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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

Joe Biel, Beyond the Music

Like a long car ride with your Uncle Hank.

Punk zinester Joe Biel’s Powell’s chat will be a riot. Expect stories about cops breaking up fights outside house shows, roadies on endless tours and squatting mobs reclaiming abandoned homes   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Judyth Vary Baker, Me & Lee

Love means never having to say you shot the president.

As the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination nears, in 2013, two out of three Americans still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in murdering the president. Judyth Vary    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Don’t be evil?

Author Robin Sloan’s paean to books—both digital and on paper—is filled with elements so plausible readers will want to Google them to see whether they’re real. And that’s fitting, bec   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Todd Grimson, Stabs at Happiness

Tell the creeps to come and get her.

The title story of Todd Grimson’s new collection, Stabs at Happiness (Schaffner Press, 216 pages, $24.95), is made almost literal: It recounts an art-punk lesbian—Wavves’ “Surf Goths” on   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Weekend Reading

Wordstock authors on sex, dystopia and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Portland’s annual literary festival, Wordstock, is back and it’s…roughly the same size as ever. For two days, the hallowed halls of the Oregon Convention Center will play host to some 200 vi   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Jeff Parker and Erika Moen, Bucko

The director’s cut.

In the age of DVRs, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and, let’s be honest, BitTorrent, there’s very little reason to buy DVDs of movies and TV shows—unless they come packed with extras. That’s the at   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RUTH BROWN

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