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Fiction

Piano Tide
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Piano Tide

Piano Tides – Environmental ethics in a small southwest Alaskan community down on its luck? Piano Tides — Kathleen Dean Moore’s cast of misfit residents,

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Vox
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Vox

Vox, Christina Dalcher’s novel makes use of Atwood’s template for modern feminist dystopian novels, placing it squarely in the United States. Not quite dystopian, eh?

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Payback
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Payback

Payback, Mary Gordon’s philosophically emotional tale of forty-seven years of planning and plotting payback for an act of betrayal. Payback is Mary Gordon’s thirteenth novel.

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The Swan Thieves
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves, a story of obsession by a cast of characters that only Elizabeth Kostova could create. It is a literary collage that you

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Checkmate
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Checkmate

Checkmate, a thriller benefitting from its author’s political experience and her tech-world expertise. Karna Small Bodman’s background gives her special insight into the subtleties of

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the widows of Malabar Hill
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Widows of Malabar Hill

The Widows of Malabar Hill, a new mystery series set in early twentieth-century India. Once again, I’ve discovered a new mystery series that has absolutely

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Flight Patterns
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Flight Patterns

Flight Patterns – Author Karen White turns Southern Gothic in a new and original direction. When I was about a quarter of the way through reading Karen

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The Engineer's Wife
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Engineer’s Wife

The Engineer’s Wife, a novel of the Brooklyn Bridge. A 21st -century novel about a late 19th and early 20th-century brilliant wife. I’m beginning to

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Children’s picture books
Sunny Solomon

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Georghia Ellinas proves we are never too young or too old for Shakespeare. Okay, dear readers, here’s a one-of-a-kind, wild recommendation:

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Windy City Blues
Entertainment
Ann Ronald

Windy City Blues

Windy City Blues. Polish brothers, Black musicians and entertainers, and a record company you won’t soon forget. Rosen’s novel has it all. Renée Rosen seamlessly

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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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