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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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Grim Honey
Poetry
Sunny Solomon

Grim Honey

Grim Honey You do not need an MFA in English to read  Jessica Barksdale’s latest collection of poetry, you need only to be among the

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Facing the Wave
Reviews
Neal Ferguson

Facing the Wave

Facing the Wave, a Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami. Gretel Ehrlich faces the wave directly in her telling of A Journey in the

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The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie One historical event, two points of view.   Marie Benedict’s novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, demonstrates for the reader

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The Peacock Emporium
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Peacock Emporium

The Peacock Emporium Jojo Moyes gives light bending depth to her characters. Sometimes, when reading a novel, I try to envision a single word that

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Overground Railroad
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

Overground Railroad

Overground Railroad The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America My selection for Black History Month, 2021, was Candacy Taylor’s Overground Railroad.

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Broken Verses
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Broken Verses

Broken Verses, Pakistani thinkers and talkers. Kamila Shamsie’s enigmatic novel, Broken Verses, explores a number of thematic issues that are specific to Pakistan but equally

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The Second Home
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Second Home

The Second Home, a Cape Cod cottage claimed by three. Some authors deploy setting almost as an additional character in their novels; Charles Dickens’s London,

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The Clockwork Crow
British Authors
Sunny Solomon

The Clockwork Crow

The Clockwork Crow, first in a new series by Catherine Fisher. I feel on pretty sure ground when reviewing children’s picture books, but lacking a

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Pelosi
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

Pelosi

Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal

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All the Light We Cannot See
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner Four years ago I reviewed Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome for “Bookin’ with

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