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Ann Ronald

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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A Well-Behaved Woman
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Well-Behaved Woman

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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Orphan Train
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Orphan Train

Orphan Train – From 1859 to 1929, America’s answer for what to do with orphans and indigent children. Beginning in 1854 and continuing for seventy-five

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The Casual Vacancy
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s answer for a twenty-first-century Dickensian novel. When I read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, I was struck by how Dickensian

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The Blue Bear
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

The Blue Bear

The Blue Bear, A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild. A one-of-a-kind story of breadth and depth. The subtitle of Lynn

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The Winter Soldier
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier – An outstanding WWI novel. Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier joins a substantial list of novels written to commemorate the centennial anniversary

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Unbelievable
Media
Ann Ronald

Unbelievable

Unbelievable, My Front-row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. The subtitle of Katy Tur’s Unbelievable characterizes her remembrances perfectly: “My Front-Row Seat to

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The President is Missing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The President is Missing

The President is Missing – A rip-roaring thriller for readers of every political persuasion. Co-authors Bill Clinton and James Patterson must have had marvelous fun crafting

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The Overstory
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Overstory

The Overstory A powerful novel of environmental concepts. During the decade before I retired, I often taught “Environmental Literature,” a capstone course for graduating seniors.

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The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie One historical event, two points of view.   Marie Benedict’s novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, demonstrates for the reader

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The Peacock Emporium
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Peacock Emporium

The Peacock Emporium Jojo Moyes gives light bending depth to her characters. Sometimes, when reading a novel, I try to envision a single word that

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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 Second Home
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Second Home

The Second Home, a Cape Cod cottage claimed by three. Some authors deploy setting almost as an additional character in their novels; Charles Dickens’s London,

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Pelosi
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

Pelosi

Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal

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