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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 ...

 
Book: The Trespasser

What a great way to start 2017: reading "The Trespasser," the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Tana French. She's known for her tension-filled Dublin Murder Squad stories, which feature intricate ...

 
Book: Year of No Sugar

“Year of No Sugar,” by Eve O. Schaub, Sourcebooks, 2014 Vermont writer Eve Schaub’s memoir about avoiding fructose, “Year of No Sugar,” may leave a bad aftertaste in your ...

 
Book: Moloka'i

White settlers moved into the Hawaiian Islands and eventually claimed them, taking the land and many of the traditions away from the native people. But they brought the natives something, too: a variety ...

 
Book: Life Without a Recipe

Novelist Diana Abu-Jaber wrote “Life Without a Recipe,” her memoir about food, her Jordanian father and family in general, as she was learning to balance work and parenthood. As an aspiring ...

 
Book: Housebroken

Parts of “Housebroken, Admissions of an Untidy Life” feel as if I’m reading my own diary — and I suspect many readers, especially women, would say the same. Author Laurie Notaro ...

 
Book: The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

Alexander McCall Smith, a Scotsman born in Zimbabwe, writes about Africa with such love and gentle descriptiveness. Readers can feel the relief of parking under an acacia tree, which shades them from the ...

 
Book: A Great Reckoning

In the most recent installment in her series about deep-thinking detective Monsieur Gamache, “A Great Reckoning,” Louise Penny takes readers down a snowy, twisting road that leads from the ...

 
Book: Eileen

“Eileen,” by Ottessa Moshfegh, Penguin Press, 2015. “Eileen” may be one of the strangest books you’ll ever read. Not in style — author Ottessa Moshfegh’s narrative ...

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Never enough books

People who have a little trouble picking something out at the McMinnville library’s bimonthly used book sale can count on a little help from Duane Bond. The president of the Friends of the McMinnville ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Small, salty lakes hint at network of inland seas

Westward bound on the old Applegate Trail in the early 1850s, the party of settlers halted in confusion at the shore of a vast, placid lake. Its waters stretched nearly all the way to the horizon, with ...

 
Author: Seniors must serve as their own health care advocates

Wildlife biologist Marcy Houle more often works with animals that have four legs than two. She helps interpret the behavior of birds and insects, too. “I give a voice to things that have no voice,” ...

 
Drawn to donate

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors. Snow and ice on Northwest roads has forced cancellation of more than 20 blood drives in the last two weeks. That translates ...

 
Stopping By: Nicer than he claims to be

No one would want to pick a fight with Frank Maynard. He grew up on a farm on Three Mile Lane, where, he said, “Dad used me as a forklift.” And the work developed his muscles. He further ...

 
'Producers,' 'Driving Miss Daisy,' top Gallery awards

“Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Producers” topped the list of Gallery Theater award-winning shows for 2016, each receiving both “best play” in its category and several ...

 
Humlies to perform in First Baptist concert series

We Three, the Humlie family band featuring Joshua, Bethany and Manny, will perform Friday, Jan. 20, as part of the McMinnville First Baptist Church sesquicentennial series. The church is celebrating ...

'Calendar Girls' delayed due to weather

Gallery Theater has delayed the opening of “Calendar Girls” because the winter storms have caused the cast and crew to miss rehearsals and production times. The comedy-drama will open Friday, ...

Rohse: Oregon storms for the history books

As 2016 said goodbye with cold nights, snow and black ice, and 2017 welcomed us with bitter chill, sleet and more snow, one wonders if this 2016-17 winter will be one of the “grandaddy” kind. Those ...

 
Quilting for a cause

Every Tuesday for three hours, a group of women gather in a room in the McMinnville Senior Center to put together quilts for people who need a little more warmth in their lives. Even the quilters can’t ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Bungled train robbery-murder solved, CSI-style

University of California Professor Edward O. Heinrich had helped the Southern Pacific out with a few minor robbery investigations before. Now, in late autumn of 1923, SP had a big one on its hands. ...

Out at Perrydale: Great blue heron happily feasts in field and stream

I was certain I had a copy of Henry William Williamson’s “Tarka the Otter” in my library, or perhaps his “Salar the Salmon.” But I couldn’t find either. I know I had ...

 
Stopping By: 'Transplant,' artist, matriarch

LaWanda (Fredricks) DeJong calls herself “a transplant,” because she came to McMinnville from the Dakotas. But she’s been around here longer than the most area residents — almost ...

 
Savvy Senior: Tax help for those who help parents

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son Savvy ...

Greens & Beans: Aim for healthy eating, but cut yourself some slack

Food should always be both delicious and good for you. That's my guiding principle in the kitchen, but it's not one I manage to live up to at all times, with all meals. Maybe it's just feeling tired after ...

Rohse: Born before her time

If Emma Baker Galloway, an early day Yamhill County activist, had been born a century later in more modern times, she perhaps could have challenged Hillary Clinton as a female politico. Emma was a go-getter. ...

 
Our monthly bread

Monica Schalock had never made croissants before she joined a baking group in McMinnville, and now she knows why. It’s not easy. It had value as a learning experience, though. “Now I know ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Last 'great' train robbery was a brutal fiasco

Few people realize it, but modern forensic detective work — the kind showcased on the “CSI” series on television — was born in southern Oregon, back in October 1923. Before ...

 
Stopping By: Reality, with an artist's touch

DUNDEE — Artist Lou Ann Goodrich works hard to get just the right photographs, often going into the field to capture images of wild animals behaving naturally. But the photographs are only the beginning ...

Carlson: Diabetic service dogs save lives

I have written many columns about service dogs over the years, but I never get tired of the topic, and I hope you don’t either. The genesis of this column was a conversation I had with a friend ...


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