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I Speak for Myself Maria Ebrahimji & Zahra Suratwala

Their lips are moving, but nothin’ is coming out.


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I can just see it now: There she is with her braces and acne, nervously scanning the lunchroom for a seat at the table—their table. Then it happens: the eye-rolling, the scoffing and the laughter. "
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 SHAE HEALEY

Anders Nilsen Big Questions

The bird gods must be crazy.


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It’s hard to explain Anders Nilsen’s Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly, $69.95) without confusing people, because Big Questions leaves the reader with so many Little Questions, all of which soun   More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino Chasing Aphrodite


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In 1984, the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles sold all its stock in Getty Oil and diversified its investment portfolio, almost tripling its original endowment to $2 billion. This made the J. Paul    More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Robert C. Donnelly Dark Rose

A soft-boiled history of vice rackets and crooked cops in the City of Bridges.


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Robert C. Donnelly’s history of organized crime and political corruption in Portland in the 1950s could have been as riveting as a James Ellroy   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Bill Plympton Independently Animated

The animator turns himself inside out.


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In Portland-born animator Bill Plympton’s films, faces might turn themselves inside out, explode, or puddle into primordial goo; they come back blandly whole, the very soul of bureaucracy. Featur   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Miranda Kennedy Sideways On A Scooter

Eat, pray, improved.


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Upon first whiff, former NPR reporter Miranda Kennedy’s memoir, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India (Random House, 352 pages, $26), reeks of Eat, Pray, Love regurgitated. Disappointed by    More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 SHAE HEALEY

Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner Witch Doctor

The doctor of supernaturopathic medicine is in.


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In the wake of the runaway success of Robert Kirkman’s nearly decade-running The Walking Dead (and the critical and ratings success of its bar-raising AMC TV adaptation)   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 AP KRYZA

Open Spaces: Voices From The Northwest

Wonks gone wild.


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Edited by former natural resources lawyer Penny Harrison, Open Spaces magazine has always struck me as an odd duck, an uneasy hybrid of general interest journalism and policy wonkery, poetry and pro   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Paul Collins Murder of the Century

Dying to be famous.


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It is a common thing, beneath the deafening noise of America’s Lohans and Kardashians, to hear tell that our culture—as a result of reality television, willful illiteracy, celebrity worship, the   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Thor Hanson Feathers

A Washington naturalist pens a book as light as his subject.


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Conservation biologist Thor Hanson has crafted an ambitious work of natural history in Feathers (Basic Books, 336 pages, $25.99). “Ambitious” is often book reviewer shorthand for “an overly lo   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM
 

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