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Ann Ronald

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
British Authors
Ann Ronald

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave’s novel in which the noble and ignoble characters, caught in the throes of WWII, find their way into

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The Quartet Murders
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Quartet Murders

The Quartet Murders — J. R. Ellis has composed a murder mystery second only to Schubert’s second movement in his Quartet in D Minor. Can

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Beheld
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Beheld

    Beheld – a novel of the first settlers of the Plymouth Colony and the complex domestic constraints under which the women lived. When

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Piano Tide
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Piano Tide

Piano Tides – Environmental ethics in a small southwest Alaskan community down on its luck? Piano Tides — Kathleen Dean Moore’s cast of misfit residents,

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The Red Address Book
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Red Address Book

Ninety-six-year-old Doris Alm’s address book holds more than the names and addresses of people in her past. In the novel The Red Address Book, Swedish

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Vox
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Vox

Vox, Christina Dalcher’s novel makes use of Atwood’s template for modern feminist dystopian novels, placing it squarely in the United States. Not quite dystopian, eh?

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Enchantress of Numbers
Biography
Ann Ronald

Enchantress of Numbers

Enchantress of Numbers – Introducing Ida Lovelace, the enchanting and remarkable daughter of poet Lord Byron. Lately, I seem to be reading novels with similar

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Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Art
Ann Ronald

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Camille Laurens’ intense and personal narrative study of Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture of a young ballet dancer. When I finished reading

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The Swan Thieves
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves, a story of obsession by a cast of characters that only Elizabeth Kostova could create. It is a literary collage that you

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A Promised Land
Authors of color
Ann Ronald

A Promised Land

A Promised Land. A recollection and re-analyzation of Barack Obama’s campaigns for political office, through his first term as President. In A Promised Land, Barack

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Checkmate
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Checkmate

Checkmate, a thriller benefitting from its author’s political experience and her tech-world expertise. Karna Small Bodman’s background gives her special insight into the subtleties of

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the widows of Malabar Hill
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Widows of Malabar Hill

The Widows of Malabar Hill, a new mystery series set in early twentieth-century India. Once again, I’ve discovered a new mystery series that has absolutely

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This Fight is Our Fight
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

This Fight is Our Fight

This Fight is Our Fight, written as teacher, scholar, and public servant with heart. When I think of Elizabeth Warren, I think of three things:

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Flight Patterns
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Flight Patterns

Flight Patterns – Author Karen White turns Southern Gothic in a new and original direction. When I was about a quarter of the way through reading Karen

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Paris Was Ours
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Paris Was Ours

Paris Was Ours. Thirty-two beautifully illuminated expatriate memoirs recalling their time in the City of Lights. Paris Was Ours projects a joie de vivre that

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The Engineer's Wife
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Engineer’s Wife

The Engineer’s Wife, a novel of the Brooklyn Bridge. A 21st -century novel about a late 19th and early 20th-century brilliant wife. I’m beginning to

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