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Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?


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For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jesse Bering, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Also, why do people eat other people?


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As its provocative title suggests, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American, 320 pages, $16) is a book unafraid of topics most of us don’t typically have the balls to bring up. It   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Love letters to Cleo.


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In 1962, 20th Century Fox made a movie that almost bankrupted the studio and changed Hollywood forever. The epic Cleopatra was shot on location in Italy and Egypt at a cost of more than $40 mill   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

But what about me?


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In How Should a Person Be? (Henry Holt, 306 pages, $16.50), the narrator, Sheila, not yet 30 and fresh from a failed marriage, struggles to write a play about women as she drifts lethargically a   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Buried in the Sky

The real heroes.


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There are a lot of books about mountaineering disasters, but few center on people with stories like Chhiring Sherpa’s. Buried in the Sky (W.W. Norton & Company, 304 pages, $26.95) is Peter Zuc   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Scott Jurek, Eat & Run

Tramps like us, baby.


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The last few miles are rough for Scott Jurek. As Eat & Run (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 272 pages, $26) comes to a close, we find the Michael Jordan of ultra-running in a bad way. Abandoned by    More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Greg Rucka, Alpha

Is it Omega yet?


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Greg Rucka is a serial series writer. Aside from penning big-name comic-book titles for DC and Marvel, the Portland-based author is responsible for the excellent Atticus Kodiak novels (about a s   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Richard Ford, Canada

One boy, two lives, and an uneven landscape.


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Dell Parsons, the narrator of Richard Ford’s conflicted new novel, Canada (Ecco, 432 pages, $27.99), tells us right off about the story’s major event. His parents became unlikely bank robbers.   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Matt Love, Sometimes a Great Movie

Not this time a great book.


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Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel (Nestucca Spit Press, 158 pages, $30) is a failure. Harsh words, but its author might agree. Matt Love, a    More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

James Bernard Frost, A Very Minor Prophet

Too Portland for Portland?


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James Bernard Frost’s new zine-style novel, A Very Minor Prophet, couldn’t be any more Portland if it were topped with bacon and served at a food cart by a man wearing an ironic T-shirt. This    More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
 

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