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Andre Dubus III, The Garden Of Last Days

A stripper, a big tipper and two towers.


Books
The Garden of Last Days (Norton, 384 pages, $24.95) sets itself up to be pulp, but give it time. Author Andre Dubus III, who also wrote House of Sand and Fog, has achieved some Houdini-caliber misdire ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Stimulus Package

Hard purchases for hard times.


Headout
There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news? Our currency is in the tank—it’s just been surpassed by the Canadian loonie, and the peso isn’t far behind. The good ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Looking to socialize? Bring friends or look elsewhere. HUB is all about the beer, as evidenced by stool after stool, table after table, of silently sipping souls. The brews are tasty enough to pack the house on a Monday night, and the food (vegan pizza, burgers, wings, etc.), isn’t bad either&   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Keith Gessen, All The Sad Young Literary Men

If at first you don’t succeed, get a graduate degree.


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Keith Gessen’s three characters (and perhaps the author, too) join an already overlarge generation of expensively educated, middle-aged men whose happiest period of life was college. Sociologica ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

The Tiny Yard


Special Section Stories
Idaho transplant Terri Phillips has more excuses than you do to leave gardening to the pros, but each year she nevertheless manages to coax a sizable bounty out of her small yard in North Portland.For ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

The Rolling Yard


Special Section Stories
Go ahead—garden without pesticides. Knock yourself out. Feel free to grow veggies without petroleum-fueled machinery, chemical fertilizers or even experience. Yawn. It’s been done. But h ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Robyn Scott, Twenty Chickens For A Saddle

A gluten-free memoir about growing up in Botswana.


Books
Robyn Scott’s memoir, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle (Penguin Press, 464 pages, $24.95), is a vegan Swiss Family Robinson, complete with its own campy theme song: a region-specific adaptation of & ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Katie Crouch, "Girls in Trucks"

From plantation to Penn Station.


Books
Ernest Hemingway said, “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened.” Translation: if you’re not getting an authentic experience from your fiction, b ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Q&A with Katie Crouch

Mama always said, life is like a box of Chiclets.


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Katie Crouch is restoring our faith in fiction. Her debut novel, Girls in Trucks, packs all the punch of a real, live Gen X memoir—but get this, it never happened. In the book, former debutante ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Hopworks


Bar Reviews
SKIPWORKS, JUMPWORKS: Looking to socialize? Bring friends or look elsewhere. Hopworks (2944 SE Powell Blvd., 232-4677) is all about the beer, as evidenced by stool after stool, table after table, of s ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI
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