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Women

When the Stars Go Dark
Crime
Ann Ronald

When the Stars Go Dark

When The Stars Go Dark: superb writing with fascinating characters is enough to make a reluctant reader recommend this novel. As a matter of personal

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Windswept
Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

Windswept

Windswept, Walking the Paths of Trail Blazing Women. Author Annabel Abbs walks the same paths as 19th and early 20th-century trail blazing literary women. To

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Rodham
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Rodham

Rodham – Historical fiction, a reimagining of Hillary Clinton’s life with and without Bill. Longtime readers of “Bookin’ with Sunny” know my fondness for historical

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Animal Bodies
Autobiography/Memoir
Sunny Solomon

Animal Bodies

Animal Bodies, On Death, Desire, and other Difficulties – a bravely written book for very brave readers. Animal Bodies, on Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties

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All The Ways We Say Goodbye
Fiction
Ann Ronald

All The Ways We Said Goodbye

All The Ways We Said Goodbye – Team W (Williams, Willig, and White) have done it again! One historical romance written by three talented writers.

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Lost Roses
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Lost Roses

Lost Roses – The American Ferriday women (of the Lilac Girls) are again involved in helping women and families displaced by the devastation of war.

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Her Last Flight
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Her Last Flight

Her Last Flight – Beatriz Williams, once again, takes her creative imagination to new heights in this historical novel of women and aviation. I have

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Flight of The Sparrow
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Flight of The Sparrow

Flight of The Sparrow, Amy Belding Brown’s fresh and non-puritanical retelling of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson’s 1682 published narrative of her abduction by “savages.” Mary Rowlandson,

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Beheld
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Beheld

    Beheld – a novel of the first settlers of the Plymouth Colony and the complex domestic constraints under which the women lived. When

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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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Enchantress of Numbers
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Enchantress of Numbers

Enchantress of Numbers – Introducing Ida Lovelace, the enchanting and remarkable daughter of poet Lord Byron. Lately, I seem to be reading novels with similar

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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 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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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 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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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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