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Jan 15, 2008
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jul 11, 2013
Jan 16, 2008
In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
not set
Dec 27, 2008
Season of the Snake: A Novel
Mar 2006
Jul 20, 2007
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
not set
May 06, 2010
Dreamers and Desperadoes
not set
Jul 04, 2007
Cheerleaders from Gomorrah
Apr 2006
Jul 20, 2007
The Jump-Off Creek
it was amazing
This novel, about homesteading the Oregon wilderness in the late 19th century's Long Depression, creates a vivid, wholly convincing sense of its chara ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist
liked it
Often evocative or creepy, these stories ultimately disappointed me slightly by leaving their subjects a bit too soon, too quickly. My favorites were ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 10, 2007
At the Jim Bridger: Stories
really liked it
Carlson has a gift for the eccentric and evocative. His stories vary pleasantly, but many seem to inhabit the contradictions of human lives, the cozy ...more
May 2007
May 12, 2007
Coyote in the Mountains: And Other Stories
I currently abstain from giving stars to faculty in my grad program.

These are great little stories, reflective but often cuttingly hilarious. The titl
Oct 2007
Jun 28, 2007
Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories
liked it
Similar in theme and tone to her book of linked short stories ("shnovel") Waltzing the Cat, this first book of short stories by Pam Houston suffers a ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Jan 19, 2008
The Sky Fisherman
At least until I graduate, I am holding off on giving stars to my professors' books.

Mr. Lesley has a habit of inscribing this book "I hope this honors
Dec 2007
Jul 01, 2007
Labors of the Heart: Stories
I think it's probably the better part of valor to refrain from giving star ratings to books written by my professors, on the off-chance that someday I ...more
Apr 2007
Mar 13, 2007
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
it was amazing
The kind of history you can't believe could be forgotten -- but it routinely is. Timothy Egan's journalistic researching serves him in good stead here ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
A Girl from Yamhill
really liked it
Those who have read a lot of Beverly Cleary books, as I have, will recognize some of the incidents and themes of her characters' lives here, albeit se ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Aug 21, 2010
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America & the Great California Earthquake of 1906
it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed several of Simon Winchester's books, and this is my favorite thus far. This story abounds in historical interest, geological dra ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Dec 25, 2007
Wild Life
it was amazing
This was a strange book, but very good. Part of what it does, quite deliberately I believe, is change course several times. I knew about the fantastic ...more
Nov 2009
Jan 20, 2008
The Call of the Wild
really liked it
This book is a quick read, stirring to the imagination and interesting to the intellect. Books like this one, Black Beauty and Raptor Red offer us a p ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
really liked it
Any novel in the form of short stories about the life of a small American town probably invites comparison to Winesburg, Ohio. In Stygo's case, the ...more
May 02, 2008
Jan 16, 2008
Winter Range
I don't give star ratings to books by faculty members of my MFA program.

Claire Davis's first novel builds from the small to the epic, an engaging read
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 01, 2007
The Hearts of Horses
it was amazing
Well, it's been proven: you can still write a novel with an omniscient narrator. I don't pretend that setting it in the historical past (the U.S. home ...more
May 05, 2008
Jan 11, 2008
Waltzing the Cat
really liked it
What to say about this "shnovel" by the woman who, if my sources are accurate, coined that most excellent term? It's somewhat of an oddity. I'm sure t ...more
May 07, 2008
Jan 16, 2008
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