Curtis White, The Science Delusion

Keep away from Curtis White’s brain!

If his new book, The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers (Melville House, 224 pages, $24), is any guide, Curtis White has the same nightmare every night: Richar   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Peter Hoffmeister, Graphic the Valley

Burning bulldozers and choking mountain lions.

Tenaya, the protagonist of Graphic the Valley (Tyrus, 265 pages, $24.95), was born in the back of an old Plymouth just west of the iconic El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park. Midway thro   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine

Talent is in the blood.

Beau Rosenwald is not a Hollywood pretty boy. He will never be handsome.  He’s 5-foot-8, 275 pounds. But as the narrator of American Dream Machine (Tin House, 460 pages, $25.95) explains, if    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Portland’s Slabtown

From Creek Bed to Dog Hotel.

Slabtown is not a name that resonates gladly in the hearts of Realtors. Today, the moniker most often refers only to a thin patch of inassimilable real estate around the I-405 freeway overpass, a    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Anna Keesey, Little Century

Another century, another Oregon.

Oregon-bound from her home in Chicago, Esther Chambers gets a hopeful impression of her soon-to-be home from a train conductor who describes it as an abundant garden shaded by trees so large you c   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 HALEY MARTIN

Jim Gavin, Middle Men

Major, you better have a look at this…

Midway through this ticking time bomb of a short-story collection about the attempted middle class, a young screenwriter receives advice from a pal of his rich, lubricated uncle: “Get in good    More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARK CHRISTENSEN

Book Review: Tai Pei, by Tao Lin

Hit refresh again

As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Jon Mooallem, Wild Ones

Even more dead polar bears.

The conservation of American wildlife is not a happy story. Well, not one Jon Mooallem would read his 2-year-old daughter before bedtime. His debut book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdl   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Laurie Notaro, The Potty Mouth at the Table

Concerning all those hobos and foodies.

What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Gary Greenberg, The Book of Woe

Crazy for claims forms.

As a defense mechanism, the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was equal parts identification and repression. Having weathered a decade of attacks from the    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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