Reviews

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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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Old Boys

OLD BOYS For those of us who relish old-fashioned, sophisticated spy stories in the Ian Fleming or John LeCarre mode, Charles McCarry’s novels are always

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Woman in the Window

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW Imagine binge-watching a series of Hitchcock noir films, all night long, while drinking far too much merlot. Might this create

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

Prairie Fires

PRAIRIE FIRES: THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER When I saw a publication notice for Fraser’s Prairie Fires, I was immediately intrigued. Put simply,

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR When the Vicar tells the ladies of Chilbury that their church choir must disband because all the tenors and basses have

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Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

A Gentleman in Moscow

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW The year is 1922, the victorious Bolsheviks, firmly in power, stand in judgment on an unrepentant aristocrat, Alexander Ilyich Rostov. Count

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Widow

WIDOW A classic cast of characters populates Sara Dahmen’s novel, Widow. The naïve easterner, a winsome heroine headed West for reasons revealed only piecemeal as

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Film
Joanne Mallari

After the Shot Drops

AFTER THE SHOT DROPS Randy Ribay delivers a morally complex narrative in his new young adult novel. After the Shot Drops follows the story of

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

My Last Continent

MY LAST CONTINENT On one level Midge Raymond’s novel, My Last Continent, shadows the initial attraction and then the developing love between Deb and Keller.

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