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1. The Collected Poems of James Laughlin

Fall has brought us a true gift in the publication of the massive The Collected Poems of James Laughlin, published by New Directions in an exceptionally beautiful hardcover edition. The book includes an inexhaustible number of poems, in a lovely 1,214(!) page tome. Laughlin is best known as the founder of New Directions Publishing, the [...]

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2. Our Favorite New Favorites of 2014

Every week, we gather together a small pile of newly released titles that we agree should be on everyone's radar. We deem these titles our New Favorites (check out our recent picks here). Now that the year is winding down, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the standouts, in case you [...]

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3. Mixtape and Mashup — A Brief Guide to Books Born from Other Works of Art

Fade in on the Mission Dolores, the fictional gravesite of Carlotta Valdes in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. One block away, two writers with their first jobs teaching creative writing (okay, it was us!) decide to collaborate on a book of short stories that respond to classic and cult movies. We try — and fail — to [...]

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4. Powell’s Q&A: Ron Rash

Describe your latest book/project/work. Something Rich and Strange is a collection of selected stories, including three stories previously unpublished in book form. Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start. Donald Harington is as underrated as any America writer I know of, and I'd suggest [...]

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5. Writing as Puzzle

I loved books, loved stories, loved being read to at an early age and then reading for myself — that's true for most writers. But looking back, I can see a parallel interest, one I never considered related to all of that reading I did. We lived near my mother's parents, and once or twice [...]

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6. New Cookbooks for October and November: Potluck Time!

October/November is a favorite time in our offices. These are the months when scads of cookbooks are released, a deluge of cookbooks, a tornado of cookbooks. To judge by my desk, it's a perfect (or, rather, imperfect) storm of cookbooks. I have over 50 newly released books piled up, with another pile of yet-to-be-released titles [...]

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7. Beyond the Headlines: Lena Dunham and Millennial Feminism

First, a confession: I hate-watched the first two seasons of Lena Dunham's Girls. Every situation and character on the show made me cringe. Most scenes involve unpleasant people having unpleasant sex, or scheming to have (unpleasant) sex, or dealing with the discomfort of trying to avoid or distance themselves from earlier, unpleasant sex. Sure there [...]

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8. The Hot Sex Tip Cosmo Won’t Tell You

Cosmopolitan Magazine recently released an article titled "28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions." Where was this vital information when I was a teenager? How much more fulfilling would my young life have been if I had known about "The Rocket," "The Kinky Jockey," or "Defying Gravity," a position in which one receives oral sex while performing [...]

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9. Puppies(!) for Sale? Read This First

Shake Puppies contains an almost unsettling amount of cuteness. There is a good chance after looking through its pages you will get puppy fever and be thrown into an unwavering quest for your next pet. Here is my sound advice if you are indeed afflicted by this condition: Rescue your next dog! Hear me say [...]

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10. Salty Caramels and Black Licorice Duo

An inspired pairing of two Oregon originals — Jacobsen Salt and artisan candy maker Quin — this distinctive duo of candies boasts a deliciously salty twist. A sweet surprise for candy lovers with a tooth for salty treats. Books mentioned in this post Salty Caramel and Black Licorice Duo Jacobsen Salt Gifts Miscellaneous $38.00

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11. Egg and Spoon

In this modern literary folktale set in Tsarist Russia, we meet young Elena, who lives an impoverished life in the countryside, and Ekaterina, a girl whose life is filled with a wealth of riches on a luxury train. Maguire, the author of Wicked, weaves an intricate and playful tale rich in imagery, truly making this [...]

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12. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

When Glory unexpectedly gains the power to see the future and other people's pasts, she begins dealing with the complications in her life. With powerful writing, this intense novel is full of love and humor as Glory overcomes her present difficulties. Books mentioned in this post Glory O'Brien's History of the Future A. S. King [...]

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13. The Accidental Highwayman

In this intricately illustrated fantasy set in 18th-century England, the young servant Kit becomes a highwayman by accident and is hurled into a grand tale with goblins, a fairy princess, a witch, and a magical map. This is a hilarious, rollicking adventure. Books mentioned in this post The Accidental Highwayman: Being the... Ben Tripp Used [...]

