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Caleb's Crossing
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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
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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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Mostly White
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

MOSTLY WHITE DEPENDING ON WHO’S ASKING I picked up Mostly White at a trade show, choosing it solely because its publisher is Torrey House Press,

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Nature
Neal Ferguson

THE WILD BRAID: A POET REFLECTS ON A CENTURY IN THE GARDEN Stanley Kunitz, U.S. Poet Laureate, one among his many honors, published The Wild

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Trespass
Fiction
Ann Ronald

TRESPASS Valerie Martin’s novel, Trespass, does exactly that—the story lines trespass on the public and the private lives of the characters who occupy its pages.

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Mostly White
Fiction
Ann Ronald

MOSTLY WHITE, UNLESS ALSO BLACK AND NATIVE AMERICAN I continue to be impressed by the quality of the books published by Torrey House Press. Each

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Rough Magic
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

MAGIC OF THE WORLD’S LONELIEST HORSE RACE The Mongol Derby featured in Rough Magic is a one-thousand-kilometer (just over 621 miles) endurance race across the

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I want my hat back
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

THE IMPORTANCE OF HATS – STOLEN, LOST OR OTHERWISE Welcome to the wonderful world of children’s author-illustrator Jon Klassen. Klassen, a Canadian, is both a

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

WORLD WAR I, KENYAN COFFEE, AND ROSETTI An unseasonable stormy day? Time to curl up with a good book? Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair is

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The Best Land Under Heaven
Nonfiction
Neal Ferguson

MICHAEL WALLIS AND BERNARD DEVOTO ENLIVEN THE DONNER PARTY AND MANIFEST DESTINY In The Best Land Under Heaven, Wallis recounts the history of the Donner

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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

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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