Reviews

The Vagrants
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Vagrants

The Vagrants is Yiyun Li’s first novel. Her earlier book, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, is a collection of short stories. The praise and

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Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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The Monsters of Templeton

When I wrote this review in November of 2008, I declared Lauren Groff, the author of The Monsters of Templeton, The Most Wildly Imaginative Novelist

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Various Flavors of Coffee

The Various Flavors of Coffee Sort of a silly name for this sprawling, romantic, historical, blockbuster of a novel. The Various Flavors of Coffee is

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MISTER PIP
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Mr. Pip

Mr. Pip, written by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones,  may just be the best thing you’ll read in 2008. The setting is  one of the Solomon

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Autobiography/Memoir
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Prince of Frogtown

This is Pulitzer Prize winning Rick Bragg’s third memoir. The first, All Over But the Shoutin’, was written in praise of his mother who mostly

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Song Yet Sung

“On a grey morning in March 1850, a colored slave named Liz Spocott dreamed of the future. And it was not pleasant.” These ominous words

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Autobiography/Memoir
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The Thanksgiving Visitor

My annual reading of Truman Capote’s beloved story of the spirit of giving is my bellwether that Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cannot be far away.

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Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

A Night of Tamales & Roses

A Night of Tamales & Roses is at its simplest, a story of stage fright. It is also the story of little Ana Luisa, whose

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Coal Black Horse

Robert Olmstead has given us a little literary gem in Coal Black Horse, the tale of fourteen year old Robey Childs, who has been sent

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Children’s picture books
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A Story For Bear

With summer on the horizon, can a good beach read be far behind? Well, forget the sexy chick lit, the political thriller or the sophisticated

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Falling Man

In four months, it will have been six years since 9/11. The reading public has, since that ominous day in American history, been plowed under

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Biography
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Will in the World

The subtitle of Greenblatt’s book is How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. It is a great lead-in to this most lively and innovative look at the Bard’s

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