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14. The Doubt Factory

Bacigalupi's counterculture take on the teen thriller turns what could be a by-the-book page-turner into a how-to for critical thinking and media literacy. A good stepping stone for teens who aren't quite ready for Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. Books mentioned in this post The Doubt Factory Paolo Bacigalupi New Hardcover $18.00

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15. Atlantia

Dive into Atlantia and discover an undersea future of sirens and science, where one family's secrets will either save the world or destroy it completely. Creative world-building and an immersive mythology make this a refreshing addition to a YA shelf already filled with dystopias. Books mentioned in this post Atlantia Ally Condie New Hardcover $18.99

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16. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories

Here's Horton — but not hearing a Who. And a Grinch who's not green (but still decidedly grinchy). And Marco from Mulberry Street. All back in a new book of lost stories from Dr. Seuss! Horton and the Kwuggerbug is like a whimsical, wacky, absolutely beezlenutty visit from a favorite old friend. Books mentioned in [...]

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17. Skippyjon Jones: Snow What

It's time to make some hot catnip cocoa and join Skippito Friskito in his newest adventure. Skippyjon Jones braves the snow, kisses, and tights to make his own "fuzzy tale." The songs are my favorite part, and there are plenty here to make this the perfect winter read-aloud. Books mentioned in this post Skippyjon Jones: [...]

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18. Pennyroyal Academy

When a girl with no name enters an enchanted kingdom, she is enlisted in a war battling witches and dragons trained by a fairy drill sergeant. This unusual fantasy intriguingly combines adventure and magical mischief with the witty and compassionate writing of a master. Books mentioned in this post Pennyroyal Academy M.A. Larson New Hardcover [...]

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19. Revival

Jamie Morton can't seem to shake the charismatic preacher he first meets as a child, later appearing randomly throughout his life. Each encounter becomes increasingly strange — right up to the astonishing conclusion. This gripping thriller demonstrates what King does best: evoking sinister, supernatural forces into the lives of seemingly ordinary people. Books mentioned in [...]

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20. Fields of Blood

I can think of no better writer than Karen Armstrong (bestselling author of A History of God) to serve as a guide to the timely subject of religion and its relationship with violence. Highly readable and easily digestible, Fields of Blood is a fascinating portrait of religious history that should be required reading for anyone [...]

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21. Living with Thunder

Living with Thunder is a stunning coffee table book that doubles as a serious geology study. Gorgeous color photographs of regional landscapes and rock formations are accompanied by accessible, detailed histories, often illustrated with maps and figures. Anyone with an interest in the Pacific Northwest's scenery, history, or geology will thrill to turn the pages [...]

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22. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Slip into a black and white world where order reigns supreme and all untidiness must be eradicated. Dave lives a nondescript life in Here until the day an untamable beard sprouts from his chin. Could the beard be a maleficent portal to There? Collins gently addresses the tangles of human existence in this playful graphic [...]

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23. Portland Events 2015 Wall Calendar

Plan ahead, Portland. With dates for over 250 events and activities — festivals, runs/walks, street fairs, and more — you won't miss out on any of next year's fun with this unique calendar. Each event and activity has a short description and website, so you can get the full details. Books mentioned in this post [...]

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24. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

What could be worse than being stuck in a car with the Heffleys on a long road trip? Will Greg survive his parents, Rodrick, and Manny? This ninth book detailing Jeff Kinney's laugh-out-loud adventures will surely make you appreciate your next boring car trip. Books mentioned in this post Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The [...]

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25. LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side

Explore the exciting Dark Side of LEGO Star Wars with this wonderfully comprehensive tribute to the villains of the LEGO Galaxy. Discover the secrets of the Sith, from the inner workings of Darth Vader's armor to Asajj Ventress's date of birth, and gain insight into their evil plans. This extensive volume includes an exclusive, collectible [...]

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