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Fiction

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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Courting Mr. Lincoln
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln, two points of view. The double entendre of Louis Bayard’s title, Courting Mr. Lincoln, immediately alerts the reader to the duality of

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Fates and Furies
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Fates and Furies

FATES AND FURIES In Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff proposes a unique way of looking at a relationship. The first half of Fates and Furies, titled

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The Magpie Murders
British Authors
Ann Ronald

Magpie Murders

MAGPIE MURDERS The Magpie Murders is Deliciously British! Anthony Horowitz’s mystery is set in a circumscribed Somerset village populated by a quarrelsome set of eccentric

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Beautiful Bad
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Beautiful Bad

BEAUTIFUL BAD Beautiful Bad, the oxymoronic title of Annie Ward’s savagely violent novel, sums up the action precisely. Beautiful people doing bad things, beautiful prose

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Pax
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

Pax

PAX What? Another kids’ book? Well, yes, and no. Two things compel me to pick Sara Pennypacker’s Pax for my next review. First of all,

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A Baby's Bones
Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Baby’s Bones

A BABY’S BONES The plot of Rebecca Alexander’s novel, A Baby’s Bones, may sound familiar. An archaeological excavation on the Isle of Wight has uncovered

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Bel Canto
Crime
Ann Ronald

Bel Canto

BEL CANTO Ann Patchett’s highly-regarded 2001 novel, Bel Canto, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Orange Prize, and won

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