From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. In mid-December, librarians from across the state will participate in a mock awards discussion in McMinnville, ...

Book: Driving with Dead People

The title of Monica Holloway’s honest, humorous and horrifying memoir is a bit misleading. She spends only a small amount of her time “driving with dead people” while working ...

Book: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

A century ago, the candidates who lined up for presidential debates looked more alike than the diverse group that’s running for the 2020 nomination. Candidates were white, all close to the ...

Book: Eyes

No one would blame Connie for going a little crazy with grief. She lost her fiance, Alan, in a car wreck and the shock of hearing the news caused her to lose their baby. Then her no-longer-future ...

Book: A very simple crime

As “A Very Simple Crime” opens, narrator Adam Lee tells us he and his older brother, Monty, spent much of their childhood locked in darkness. They weren’t actually locked; they ...

Book: Roots of Murder

I’d call “Roots of Murder” more of a floral mystery than a gardening mystery, but that’s just being picky about this enjoyable, breezy book. Author Janis Harrison’s ...

Book: Gravity is the Thing

Abigail Sorenson sets out on a journey as "Gravity is the Thing" opens. Her flight from Sydney to Melbourne to a tiny island off the Australian coast covers new territory, but intellectually and ...

Book: A Dream of Death

American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton arrives on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth as “A Dream of Death” begins. She’s a reluctant visitor, although the small island is familiar. ...

Book: Henry, Himself

Don’t expect any wild car chases or grisly murders in “Henry, Himself,” although those topics may be mentioned. Stewart O’Nan’s new novel is more of a slice-of-life, ...

Book: Echo of Distant Water

On a balmy Sunday, Dec. 7, 1958, Ken Martin backed his 1954 cream and red Ford station wagon out of his driveway in Northeast Portland. His wife, Barbara, and three daughters, Suzie, Gina and ...

Book: A Beautiful Corpse

Christi Daugherty, a former crime reporter, gets it right with her main character in “A Beautiful Corpse.” Harper McClain covers murders and other tragedies for a newspaper in Savannah, ...

Book: Bitten By a Camel

Former evangelical megachurch minister-turned-author Kent Dobson raises some interesting questions in “Bitten By A Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God,” his memoir about the evolution ...

Book: Isabel's Daughter

Avery James wears one contact lens, a brown-tinted one, to make her eyes match. She was born with eyes of two colors, one brown and one amber. She’s in her mid-20s, working for a catering ...

Book: The Worst Thing I've Ever Done

Annie and Mason used to bet each other all the time — she’d wager $10 that the next car they met would be white; he’d up that to $20 on the bet that it would be blue; she’d ...

Book: The London Train

Paul, the central character of “The London Train,” is living a pleasant, though unremarkable life in Wales with his second wife and their two young daughters. He’s a writer, although ...

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