World War II

Lilac Girls
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Lilac Girls

LILAC GIRLS Lilac Girls sweeps through the mid-twentieth century international scene with both breadth and depth. Martha Hall Kelly’s novel features three women—a New York

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR When the Vicar tells the ladies of Chilbury that their church choir must disband because all the tenors and basses have

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Girl in the Blue Coat

When I reached page 239 of Monica Hesse’s 301 page novel, Girl in the Blue Coat, I thought to myself that the story should have

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys’ latest novel, Salt to the Sea, returns to the topic of World War II, but it is not about any famous battles or

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Reviews
Ann Ronald

The Nightingale

Whenever I read a book about the German occupation of France during World War II, I am aghast at the horrible living conditions, the deprivations,

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Fiction
Neal Ferguson

Chronicle in Stone

Kadare’s intriguing novel is the first I’ve read by an Albanian. It is set in World War II and narrated by (I’m guessing) a ten

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Crime
Sunny Solomon

Tallgrass

Is there anything to be gained by reading another book about the World War II internment of Japanese Americans to relocation camps?  If the book

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

At the Water’s Edge

At The Water’s Edge What an achievement—to create a shallow, dysfunctional narrative voice and then to make her story so absorbing that the reader actually

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Watchman’s File

Normally we don’t talk about e-books on “Bookin’ with Sunny,” but Barry Lando’s The Watchman’s File is well-worth reviewing. For twenty-five years Lando worked as

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Girl in the Blue Beret

Those of you who regularly read my “Bookin’ with Sunny” reviews must be aware of my near obsession with point of view. I’m intrigued by

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Books on books
Neal Ferguson

When Books Went to War

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II Did you ever wonder how WW II soldiers filled up the

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