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Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town

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ISBN13: 9780974436463
ISBN10: 0974436461
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Matt Love epitomizes the Oregon writer. After 10 years of serving as the caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (near Pacific City), Love returned to teaching and has since been publishing with fervor. Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town recounts Love's first year in the coastal Oregon town (and home of the world's finest brewery: Rogue Ales!). Comprised of brief essays that were originally read at a weekly open mic, Super Sunday in Newport touches upon a number of themes as diverse as environmental conservation, politics, dogs, beaches, teaching, writing, mischief, music, fishing, and all things Beaver State. Love is quite the gifted writer, and his work is, at turns, touching, poignant, hilarious, insightful, spirited, playful, contrarian, and unabashed. The two qualities that shine brightest in his writing are his candor and commitment (seemingly to whatever he turns his attention to). This is, indeed, a love letter to Newport and our state at large, but more than that it is an enchanting work that would appeal to anyone who realizes that the brilliance of a particular place resides in the small details often overlooked, in the people that infuse a place with its character, in the stories that shape its history, and in the landscape that shapes everything around it.

From Super Sunday in Newport:

What a glorious sight to behold! All those wet suits, forty-ouncers, families, boogie boarders, senior citizens, and transgenders, all doing their respective things on the sand, right out in the open without fences, cabanas, hotdog stands, espresso carts, and fat security guards wearing headsets telling anyone how much time they had left before they had to pay for extra time. This is Oregon! We demand the right to enjoy our publicly-owned ocean beaches like Texans demand the right to inflict capital punishment!

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After ten years serving as caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Tillamook County, Love moved to Newport and began a new chapter in his life. "When I left the refuge I wasn't sure I would continue to write with the same intensity. But I adapted quickly to my new home and found the area rich with stories. Very rich."

"Most of what is written about Newport is strictly for tourists. I like to think that no one has observed Newport quite like I have and that the book offers fresh insights into one of the greatest towns in Oregon. It's a personal story too, about some of the wonderful, excruciating and fantastic things that happened to me in that first year," said Love.

Whether it was encountering a mysterious coyote on the beach, documenting tavern life, browsing thrift stores, teaching high school English, commenting on Oregon and national politics or coping with a freak tragedy that befell one of his dogs, Love observes the people and places of Newport with passion, insight, humor and an informed view of history.

Synopsis:

Super Sunday in Newport features 46 pieces originally written for the weekly open mic sessions at Cafe Mundo in Nye Beach. It mixes memoir, polemic, vignette, essay and photographs to create a unique personal portrait of Newport and unconventional narrative of Love's transitional year.

About the Author

Super Sunday in Newport represents the follow up to Love’s critically acclaimed and bestselling Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology. He's also the the author/editor of the Beaver State Trilogy, an investigation of Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s. Love lives in South Beach at the Oregon Coast and is the founder and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He teaches English and journalism at Newport High School and serves as Director of Writers on the Edge, a Newport based literary arts organization. He also contributes columns to the Oregonian and Oregon Coast Today and writes the "On Oregon" blog for Powells.com.

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connieandrews, March 18, 2013 (view all comments by connieandrews)
This book was the first book I read by Matt Love and I read two more soon afterwards. The one thing about any beach town on the Oregon coast is the ability to go out your door, hit the nearest tavern (Newport has plenty) or take a walk to the beach, and encounter all kinds of people. Matt Love does both and creates a very readable book. There is an irreverent inventiveness and energy in the 46 pieces contained in the book. They were irresistable for their humor, compassion, and intelligence so I read it straight through. Not everyone can observe and write absorbing stories, essay or commentary like this. "Super Sunday in Newport" is both funny and touching. It's the heart of coastal Oregon in a book.
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shutterbugging, June 2, 2012 (view all comments by shutterbugging)
A few months ago, my husband and I spent a weekend in Newport. We walked into a bookstore that had three of Matt's books. My husband picked up Super Sunday in Newport and said "If you want to move to Newport some day, you better read this book." I bought it and burned through the pages that night. It turned out to be quite different than what I had expected, and I realized how much I missed relaxing with a great book. Matt helped me rediscover the joy of reading. The next day, we went back to the bookstore and bought Matt's other two books - Gimme Refuge and Love & the Green Lady. Both are awesome!!!

Matt writes with such honesty, humor and compassion. He enlightened us and makes us more appreciative of our weekend getaways to Newport.
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donna otter, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by donna otter)
I finished this book feeling like I knew Matt Love and Newport equally well, at least as seen from the vantage point of the local taverns and foggy beaches. His writing is unguarded, passionate and generous and the book is inspiring in its immediacy. Newport is lucky to have this resident writer, teacher, preserver and rabble rouser in their midst. I admit I briefly harbored a fantasy of being his girlfriend, (along with, undoubtedly, scores of high school girls and tavern regulars) but alas I don't have a chance as I do like my umbrella, don't always know where my salmon comes from and have been known to occasionally tip back a bottled water.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780974436463
Subtitle:
Notes from My First Year in Town
Author:
Love, Matt
Publisher:
NESTUCCA SPIT PRESS
Copyright:
Binding:
Trade Paper
Pages:
157
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.5 in.

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Matt Love epitomizes the Oregon writer. After 10 years of serving as the caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (near Pacific City), Love returned to teaching and has since been publishing with fervor. Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town recounts Love's first year in the coastal Oregon town (and home of the world's finest brewery: Rogue Ales!). Comprised of brief essays that were originally read at a weekly open mic, Super Sunday in Newport touches upon a number of themes as diverse as environmental conservation, politics, dogs, beaches, teaching, writing, mischief, music, fishing, and all things Beaver State. Love is quite the gifted writer, and his work is, at turns, touching, poignant, hilarious, insightful, spirited, playful, contrarian, and unabashed. The two qualities that shine brightest in his writing are his candor and commitment (seemingly to whatever he turns his attention to). This is, indeed, a love letter to Newport and our state at large, but more than that it is an enchanting work that would appeal to anyone who realizes that the brilliance of a particular place resides in the small details often overlooked, in the people that infuse a place with its character, in the stories that shape its history, and in the landscape that shapes everything around it.

From Super Sunday in Newport:

What a glorious sight to behold! All those wet suits, forty-ouncers, families, boogie boarders, senior citizens, and transgenders, all doing their respective things on the sand, right out in the open without fences, cabanas, hotdog stands, espresso carts, and fat security guards wearing headsets telling anyone how much time they had left before they had to pay for extra time. This is Oregon! We demand the right to enjoy our publicly-owned ocean beaches like Texans demand the right to inflict capital punishment!

"Synopsis" by , Super Sunday in Newport features 46 pieces originally written for the weekly open mic sessions at Cafe Mundo in Nye Beach. It mixes memoir, polemic, vignette, essay and photographs to create a unique personal portrait of Newport and unconventional narrative of Love's transitional year.
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