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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).

Horse
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Horse – Once again, Geraldine Brooks uncovers little known parts of our American history. She moves us from 2019 back to the pre-Civil War south,

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The Girl You Left Behind
Art
Ann Ronald

The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes’ novel of the portrait of a French artist’s wife and the war that intervened, separating by death

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Elegible
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Sittenfeld’s Eligible brings Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the twenty-first century. Quite simply, Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel, Eligible, is a hoot! I chuckled aloud as I read—each page, each character,

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The Last Days of Night
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Last Days of Night – Moore’s novel illuminates the lawsuit between Edison and Westinghouse for the legal patent rights to the light bulb. Reading Graham

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The Heron's Cry
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Heron’s Cry, sequel to The Long Call. Cleeves and her detective Venn have done it again in the second Two Rivers mystery. As promised,

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A Tale of Two Murders
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Tale of Two Murders – A young Charles Dickens and a young Kate Hogarth in Redmond’s reimagining their early years as whodunnit sleuths. Heather

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Tracing Time
Art
Ann Ronald

Tracing Time, Childs brings the rock art of the Colorado Plateau Canyon country into a rich and moving focus. I have read most, if not

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Zeitoun
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers’ talent for bringing impersonal news stories like Hurricane Katrina up close and very personal is here in Zeitoun. Like so many

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Recollections of My
Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

Recollections of My Nonexistence – Solnit’s memoir, essays steeped in her honest reflection of an intellectual life well-lived. Rebecca Solnit, a contemporary public intellectual, is

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Park Avenue Summer
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Park Avenue Summer, Renee Rosen brings us another fascinating novel of a young woman in historical New York City,1965. After reading and enthusiastically reviewing Renee

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The Sisters of Versailles
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Sisters of Versailles – Sally Christie’s fictional telling of the Mailly-Nesle sisters who became part of the life of eighteenth-century France’s King Louis XV.

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Armageddon
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

It is never too late to begin or to continue reading Kurt Vonnegut, especially Armageddon In Retrospect. One of the marvels about Kurt Vonnegut is

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Tahoe Moon
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Moon – We know summer is upon us as Todd Borg’s Owen McKenna takes center stage. Mystery-thriller fans will not be disappointed. McKenna is

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The Vanishing Half
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett’s novel is more than its dustjacket suggests. It is probing, profound, and provocative, and not only about the subject

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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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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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Tracing Time

Tracing Time

Tracing Time, Childs brings the rock art of the Colorado Plateau Canyon country into a rich and moving focus. I have read most, if not

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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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