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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.

Wine of Violence
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Ann Ronald

WINE OF VIOLENCE As regular “Bookin’ with Sunny” readers already know, this reviewer loves to find new mystery series, particularly smart ones. So, I am

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Known and Strange Things
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS   If a picture is worth a thousand words, then my two photos of Teju Cole‘s collection of essays, Known and Strange

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Courting Mr. Lincoln
Fiction
Ann Ronald

COURTING MR. LINCOLN The double entendre of Louis Bayard’s title, Courting Mr. Lincoln, immediately alerts the reader to the duality of the novel’s subject matter.

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Kindred
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Neal Ferguson

KINDRED, NEANDERTHAL LIFE, LOVE, DEATH AND ART Full disclosure: three percent of my DNA is Neanderthal (homo neanderthalensis) in origin, a fact that explains a

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They Met at Wounded Knee
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Ann Ronald

THEY MET AT WOUNDED KNEE How true, you can’t judge a book by its cover! That holds especially true for Gretchen Cassel Eick’s book, They

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V2
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Neal Ferguson

V2, A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR II V2 is the newest addition to Robert Harris’s World War II thriller-novels.  His historical fiction is marked by

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Fates and Furies
Fiction
Ann Ronald

FATES AND FURIES In Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff proposes a unique way of looking at a relationship. The first half of Fates and Furies, titled

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The Magpie Murders
British Authors
Ann Ronald

MAGPIE MURDERS The Magpie Murders is Deliciously British! Anthony Horowitz’s mystery is set in a circumscribed Somerset village populated by a quarrelsome set of eccentric

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The Prince of Frogtown
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

THE PRINCE OF FROGTOWN The  Prince of Frogtown is Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg’s third memoir. The first, All Over But the Shoutin‘, was written in

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Crossings
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Ann Ronald

CROSSINGS The best way to read Alix Landragin‘s novel, Crossings, is with a healthy dose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “willing suspension of disbelief.” As a

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The Last Secret
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Sunny Solomon

The Last Secret  Secrets. Be honest, don’t we have a few things that, for whatever reason, we’ve never told another person? Well, Nora Trimble Hammond,

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The Last Train to London
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Ann Ronald

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON The Last Train to London, Meg Waite Clayton’s well-researched and engaging historical fiction can introduce a reader to unsung heroes of

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Neal
History
Neal Ferguson

ON THE FIRST DAY OF HOLIDAY GIVING NEAL’S BOOKS FOR THE GUYS IN YOUR LIFE What follows is a list, in no particular order, of

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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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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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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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Morning in the Burned House

morning in the burned house

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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