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What She Left Behind
Fiction
Ann Ronald

What She Left Behind

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND Ellen Marie Wiseman cites the Willard Suitcase Exhibit and a nonfiction book by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny, The Lives They

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Bad Tourist
Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Bad Tourist

BAD TOURIST, MISADVENTURES IN LOVE AND TRAVEL I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Suzanne Robert’s Bad Tourist back in mid-July. I picked it up briefly toward

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A Secret Sisterhood
Literary criticism
Ann Ronald

A Secret Sisterhood

A SECRET SISTERHOOD Almost every page of Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney’s book, A Secret Sisterhood, inversely took me back to my college studies.

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Mercy House
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Mercy House

MERCY HOUSE Alena Dillon’s novel, Mercy House, uniquely blends laughter with tragedy, pain with redemption. Its setting is a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter for abused women. Run

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Gertrude Stein has Arrived
Biography
Ann Ronald

Gertrude Stein Has Arrived

GERTRUDE STEIN HAS ARRIVED In 1933-34, just after Gertrude Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to great acclaim, the writer and her faithful

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Tiny Little Thing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Tiny Little Thing

TINY LITTLE THING Tiny Little Thing, a novel written by Beatriz Williams, advertises itself as “a perfect summer read.” I’m prejudiced against catalogs like “100

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A Good Neighborhood
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

A Good Neighborhood

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD Therese Anne Fowler’s latest book, A Good Neighborhood, is one very good novel. The first thing that will catch your attention is

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Big Lies in a Small Town
Art
Ann Ronald

Big Lies in a Small Town

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN Intergenerational narratives have always appealed to me, so I thoroughly enjoyed Diane Chamberlain’s novel, Big Lies in a Small

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The Giver of Stars
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

The Giver of Stars

THE GIVER OF STARS What a joyful New Year’s celebration to wildly and enthusiastically recommend British writer Jojo Moyes’s latest book, “The Giver of Stars.”

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The After Party
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The After Party

THE AFTER PARTY Anton DiSclafani writes intriguingly insightful novels about young women who have more money than good sense.  I reviewed her first such narrative,

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radio girls
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Radio Girls

RADIO GIRLS Sarah-Jane Stratford blends facts with fiction in Radio Girls, a novel describing the earliest days of the British Broadcasting Company (years before it

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