Reviews

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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Moonglow
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Moonglow

MOONGLOW While I was reading Michael Chabon’s Moonglow, I found myself growing impatient. The circuitous storyline, which drifted in time and often wound in on

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Entertainment
Ann Ronald

The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture Ordinarily, I focus a review of a biographical novel on the lives and times of the characters, most often considering

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Biography
Ann Ronald

Loving Eleanor and White Houses

LOVING ELEANOR AND WHITE HOUSES Blanche Wiesen Cook’s three-volume definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt inspired both Susan Wittig Albert and Amy Bloom to write novels

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

On Love, A Novel

ON LOVE, A NOVEL How many novels are written by philosophers? More than you might think: Voltaire, Camus, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Huxley, it’s a lengthy list.

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Books on books
Ann Ronald

The Bookseller

THE BOOKSELLER Ordinarily, I distrust a narrative strategy such as the one Cynthia Swanson employs for her novel, The Bookseller. The protagonist, co-owner of a

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Grant
Biography
Neal Ferguson

Grant

GRANT After reading Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, I had some trepidation about opening his newest book, Grant. I didn’t think he could surpass Hamilton (see

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