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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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Torch (Vintage Contemporaries) by Cheryl Strayed
Torch (Vintage Contemporaries)

Kayla Perry, June 18, 2013

I love Cheryl Strayed's writing style. Even though there's only a couple central events it never feels like the novel meanders about with nothing to say; every word has a purpose. The language is poetic, the reactions are authentic. This is one of the best novels about grief I have read, hands down.
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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
The Borrower

Kayla Perry, March 21, 2013

I love the feeling when you get to the end of a book and you just feel this glowing satisfaction. Maybe there were a few stumbles along the way, plot points that could have been cleaned up and addressed, an ending that came together a little too cleanly, but I don't care, I liked it.

I liked it because it perfectly encapsulates the feeling of reading to escape and the fictions we tell ourselves so we can go through the business of living our lives. The surreal feeling of unreality throughout, the running away to nowhere, the realization we can only ever save ourselves...these are the things this book captures, immortalized in print for just a fleeting moment, a soul mate waiting to be discovered on a dorm room floor.
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Kayla Perry, January 1, 2013

Reading this was almost like therapy, it had its ups and downs, some really high notes and some really dark places. I really relate to Strayed's emotional turmoil and she writes in such a way that I felt like I was an unseen observer, bobbing along on her trek down the PCT even though it was years ago. It really affected me in the best way possible in a time when I needed an imperfect hero to show me the way I'd lost, and I really cannot be grateful enough.

I actually live in Beaverton (right outside of Portland) and even worked at the bookstore she cites within its pages towards the very end, so I'm regretful that I didn't get a chance to see her in person to tell her how much I appreciated this book. There were actually times I stopped and held it to my chest, imagining for just the tiniest moment what it felt like to be sitting alone in the wilderness with nothing but a book and my memories as the smallest link to the outside world. I remember one time in particular after reading the Winston Churchill quote "Never, never, never give up" that I sat there and just absorbed the entire message of the book, the whole long, beautiful, complicated story that one human life can be.

That she was brave enough to share it in all its messy, meaningful glory was a real gift and is one that I will hold in my heart along with the other good books that have impacted me profoundly.

Thank you Cheryl.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles

Kayla Perry, August 13, 2012

What this book is: A story of the end of the world from the viewpoint of an eleven year-old girl who falls in love with a boy.

The Age of Miracles is a sweet, tender, painful look at how some things, like love and loneliness, stay the same even while the world is ending, or maybe, in spite of it.
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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Kayla Perry, August 4, 2012

I enjoyed every word of this fantastic book and I highly recommend it to anyone, particularly those who love to read. Nina is a gifted writer and the way she deftly interweaves books with her personal history is a pleasure to watch; it's a beautiful tribute to life, family, and most of all, Anne-Marie. Upon reaching the end I now have many other books to read and deep admiration both for her accomplishment (A book a day for a year!) and her as a person.

From one reader to another, I thank you.
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