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Fiction

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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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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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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Tahoe Moon
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Moon

Tahoe Moon – We know summer is upon us as Todd Borg’s Owen McKenna takes center stage. Mystery-thriller fans will not be disappointed. McKenna is

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The Vanishing Half
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett’s novel is more than its dustjacket suggests. It is probing, profound, and provocative, and not only about the subject

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghoses
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Kate Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts has morphed the genre of classic gothic to “Gothic Romp.” Ever since I finished reading Kate Racculia’s novel, Tuesday Mooney

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Oh Willianm
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Oh William!

Oh William! – Strout’s Lucy Barton is back in a stand-alone novel of depth and texture, drawing the reader into a compelling story of past

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The Decent Inn of Death
British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Decent Inn of Death

The Decent Inn of Death – Rennie Airth’s sixth in the detective John Madden series and as baffling as ever, with a near-oxymoronic title. Have

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Authors of color
Ann Ronald

Washington Black

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan’s tale of a Barbados youth taken by an inventor/scientist to be his slave, only to find that the boy will

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The Weight of Snow
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Weight of Snow

The Weight of Snow – Christian Guay-Poliquin’s novel: an existential story whose antihero protagonist is, as this reviewer puts it, “a man in a hell

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The Exiles
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Exiles

The Exiles – The incarceration of women from 19th century Australia to 21st century California. Christina Baker Kline’s story proves that the more the world

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The Opposite of Fate
Family relationships
Ann Ronald

The Opposite of Fate

The Opposite of Fate – Rape, a resulting pregnancy, and a 16-year coma. Alison McGhee stretches the reader’s emotional imagination in profound ways. Alison McGhee’s

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When the Stars Go Dark
Crime
Ann Ronald

When the Stars Go Dark

When The Stars Go Dark: superb writing with fascinating characters is enough to make a reluctant reader recommend this novel. As a matter of personal

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