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Mrs. Whaley’s Book Delightful

“Mrs. Whaley And Her Charleston Garden” by Emily Whaley in Conversation with William Baldwin (Algonquin Books, 233 pages, $16.95) Mrs. Whaley is one of those delightful characters who, it happens, …


Mystery, Chills Have ‘Last Laugh’

There’s nothing better than a good murder mystery. One filled with weird, twisted characters keeping secrets, suspense galore, red herrings and even redder corpses. That’s what I found Oakalla, the …


Storytelling Superb In ‘Nothing But You’

“Nothing But You: Love Stories from The New Yorker” edited by Roger Angell (Random House, 471 pages, $25.95) In his introduction to “Nothing But You: Love Stories from The New …


Saul Bellow Creates Usual Protagonist In ‘Actual’

“The Actual” A Novella by Saul Bellow (Viking, 104 pp., $17.95) Beautiful Bellow! No American writer is capable of waxing quite so cantankerous, and yet his voice has the meticulous …


‘Cliff Walk’ Chronicles Life After Downsizing

When he strolls through the wealthy seaside enclave of Prouts Neck, Don J. Snyder can point to a house he painted, one he repaired, another he helped build. And to …


A Big Hit A New Collection Of Essays About Baseball Connects For A Griffey-Sized Home Run

In “Home Field,” Northwest writers comment about professional baseball and the game played by little-leaguers (inset).


Bad As TV May Be, We’re Hooked

Julianna Margulies and George Clooney, as cast members of NBC’s “ER,” may have a large impact on our culture, according to a new book. Photo by Associated Press


Tigermania Roams Coast-To-Coast, First Biography In Bookstores

Even non-golfers show interest in Tiger Woods’ life. Photo by Associated Press


Baby Book Offers Cost-Cutting Tips

Babies may be cute and lovable, but let’s face it: They’re also financial drains. Authors Denise and Alan Fields, who estimate the typical baby costs her parents about $6,000 in …


George Carlin’s Book - ‘Brain Droppings’ - Drips Of Wit

George Carlin turned 60 last month, still churning out comedy in quantity - 180 appearances a year plus a total of 18 comedy albums and nine HBO stand-up comedy specials. …


Dorothea Straus Reveals Intriguing Life In Memoirs

“The Paper Trail” By Dorothea Straus (Moyer Bell, 240 pp. $22.95) As the millennium approaches, the memoir has become the trendiest of literary forms. Everybody and their dog is writing …


Eagle’s, Morsi’s Books Stand Out From The Rest

Kathleen Eagle and Pamela Morsi write with two of the most distinctive voices in romance. Their current books, Eagle’s “The Night Remembers” and Morsi’s “No Ordinary Princess,” stand out from …


Bouquet Of Books A Spring Sampler Of Puddles, Mushrooms, Gardens And Greens

1. Loretta Krupinski’s “Into the Woods: A Woodland Scrapbook,” combines nature facts with folk tales. 2. (photo of book jacket of “The Puddle Pail”) 3. (photo of book jacket of …


Watson’s ‘White Crosses’ Ends Better Than It Begins

“White Crosses” by Larry Watson (Pocket Books, 371 pages, $23) When Larry Watson’s spare, poetic novel “Montana 1948” won the 1993 Milkweeds National Fiction Prize, judge David Huddle wrote that …


Is Marcia Clark’s Book Too Much, Too Late?

Marcia Clark is lying at my feet. I should pick her up and embrace her, take her home, devote several hours to her thoughts, but somehow … I can’t. I’ve …


Books Offer Fresh Looks At Scripture

“The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible” By Jonathan Kirsch (Ballentine, $27, available in May) “The stories you are about to read are some …


Religion’s Influence On Popular Culture Discussed

“Yes, Lord, I’m Comin’ Home! Country Music Stars Share Their Stories of Knowing God” By Lesley Sussman (Doubleday, $19.95) It was no fluke that the Grand Ole Opry got its …


Writers Give Perspectives On Biblical Characters

“James: The Brother of Jesus” By Robert Eisenman (Viking, $39.95) Eisenman, who six years ago led the successful campaign to provide free access to the Dead Sea Scrolls, continues to …


The Story Behind ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ Truly Classic

I’ve always enjoyed the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, especially “The Phantom of the Opera.” But I never really understood the story behind the music. So I finally managed to …


‘Mason’ Brings Excitement To Country’s Beginnings

“Mason & Dixon” by Thomas Pynchon (Henry Holt, $27.50, 773 pp.) A new book by Thomas Pynchon is always an event. If his novels appear infrequently (17 years elapsed between …


‘Cascadia’ Captures Best Of Northwest Gardens

“Cascadia” by Ann Lovejoy (Sasquatch, $16.95) It is a hard heart indeed that does not thrill to spring’s incipient verdure. How can anyone resist straying outdoors to imbibe in the …


Writer: Hungry Humans Killed Off Mammoths

“The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared” By Peter Ward (Copernicus, 241 pages, $26) When American pioneers rolled west in covered wagons, they thought they were …


Walker’s Book Full Of Essays

“Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer’s Activism” by Alice Walker (Random House, 225 pages, $23) Here she comes again, as provocative and annoying and charming as ever: Alice …


“Leading With My Chin” Best In Leno’s Voice

Jay Leno is a rarity. Unlike many celebrities today, he grew up with love and support from his family. Leno is truly a nice guy, as evidenced in his autobiography, …


Girls Take The Lead It’s No Longer Difficult To Find Female Protagonists In Books

1. The backcover illustration from “Birdie’s Lighthouse,” one of many books protraying a girl as the story’s hero. 2. (photo of the book jacket of “Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter”) 3. (photo of …


Tragic Tale Detailed In ‘Comfort Woman’

“Comfort Woman” by Nora Okja Keller (Viking, 213 pages, $21.95) It’s hard to think of a euphemism more disturbing than the one that gives Nora Okja Keller’s stunning new novel …


‘Best Thing’ Offers Trip Through Silicon Valley

“The Last Best Thing” by Pat Dillon (Simon & Schuster, 288 pages, $23) “In the beginning there was a garage in northern California. And the garage plus two nerds begat …


A Guidebook To Last A Lifetime

Want to do something with the rest of your life? Hopefully the answer is yes. So the bigger question is how exactly do you plan on achieving your goals? Author …


Find Quiet Adventure In Mcphee’s ‘Irons In The Fire’

“Irons in the Fire” by John McPhee (FSG, 216 pp., $22). For years, John McPhee has taught a writing course at Princeton University called “The Literature of Fact.” It’s a …


Two Triumphs When Gary Schmidt Was Hit With Cancer He Wondered If His First Novel Would Be His Last

Gary Schmidt’s book, “Sin Eater,” is among 22 fiction titles recommended for young people this year by the American Library Association. Photo by Associated Press