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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.

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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The Engineer's Wife
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Engineer’s Wife, a novel of the Brooklyn Bridge. A 21st -century novel about a late 19th and early 20th-century brilliant wife. I’m beginning to

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Georghia Ellinas proves we are never too young or too old for Shakespeare. Okay, dear readers, here’s a one-of-a-kind, wild recommendation:

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Windy City Blues
Entertainment
Ann Ronald

Windy City Blues. Polish brothers, Black musicians and entertainers, and a record company you won’t soon forget. Rosen’s novel has it all. Renée Rosen seamlessly

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Begin Again
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Baldwin and Glaude, rereading Baldwin to arrive at Glaude’s writing and thinking today.

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Where Light Comes and Goes
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Where Light Comes and Goes. Medicine and more with Dr. Abby Wilmore, this time at Yosemite National Park. When I reviewed the first book in

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Northland
History
Ann Ronald

Northland A 4,000 Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border Once again, I’ve found a wonderful nonfiction book that reads like turning pages in an album

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Numbered Account
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Numbered Account – Reich bifurcates his novel between the intricacies of Swiss banking and one fast-paced thriller. Christopher Reich has written what I would call

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A Well-Behaved Woman
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Well-Behaved Woman, A Novel of the Vanderbilts. A novel of Alva Vanderbilt’s twenty-year marriage in the Gilded Age. It is tempting, sometimes, for a

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Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto
Books for Curious Readers
Sunny Solomon

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto.  Something to believe in, or not. Can there be an agnostic Christian, agnostic Buddhist, agnostic Jew, or an agnostic Catholic? (Yes,

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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

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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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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