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Top 10 Local Books From 2011


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Portland is a city of writers and readers. It’s sometimes overwhelming how much talent we’ve got crammed into this town. To wrap up 2011, I thought I’d offer a list of 10 very notable titles   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARIANNA HANE WILES

How Georgia Became O’Keeffe

Not to mention how Karen became Karbo.


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Bookstores already dedicate whole shelves to Georgia O’Keeffe. That didn’t stop Portland author Karen Karbo from adding one more book, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Livi   More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

Queen of America

A Mexican faith healer rules in the EE.UU.


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Luis Alberto Urrea spent some 26 years on Queen of America (Little, Brown and Company, 496 pages, $25.99). The novel is understandably precious to the Mexican-American author as it borrows heavi   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MICHAEL LOPEZ

I Am Better Than Your Kids

Funny, Maddox already graded his book for us.


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Doting yuppie parents are annoying. Maddox, the one-name blogger and writer of the bestseller (!) The Alphabet of Manliness, has staged a bloodletting that’s worse than the migraine. In his nauseati   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 MAGGIE SUMMERS

Oil and Water

The Gulf Coast oil spill in graphic detail.


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In August 2010, a project called PDX 2 Gulf Coast took a group of 22 Oregonians to the Gulf of Mexico to get a firsthand look at the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that had devastated the e   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Pulphead John Jeremiah Sullivan

American culture, with equal doses of insight and humor.


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Writing compelling copy about the country’s largest Christian rock festival takes a rare breed of writer. Infusing the power of shared human experience and the complexity of multigenerational    More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

Tips for trips from the hubby of Ken Kesey’s ex.


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The most interesting gem unearthed in James Fadiman’s book The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide? Francis Crick, discoverer of DNA, perceived the double-helix shape while tripping balls on acid. The    More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MAGGIE SUMMERS

Chuck Palahniuk Damned

Butter rum Life Savers, and other visions of hell.


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As the setting for a Chuck Palahniuk novel, hell seems strangely overdue. The Portland-bred novelist specializes in damaged protagonists in vile scenarios—people well deserving of eternal damnati   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Susan Orlean Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean’s new shaggy dog story.


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A more precise title for Susan Orlean’s new Rin Tin Tin book might have been The Lives and the Legend, seeing as the most cherished German shepherd in show business had at least 11 manifestations,   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AARON MESH

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker says humanity is improving.


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One of the signal pleasures of a nostalgic soap opera like AMC’s Mad Men-—or, more recently, ABC’s Pan Am—is the consistent appeal of discovering that our predecessors’ morality is roundly   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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