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Sonja Yoerg

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Sonja Yoerg grew up in Stowe, Vermont, where she financed her college education by waitressing at the Trapp Family Lodge. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and studied learning in blue jays, kangaroo rats and spotted hyenas, among other species. Her non-fiction book about animal intelligence, Clever as a Fox (Bloomsbury USA) was published in 2001. 
While her two daughters were young, Sonja taught in their schools in California. Now that they are in college, she writes full-time.


Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery
   House Broken (2015)
   The Middle of Somewhere (2015)
   All the Best People (2017)
   True Places (2019)
   Stories We Never Told (2020)
   The Family Ship (2021)
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Sonja Yoerg recommends
A Life Unraveled (2022)
Jill Hannah Anderson
"I was mesmerized by this suspenseful story, eager to learn what (or who?) was behind Lily's turmoil and how she might knit her life back together. Anderson does a stellar job in creating genuine characters, imperfect like all of us. I feared for Lily, and cheered for her, and know you will, too. Revel in this well-paced, heartfelt story about family, failings, and forgiveness."
The Singing Trees (2021)
Boo Walker
"The Singing Trees is more than a poignant coming-of-age story; it is a deep exploration of the intricacies of personal growth, family ties, and that most elusive and extraordinary of human gifts, forgiveness. Walker’s lively cast of characters centers around the young artist, Annalisa, whose vibrant, yearning nature lights up this story. I cared for her from the first page as she struggles, as we all do, to protect herself from heartbreak only to find that an open heart is a necessary condition for her art, and, ultimately, for happiness. Book clubs will enjoy second-guessing Annalisa’s choices, and readers everywhere will be enthralled by this clear-eyed journey into the lessons of the heart."
In a Book Club Far Away (2021)
Tif Marcelo
"We might not be able to choose our family, but we can choose our friends--and the books we read. In a Book Club Far Away celebrates both these blessings through a trio of army wives who, across the span of eleven years, learn hard lessons about true friendship and forgiveness. Adelaide, Sophie, and Regina are unequivocally real, full of foibles, compassion, moxie, and humor; I wanted to shake them, then invite them over for drinks. If you're like me, you'll turn the last page then rush to call your friends, and maybe start your own book club. Make this open-hearted charmer your first selection; your friends will thank you."

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