Reviews

Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The English Major

How can it be that I am as old as I am and have not read Jim Harrison’s fiction before this? All I can say

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History
Sunny Solomon

The Remains of Company D

“He went lights-out somewhere just beyond the Paris-Soissons Road, while the air rained bullets and his company – the survivors, anyway – rolled on through

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Food
Sunny Solomon

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts

A young adult book? Not necessarily. This is one terrific book for everyone but the very youngest in the family. Author Ying Chang Compestine is

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Firmin

Don’t let the “cutesy” cover of Firmin fool you. Sam Savage’s first novel, is just about everything a serious reader, or a reader with a

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Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

The Magician’s Elephant

Oh, what a pleasure to recommend a new Kate DiCamillo book. Don’t be fooled by it’s being targeted to middle readers, which means kids between

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Song is You

How can a novel make you feel old and nostalgically young at the same time? Pick up Arthur Phillips’ The Song is You and you’ll

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Return to Sender
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Return to Sender

Julia Alvarez, the popular American novelist whose cultural roots are in the Dominican Republic, has once again turned her depth of insight and imagination to

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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
Sunny Solomon

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
Sunny Solomon

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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