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Fiction

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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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 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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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 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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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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The Forgotten Room
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room as remembered by three romance novelists. When three gifted romance writers decide to write a single novel, The Forgotten Room, together, the

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The Missing American
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

The Missing American

Missing American, African mystery untangled by Ghanian private detective Emma Djan If I were to summarize The Missing American in a single couplet, I would

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