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 ...

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, ...

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