Ann Ronald

This 'N That
Sunny Solomon

Judge a Book by its Cover?

BODICE RIPPERS   Some of the best fun in running this book review site is the unexpected, like Joanna Bourne’s The Forbidden Rose, just reviewed by Ann

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Husband’s Secret

Australian novelist Liane Moriarty poses an intriguing question: what might occur if/when a wife unwittingly/purposely unearths a heretofore hidden, horrific marital secret? What might happen,

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Detour

Sometimes, when you open a book and begin reading, you’re totally surprised. Expecting one sort of novel, you discover another. That happened to me when

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Thief

Whenever I read a book in translation, I always wonder whether I’m reading exactly what the author intended. Or is the translator getting in the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Unsaid

Most of the time, I recognize the intended audience for any particular novel. It is obvious which readers will enjoy which book, and it is

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Autobiography/Memoir
Ann Ronald

A Bushel’s Worth

A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography My dictionary does not include “ecobiography,” nor does spellcheck recognize the word. But one definition of “eco” is “not harmful

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FLIGHT BEHAVIOR
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver is at her best when she views a particular setting and its inhabitants through the eyes of a keenly perceptive female character. Writing

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Blood & Beauty

Blood & Beauty retells the story of the Borgia family’s rise to power at the height of the Italian Renaissance. The novel begins on August

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Reviews
Ann Ronald

18 In America

18 In America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game Standing on the first tee, with the sun just coming

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Reviews
Ann Ronald

Pilgrim’s Wilderness

Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier As a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Tom Kizzia covered the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Ghostman

Without hesitation I can say that Ghostman is as powerful a thriller as I’ve read in a long time. Roger Hobbs has developed a nameless,

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Reviews
Ann Ronald

Belshazzar’s Daughter

Belshazzar’s Daughter, the first of a series highlighting Inspector Cetin Ikmen in each novel, is a police procedural set in modern-day Istanbul. Just like policemen

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Wolf Hall

If you love history and if you relish smart historical novels, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a book you do not want to miss. Mantel

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