot think of an Anne

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Authors of color
Ann Ronald

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan’s tale of a Barbados youth taken by an inventor/scientist to be his slave, only to find that the boy will

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Things We Do in The Dark
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Things We Do in The Dark – a scary title that means more than we think. Hillier has written a novel with as many secrets

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Fox & I
Animal stories
Ann Ronald

Fox & I, An Uncommon Friendship – Catherine Raven’s strong narrative voice engages and educates readers in her moving nature-writing memoir. I have always been

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The Emerald Mile
Nature
Ann Ronald

The Emerald Mile – Kevin Fedarko’s pitch-perfect prose describes the 1983 fastest white-water run down the Grand Canyon. A must-read for white-water enthusiasts. I wish

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The Postmistress of Paris
Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Postmistress of Paris – Meg Waite Clayton’s novel of WWII France, German occupied/Vichy Free Zone, and the seldom exposed side of an unarmed French

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The Weight of Snow
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Weight of Snow – Christian Guay-Poliquin’s novel: an existential story whose antihero protagonist is, as this reviewer puts it, “a man in a hell

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The Exiles
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Exiles – The incarceration of women from 19th century Australia to 21st century California. Christina Baker Kline’s story proves that the more the world

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The Opposite of Fate
Family relationships
Ann Ronald

The Opposite of Fate – Rape, a resulting pregnancy, and a 16-year coma. Alison McGhee stretches the reader’s emotional imagination in profound ways. Alison McGhee’s

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Wonder Dogs
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Wonder Dogs – Maureen Maurer’s memoir about the business of training assistance dogs and True Stories of Extraordinary Assistance Dogs. Wonder Dogs is both a

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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.

Talk about a talented woman

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Stones

Stones – Poem by Poem

STONES, BY KEVIN YOUNG – POEM BY POEM Hum I am learning how to sleep again, to love the descent, or is it, lying here,

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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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