Book: Word to the Wise

Librarian Lindsey Norris enjoys a great life as director of the Briar Creek library as Jenn McKinlay’s “Word to the Wise” begins. She has a great dog and an even better fiance, ...

Book: Out of the Past

Carmona Leigh is a plain young woman with a modest trust fund. Her neighbor, Alan Field, is a striking young man with a love of money, but no cash of his own. As “Out of the Past” ...

Book: Due for Discard

In “Due for Discard,” author Sharon St. George gives us a likeable mystery that will make readers think twice about social problems — and solutions, such as a restaurant that ...

Book: A Better Man

I admire the work of Canadian author Louise Penny, and I was thrilled to find a new novel in her series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the residents of the magical village of Three Pines, ...

Book: Family Album

Penelope Lively’s “Family Album” is not just about the big family that lives in Allersmead, a stately home in rural England; it’s also about the house itself. Lively looks ...

Book: French Fried

“French Fried” is a pleasant, entertaining light mystery, but possibly a bit misnamed. Main character Laurel is a chef proud of her cooking skills, in this case, the French specials ...

From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. In studies on children’s literature, statistics show that the diversity of the population is not yet reflected ...

Book: Mrs. Fletcher

Tom Perrotta’s novels usually take an in-depth look at characters’ inner thoughts — readers learn a lot about the things they express to no one else. That holds true in his latest, ...

Book: A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry

Seven years before “A Christmas Grace” begins, a ship wrecked off the west coast of Ireland during an epic storm. Villagers rescued the sole survivor, Connor Riordan, and nursed him ...

From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. Most kids familiar with our library are aware of our holiday collection — an entire wall of books about celebrations ...

Book: The Man who saw everything

Saul Adler is “The Man Who Saw Everything,” a 20-something British history scholar who specializes in studying dictators in the World War II era and its aftermath. He’s about ...

Book: Bark of Night

David Rosenfelt offers readers a charming, self-deprecating narrator in “Bark of Night.” Andy Carpenter is a bit of a coward, really, but he’s self-aware enough to realize he’s ...

Book: Gypsy Boy, My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

Mikey Walsh didn’t measure up to his father and other men in the Romany Gypsy culture. They taunted him, beat him and abused him for his sensitive nature, artistic interests and lack of aggression ...

Book: The woman in the blue cloak

An American woman, who has been living and working in England for decades, quits her job and takes a vacation in South Africa. Two days after she arrives, she’s found dead from a blow to ...

Book: Deep Creek

Pam Houston, author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Contents May Have Shifted,” presents a fine memoir in “Deep Creek, Finding Hope in the High Country.” The book ...

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