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Book review: ‘Those People’ is a chilling portrait of a smug, privileged neighborhood where things turn violent

Last year British author Louise Candlish made her American debut with “Our House,” a domestic thriller about a woman whose life spirals after she finds strangers taking over her London …


Book review: Hanford is horrific for Millie in ‘The Cassandra’

An acquaintance who studied electrical engineering received a plum job offer from a military contractor after graduation. He turned the offer down. Unlike poor Mildred “Millie” Groves in this novel, …


Illustrated history in nonfiction graphic novel

Cartoonist Box Brown presents the history of cannabis in a creative, engaging format.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Book World: Remembering Kurt Cobain as a sweetly childlike, achingly opaque creative force

The ever-expanding library of books about Nirvana and its frontman, Kurt Cobain, is surprisingly light on first-person accounts. Most of its canonical texts, like Charles R. Cross’ “Heavier Than Heaven” …


Review: ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little,’ by Busy Philipps

Her Instagram followers will recognize the Philipps who just puts herself out there, the good, the bad, the falling flat on her face (three dislocated knees). Here I am, everybody! …


Book review: ‘How to Cuss in Western’ details a Western life filled with humor and wit

The deft essays in Michael Branch’s “How to Cuss in Western (And Other Missives from the High Desert)” remind me of Patrick McManus, the former Sandpoint resident, EWU professor, novelist …


Book review: Princess Margaret’s beauty and arrogance are on parade in ‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses’

Craig Brown’s delectable “Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret” is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true.


Jason Colby’s ‘Orca’ offers personal and historical perspectives on orca captures

Jason Colby has more than a historian’s perspective on the era when orca whales were trapped and sold for profit and entertainment all over the world: His father used to …


Adventure mystery ‘Skyjack’ soars

“Skyjack” soars with a powerful plot, realistic characters and action that is, at times, over the top but always believable.


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018

Review: With “Macbeth,” Jo Nesbo’s turns Shakepeare’s Scottish play into a tale of drug wars and police corruption

“Macbeth” is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, “Macbeth.”


Book Review: In ‘Alternate Side,’ Anna Quindlen remains a keen observer

Quindlen is at her best in the regular exchanges between Nolan, who oversees the popular but artistically disregarded Museum of Jewelry, and a not-really-homeless man who nonetheless begs on its …


Book World: Journey on two wheels through climate change and denial

After retiring, climate scientist David Goodrich set out on a 4,208-mile bike ride to witness “what changes in the climate system looked like on the ground.”


Book review: ‘The Radium Girls’ tells of the women whose deaths revolutionized the workplace

“The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore; Sourcebooks (479 pages, $26.99)


Book World: The quiet allure of Charles Cumming’s ‘A Divided Spy’

Charles Cumming’s thrillers have been favorably compared to those of John le Carré and Len Deighton, and justly so. The three British authors sharply evoke a shadowy world of spies …


New Hap and Leonard novel is one dirty puppy

One almost feels guilty enjoying their raw, rollicking adventures. But Joe R. Lansdale, an Edgar Award-winning writer, has a way of winning readers over with his deceptively elegant brand of …


Book World: Ali Smith begins a new quartet of novels with ‘Autumn’

From the dreamy, disorienting opening of “Autumn,” we are in the strange territory that will be familiar to readers of Ali Smith, whose books play slyly with notions of time, …


Pagan’s latest is love story told from different viewpoints

“Forever is the Worst Long Time” is a love story told from several very different points of view. Camille Pagan unpacks a complicated relationship among a struggling novelist named James; …


Book review: ‘Idaho’ ponders unfathomable tragedy and its aftermath

Emily Ruskovich, a 2015 O. Henry Award winner for “Owl,” builds her novel around the implosion of the Mitchell family after Jenny murders her younger child, May, and the older …


Review: ‘Her Every Fear’ is effective, compulsive thriller

Kate Priddy lives in London. She suffers from panic attacks and prefers familiarity to the unknown. When a cousin from the United States she’s never met suggests they swap apartments …


Bellevue-bound: David Oshinsky’s history of America’s most storied hospital

A fault line lies across the history of Bellevue Hospital so that the rumble of major social trends, political history and, less surprisingly, changes in scientific understanding create seismic waves …


An indulgent read for fans of ski-film mogul Warren Miller

At first glance, an autobiography from Warren Miller, a 92-year-old resident of Orcas Island and Montana, depending on the season, might seem like career overkill – based purely on the …


John Grisham puts a fresh twist on his latest legal thriller

Before you start reading any John Grisham legal thriller, you more or less know what you’re going to get. The story is bound to feature a scrappy Southern lawyer who …


Review: ‘Patient H.M.’ unearths lobotomy doctor’s secrets

In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives, Luke Dittrich uncovers the story of his …


‘Loose cannon’: Science writer Mary Roach explains her curious curiosity

When most people consider the hardships of war, they focus on the fear and the fighting, the noble cause and the selfless sacrifice. When best-selling science writer Mary Roach tackled …


Stephen King drives ‘Mercedes’ trilogy to emotional end

Readers who missed Brady Hartsfield in the second book in Stephen King’s trilogy about a psychotic killer will be delighted to know he’s alive – but definitely not well – …


Review: Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot

Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. Gaiman: anything by Harlan Ellison, …


Book review: ‘Daredevils’ a thrilling ride

Shawn Vestal has launched a thrilling motorcycle leap of his own, bold, fast-paced and seemingly headed for oblivion. Readers are advised to hang on for a wild and rewarding ride.


Stephen King ponders death in new collection ‘Bazaar of Bad Dreams’

Stephen King has always addressed his “Constant Readers” in prefaces or afterwords to his books. He likes to share what inspired him or what he was thinking about when he …


Review: ‘Wild’ author’s inspirational quotes: ‘Brave Enough’

Strayed published collections of quotes culled from “Wild” and her speaking gigs.


Doig’s latest offers rich characters, landscapes

When Seattle author Ivan Doig died following a long illness last April, America lost one its most beloved storytellers. With his final novel Doig aptly crowns a luminous, 16-book legacy. …