Women

Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Lilac Girls

LILAC GIRLS Lilac Girls sweeps through the mid-twentieth century international scene with both breadth and depth. Martha Hall Kelly’s novel features three women—a New York

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Mystery
Ann Ronald

The Other Woman

THE OTHER WOMAN Emblazoned across the cover of Sandie Jones’ novel, The Other Woman, are words foreshadowing its amazing plot: “fiendishly clever with a twist

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Dinner List

THE DINNER LIST Imagine deciding which five people you would like to invite to dinner ten years from now. Anyone will do, whether you know

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Eliza Waite

ELIZA WAITE Isolated on a tiny San Juan Island after her husband and son die during a smallpox epidemic, Eliza Waite tries to make the

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History
Ann Ronald

When Women Ruled the World

WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD Kara Cooney, author of When Women Ruled the World, characterizes her book as one of “my little Egyptological ventures in

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Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

LILIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK Most everyone who has read and commented on “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” uses the word charming at least once.

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Bookseller

THE BOOKSELLER A fun part of running a book review website is publishing two reviews of the same book. I was far more ambivalent about

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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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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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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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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
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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Nonfiction
Sheila Sobell

Why I Am Not a Feminist

WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST Like veteran news anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, Jessa Crispin is “mad as hell,” and she’s

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