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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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Georghia Ellinas proves we are never too young or too old for Shakespeare. Okay, dear readers, here’s a one-of-a-kind, wild recommendation:

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Windy City Blues
Entertainment
Ann Ronald

Windy City Blues. Polish brothers, Black musicians and entertainers, and a record company you won’t soon forget. Rosen’s novel has it all. Renée Rosen seamlessly

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Begin Again
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Baldwin and Glaude, rereading Baldwin to arrive at Glaude’s writing and thinking today.

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Where Light Comes and Goes
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Where Light Comes and Goes. Medicine and more with Dr. Abby Wilmore, this time at Yosemite National Park. When I reviewed the first book in

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Northland
History
Ann Ronald

Northland A 4,000 Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border Once again, I’ve found a wonderful nonfiction book that reads like turning pages in an album

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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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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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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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MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE The Poem: February by Margaret Atwood Winter and time to eat fat and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,

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