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Caste
African American Writers
Ann Ronald

Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents

CASTE, MORE OF WILKERSON’S METICULOUS RESEARCH In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson invites her readers to reconsider their inherent understanding of American

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Wine of Violence
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Wine of Violence

WINE OF VIOLENCE As regular “Bookin’ with Sunny” readers already know, this reviewer loves to find new mystery series, particularly smart ones. So, I am

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Known and Strange Things
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

Known and Strange Things

KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS   If a picture is worth a thousand words, then my two photos of Teju Cole‘s collection of essays, Known and Strange

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Golden Slippers
African American Writers
Sunny Solomon

Langston Hughes – A poet for BLM?

GOLDEN SLIPPERS: An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers Poem: Youth Poet: Langston Hughes (1901 – 1967) Editor: Arna Bontemps Publisher: Harper & Row

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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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Kindred
Reviews
Neal Ferguson

Kindred

KINDRED, NEANDERTHAL LIFE, LOVE, DEATH AND ART Full disclosure: three percent of my DNA is Neanderthal (homo neanderthalensis) in origin, a fact that explains a

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They Met at Wounded Knee
Reviews
Ann Ronald

They Met at Wounded Knee

THEY MET AT WOUNDED KNEE How true, you can’t judge a book by its cover! That holds especially true for Gretchen Cassel Eick’s book, They

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V2
Reviews
Neal Ferguson

V2

V2, A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR II V2 is the newest addition to Robert Harris’s World War II thriller-novels.  His historical fiction is marked by

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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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The Prince of Frogtown
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

The Prince of Frogtown

THE PRINCE OF FROGTOWN The Prince of Frogtown is Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg’s third memoir. The first, All Over But the Shoutin‘, was written in praise

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Crossings
Reviews
Ann Ronald

Crossings

CROSSINGS The best way to read Alix Landragin‘s novel, Crossings, is with a healthy dose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “willing suspension of disbelief.” As a

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The Last Secret
Reviews
Sunny Solomon

The Last Secret

The Last Secret  Secrets. Be honest, don’t we have a few things that, for whatever reason, we’ve never told another person? Well, Nora Trimble Hammond,

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The Last Train to London
Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Last Train to London

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON The Last Train to London, Meg Waite Clayton’s well-researched and engaging historical fiction can introduce a reader to unsung heroes of

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