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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.

Beheld
Fiction
Ann Ronald

    Beheld – a novel of the first settlers of the Plymouth Colony and the complex domestic constraints under which the women lived. When

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Circle Way
Books on Writing
Sunny Solomon

Circle Way, A Daughter’s Memoir, A Writer’s Journey Home, a writer’s memoir of her relationship with her writer father and her search for answers to

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Piano Tide
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Piano Tides – Environmental ethics in a small southwest Alaskan community down on its luck? Piano Tides — Kathleen Dean Moore’s cast of misfit residents,

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The Red Address Book
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Ninety-six-year-old Doris Alm’s address book holds more than the names and addresses of people in her past. In the novel The Red Address Book, Swedish

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Vox
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Vox, Christina Dalcher’s novel makes use of Atwood’s template for modern feminist dystopian novels, placing it squarely in the United States. Not quite dystopian, eh?

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Enchantress of Numbers
Biography
Ann Ronald

Enchantress of Numbers – Introducing Ida Lovelace, the enchanting and remarkable daughter of poet Lord Byron. Lately, I seem to be reading novels with similar

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Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Art
Ann Ronald

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Camille Laurens’ intense and personal narrative study of Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture of a young ballet dancer. When I finished reading

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Payback
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Payback, Mary Gordon’s philosophically emotional tale of forty-seven years of planning and plotting payback for an act of betrayal. Payback is Mary Gordon’s thirteenth novel.

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The Swan Thieves
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Swan Thieves, a story of obsession by a cast of characters that only Elizabeth Kostova could create. It is a literary collage that you

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A Promised Land
Authors of color
Ann Ronald

A Promised Land. A recollection and re-analyzation of Barack Obama’s campaigns for political office, through his first term as President. In A Promised Land, Barack

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Time for Bed, Old House
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Time for Bed, Old House A perfect blend of story and illustrations describing a young boy’s first night away from home. Time For Bed, Old

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Checkmate
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Checkmate, a thriller benefitting from its author’s political experience and her tech-world expertise. Karna Small Bodman’s background gives her special insight into the subtleties of

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the widows of Malabar Hill
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Widows of Malabar Hill, a new mystery series set in early twentieth-century India. Once again, I’ve discovered a new mystery series that has absolutely

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This Fight is Our Fight
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

This Fight is Our Fight, written as teacher, scholar, and public servant with heart. When I think of Elizabeth Warren, I think of three things:

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Flight Patterns
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Flight Patterns – Author Karen White turns Southern Gothic in a new and original direction. When I was about a quarter of the way through reading Karen

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Paris Was Ours
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Paris Was Ours. Thirty-two beautifully illuminated expatriate memoirs recalling their time in the City of Lights. Paris Was Ours projects a joie de vivre that

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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.

Talk about a talented woman

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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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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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