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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Wildlands

THE WILDLANDS Every once in a while I read a book so stunning that I can’t find the words to write a review. Such is

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Queen Sugar

When I read a novel with an underlying premise that I can’t quite believe, I rarely like the book. Queen Sugar, by Natalie Baszile, is

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Broken Verses
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Broken Verses

Broken Verses, Pakistani thinkers and talkers. Kamila Shamsie’s enigmatic novel, Broken Verses, explores a number of thematic issues that are specific to Pakistan but equally

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The Book of Lost Friends
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Book of Lost Friends

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS Lisa Wingate’s The Book of Lost Friends is a historical novel firmly grounded in historic poignancy and pain. For many

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Rules of Civility
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility As I read books for “Bookin’ with Sunny,” I realize that I’m always trying to put new publications in the context of

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Wilderness

Lance Weller, in his new novel Wilderness, juxtaposes two quite disparate wildernesses together. One is the famous 1864 Wilderness Battle near Spotsylvania, where North and

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Behold the Dreamers
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Cameroonian Dreamers Not long ago, I reviewed Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about Nigerian immigrants and their American experiences. Imbolo Mbue’s

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Black Karma

When I reviewed Thatcher Robinson’s first novel, White Ginger, for “Bookin’ with Sunny,” I ended by hoping that Robinson would “write more about this intriguing

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Sisters Brothers

More than four centuries ago, Thomas Nashe published The Unfortunate Traveller (1594) in English and Miguel de Cervantes published Don Quixote (1605) in Spanish. Together,

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Miss Timmins' School for Girls
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls Miss Timmins’ School for Girls braces ongoing colonialism against intrusive modernity in surprisingly innovative ways. Set in late twentieth-century India,

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Biography
Ann Ronald

Queen’s Gambit

Queen’s Gambit: A Novel of Katherine Parr Successful historical novels draw the reader into a bygone milieu, bringing historic characters to life while describing colorful

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Numbered Account
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Numbered Account

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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Reviews
Neal Ferguson

Granada

Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God BUYER BEWARE: I have known Steven Nightingale for several decades and have read his books of sonnets

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Jarrettsville

Jarrettsville fictionalizes a true event that occurred on the fourth anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. The novel opens with the traumatic, climactic scene.

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