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The Last Mona Lisa
Art
Ann Ronald

The Last Mona Lisa

The Last Mona Lisa, Jonathan Santlofer’s retelling of the August 21, 1911, theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louve, is ingenious. Art theft, forgery,

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My Beloved World
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Supreme Court Justice, brings the breadth and depth of her lived experiences to her memoir, My Beloved World. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia

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Anthill
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Anthill

Anthill – The late Edward O. Wilson’s novel look at myrmecology from the Florida panhandle to Mobile, Alabama, fiction as well as fascinating taxonomy.   

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I alone can fix it
Reviews
Ann Ronald

I Alone Can Fix It

I Alone Can Fix It – Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year. Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s investigative journalism might have been titled, Duck Dynasty &

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Horse
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Horse

Horse – Once again, Geraldine Brooks uncovers little known parts of our American history. She moves us from 2019 back to the pre-Civil War south,

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The Girl You Left Behind
Art
Ann Ronald

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes’ novel of the portrait of a French artist’s wife and the war that intervened, separating by death

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Elegible
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Eligible

Sittenfeld’s Eligible brings Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the twenty-first century. Quite simply, Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel, Eligible, is a hoot! I chuckled aloud as I read—each page, each character,

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The Last Days of Night
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Last Days of Night

Last Days of Night – Moore’s novel illuminates the lawsuit between Edison and Westinghouse for the legal patent rights to the light bulb. Reading Graham

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A Tale of Two Murders
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Tale of Two Murders

A Tale of Two Murders – A young Charles Dickens and a young Kate Hogarth in Redmond’s reimagining their early years as whodunnit sleuths. Heather

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Tracing Time
Art
Ann Ronald

Tracing Time

Tracing Time, Childs brings the rock art of the Colorado Plateau Canyon country into a rich and moving focus. I have read most, if not

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Zeitoun
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Zeitoun

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers’ talent for bringing impersonal news stories like Hurricane Katrina up close and very personal is here in Zeitoun. Like so many

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Recollections of My
Autobiography/Memoir
Neal Ferguson

Recollections of My Nonexistence

Recollections of My Nonexistence – Solnit’s memoir, essays steeped in her honest reflection of an intellectual life well-lived. Rebecca Solnit, a contemporary public intellectual, is

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Park Avenue Summer
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Park Avenue Summer

Park Avenue Summer, Renee Rosen brings us another fascinating novel of a young woman in historical New York City,1965. After reading and enthusiastically reviewing Renee

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The Sisters of Versailles
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Sisters of Versailles

The Sisters of Versailles – Sally Christie’s fictional telling of the Mailly-Nesle sisters who became part of the life of eighteenth-century France’s King Louis XV.

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