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Just Because
Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

JUST BECAUSE How many of us who have children in our lives remember people telling us, “Enjoy them while you can because they grow up

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The Wave, In Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
History
Ann Ronald

THE WAVE Niche genres have always attracted my reading attention. Recently, I’ve been drawn to books that cross investigative journalism with a healthy dose of

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Hiding Place
British Authors
Ann Ronald

THE HIDING PLACE I could review C. J. Tudor’s novel, The Hiding Place, in just four words. Rosemary’s Baby on Steroids. Except that wouldn’t be

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radio girls
Fiction
Ann Ronald

RADIO GIRLS Sarah-Jane Stratford blends facts with fiction in Radio Girls, a novel describing the earliest days of the British Broadcasting Company (years before it

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Red Sparrow Trilogy
Fiction
Ann Ronald

RED SPARROW- PLACE OF TREASON-THE KREMLIN’S CANDIDATE A twenty-first century John LeCarre! That is how I would describe Jason Matthews, author of the recently published

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Wild Blueberries
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

WILD BLUEBERRIES It has been a long time since a memoir has brought me such laughter and warmth. Peter Damm, now a resident of Berkeley,

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Nefertiti Book of the Dead
Fiction
Ann Ronald

NEFERTITI: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD Recently, I’ve noticed that contemporary authors—especially mystery and thriller writers—are publishing more and more trilogies. Perhaps that suits our

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Man with a Seagull
Art
Sunny Solomon

MAN WITH A SEAGULL ON HIS HEAD The day is June 12, 1976. It is Ray Eccles’ 40th birthday. On that early Saturday morning, he

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Caleb's Crossing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

CALEB’S CROSSING Caleb’s Crossing illustrates Geraldine Brooks’ affinity for little-known historical characters whose nearly-anonymous lives can be enhanced by her fictional imagination. Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the

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Tahoe Deep
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

TAHOE DEEP I almost missed Todd Borg’s latest Owen McKenna Tahoe mystery Tahoe Deep before summer’s end, but it is still pretty hot up here

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE: A MEMOIR OF WITNESS AND RESISTANCE I can’t recall reading another book about a topic absolutely foreign to me

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My Grandma and Me
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

MY GRANDMA AND ME – Unlearning Otherness one child at a time. Picture books have, for me, become a passion. As much as their stories

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The English Wife
Reviews
Ann Ronald

THE ENGLISH WIFE When I read a book I really like, I immediately look for more titles by the same author. Lauren Willig’s The Ashford

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homegoing
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

HOMEGOING  —  Retrieval of family ties Not since Alex Haley’s Roots have I been so taken by a novel with characters spanning more than three

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE FERAL DETECTIVE When I read Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 riff on dark detective fiction, Motherless Brooklyn, I was not amused. In fact, I found the

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Reviews
Sunny Solomon

German voices or our own? This morning I am trying to sort through my emotions as I read about the tightening of the Public Charge

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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

Sunny is available for readings, to lead book discussions with children and adults, or to help choose the perfect book for reading or gifting.
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This n' That blog

Next Time

The Poet’s Corner – Poem by Poem   Next Time When I come back I want to be a rock – Liza Weary of uprightness

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19**

The Poet’s Corner – Poem by Poem   19** Surely, it’s time to speak out as it was once time to remain silent with everyone

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Black History Month 2019

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019 It is February, the shortest month of the year. You know what that means, dear readers. It is Black History Month.

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