Now I Can See the Moon by Alice Tallmadge

Find in catalogThis a disquieting book to read and, I imagine, an almost impossible one to write. In her recent memoir, Alice Tallmadge digs deep into the story of her niece Michelle’s struggles with an eating disorder and traumatic recovered memories that led to her death by suicide nearly three decades ago. In a search for understanding, the author uncovers something much larger than her niece – a story about human nature and human culture, good and evil, courage and fear. This is a story still alive today. Read it if you dare. You won’t put it down if you do.

Everyman by Philip Roth

Find in catalogPublished in 2006, Everyman is Philip Roth’s lamentation on death. While fiction, its observations on aging ring true. My favorite line: “Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre.” Roth’s prolific writing career recently reached its end. I appreciate him creating this story about one man’s life as warning of what lies ahead for us all.

The Abundance: narrative essays old and new, by Annie Dillard

Find in catalogThis is a simply wonderful collection of short stories created by a simply wonderful writer. Annie beckons us to stop and look and think about the little things; things of fierce beauty that we rush past and fail to notice in the hurry of our daily lives. In her unique and lyrical style, she paints a world in deep colors that startle and open us. Read this book and you will want to devour the rest of Annie’s works. After that, you will be left hungry for more.

The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson

Find in catalogAnother great book by the author of NYTs bestseller, Scent of the Missing. Her prior book follows Susannah’s path through dog search and rescue. This offering focuses on her training of rescue dogs for service work. Heartwarming, hopeful, and highly recommended.

The Next Tsunami by Bonnie Henderson

Find in catalogThis really makes it real. If you live at (or even visit) our wonderful Oregon coast, make sure you know where and how to get to high ground! A fascinating and informative must-read!

The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Find in catalogI kept reading, hoping this novel would get better, knowing O’Neill wrote Netherlands. But it didn’t. Some insight into life in Dubai, but mostly navel-gazing. The Dog is a dog, in my opinion.

The Heart Of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Calvin

Find in catalogThis is an pulse-raising historical account of the white expansion into the Native American lands of the west and the resultant “Indian wars”. And it is the personal story of Red Cloud, the great warrior and Sioux chief, who fomented many of them. Read the book. Learn the truth. Highly recommended.

In The Lake of the Woods by Tm O’Brien

In the Lake of the WoodsI’m really stuck on Tim O’Brien. A good rut to be in, I think. Having read Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, Tomcat, and now In The Lake of the Woods, I declare him one of America’s finest fiction writers. Mr. O’Brien’s stories and words get me in the gut. They are engaging and feel real. With Tim O’Brien, perhaps fiction is greater than truth. But who am I to declare? Discover him for yourself.

Reviewed by Benton

Tomcat In Love by Tim O’Brien

Tomcat in LoveThis novel is a lot different than Tim O’Brien’s more typical Vietnam war story. It does involve the battle of the sexes, so there’s that. And, like all of this author’s works, it’s brilliant. I think Tim O’Brien is one of America’s finest storytellers. Get acquainted. You’ll learn the truth of fiction.

Reviewed by Benton

Stress Test: Reflections on financial crises by Timothy Geithner

Stress TestCompelling tale of the great financial and economic recession of 2007 to ? from Tim Geithner’s front row seats at the New York Fed and U.S. Treasury. He makes the case that the extreme measures ($30 trillion in public money/guarantees) required to save Wall Street were necessary to save Main Street. Wall Street is healed and the signs on Main Street are looking better. Would other more Main Street oriented policies have worked as well? Not according to Tim. In any event, Mr. Geithner is on to his next job in investment banking.

Reviewed by Benton