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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.

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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How Much of These Hills is Gold
Fiction
Ann Ronald

HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD C Pam Zhang juxtaposes nightmare with dream in her novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold. Her

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An Artless Demise
Fiction
Ann Ronald

AN ARTLESS DEMISE I initially encountered Anna Lee Huber’s mysteries in 2012 when her first novel featuring Lady Kiera Darcy, The Anatomist’s Wife, was published.

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A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

A BANQUET FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS – REVISITED I am a huge fan of Ying Chang Compestine, which makes me happy to publish an updated review of

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A Secret Sisterhood
Literary criticism
Ann Ronald

A SECRET SISTERHOOD Almost every page of Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney’s book, A Secret Sisterhood, inversely took me back to my college studies.

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The Housekeeper and the Professor
Fiction
Ann Ronald

THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR A simple precis of Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor cannot do justice to the mystique of this very

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The Memory of Old Jack
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

THE MEMORY OF OLD JACK With the Stay-at-Home admonishment still in place for those of us well-beyond our 60th year, I’ve begun reaching for books

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Russian Winter
Fiction
Ann Ronald

RUSSIAN WINTER Years and years ago, I was served a roasted onion. I’ve never forgotten the crisp softness as I peeled away the layers, the

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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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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

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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In Another Country

Prognosis

The Poet’s Corner  —  Poem by Poem Prognosis from the book In Another Country An old man alone in a house full of books who

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The Fact of a Doorframe

Storm Warnings

The Poet’s Corner — Poem by Poem   Storm Warnings The glass has been falling all the afternoon, And knowing better than the instrument What

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