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Book: The Nakano Thrift Shop

Hitomi, the protagonist in Hiromi Kawakami's novel, "The Nakano Thrift Shop," is a clerk in a used-goods store. Her boss, Nakano, and young assistant, Takeo, regularly travel to community members' homes ...

 
Book: A Man Called Ove

Ove is the kind of man who does what’s right, no matter what the consequences or costs to himself. People — especially beleaguered salespeople and government officials — often overlook ...

 
Book: Perennials

“Family first” has always been the motto for Eva “Lovey” Sutherland, her parents and sister, Bitsy. Yet Eva always felt slighted — Bitsy is cruel to her, cutting down her ...

 
Book: Crooked Hearts

Tom Warren drops out of college in the 1970s, he returns to Yuma, Arizona, to find his family’s home decorated for a party. No surprise — the Warrens always celebrate following a tragedy or ...

 
Book: "Sleeper

Leslie Glass opens her complex and suspenseful novel, “Sleeper,” with a trip into Yamhill County wine country. Two University of Oregon students cruise the Dundee hills, passing vineyards ...

 
Book: Gifted

Parts of John Daniel’s novel, “Gifted,” are beautifully written, especially when he is describing the complex natural beauty of Oregon’s Coast Range and the nascent philosophy of ...

 
Reyna Grande / The Distance Between Us, Young Readers Edition

Reyna Grande has quite a story, and she tells it well in the young readers’ edition of her memoir, “The Distance Between Us.” I’m eager to also read — and compare — ...

 
Book: The Blackbird Season

Hometown boy Nate Winters is the most popular teacher and coach in a small Pennsylvania town. Until, that is, a scheming reporter snaps a photo of him hugging a troubled student outside a seedy motel. ...

 
Book: The Other Side of Everything

Lauren Doyle Owens’ debut novel, "The Other Side of Everything," shows a lot of promise. She develops some interesting characters, particularly Bernard, one of the seniors who've lived and loved ...

 
Book: The Woman in the Window

A.J. Finn — a pseudonym for William Morrow editor Daniel Mallory — plays readers perfectly in his debut novel, "The Woman in the Window." He leads us to make one assumption after another, ...

Features

 
Humlies to perform on 'America's Got Talent'

Humlie siblings featured in May 29 season premiere of ‘America’s Got Talent’ We Three, featuring three Humlie siblings, will be featured Tuesday, May 29, on the season premiere of “America’s ...

 
Life and Times: Mac grad commands large stage as London newspaper theater critic

Something wicked this way comes. When people in the British theater world reference the line from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” they might be talking about one of Ann Treneman’s reviews ...

 
Stopping By: For noted teachers, caring is the key

When it comes to education, there's something more important than math books or field trips or the number of minutes spent in P.E. class; more important than breakfast in the classroom, up-to-date technology ...

Rohse: Bullfighting a long, bloody tradition

During World War II, Homer was stationed at several different air bases in New Mexico, where the weather facilitated the practice of bombing missions. Several of the small Mexican border towns nearby ...

Savvy Senior: How to choose an estate sale company

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good estate sale company who can sell all the leftover items in my mother’s house? Inquiring Daughter Savvy Senior Jim ...

 
Stopping By: All that jazz

CARLTON — Fred Graff plays all sorts of instruments, from harmonica and accordion to low brass and reeds. But saxophones are closest to his heart — and his voice. He plays all four ...

 
UFO Festival: The greening of McMinnville

Aliens, and a whole lot of human visitors, will be landing in McMinnville Thursday through Sunday for the 19th annual UFO Festival. The event offers something for everyone and everything, whether you're ...

 
UFO Festival: A life immersed in the paranormal

George Knapp, investigative journalist and weekend host of Coast to Coast A.M., doesn’t do a lot of speaking engagements anymore. But he said he couldn’t resist accepting another invitation ...

Rohse: This rider wants a saddle, please

I love to ride horseback — but, please, please, may I have a saddle? I’ll ride double, if I must, but I surely don’t enjoy it as much as if I have my own saddle. And bareback riding ...

Happy Tails: Pudgy pooch? Try counting calories

Not too long ago, I was bemoaning the fact that there were getting to be a few pounds too many of my darling Corgi, Fiddlesticks. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I am going to assume that ...

 
Becoming an American

Auxilio Maldonado was terrified. As an undocumented immigrant, he knew walking into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on Northwest Overton Street in Portland could mean losing his wife ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Deadwood Dick's far-fetched adventures

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the 20th Century, the most popular form of fictional entertainment in America was dime novels. Dime novels were cheap paperback novelettes printed ...

 
Montessori group publishes cookbook

Parents and supporters of the McMinnville Montessori School have published a cookbook that features about 100 recipes from local restaurants and food producers, as well as from individuals. “Potluck,” ...

 
Stopping By: Joyful noise

The 98th Psalm tells Christians to be loud and proud in declaring their faith. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth," verse 4 says. "Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" The men ...

 
Matthewson: No end to the aggravation from charming blackbirds

Spring is a good time of year to be out and about. Among the standouts to be seen is the courting display of the male red-winged blackbird. He goes all out to impress his lady. The main way he does this ...

Rohse: Time to weed out some bad habits

It’s spring. Time to groom flower beds. Time to weed vegetable gardens. Time, too, to “weed” ourselves. It may surprise you that humans do indeed need weeding, as do gardens. Rohse ...

Savvy Senior: Don’t rush into a reverse mortgage

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What can you tell me about reverse mortgages for retirees? My wife and I are contemplating getting one but want to make sure we know what we’re getting into. Running Short Savvy ...

 
Man of the Year: Quiet about his accomplishments

Doug Hurl, McMinnville’s Man of the Year, is not one to blow his own horn. Oh, he’s happy to talk about his family, the family business, friends in the community or, given the slightest ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: 'Unwritten Law' couldn't help man when he murdered his in-laws, too

Alfred Lester Belding may have intended to try to claim the protection of the “Unwritten Law” when he made his plans for revenge. But, reviewing the historical record, it seems more likely ...

 
Stopping By: Learning and leading

Susanne Sayles was a student leader when she was attending McMinnville High School. Now in her fifth year at as a teacher at Mac High, she works with current student leaders, who in turn help other students ...


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