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Ann Ronald

Authors of color
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Washington Black

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan’s tale of a Barbados youth taken by an inventor/scientist to be his slave, only to find that the boy will

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Fox & I
Animal stories
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Fox & I

Fox & I, An Uncommon Friendship – Catherine Raven’s strong narrative voice engages and educates readers in her moving nature-writing memoir. I have always been

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The Emerald Mile
Nature
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The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile – Kevin Fedarko’s pitch-perfect prose describes the 1983 fastest white-water run down the Grand Canyon. A must-read for white-water enthusiasts. I wish

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The Weight of Snow
Fiction
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The Weight of Snow

The Weight of Snow – Christian Guay-Poliquin’s novel: an existential story whose antihero protagonist is, as this reviewer puts it, “a man in a hell

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The Exiles
Fiction
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The Exiles

The Exiles – The incarceration of women from 19th century Australia to 21st century California. Christina Baker Kline’s story proves that the more the world

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The Opposite of Fate
Family relationships
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The Opposite of Fate

The Opposite of Fate – Rape, a resulting pregnancy, and a 16-year coma. Alison McGhee stretches the reader’s emotional imagination in profound ways. Alison McGhee’s

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When the Stars Go Dark
Crime
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When the Stars Go Dark

When The Stars Go Dark: superb writing with fascinating characters is enough to make a reluctant reader recommend this novel. As a matter of personal

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The Word is Murder
British Authors
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The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder – the author as a character? Horowitz muses about murder mystery writing and more. When it comes to writing murder mysteries,

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Windswept
Autobiography/Memoir
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Windswept

Windswept, Walking the Paths of Trail Blazing Women. Author Annabel Abbs walks the same paths as 19th and early 20th-century trail blazing literary women. To

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Rodham
Fiction
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Rodham

Rodham – Historical fiction, a reimagining of Hillary Clinton’s life with and without Bill. Longtime readers of “Bookin’ with Sunny” know my fondness for historical

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Bound for Gold
Books on books
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Bound for Gold

Bound for Gold, William Martin’s sixth Peter Fallon novel. This one is a West Coast page-turner as tasty as it is mysterious, both in the

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Carnegie's Maid
Reviews
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Carnegie’s Maid

Carnegie’s Maid – Marie Benedict’s insightful and creative imagining of a non-factual character in a thoroughly factual historical fiction. In her conversational comments at the

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Children of the land
Immigration
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Children of the Land

Children of the Land – Merciless Politics & Personal Pain merge to describe the treatment of illegal immigrants on both sides of the Mexican/American Border.

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Yellow Bird
History
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Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird, Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country – is freelance journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch’s deep dive into Native American

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