Book: Grocery

“Grocery” is many things besides being, as readers will expect, an examination of the way supermarkets work and their history. It’s also a well-reported look at our food system as a ...

Book: Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” is a laugh-out-loud-funny novel that’s also both touching and deeply serious. It makes me want to seek out Australian author Liane Moriarty’s other books — ...

Book: Broadchurch

The novel “Broadchurch” is a bit of an oddity. It started as a beloved British TV series of the same name, then was twisted into book form by excellent mystery writer Erin Kelly. The TV version ...

Book: The Welsh Girl

Peter Ho Davies provides insight into a culture that’s little known to Americans in “The Welsh Girl,” a novel of historical fiction set during World War II. Many of us look at the map ...

Book: Universal Harvester

Novelist John Darnielle has given us a strange and spooky book in “Universal Harvester.” Readers may never know quite what the characters are doing in this story, which stretches over a decade ...

Book: He Said/She Said

As you read “He Said/She Said,” you may start to expect Laura and Kit and their twins to show up in McMinnville this August. They travel regularly, after all, following solar eclipses. Kit ...

Review: Boy Erased

Garrard Conley, author of this disturbing and enlightening memoir, grew up in the Missionary Baptist Church, a sect that takes the Bible literally. The church is a central part of his extremely conservative ...

Book: Darling, I'm Going to Charlie

Small, but with great impact, this 127-page memoir takes its title from the words artist Georges Wolinski calls out to his wife, writer Maryse Wolinski, as he leaves their Paris apartment Wednesday, Jan. ...

Book: Cat With a Clue

Consider that as I try to type this, my Grady is standing between me and my computer screen, demanding a toll of some Whiskas Temptations. Consider that I'm reaching into the shelves below the desk to ...

Book: The Boy is Back

A decade ago, Reed Stewart fled the scene of an accident. He and his girlfriend, Becky Flowers, took a tipsy prom night joyride in a golf cart and ended up in the country club pool. Reed’s father, ...

Book: Commonwealth

Everybody — from real friends to my friends at NPR — kept urging me to read novels by award-winning author Ann Patchett. So I had very high expectations when I picked up "Commonwealth." And ...

Book: Just Fly Away

Lucy, the protagonist of “Just Fly Away,” has felt happy and secure all her 15 years. She enjoys her family, even her show-tune singing sister, and has lots of adventures with her parents. Then ...

Book: The Rules Do Not Apply

When you’re a writer and reporter, every experience you have contributes to your craft — to your ability to notice patterns and anomalies; to ask questions; to listen openly to what people ...

Book: Our Short History

When Karen Neulander is diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, she considers her alternatives: Pills? A gun? A rope?  But, as much as she — briefly — wants to give up, she cannot. She ...

Book: Welcome to Paradise

Former high school sports star Al “Big Al” Tuschman is just as competitive on the sales floor as he was on the gridiron. Tall, handsome (in a non-threatening way) and easy-going, he wins every ...

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