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Ann Ronald

Dutton's Dirty Diggers
History
Ann Ronald

Dutton’s Dirty Diggers

DUTTON’S DIRTY DIGGERS, GIRL SCOUT ARCHEOLOGISTS ON THE MOVE. Anyone who fondly remembers Girl Scout camping days will relish the reminiscences to be found in

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The Missing American
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

The Missing American

Missing American, African mystery untangled by Ghanian private detective Emma Djan If I were to summarize The Missing American in a single couplet, I would

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Always
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Always

Always – Love with a twist As one might surmise, Sarah Jio’s novel, Always, is a book about love. It’s love with a heart-wrenching twist,

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Unsheltered
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Unsheltered

Unsheltered, to see ourselves more clearly In the middle of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, two of her characters talk about the unusual word she uses

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Caste
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents

CASTE, MORE OF WILKERSON’S METICULOUS RESEARCH In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson invites her readers to reconsider their inherent understanding of American

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Wine of Violence
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Wine of Violence

WINE OF VIOLENCE As regular “Bookin’ with Sunny” readers already know, this reviewer loves to find new mystery series, particularly smart ones. So, I am

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Courting Mr. Lincoln
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln, two points of view. The double entendre of Louis Bayard’s title, Courting Mr. Lincoln, immediately alerts the reader to the duality of

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They Met at Wounded Knee
Reviews
Ann Ronald

They Met at Wounded Knee

THEY MET AT WOUNDED KNEE How true, you can’t judge a book by its cover! That holds especially true for Gretchen Cassel Eick’s book, They

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Fates and Furies
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Fates and Furies

FATES AND FURIES In Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff proposes a unique way of looking at a relationship. The first half of Fates and Furies, titled

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The Magpie Murders
British Authors
Ann Ronald

Magpie Murders

MAGPIE MURDERS The Magpie Murders is Deliciously British! Anthony Horowitz’s mystery is set in a circumscribed Somerset village populated by a quarrelsome set of eccentric

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Crossings
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Crossings

CROSSINGS The best way to read Alix Landragin‘s novel, Crossings, is with a healthy dose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “willing suspension of disbelief.” As a

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The Last Train to London
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Last Train to London

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON The Last Train to London, Meg Waite Clayton’s well-researched and engaging historical fiction can introduce a reader to unsung heroes of

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Beautiful Bad
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Beautiful Bad

BEAUTIFUL BAD Beautiful Bad, the oxymoronic title of Annie Ward’s savagely violent novel, sums up the action precisely. Beautiful people doing bad things, beautiful prose

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A Baby's Bones
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Baby’s Bones

A BABY’S BONES The plot of Rebecca Alexander’s novel, A Baby’s Bones, may sound familiar. An archaeological excavation on the Isle of Wight has uncovered

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Bel Canto
Crime
Ann Ronald

Bel Canto

BEL CANTO Ann Patchett’s highly-regarded 2001 novel, Bel Canto, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Orange Prize, and won

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