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Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist

The birds and the beers.


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Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist (Algonquin, 400 pages, $19.95) is a quirky exploration of the plants behind every drink menu. Part field guide for invested gardeners or bartenders, part 1,000   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fire and Forget

Born on the 11th of September.


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Fire-and-forget missiles are launched and then left to their own devices, whizzing toward inevitable destruction. The veteran authors of Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War (Da Capo   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts


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Sam Lipsyte chortlingly revels in the warty and the ruined of America, the wounded strivers who live in the world of spit, shit and piss. He’s also an unrepentant self-amuser prone to the lite   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mayer-Schönberger & Cukier, Big Data


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You don’t need a sophisticated algorithm or large database to calculate how many pennants (zero) that Billy “Moneyball” Beane has won in 15 years running the Oakland Athletics. But even if   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Kinfolk

Better Homes and Grey Gardens.


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For all the tears shed over the withering magazine industry, certain niche periodicals have actually thrived. Design-oriented mags require the printed page for best effect, foodies aren’t yet    More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JAY HORTON

Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar

Oregonians cry for you, Argentina.


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Literature is the natural home of the impossible. But far too often the impossible is spurned in favor of the prosaic, as if truth dressed itself only in flannel. Argentine fiction, from Borge   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

To: Donkey Sanctuary. Re: What I want.


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Even for avid readers of all genres, poetry can sometimes feel a bit…unapproachable. But the poems of Portland-based writer Mary Szybist read more like a letter from an old friend, familiar an   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Sonja Lyubomirsky, The Myths of Happiness

#whitepeopleproblems.


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There is suffering in the well-appointed kitchens and cozy dens of the American middle class. The Myths of Happiness, a new book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, seeks to address the malaise we feel when we’re   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront

What do you do with a drunken sailor?


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Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night. Drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent a   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory

Are they terrorists or just lonely fools?


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The Justice Department has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism defendants since 9/11. On its face, that statistic seems to show the federal government is doing its level best to keep us safe. But   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI
 

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