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The Pacific Northwest Reader

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A collection of personal and passionate essays by booksellers and librarians about life in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 10th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 15th 2010)
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Hanging my hat for a while in the PNW, I figured it might be good to read this. It wasn't exactly what I expected or wanted. I think I would have been happier with a collection of short fiction. What this was, was a collection of essays from Independent book sellers in the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (and librarians). Because of this, Idaho is included in the PNW (as it sometimes is) and Alaska (which is too North, too West and boarders too much of the Pacific to really be part of ...more
Back on the reading bandwagon finally with a book of essays on my favorite subject, The Pacific Northwest. A quick read and nice collection by various writers. Really enjoyed Alaska Steam by Melanie Colletti, Finding Bayocean by Gigi Little and the haunting Washington Ghost Story by Rem Ryals (to name a few). What did I learn? Bayocean (billed the Atlantic City of the West) was on the Tillamook Spit until the ocean claimed it. And, I am not alone in unexplainable awe and sense of connection to t ...more
A really fun collection of essays by various northwest booksellers including Powell's own Gigi Little and University Bookstore's Matthew Simmons. Part of a cool and charitable series from Delphinium Books. Seek this out if you like northwest narratives.
I didn't finish this book. I had picked it up randomly and wasn't at all satisfied. Somewhat good essays on their own, but struck me as a book in search of a point. Didn't stand well as a collection.
A very good anthology representing so many corners of the Northwest.
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