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 ...

Starrett and Olson hash out details of trail hearing

Yamhill County Commissioners Rick Olson and Mary Starrett spent part of a work session Tuesday hashing out details of a hearing Olson plans to convene in May on the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail. The ...

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 ...

Book: Do or Diner

Trixie Matkowski grew up watching her aunt and uncle run a classic diner in upstate New York. Now grown and newly divorced, she’s returned to the small tourist town and purchased the diner, some ...

Book: Blue Plate Special

If you’re expecting a novel about food, Frances Norris’ “Blue Plate Special” is not what you’re looking for. (Good news: there are half a dozen other novels and memoirs out ...

Book: The Summer that Melted Everything

Fielding Bliss is the son of a prosecutor who sees himself as an arbitrator of good and evil. He knows what evil looks like, but just to be sure, he puts an ad in the local paper inviting the devil to ...

Book: Pet Friendly

“Pet Friendly” is an enjoyable, if light, little book. Readers won’t be surprised much by the twists and turns of the story, but they will be charmed by Archie and his human friends — ...

Book: Today Will Be Different

I love Maria Semple’s stories: fun, fresh, quirky and thought-provoking, too. In “Today Will Be Different,” Semple revisits territory she created in “Where’d You Go, ...

Book: Unbecoming

Grace — or Julie, as she calls herself in France, since the French pronunciation is “easy on the tongue” — is a chameleon who quickly adapts to any setting in order to get what ...

Book: Kitchen Confidential

The best thing about Anthony Bourdain’s writing is how clearly readers can hear his voice.  You may not like what he’s saying — I, for one, am appalled by the fondly remembered, ...

Book: Cat People

While the extended title strikes me as desperate -- if something really is hilarious and entertaining, you don’t need to tell readers in the title — “Cat People” is an amusing and ...

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