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Women

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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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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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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Dutton's Dirty Diggers
History
Ann Ronald

Dutton’s Dirty Diggers

DUTTON’S DIRTY DIGGERS, GIRL SCOUT ARCHEOLOGISTS ON THE MOVE. Anyone who fondly remembers Girl Scout camping days will relish the reminiscences to be found in

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The Wednesday Sisters
Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Wednesday Sisters

THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS Okay, gentlemen, step back; The Wednesday Sisters, by its title alone, would suggest that it is written solely for the female reader.

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What She Left Behind
Fiction
Ann Ronald

What She Left Behind

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND Ellen Marie Wiseman cites the Willard Suitcase Exhibit and a nonfiction book by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny, The Lives They

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Bad Tourist
Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Bad Tourist

BAD TOURIST, MISADVENTURES IN LOVE AND TRAVEL I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of Suzanne Robert’s Bad Tourist back in mid-July. I picked it up briefly toward

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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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Mercy House
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Mercy House

MERCY HOUSE Alena Dillon’s novel, Mercy House, uniquely blends laughter with tragedy, pain with redemption. Its setting is a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter for abused women. Run

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Gertrude Stein has Arrived
Biography
Ann Ronald

Gertrude Stein Has Arrived

GERTRUDE STEIN HAS ARRIVED In 1933-34, just after Gertrude Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to great acclaim, the writer and her faithful

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Tiny Little Thing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Tiny Little Thing

TINY LITTLE THING Tiny Little Thing, a novel written by Beatriz Williams, advertises itself as “a perfect summer read.” I’m prejudiced against catalogs like “100

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A Good Neighborhood
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

A Good Neighborhood

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD Therese Anne Fowler’s latest book, A Good Neighborhood, is one very good novel. The first thing that will catch your attention is

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Big Lies in a Small Town
Art
Ann Ronald

Big Lies in a Small Town

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN Intergenerational narratives have always appealed to me, so I thoroughly enjoyed Diane Chamberlain’s novel, Big Lies in a Small

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