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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 sec­ond Mon­day of each month at the Clay­ton CA Com­mu­nity Library at 7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Bad
Fiction
Ann Ronald

BEAUTIFUL BAD Beautiful Bad, the oxymoronic title of Annie Ward’s savagely violent novel, sums up the action precisely. Beautiful people doing bad things, beautiful prose

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Pax
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

PAX What? Another kids’ book? Well, yes, and no. Two things compel me to pick Sara Pennypacker’s Pax for my next review. First of all,

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A Baby's Bones
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A BABY’S BONES The plot of Rebecca Alexander’s novel, A Baby’s Bones, may sound familiar. An archaeological excavation on the Isle of Wight has uncovered

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The Wednesday Sisters
Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS Okay, gentlemen, step back; The Wednesday Sisters, by its title alone, would suggest that it is written solely for the female reader.

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Bel Canto
Crime
Ann Ronald

BEL CANTO Ann Patchett’s highly-regarded 2001 novel, Bel Canto, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Orange Prize, and won

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Demagogue Joe Mccarthy
Biography
Neal Ferguson

DEMAGOGUE, THE LIFE AND LONG SHADOW OF SENATOR JOE MCCARTHY One of my first memories of TV occurred during the summer of 1954 when I

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The City of Fallen Angels
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

MISS GARNET’S ANGEL and THE CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS Since the coronavirus has curtailed travel this year, books must take us to new and different

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Will You Be My Friend
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND Back in 1994, Irish writer Sam McBratney, and British illustrator Anita Jeram, published the picture book, Guess How Much I

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What She Left Behind
Fiction
Ann Ronald

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND Ellen Marie Wiseman cites the Willard Suitcase Exhibit and a nonfiction book by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny, The Lives They

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American Zion
History
Ann Ronald

AMERICAN ZION, CLIVE BUNDY, GOD & PUBLIC LANDS IN THE WEST American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West unearths historic myths

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Bad Tourist
Memoir
Sunny Solomon

BAD TOURIST, MISADVENTURES IN LOVE AND TRAVEL I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Suzanne Robert’s Bad Tourist back in mid-July. I picked it up briefly toward

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The Book of Lost Friends
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS Lisa Wingate’s The Book of Lost Friends is a historical novel firmly grounded in historic poignancy and pain. For many

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Redhead by the Side of the Road
Reviews
Ann Ronald

REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD Reading Anne Tyler’s novel, Redhead by the Side of the Road, is rather like paging through an album

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Tahoe Hit
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

TAHOE HIT, AN OWEN MCKENNA MYSTERY Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic, time seems to move at a pace determined to mess with our internal calendars.

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All The Old Knives
Reviews
Ann Ronald

ALL THE OLD KNIVES Not long ago I posted a “Bookin’ with Sunny” review of Olen Steinhauer’s newest spy thriller and remarked on the extraordinary

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Saint X
Fiction
Ann Ronald

SAINT X Alexis Schaitkin’s debut novel, Saint X, opens with the languid ennui of a mid-winter Caribbean vacation. An omniscient narrator sets scenes filled with

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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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Puss in Books

Puss in Books

PUSS IN BOOKS, SANS BOOTS   Charles Perrault‘s Master Cat has nothing on Bookin’ with Sunny’s California Callie. Our Callie traded her boots for books

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Brandy Burgess

Combining Like Terms

Combining Like Terms By Brandy Burgess “All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope. For all evils there are two

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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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