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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
it was amazing
Oh, man. This book has it all. Tragedy, drugs, lust, infidelity, nature, humor, adventure, the human freakin' condition! I loved so many things about ...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
A Common Pornography
3.54
it was amazing
This is it. My first book with a major press. After 20 years of writing for various small presses, it feels good to have this out to (hopefully) a muc ...more
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Jan 22, 2010
 
The Best American Essays 2013
3.91
it was amazing
So many great essays in this collection. Cheryl Strayed has assembled a treasure chest of essays that lean heavily to the personal, transformative, li ...more
Dec 22, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
 
So Sad Today
3.87
it was amazing
This is a dazzling example of how to get DEEP into your personal muck while writing an essay in today's social media-saturated world. It's simply shoc ...more
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Sep 25, 2016
 
Excavation: A Memoir
3.96
it was amazing
When I first encountered the writing of Wendy C. Ortiz, it was her essay, Mix Tape, on The Nervous Breakdown. It was a piece of writing that stylistic ...more
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Jul 23, 2014
 
The Chronology of Water
4.19
it was amazing
As been noted in other reviews, this one is an emotional wrecking ball. You'll cry at the beginning, a few times in the middle, and for sure at the en ...more
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Jun 07, 2011
 
Black Wave
3.82
it was amazing
Black Wave is possibly the most fearless and daring book of Michelle's career. It’s a novel with clear autobiographical roots but with a twist of apoc ...more
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Nov 16, 2016
 
Wedlocked: A Memoir
3.77
it was amazing
I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing to say but... I think this book is going to be polarizing, and it should be. Ponteri bluntly looks at his ...more
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Feb 08, 2013
 
The Mistress's Daughter
3.26
it was ok
Sometimes I read books by authors I like with a generous mindset. When I first started Homes's memoir I was enjoying it pretty well. Then I talked wit ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
 
Starvation Mode
3.81
it was amazing
A turbulent story that swings between love and hate. But instead of a woman and her lover, it's a woman and her food. Washuta's dissection of her hist ...more
Jun 24, 2015
May 23, 2015
 
Witchita Stories
4.30
it was amazing
I started emailing with Troy a few years ago and I've watched his writing grow into the lean angular beast it is today. I'm so happy to be publishing ...more
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Feb 19, 2015
 
Altitude Sickness
4.38
it was amazing
Dremousis's candid and searing essay explores the grief she experienced after her longtime friend and lover dies in a mountain climbing accident. This ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
Being
4.47
it was amazing
Really proud to publish this ebook memoir-essay by Portland writer Zach Ellis. Being is about Zach's life transition from female to male and the pain, ...more
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Jan 05, 2015
 
The Self Unstable
4.16
really liked it
It took me a few pages to get into this for some reason, but when I did it was like ZOOOOM--and my head was buzzing with each page! I like how these p ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
 
Calling Dr. Laura
3.84
it was amazing
It's so easy to fall into this endearing and bittersweet graphic memoir. It's as good as Bechdel's Fun Home but it also has a wonderful overcast Portl ...more
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May 17, 2013
 
Hollywood Notebook
4.33
it was amazing
A shape-shifting book of journal entry-like stories, moments, and emotional fireworks. It's fun to imagine Wendy as this free-wheeling 20-something fi ...more
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May 19, 2015
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
really liked it
It's amazing how much racially-influenced violence and bullshit has happened in the short amount of time since this book has come out. Coates wisely a ...more
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Jul 24, 2016
 
Inferno (A Poet's Novel)
3.95
really liked it
The subtitle "A Poet's Novel" makes me wonder what makes it different from say, "a novelist's novel" or "an artist's novel." Is it the gonzo approach ...more
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Nov 26, 2011
 
Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
3.91
really liked it
This book comes out in January 08 but I just read the galley. And yes, it really is a collection of 6-word memoirs. About 1,000 of them. They're compu ...more
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Dec 05, 2007
 
My Private Property
4.40
it was amazing
I've read bits and pieces of Ruefle before but this is my first whole book experience and I was won over quick. These are tightly-crafted, wise, and f ...more
Sep 17, 2016
Sep 17, 2016
 
The Fire Next Time
4.45
really liked it
Gets me excited to see the upcoming James Baldwin documentary. http://www.magpictures.com/iamnotyour...
It also gave me a nice context for Ta-Nehisi Co
...more
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Dec 31, 2016
 
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss
4.22
really liked it
A useful and well put together guide about the complex world of Alzheimer dementia and how to care for people who are suffering from it.
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Jan 13, 2016
 
The Alcoholic
3.75
it was amazing
Though this graphic novel is billed as a fictionalized account of Jonathan Ames struggles with alcohol, I'm gonna go ahead and label it a memoir. Ames ...more
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Oct 13, 2008
 
The Residue Years
3.84
really liked it
This is a different kind of Portland novel and Mitchell Jackson is a different kind of Gordon Lish student. Told in alternating chapters that ramp up ...more
not set
Aug 09, 2013
 
Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney
4.00
really liked it
I like Barney's sense of brute art and correlation of random miscellany. In Barney's filmwork, his eye shows us a barrage of amazing and strange image ...more
Feb 24, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
3.54
it was amazing
Working with Zoe Trope, publishing her chapbook version of PDKTF, and helping her get her deal with HarperCollins before she was even out of high scho ...more
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Jul 11, 2007
 
Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays
4.20
it was amazing
Megan Stielstra’s wonderful writing and her storytelling bravery is truly a gift for everyone who reads her. Once I Was Cool is refreshing, hilarious, ...more
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May 13, 2014
 
My Fluorescent God
4.11
it was amazing
A really interesting and engaging book on depression and mental health. My Fluorescent God is strongly written and maintains a great mix of serious in ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Dec 06, 2014
 
Citizen: An American Lyric
4.30
really liked it
I loved the essayistic portions of this book the most. On pg 78, where the white man shows Rankine the photo of his black wife in some kind of effort ...more
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Dec 17, 2016
 
Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies
3.29
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This could have been called "Searching For Jason Diamond" as it's mostly a coming-of-age memoir about the author's own broken homeli ...more
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Jan 28, 2017
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