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Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage Contemporaries) by Edwidge Danticat
Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage Contemporaries)

itpdx, August 30, 2015

This is an amazing memoir. Danticat takes us through her childhood and early adulthood in straightforward language. The emphasis is on her father and Uncle Joseph, the brothers of the title. From births to deaths, from political to financial struggles, this is a story of the strength family bonds.

Along the way, we are treated to a vivid Danitcat family centered history of Haiti.
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Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge by Kathie Durbin
Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge

itpdx, May 11, 2015

This is a wonderful gathering of information on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area--from its inception, to its unlikely founding legislation, to past and current battles and successes. Durbin has used her journalistic experience to unearth the information and clearly present it. I now have an understanding of what is at stake in this beautiful area. I have certainly added a number of places to explore to my already long list of Gorge sites to visit.
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The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Devil's Highway: A True Story

itpdx, January 26, 2015

Luis Alberto Urrea is an amazing writer. He can directly and poetically reach your heart. I had experienced his powerful writing in fiction. This is not fiction. He has stitched together the story of the Yuma 14, a group of Mexicans that crossed the Mexican-US border in the Arizona desert in May of 2001. Fourteen died including one man who has never been identified. Eleven were rescued by US authorities and survived barely. Even with all the uncertainties of the testimonies of confused survivors, Urrea has written a lyrical story that gets to the insanities of the Mexico-US border.
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The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind
The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History

itpdx, February 1, 2014

Often when there is a complex news story that arrives in bits and pieces and is difficult to understand, I say that I will wait for the book to come out. This book may not be THE book about the financial crisis/recession that started in 2008 but it is an excellent introduction. Grind has put together an understandable and compelling account of the failure of Washington Mutual (WaMu) Bank. She paints vivid pictures of some of the personalities of involved, as well as the corporate culture of the bank.
And she leaves the reader to puzzle out what toxic blend of who’s ego, greed, or incompetence was the catalyst and why nobody seemed to able to right the ship.
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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Mister Pip

itpdx, December 24, 2013

A little treasure. A story about where a book and your imagination can take you. The last white man in a village on a island of Papua New Guinea during a civil war that has isolated the village takes on teaching the children. Through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl in the village, the most successful lesson is the Mr. Watt's reading of Dicken's Great Expectations. But he also invites the adults of the village to share their knowledge and stories with the children. A book, imagination and the horror of war weave an amazing story.
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