Book: The Color of Life

Oregon author Cara Meredith presents a really thought-provoking memoir in “The Color of Life,” the story of meeting her future husband and living and learning as part of a mixed-race ...

Book: Jeeves and the King of Clubs

Author Ben Schott follows in the footsteps of P.G. Wodehouse with the clever and funny “Jeeves and the King of Clubs.” It’s a very successful continuation of Wodehouse’s ...

Book: Cold Betrayal

J.A. Jance is a great writer whose books always go a little deeper than most suspense novels, in addition to being entertaining. She has written several series, including my favorite, a collection ...

Book: Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

“Spill Simmer Falter Wither” is the story of a man and a dog, but it’s far deeper than those words may suggest. Author Sara Baume creates two very memorable, deeply sympathetic ...

Book: The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

It’s late fall and everything in Moose County is dry, dry, dry, the result of a prolonged drought. As journalist Jim Qwilleran and the other residents of Pickax await the first snowfall ...

Book: Personal History

You may have seen “The Post,” a movie about Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and the turbulence surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers. And you’re ...

Book:The 100-year-old Man Who Crawled Out the Window

As “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Crawled Out the Window and Disappeared” begins, the mayor and other VIPs are arriving at the Swedish Old Folks Home to celebrate Allan Karlsson’s ...

Book: The Little Old Lady Who Broke the Rules

Then English title of the novel “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules” is somewhat misleading, I think. Eighty-ish Martha starts out as the main character, but her cohorts Brains, ...

Book: Light from Heaven

“Light from Heaven” is much like a Christian version of “Lake Wobegon Days” — an easygoing story of a place, the community of Mitford; and its people, particularly ...

Book: Death du Jour

“Death du Jour” begins in the extreme cold of a Quebec winter. Anthropologist Tempe Brennan is overseeing the exhumation of a long-buried nun who’s being considered for sainthood. Tempe’s ...

Book: Fear

Famed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward — remember Watergate? — details the behind-the-scenes workings, or not-workings, of the Trump White House in his latest book, “Fear.” The ...

Book: Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn, best known for her novel “Gone Girl,” gives readers another page-turner with “Sharp Objects,” a suspense novel that focuses largely on relationships among ...

Book: Shell

In the novel "Shell," Kristina Olsson juxtaposes the controversy about the construction of Sydney, Australia's opera house with the controversial decision to send Australian troops to Vietnam -- ...

Book: The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy

Queenie Hennessy is almost 40 when she finds the love of her life — Harold Fry, a coworker at the brewery in Kingsbridge, on the southern coast of England. Unfortunately, although they enjoy ...

Book: The Last Thing She Ever Did

I must admit that the Oregon setting, not the synopsis, convinced me to check out “The Last Thing She Ever Did” by Gregg Olsen. The cover proclaims “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author” ...

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