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I spent my childhood in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Every few weeks my friends and I would reimagine our cul-de-sac into a different type of sports field (Nerf football, basketball, baseball, hockey, Frisbee, balled-up-sock ball, you get the idea). This play only stopped for school or for my family camping trips around Oregon (in dark, wet winter) and then across the country (during sweaty, driving-forever-to-the-next-National-Park summer). My summer library reading lists were always long.

After I graduated from Oregon State and suffered the loss of a dear friend, someone mentioned I should head to a ski town. I loaded up my yellow Volvo wagon and moved to Ketchum, Idaho for the summer. For eight years I explored mountains (by boots, bi
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“People think of writing and painting as loose, as anything-goes, and of math and manufacturing as tight, as requiring expertise. But these days I write like putting doors on a car, or solving a geometry problem—like there’s only one answer, and I keep fiddling to find it. It’s not talent that I feel when I get it right; it’s goodness. Like I’ve buttoned down one small pocket of the world and...

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The Pig War
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
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What a beautiful book. I agree with the npr review - I have never read an entire book based on entirely the main character's voice and personality. Now I have.
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My Wilderness by Claudia McGehee
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What a beautiful book. Illustrations are stunning--the kind that make you think of places you've been and emotions you felt while you were there. My eight-year-old son said, "The pictures of nature are really beautiful daddy."

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
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These two don't make bad books. They, and the people behind them, just plain get it. Fond memory of laying (lying?) between my two cute kids, lingering on a page as they both deliciously groaned at the protagonists' next choice. Checked it out at lib ...more
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