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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.

Drysalter
Poem by Poem
Sunny Solomon

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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The Missing American
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Missing American, African mystery untangled by Ghanian private detective Emma Djan If I were to summarize The Missing American in a single couplet, I would

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Always
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Always – Love with a twist As one might surmise, Sarah Jio’s novel, Always, is a book about love. It’s love with a heart-wrenching twist,

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

Can the Bookish Life be enough for Nina Hill? Happy New Year, dear readers, and what better way to start the new year than to

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Unsheltered
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Unsheltered, to see ourselves more clearly In the middle of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, two of her characters talk about the unusual word she uses

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The Long Call
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Long Call, detective Venn in Ann Cleeves’ new Twin River mystery series. In the first chapter of Ann Cleeves’s North Devon murder mystery, The

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Caste
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

CASTE, MORE OF WILKERSON’S METICULOUS RESEARCH In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson invites her readers to reconsider their inherent understanding of American

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Wine of Violence
Reviews
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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Golden Slippers
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

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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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
Reviews
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
Reviews
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
Reviews
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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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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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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