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Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

To: Donkey Sanctuary. Re: What I want.

Even for avid readers of all genres, poetry can sometimes feel a bit…unapproachable. But the poems of Portland-based writer Mary Szybist read more like a letter from an old friend, familiar an   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Sonja Lyubomirsky, The Myths of Happiness


There is suffering in the well-appointed kitchens and cozy dens of the American middle class. The Myths of Happiness, a new book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, seeks to address the malaise we feel when we’re   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront

What do you do with a drunken sailor?

Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night. Drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent a   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory

Are they terrorists or just lonely fools?

The Justice Department has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism defendants since 9/11. On its face, that statistic seems to show the federal government is doing its level best to keep us safe. But   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

Clear the Bar

Portland author Patrick deWitt got his break through free drinks.

Before he made it to Portland, novelist Patrick deWitt tried to leave Los Angeles six times. Six times he swore he was bailing for good. Six times he was sucked back into the city’s black hole.    More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 BEN BISHOP

Nicole J. Georges, Calling Dr. Laura

An ambitious memoir from a twee local zinester.

Zinester and pet portraitist Nicole J. Georges has juicy secrets. The knowing-your-mother’s-lying-to-you kind. The living-queer-but-keeping-your-family-in-the-closet kind. She’s shared some    More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

The Best Thing I Read This Year 2012

As told by WW editors and local authors.

Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. This novel is such a good read, funny, generous, unpredictable, that it took me a while to realize how stunningly intelligent and brave it is. It talks ab   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW Staff

Karen Brooks’ Brutal Youth

The Mighty Gastropolis author wasn’t always such a Portland cheerleader.

Karen Brooks’ new Portland-dining book, The Mighty Gastropolis (Chronicle, 256 pages, $24.95), is a torrid love affair with Portland   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Zadie Smith, NW

Taking the Northwest London passage.

With each new novel, acclaimed British author Zadie Smith seems as if she’s reacting violently against the one before it. After the exuberant prose and plot of her sprawling, Rushdian debut, W   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lunch Pail Tales

Adult story time, with sandwiches.

Don’t worry, there aren’t any beanbag chairs, and these books of stories don’t have any pretty pictures. Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Hour for Grown-ups is exactly what it sounds like: an adult   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

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