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Fiction

Billy Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space
Children's graphic novels
Sunny Solomon

Billy Blaster

BILLY BLASTER AND THE ROBOT ARMY FROM OUTER SPACE – not necessarily a graphic novel only for the younger reader. No matter how old you

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All The Stars in The Heavens
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All The Stars in The Heavens

All The Stars in The Heavens – the bio-novel of Loretta Young’s life as only Adriana Trigiani could imagine. Hollywood at its best? Regular “Bookin’

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The Honey Jar
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Honey Jar

The Honey Jar, An Armenian’s Escape to Freedom, is Joan Schoettler’s captivating tale of a young boy’s 1920, escape from his war-torn home in Armenia.

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Dreamers of the Day
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Dreamers of the Day

Dreamers of the Day is Mary Doria Russell’s novel that is as fresh if not fresher today than when first published in 2008. Mary Doria Russell’s

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The Midnight Library
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Sunny Solomon

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig’s novel, The Midnight Library, describes the twenty-seven hours it takes Nora Seed to choose life or death. The Midnight Library, Chapter One begins, “Nineteen

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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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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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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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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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