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Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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Kraken

Bookin’ with Sunny may not have a cache of science fiction reviewers to draw on, but with that caveat, let me tell you that Kraken

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Historical Fiction
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The Paris Wife

Paula McLain has written a rather spectacular piece of historical fiction in her rendering of Hadley Richardson’s marriage to American literary legend Ernest Hemingway. The

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The Devil's Company
Fiction
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The Devil’s Company

The Devil’s Company – History, mystery, thrills and chills in 1722 London. I can’t imagine why it’s taken me so long to climb on the

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Fiction
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Lord of Misrule

Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule is a novel about horse racing at a small time track in West Virginia, where worn-out horses, trainers, jockeys, grooms

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Fiction
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Cold Wind

There are so many reasons to recommend C. J. Box and his Joe Pickett novels it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with

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Fiction
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Ghost Light: A Novel

Joseph O’Connor has written three screenplays and four plays for the theatre, so it is not a surprise that his seventh novel, Ghost Light finds it

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Friendly Fallout 1953
Fiction
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Friendly Fallout 1953

Friendly Fallout 1953 is a curious combination of fiction and fact, a literary effort to bring together, under one cover, the topics of nuclear weapons,

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Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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The Year of the Hare

The Year of the Hare is a perfect winter book. Get the fire going, pull up a comfy chair, a good reading lamp, a table

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Mr. Chartwell
Reviews
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Mr. Chartwell

MR. CHARTWELL Rebecca Hunt‘s debut novel is one that holds a weird distinction for me: It is a story that repels and compels at the

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a mercy
Fiction
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A Mercy

“Don’t be afraid. My telling can’t hurt you in spite of what I have done…” This is Nobel winner Morrison at her visceral and poetic

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Biography
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Unbroken

Hillenbrand is back with another gut wrenching, heart-stopping story of stamina, resilience and survival; but unlike her earlier bestseller, “Seabiscuit,” “Unbroken” tells the story of

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Reviews
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The Measure of His Grief

First novels can be dicey for any reviewer, but especially when the author is local (East Bay) and the subject is a procedure widely practiced

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Children’s early and middle readers
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The Amazing Adventures of Sam the Bat

It’s not often that an early-to-middle-reader book can charm and educate in one fell swoop, but that is exactly what Allyson Beatrice has accomplished in

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Biography
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The Woman Who Shot Mussolini

THE WOMAN WHO SHOT MUSSOLINI Violet Gibson aims her pistol at Mussolini’s head, and Frances Stonor Saunders aims her ability to capture a rare historical

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Baking Cakes in Kigali
Fiction
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Baking Cakes in Kigali

BAKING CAKES IN KIGALI Kigali, and baking cakes? I could tell it was a place in Africa from its cover, but until I turned the

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Fiction
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Ape House

For all you Sara Gruen fans who have been patiently waiting for her first novel since Water for Elephants, wait no longer.  Ape House is

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