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Nonfiction

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Art
Ann Ronald

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Camille Laurens’ intense and personal narrative study of Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture of a young ballet dancer. When I finished reading

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A Promised Land
Authors of color
Ann Ronald

A Promised Land

A Promised Land. A recollection and re-analyzation of Barack Obama’s campaigns for political office, through his first term as President. In A Promised Land, Barack

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This Fight is Our Fight
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

This Fight is Our Fight

This Fight is Our Fight, written as teacher, scholar, and public servant with heart. When I think of Elizabeth Warren, I think of three things:

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Begin Again
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Begin Again

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Baldwin and Glaude, rereading Baldwin to arrive at Glaude’s writing and thinking today.

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Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto
Books for Curious Readers
Sunny Solomon

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto

Agnostic, A Spirited Manifesto.  Something to believe in, or not. Can there be an agnostic Christian, agnostic Buddhist, agnostic Jew, or an agnostic Catholic? (Yes,

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The Blue Bear
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

The Blue Bear

The Blue Bear, A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild. A one-of-a-kind story of breadth and depth. The subtitle of Lynn

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Unbelievable
Media
Ann Ronald

Unbelievable

Unbelievable, My Front-row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. The subtitle of Katy Tur’s Unbelievable characterizes her remembrances perfectly: “My Front-Row Seat to

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Overground Railroad
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

Overground Railroad

Overground Railroad The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America My selection for Black History Month, 2021, was Candacy Taylor’s Overground Railroad.

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Pelosi
Nonfiction
Ann Ronald

Pelosi

Pelosi, a spectacularly successful politician. Molly Ball focuses her reporting on Nancy Pelosi, the politician, rather than Nancy Pelosi, the wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal

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Sylvie
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Sylvie

Sylvie – A graphic memoir and a story for the whole family. I am always a bit wary of reviewing any book, fiction or nonfiction,

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A Marriage Out West
Biography
Ann Ronald

A Marriage Out West

A Marriage Out West The Romance of Anthropology. Subtitled “Theresa and Frank Russell’s Explorations in Arizona, 1900-1903,” A Marriage Out West analyzes the Russell’s 1900

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American Zion
History
Ann Ronald

American Zion

AMERICAN ZION, CLIVE BUNDY, GOD & PUBLIC LANDS IN THE WEST American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West unearths historic myths

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A Secret Sisterhood
Literary criticism
Ann Ronald

A Secret Sisterhood

A SECRET SISTERHOOD Almost every page of Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney’s book, A Secret Sisterhood, inversely took me back to my college studies.

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Rebel Cinderella
Biography
Ann Ronald

Rebel Cinderella

REBEL CINDERELLA Adam Hochschild renews my faith in biographers and the art of biography. Rebel Cinderella models the very best of this sort of intellectual

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