Book: Going to Bend

Petie and Rose have been best friends since they were adolescents in fictional Hubbard, a tiny town on the Oregon Coast, similar to Depoe Bay. (How I wish author Diane Hammond had made up a name for ...

Book: Athiest in the FOXhole

No matter your political leaning, you’ll have to admit that Joe Muto chose the perfect title for his memoir about spending eight years working for a conservative 24-hour news giant: “An Atheist ...

Book: The Lying Game

I almost put down “The Lying Game” after reading the first chapter. Not that I didn’t appreciate author Ruth Ware’s good writing, or that I was put off by the setting, a seaside ...

Book: What Einstein Told His Cook

I suspect the reason Robert Wolke wrote a sequel to his witty, wonderful “What Einstein Told His Cook” has more to do with the author’s own glee than the need to cover more topics. It’s ...

Book: Thursday's Children

“Thursday’s Children” could almost be a cozy mystery, if protagonist Frieda Klein weren’t a hard-boiled psychologist who believes — and states regularly — that she’s ...

Book: Smoke and Mirrors

Two children go missing on a late-November afternoon in 1951 in Brighton, England. Annie and Mark were last seen about 5 p.m., their friends say — they know because the Number 12 bus passed by close ...

Book: The Daughter of Time

How much of a classic is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a modern-day (1951) police investigation of a 15th century murder case? It’s such a classic that the next book ...

Book: Underground in Berlin

Although she was constantly in mortal danger, Marie Jalowicz removed or covered the yellow star marking her as a Jew and walked freely through the streets of Berlin during World War II. Well, not exactly ...

Book: The Wangs vs. The World

Charles Wang (pronounce that with a soft “a,” more like “wong”) emigrated from Taiwan and made his fortune manufacturing and selling cosmetics in the U.S. But his heart has always ...

Book: Two Good Dogs

“Two Good Dogs,” by Susan Wilson, 2017, St. Martin’s Press. Chance, a battered pit bull, intuits when humans need comfort and calming. He provides the service for his best human friend, ...

Book: Next Year for Sure

I’m not sure I liked what happened in “Next Year for Sure” — it wasn’t how I would do things — but I did like reading Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel. She captures ...

Book: Singing Sands

Vanity rears its extraordinarily ugly head — the one it so admires in every mirror — in “The Singing Sands,” a character driven mystery by Josephine Tey (one of the pseudonyms used ...

Book: Do I Make Myself Clear?

How eagerly I awaited a copy of “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters”! I ordered it through interlibrary loan right after hearing an interview with author Harold Evans on National ...

Book: The Purple Swamp Hen

The title character is the narrator of the first story in Patricia Lively’s collection of whimsical and real-life stories. Readers quickly recognize the time and place of which the swamp hen speaks ...

Book: The Outside World

Tova Mirvis follows two Orthodox Jewish families in “The Outside World,” a funny and touching novel set in Brooklyn, Israel and, though it may seem odd, Memphis, Tennessee. Shayna and Naomi ...

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