Reviews

Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Wildlands

THE WILDLANDS Every once in a while I read a book so stunning that I can’t find the words to write a review. Such is

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

The Bonanza King

THE BONANZA KING: JOHN MACKAY AND THE BATTLE OVER THE GREATEST RICHES IN THE AMERICAN WEST Gregory Couch’s The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Bookseller

THE BOOKSELLER A fun part of running a book review website is publishing two reviews of the same book. I was far more ambivalent about

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Skydrop

TAHOE SKYDROP If you are planning a trip to Lake Tahoe this summer, don’t forget to bring along Todd Borg’s “Tahoe Skydrop” the latest book

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Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

What the Eyes Don’t See

WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE The contributions of immigrants to the articulation of and striving towards the “American Dream” are unassailable. Those contributions are still

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Lies She Told

LIES SHE TOLD As I read Cate Holahan’s Lies She Told, I felt like my brain was on a swivel. Two stories ricochet back and

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British Authors
Sunny Solomon

How It All Began

HOW IT ALL BEGAN I can’t say why it has taken me so long to read a Penelope Lively novel. I can say I’m sorry

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Fiction
Brandy Burgess

The Marvels

THE MARVELS “You either see it or you don’t,” is the motto that binds together the plot of The Marvels. Written and illustrated by Brian

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Atomic City Girls

THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS Because my reading and research interests have centered on Los Alamos and the Nevada Test Site, my knowledge of the Oak

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RIVER OF LOST SOULS
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

River of Lost Souls

RIVER OF LOST SOULS The Animas River, Jonathan P. Thompson’s “river of lost souls,” rises on the steep slopes above Silverton, Colorado, flows south through

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Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

Home

HOME   —   MORE THAN A HOUSE OR THE PLACE YOU COME FROM “Home” is rather like a jigsaw puzzle (another of my favorite pastimes). It

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Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

Educated

EDUCATED, A MEMOIR In 2014 at age twenty-seven, Idaho-born Tara Westover received a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University, UK. Remarkable? Yes. Made more remarkable

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Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn To read anything by Jacqueline Woodson is to expect the unexpected, not only for the stories themselves but for the imaginative way they

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

My Dear Hamilton

MY DEAR HAMILTON Clearly, my generation of school children was taught a sanitized version of United States history! I assumed that the origins of our

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