January 29, 2014 - This curmudgeon will steal your heart

By Michal Ann McArthur, Bend Author of Choking on a Camel Her blog Book Review: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge is an unsentimental curmudgeon (think of the cartoon character “Maxine”) who will steal your heart. For all her glaring faults, her deep compassion and humanity forced me to […]

January 28, 2014 - Marital woes gone awry in new thriller

By Chrstina Rainey, Portland writer Reviewing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn gone It is the morning of Amy and Nick Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary and Amy abruptly goes missing.  “Gone Girl”, written by Gillian Flynn, creates a story of a missing woman with delightful and tangible detail that draws you […]

January 23, 2014 - A window into Portland’s wild past

Christine Webb Beaverton, Choosing a favorite historical novel written by an Oregon based author was not a difficult  task at all.   Hands down, my favorite novel in this category is “Land Sharks,” written by S.L. Stoner.  With a writing style that keeps the story and action moving very quickly, Ms. […]

January 21, 2014 - A student’s crisis of faith

Jan Sheerin, Bend, Oregon Review of “Choking on a Camel” by Oregon author Ann McArthur Rarely do I read a book twice, but this time I did, carried along by reminders of my freshman year at a similar place and time, the turbulent 60’s. Michal Ann McArthur’s “Choking on a […]

January 16, 2014 - Autobiography at 33 becomes classic

Kirsten S. Badger Baker City Author Excerpt here From Science to Selling Moose Nuggets; No Career, No Regret Review of the book “Good-bye to All That” by author Robert Graves Recognizing the title, but without knowing anything about it other than that is was a classic, I picked up a […]

January 14, 2014 - A memoir of hurt

Book Review By Laura Dennis Review of “Reaching” by author Grace Peterson Reaching shows how a legacy of abuse, neglect and maliciousness can damage a child. Author Grace Peterson had always felt a strong allegiance to her family, a closeness to her siblings, a willingness to stay in bad situations […]

January 9, 2014 - 10 good faith books I read in 2013

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Portland, Oregon Catholic Speaker & Founder of Dynamic Deacon Originally published in Catholic World Report Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization by Dr. Ralph Martin. I found Dr. Martin’s analysis of Karl Rahner’s “Anonymous Christian” theory and […]

January 7, 2014 - Using animals as weapons

By Michal Ann McArthur, Bend Author of Choking on a Camel Her blog Book Review: Peter Fisher’s Odyssey by Michael Greenwood Peter Fisher’s Odyssey is a compelling story of a good man who loses his way. After leading a bloody mission as a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War, Peter […]