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(Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Just started Bobbie Ann Mason’s “An Atomic Romance” (Random House, 2005, 277 pages). This “signed by the author!” copy came from my local Little Free Library. You know those little neighborhood free book kiosks that you see all over the place now? Especially if

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(Dorothy & Alice art credit goes to… someone) Oh, babies and big kids, get over here. Books! Some old, some new, and lots coming in for holiday reading and gift-giving. “Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word,” by Sarah Jane Marsh, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, ages 8 and up,

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(“Good morning, sunshine!” Photo by Rawley) The fall books are arriving, and that makes life just a little sweeter, especially when the books are finally starting to reflect the actual country that we live in. The majority of preschoolers in the United States today are non-white, aka “from a minority backg

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(“White Chickens/Black/and Red” photo by Nancy Row Rawley) I love this picture book’s title, y’all. “Five Minutes (That’s a lot of time) (No, it’s not) (Yes, it is),” written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Olivier Tallec (G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR

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(“Puppy/Monkey,” by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) OK, this first one is crazy, which means the kids are going to love it. Terry Border’s “Snack Attack!” (Philomel Books/Penguin Random House, 2019, picture book for the littles — and maybe the bigs? — unpaged, $17.99). We have the three bes

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(“Gleneden Beach, Oregon, USA — photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Hello cats and kittens, I have a nice little round-up for you this week. “The Penderwicks at Last,” by Jeanne Birdsall (Yearling/Random House Children’s Books, 2019, 294 pages, $7.99) is the final book in this series about six adv

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(“Yeah, read a book.” Photo by Nancy Ellen Row) Here’s everything, everything, everything I’m reading at the moment. The stack is toppling over: * This Janet Evanovich is a lot of fun, I must say. I’ve been reading the Stephanie Plum, New Jersey Bounty Hunter books for awhile now. They’re

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) I’m tagging this one “advice column,” even though after a year-plus with chickens, I know less than I did before I started keeping them. It’s true, people. Chickens will break your heart, but they do provide eggs. I read a blog post, advice from a chicken expert gra

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(“Fleurs,” by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) You might know Monica Swanson from her blog, and her most well-known post, “What a Teenage Boy Needs Most From His Mom.” She has four boys, a happy marriage, her faith and God, she lives on Oahu and grows tropical fruit. I wanna go over to her house right [...]

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Silver Falls State Park, Silverton, Oregon, USA (Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Of course I want to hear a story from someone who has a strong (and/or sad, intense, funny, moving) story to tell. This is one heck of a story. “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon/Random House, Inc.; translation by L’A

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(“A Few of My Favorite Things,” photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) SMASHED POTATOES a la my friend Kay * Yukon potatoes, sliced up to 1″ thick * 6 tablespoons melted butter * Fresh thyme Mix spuds, butter and herbs in a cast iron skillet or metal pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; [...]

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Avery Park, Corvallis (Photos by Nancy Ellen Row)

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Just wanted to say hey and tell you — I love summer. I’m reading all summer long, and finishing a new manuscript (memoir, first draft is done, ready to send to agents, woooooooooot!), gardening, hanging out with my kids and the pets, eating as many nectarines/peaches/plums/grapes/cherries and as much watermelon

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“Sky High,” by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley (Photo by moi) What’s on the menu today? Writer Laura Gehl and illustrator Daniel Wiseman have just released a pair of board books for the littles, the first in a new series: “Baby Astronaut” and “Baby Oceanographer,” HarperFestival/HarperCollin

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(Pix by N. Row Rawley) “Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn,” by Mary Pope Osbourne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (A Stepping Stone Book/Random House, 2007, 108 pages). Ah, the genius of Mary Pope Osbourne. My kids loved this series, the fiction and non-fiction titles alike. It must be rough, I’m t

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Reviewing this week: “Where Did You Come From, Baby Dear?” by George MacDonald, drawings by Jane Dyer (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018, ages 3-7, 32 pages, $17.99). How is baby? British author MacDonald (1824-1905), a Scottish author, poet and minister, wrote this lo

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I’m late to the game for Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winner, “Olive Kitteridge” (Random House, 2008, 270 pages). Thirteen stories = one amazing novel. Olive is a retired school teacher who lives in Crosby, Maine, with her husband, Henry. Olives weaves and dodges throughout the stories. The stor

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Hello, folks, and thanks for your patience. Meanwhile, my dining room table is ready to topple over cuz so many books! Jill McDonald and Hello, World! have released two cute new titles, “Ocean Life” and “How Do Apples Grow?” (Random House Children’s Books, 2019, 0-3 years old, $7.99 apiece). Bo

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“The Healthy Hens Handbook,” by Terry Beebe (Bell & Bain Ltd., 2013, 224 pages, $29.99). The pictures in this handbook kinda freak me out, but chickens, let’s face it, can be a little gruesome at times. There is also lots of down-to-earth information, and some beautiful photos. Useful, especially all

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(Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) Those are the newest bok-boks, who turn one year old next month. We’ve lost one, but the other four are alive and well. Chickens = heartbreak, it turns out. Which I knew, but didn’t really know, until they were part of our family. I started this post a long [...]

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“Nothing is really so very frightening when everything is so very dangerous” ― Gertrude Stein (Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) New classic, just like that… “Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe,” by Preston Norton (Hyperion, 2018, middle school & high school readers, 410 pages, $17.99). C

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(That dog loves to be read to. Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Book reviews! Fun stuff. This is part of the Rick Riordan Presents series. “Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel, Book One” by [...]

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Books! Halloween Books! Even though it’s almost Thanksgiving. Work with me people, I didn’t get a chance to review these until now. Bon appetit, babies. WM (All photos by moi, Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Mickey Mouse: The Scariest Halloween Story Ever!” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” These

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From Viola Davis (NPR interview): “My definition of success is legacy, is significance. And also, might I add, my authenticity is my rebellion. It’s my F.U., per se. It helps when I think of it like that. That’s why I give these speeches; that’s why I say what I say. And it’s also my narcissism

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“Heartwood Hotel: Home Again,” written by Kallie George and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, ages 4-8, 170 pages, $14.99). Ms. Prickles is marrying Mr. Quillson in the fourth and final book in the “Heartwood Hotel” series. (“Heartwood Hotel: A True Home,” “Heartwood Hotel: The Greatest

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(Pictures by me, in my own inimitable style. NERR) OK, y’all. Here are some creepy-cool-scary new young adult novels that I don’t wanna talk about. Because they’re scary is why. But they are all four excellent books, but gifted new writers, and you’ll like them. I promise. Boo! Bon appetit, babies! W

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(Photos by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) * Debut! The first book from author Molly Brooks, “Sanity & Tallulah” (Disney-Hyperion, 2018, ages 8-12, 240 pages, $12.99). Geeky-smart girl scientists Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega run the show in this brand-new graphic novel. They live in a beat-up space station on Wilnick, wi

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(Photo by me, Nancy Ellen Row Rawley.) Cougars are big. Also a little scary. Don’t turn your back on one. (My advice.) I saw it last night, just loping down the street like it rented the place. This shit is bananas. And now for a book review… “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep,” by [...]

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(Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley) “Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night?” by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018, ages 0-3, 26 pages, $8.99). This super-cute series of board books includes the titles “Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?” “Where Do Steam

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