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Neal Ferguson

Doc, A Novel

John Henry “Doc” Holliday: Southern landed gentry, classical pianist, consumptive, classicist, dentist, gambler, alcoholic, loyal friend, detective, and horseman.  In Russell’s fictional version, Doc Holliday

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Ann Ronald

The High Divide

Lin Enger sends The High Divide characters into a sequence of improbable, nearly impossible situations. The novel takes place in 1886, when the West was

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Neal Ferguson

The Naked and the Dead

Norman Mailer’s the Naked and the Dead was on my bedside stack for years.  No longer able to avoid it, I read the 1998 50th

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Ann Ronald

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Wayne Johnston, writing The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, fictionalizes the life of Joe Smallwood, a real-life twentieth-century Newfoundland politician. In so doing, Johnston presents a

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Dan Erwine

Drood

There’s something strangely familiar about Dan Simmons’ Drood. In mid-nineteenth century England Charles Dickens and William Wilkie Collins were successful writers and good friends. They

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Ann Ronald

Names on a Map

Because I grew to maturity during the Viet Nam conflict and because many of my male friends at the time were impacted by decisions about

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Wives of Los Alamos

TaraShea Nesbit made a stunningly smart decision when she wrote The Wives of Los Alamos. She chose to tell their stories through a collective consciousness

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Ann Ronald

Hard Country and Backlands

Hard Country, A Novel of the Old West and Backlands, A Novel of the American West New Mexico author Michael McGarrity has written a dozen mysteries featuring

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Ann Ronald

The Map of Lost Memories

Southeast Asia and its storied past remain mysterious to me.  So I cannot judge the fidelity of Kim Fay’s novel, The Map of Lost Memories;

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Ann Ronald

The Go-Between

 The Go-Between: A Novel of the Kennedy Years More than fifty years after his untimely death, John F. Kennedy still fascinates us. Frederick Turner’s The

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Birth of Venus

A pattern is emerging.  I seem to be revisiting authors I’ve already reviewed for “Bookin’ with Sunny.”  Now I’m going back to their earlier books

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Vivienne French

Tributary

“My childhood among the Saints was no such thing. In a land built on belonging, I did not.” These first two sentences of Barbara Richardson’s

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Sunny Solomon

Little Century

You are eighteen years old, the year is 1900 and your mother has died suddenly of a stroke. Your only known relative lives thousands of

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Ann Ronald

Letters from Skye

During the eighteenth century, when readers were still unsure whether or not the new genre of the novel was a legitimate literary form, epistolary novels

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Ann Ronald

Wilderness

Lance Weller, in his new novel Wilderness, juxtaposes two quite disparate wildernesses together. One is the famous 1864 Wilderness Battle near Spotsylvania, where North and

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Ann Ronald

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen: A Novel of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Talk about false advertising!!! I chose to read Rebecca Dean’s novel, The Shadow Queen,

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