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Scott Jurek, Eat & Run

Tramps like us, baby.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power

What the hell is history for?

Fed up as aides debated whether he should mention civil rights in his first speech to Congress after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson once asked, “What the hell’s the presi   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Late Night Library

Two coasts, one podcast.

Debut poetry and fiction doesn’t have much visibility in the publishing world these days. Enter Paul Martone and Erin Hoover, a fiction writer and a poet who paired up to create Late Night Libra   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MARIANNA HANE WILES

A.J. Jacobs, Drop Dead Healthy

Get buff or die tryin’.

A.J. Jacobs is a mouth breather. He has, per his own description, the body of “a python that swallowed a goat.” After coming down with pneumonia while on  a tropical vacation, he decided    More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer

The killer and the cartoonist.

There are only two notable alumni of Ohio’s Revere High School. John “Derf” Backderf draws The City, a Crumby comic appearing in alternative weekly newspapers like (but not) this one. Jeffre   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required

Operating Instructions version 2.0.

Nearly 20 years ago, best-selling author Anne Lamott released Operating Instructions, a memoir of her son’s first year of life and her first year as a single mother. For her latest book, Some Assemb   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 MARIANNA HANE WILES

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