About Oregon’s Main Street: U.S. Highway 99

"I am still reading Oregon’s Main Street: U.S. Highway 99 “The Folk History” but I have already digested enough to think I would recommend this book to not only those with an interest in Oregon history, but also those who live in and travel through the central corridor of Oregon.

US I-5 parallels or combines with Highway 99 and many ofthe names and stories in this volume would be familiar to anyone who has travelled this route. It is interesting to see places I’ve previously only known from road signs, like Wolf Creek Tavern come alive. It is also fascinating to read stories and interviews about towns I’ve lived nearby such as Eugene, Junction City, Tangent and Albany.

The reading is fun, because while historical, it is often relayed via personal interviews, letters and private photographs. This not only provides a more personalized view into the history, it is also easy t oread. I also think local history isimportant, and should not be forgotten, so it’s nice to see a book that makes learning the subject enjoyable

If you want to explore some of the areas mentioned in the book, it is also full of useful tips, indicating when a once public area is now private (or viceversa). You’ll also learn about why so many cars are parked near the Rice Hill Interstate exit in the summer. If you travel in Oregon east of the Coast range and west ofthe Cascades, or have any interest in Oregon history, I think you should investigate this book."

-- Sonny Hays-Eberts
A former editor of Groundwaters a local Literary magazine who moved out of town. Sent to the current editor for publication in the Groundwaters magazine. The current editor is also the Co Author of the Folk History and she forwarded to to me for my use. I think Sonny is the husband and Judy the wife. I don't know what they do now but I could ask if it's important.

 

Review and story about Jo Brew and Pat Edwards by the Eugene Register-Guard:

http://registerguard.com/rg/life/lifestyles/32603664-74/its-been-a-long-road.html.csp

 

About What Next, Ms. Elliott?

I liked What Next, Ms. Elliott? I would have liked more about the romantic relationship but I also recognized that both had lives they couldn't set aside but had to live with, like real life. I thought Jo did a really good job making it clear that resolving care issues and settling an estate is harder than you would expect regardless of any emotional attachment to the involved person. I have passed my copy on to a friend who also enjoyed the story.
-- Dianna

What Next, Ms. Elliott is a gentle story of how life doesn’t always turn out the way we think, sometimes it’s better. This book tells about an overlooked but quietly powerful segment of the American population, retired women. These women are caring for their parents or grandchildren (and sometimes both), helping in schools, libraries and beginning new careers. A must read for any woman about to retire.
-- Melissa Shepherd

I especially enjoyed the discussion about retirement in our book club that was generated by your novel.
-- Judy

About Marge, Back on Track

I love the way Marge takes control of her life and turns what seems like an impossible to escape trap into a new life. It is a great message for women of any age.
-- Anon

About Ann Marie's New Melody

Anne Marie's New Melody is the perfect ending for the trilogy of three friends whose lives change in unexpected ways. Jo-Brew's
development of the characters, Ruth, Marge, and Anne Marie, showcase the adaptability of women to confront and overcome the difficulties women of all ages may face.
-- Patricia E. Lanier

 

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