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Ann Ronald

Elegible
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Eligible

Sittenfeld’s Eligible brings Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the twenty-first century. Quite simply, Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel, Eligible, is a hoot! I chuckled aloud as I read—each page, each character,

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The Last Days of Night
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Last Days of Night

Last Days of Night – Moore’s novel illuminates the lawsuit between Edison and Westinghouse for the legal patent rights to the light bulb. Reading Graham

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A Tale of Two Murders
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Tale of Two Murders

A Tale of Two Murders – A young Charles Dickens and a young Kate Hogarth in Redmond’s reimagining their early years as whodunnit sleuths. Heather

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Tracing Time
Art
Ann Ronald

Tracing Time

Tracing Time, Childs brings the rock art of the Colorado Plateau Canyon country into a rich and moving focus. I have read most, if not

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Zeitoun
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Zeitoun

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers’ talent for bringing impersonal news stories like Hurricane Katrina up close and very personal is here in Zeitoun. Like so many

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The Sisters of Versailles
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Sisters of Versailles

The Sisters of Versailles – Sally Christie’s fictional telling of the Mailly-Nesle sisters who became part of the life of eighteenth-century France’s King Louis XV.

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The Vanishing Half
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett’s novel is more than its dustjacket suggests. It is probing, profound, and provocative, and not only about the subject

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghoses
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Kate Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts has morphed the genre of classic gothic to “Gothic Romp.” Ever since I finished reading Kate Racculia’s novel, Tuesday Mooney

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These Precious Days
Essays
Ann Ronald

These Precious Days

These Precious Days – Ann Patchett’s gathering of whimsical, wise, comical, sad, personal, prosaic, and profound essays that readers will find as enchanting as her

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Oh Willianm
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Oh William!

Oh William! – Strout’s Lucy Barton is back in a stand-alone novel of depth and texture, drawing the reader into a compelling story of past

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The Decent Inn of Death
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Decent Inn of Death

The Decent Inn of Death – Rennie Airth’s sixth in the detective John Madden series and as baffling as ever, with a near-oxymoronic title. Have

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Authors of color
Ann Ronald

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
Ann Ronald

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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