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Moontrap by Don Berry

Chris Rognier, January 1, 2013

Don Berry was an incredible talent - he only wrote 4 novels, including his trilogy about the Oregon territory (Trask, Moontrap & To Build A Ship) and A Majority of Scoundrels (Rocky Mtn fur trade) but I have yet to read a comparable NW history that combines fact, dramatic tension and character development with a very unique spiritual journey viewpoint. And Moontrap is simply the best example of his creative talent - what a shame that he never wrote another novel but rather devoted his energies and talents to other art forms. His early passing was a great loss - but this is a book that I have passed on to many others and will enjoy revisiting in the future. And, fyi, I just stumbled across this book on a recent visit to Portland while walking thru Powells section on local authors - what a treasure!
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A Majority of Scoundrels: An Informal History of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company by Don Berry
A Majority of Scoundrels: An Informal History of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company

Chris Rognier, August 4, 2012

My wife and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and we traveled to Portland late last year to begin our search for a retirement home - a"real" loft in the Pearl District. One of the chief criteria was to be close to Powells - the most incredible book store I have ever experienced - and it is quite an "experience"!

We had never been in any rare book store so we decided to check out the section at Powells. What a surprise - a huge variety of texts plus the rare book specialist, Ben Hunter, went to a great effort to make us feel at home - which lead us to purchase a totally unplanned first edition, signed copy of Fight Club for my son's Xmas present. "Shock & awe" doesn't begin to express his surprise on Xmas morning - and this from a 32 year old "kid". Thank you Ben Hunter for this unforgettable joy!

Before leaving we stumbled across the re-released of the Don Berry Trilogy (Trask, Moontrap & To Build a Ship) - yet another totally unexpected treasure. Due to the trials of daily life, I only began reading Trask about 2 weeks ago - but the Introduction really captured my attention so I began to further research the author. Wow, what a life - creative yet tragic. Then it hit me - I wonder if Powells rare book department would have a signed copy of any of his book. Bingo - not only did you have a book - it was his Majority of Scoundrels which is even less known than his highly recognized Trilogy! I called yesterday and asked for been who evidently has moved on - a bit disheartened, I left a message for someone named Delia Cobb. A few hours later she called back and what a pleasant surprise - I would never trust buying a rare book over the Internet so I was still a bit gun shy about buying this book. But she was really well prepared - she already had the book in her hands - and her low key confident presence closed the deal. I can hardly wait to get my hands on my new find!

Even if we do not "win" this contest, I hope that some one will forward those message on to Delia, her manager and to Ben if he is still there somewhere. Again, Powells is not just a book store, it is an experience! Thank you - Chris
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