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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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Hollow Kingdom
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Hollow Kingdom

Hollow Kingdom Are you a nature lover? A hiker? A botanist? A stargazer? A bird watcher? If so, please consider Kira Jane Buxton’s debut book,

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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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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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Dog On It
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Dog On It

DOG ON IT Please don’t wait for the dog days of summer to read Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It. Based on our present pandemic restrictions,

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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 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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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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