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Begin Again
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Begin Again

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Baldwin and Glaude, rereading Baldwin to arrive at Glaude’s writing and thinking today.

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Where Light Comes and Goes
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Where Light Comes and Goes

Where Light Comes and Goes. Medicine and more with Dr. Abby Wilmore, this time at Yosemite National Park. When I reviewed the first book in

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Numbered Account
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Numbered Account

Numbered Account – Reich bifurcates his novel between the intricacies of Swiss banking and one fast-paced thriller. Christopher Reich has written what I would call

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A Well-Behaved Woman
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Well-Behaved Woman

A Well-Behaved Woman, A Novel of the Vanderbilts. A novel of Alva Vanderbilt’s twenty-year marriage in the Gilded Age. It is tempting, sometimes, for a

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Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto
Books for Curious Readers
Sunny Solomon

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto.  Something to believe in, or not. Can there be an agnostic Christian, agnostic Buddhist, agnostic Jew, or an agnostic Catholic? (Yes,

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Orphan Train
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Orphan Train

Orphan Train – From 1859 to 1929, America’s answer for what to do with orphans and indigent children. Beginning in 1854 and continuing for seventy-five

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The Casual Vacancy
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s answer for a twenty-first-century Dickensian novel. When I read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, I was struck by how Dickensian

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Tahoe Jade
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Jade

Tahoe Jade, an Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller is back. A summer read with ties to Lincoln, Stanford, and yes, Lake Tahoe. Finally, it’s here! Summer

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The Blue Bear
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

The Blue Bear

The Blue Bear, A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild. A one-of-a-kind story of breadth and depth. The subtitle of Lynn

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The Winter Soldier
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier – An outstanding WWI novel. Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier joins a substantial list of novels written to commemorate the centennial anniversary

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Unbelievable
Media
Ann Ronald

Unbelievable

Unbelievable, My Front-row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. The subtitle of Katy Tur’s Unbelievable characterizes her remembrances perfectly: “My Front-Row Seat to

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Too Small Tola
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

Too Small Tola

Too Small Tola shares something with children worldwide. Too Small Tola, by Atinuke, is close to the perfect storybook for early readers. One thing children

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The President is Missing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The President is Missing

The President is Missing – A rip-roaring thriller for readers of every political persuasion. Co-authors Bill Clinton and James Patterson must have had marvelous fun crafting

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The Overstory
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Overstory

The Overstory A powerful novel of environmental concepts. During the decade before I retired, I often taught “Environmental Literature,” a capstone course for graduating seniors.

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