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The Secret of Lost Things

A lost manuscript reveals a fantastical world of books.

For any Portlander accustomed to the endless rows of used-book excellence that is Powell's City of Books, the Strand Bookstore—our New York City rival—will not impress. Though comparable i ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Lisa Hoashi

Lost City Radio

Daniel Alarcón channels South America, but won't pinpoint it on a map.

With Lost City Radio (HarperCollins, 257 pages, $24.95), Daniel Alarcón has written an ambitious, well-crafted first novel that resonates with many situations throughout South America today. Th ...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Lisa Hoashi

Proof Positive

Local author Phillip Margolin dispatches a legal thriller with a criminal twist.

Appearing on the bestseller lists next to John Grisham and James Patterson, Portlander Phillip Margolin is one of the most popular authors of his genre—the legal thriller. A longtime criminal de ...   More
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

Oregon Book Awards, Friday, Dec. 1

The state's top writing talents honored while the rest of us snoozed.

Tickets for Literary Arts' Oregon Book Awards sold out early, and there was an expectant air as people filed into Portland Art Museum's Fields Ballroom last Friday evening. Not only is great writing h ...   More
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

Burning Fence

Heartfelt memoir inexplicably passed over for Oregon Book Award nomination.

In last month's announcement of Literary Arts' 2006 Oregon Book Award nominations, several authors were noticeably missing. One is acclaimed novelist Craig Lesley, a winner in 2002 for his novel Storm ...   More
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

The Whole World Over

Julia Glass' sophomore effort proves her 2002 National Book Award was no fluke.

Her novels read like an escape—to a place where even personal turmoil and loneliness hold unwavering optimism and comfort. With The Whole World Over (Pantheon, 512 pages, $25.95), Julia Glass ha ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

My Sister's Continent

Local publisher puts a spin on famous Freudian case study.

Based on Freud's famous "Dora" case study, in which 16-year-old Ida Bauer was brought to Freud to be treated for hysteria, Gina Frangello's My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus Press, $14.95, 319 pages) is ...   More
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

The Possibility of an Island

France's most controversial writer succumbs to adolescent impulses yet again.

With his new novel, The Possibility of an Island (Knopf, $24.95, 352 pages, translated from the French by Gavin Bowd), Michel Houellebecq continues in his usual form, peppering his narrative with the ...   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Lisa Hoashi


Portlander Cheryl Strayed's impressive debut illuminates the profound difficulty of a mother's death."

What does it mean to heal? To move on? To let go? Whatever it means, it is usually said and not done, and the people who talk about it the most have almost never had to do it." So Portland-based Chery ...   More
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Lisa Hoashi

The Best People in the World

Beautifully descriptive language knits Tussing's isolated characters together.

The Best People in the World By Justin Tussing (HarperCollins, 352 pages, $24.95)Excerpted in last year's New Yorker debut-fiction issue, Justin Tussing's first novel, The Best People in the World, te ...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Lisa Hoashi
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