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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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A Good Neighborhood
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

A Good Neighborhood

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD Therese Anne Fowler’s latest book, A Good Neighborhood, is one very good novel. The first thing that will catch your attention is

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The Color of Rock
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Color of Rock

THE COLOR OF ROCK As a stuffy retired academic curmudgeon, I have an old-fashioned notion of what a university press should publish. Namely, any book

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Big Lies in a Small Town
Art
Ann Ronald

Big Lies in a Small Town

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN Intergenerational narratives have always appealed to me, so I thoroughly enjoyed Diane Chamberlain’s novel, Big Lies in a Small

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The Giver of Stars
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

The Giver of Stars

THE GIVER OF STARS What a joyful New Year’s celebration to wildly and enthusiastically recommend British writer Jojo Moyes’s latest book, “The Giver of Stars.”

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The Underground Railroad
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

The Underground Railroad

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Is it true that Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad “traces the terrible wounds of slavery,” as Michael Schaub wrote

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The Last Tourist
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Last Tourist

THE LAST TOURIST Olen Steinhauer’s novel, The Last Tourist, is the fourth Steinhauer thriller featuring Milo Weaver. Like its predecessors, this one keeps the reader

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Return of the Sea Otter
Nature
Ann Ronald

Return of the Sea Otter

RETURN OF THE SEA OTTER, THE STORY OF THE ANIMAL THAT EVADED EXTINCTION ON THE PACIFIC COAST I recently heard an excellent Reynolds School of

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Every Note Played
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Every Note Played

EVERY NOTE PLAYED When I enthusiastically reviewed Lisa Genova’s Still Alice for “Bookin’ with Sunny,” I ended by saying that I looked forward to reading

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Freedom Soup
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Freedom Soup

FREEDOM SOUP Just in time for New Year’s Day celebration is another great picture book from Candlewick Press. Freedom Soup is proof that the publishing

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