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Russian Winter
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Russian Winter

RUSSIAN WINTER Years and years ago, I was served a roasted onion. I’ve never forgotten the crisp softness as I peeled away the layers, the

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The Secrets of Wishtide
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Secrets of Wishtide

THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE The Secrets of Wishtide is another Victorian murder mystery with a smart, articulate sleuth and dark Dickensian overtones.  The premise of

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In Dependence
Reviews
Ann Ronald

In Dependence

IN DEPENDENCE The title of Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novel, In Dependence, captures the thematic subtleties presented in its pages. Is twentieth-century Nigeria seeking independence, or

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Speak No Evil
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Speak No Evil

SPEAK NO EVIL Occasionally I encounter a novel that leaves me speechless. Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil left me not only speechless but breathless, too.

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Blackout
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Blackout

BLACKOUT You probably shouldn’t read (as I did) Marc Elsberg’s thriller, Blackout, while cable news is concentrating on the catastrophic outcomes of a spreading coronavirus.

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Rebel Cinderella
Biography
Ann Ronald

Rebel Cinderella

REBEL CINDERELLA Adam Hochschild renews my faith in biographers and the art of biography. Rebel Cinderella models the very best of this sort of intellectual

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The Fencing Master
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Fencing Master

THE FENCING MASTER   Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte and his translator, Margaret Jull Costa, have created a novel that may best be described as a

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Ordinary Wolves
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Ordinary Wolves

ORDINARY WOLVES Not long ago in Bookin’, I described Susan Orlean’s nonfictional achievement, The Library Book, as a moving meditation coupled with journalism and research.

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Star of the North
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Star of the North

STAR OF THE NORTH D.B. John’s thriller, Star of the North, pulls back the curtain on North Korea’s secretive milieu. The novel explores the terrain

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Mercy House
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Mercy House

MERCY HOUSE Alena Dillon’s novel, Mercy House, uniquely blends laughter with tragedy, pain with redemption. Its setting is a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter for abused women. Run

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Always Home
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Always Home

ALWAYS HOME The subtitle of Fanny Singer’s Almost Home delineates the content—“A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories.” What begins as a paeon to Fanny Singer’s famous

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A Tale of Two Murders
Mystery
Ann Ronald

A Tale of Two Murders

A TALE OF TWO MURDERS Heather Redmond has begun writing a new detective series featuring a youthful Charles Dickens pursuing multiple murderous clues and figuring

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Gertrude Stein has Arrived
Biography
Ann Ronald

Gertrude Stein Has Arrived

GERTRUDE STEIN HAS ARRIVED In 1933-34, just after Gertrude Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to great acclaim, the writer and her faithful

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Tiny Little Thing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Tiny Little Thing

TINY LITTLE THING Tiny Little Thing, a novel written by Beatriz Williams, advertises itself as “a perfect summer read.” I’m prejudiced against catalogs like “100

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Mark Pryor
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Bookseller

THE BOOKSELLER Much to my delight, I accidentally discovered a new mystery series (or new to me, at least) at a library book sale. Mark

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