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Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

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Staff Pick

Not your typical hotel-gift-shop guidebook, Fugitives and Refugees makes no pretense at objectivity. This is a decidedly idiosyncratic and personal book. Palahniuk's Portland is eccentric, dysfunctional, and perverse. If you're new to Palahniuk's work, this book may win you over.
Recommended by Farley, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

From Powells.com:

"Fugitives and Refugees is more than a book about the weird people and dark corners of Portland. Tucked surreptitiously between chapters are eleven 'postcards,' which, cobbled together, make up a sort of memoir of Palahniuk's years in his adopted city. Told in Palahniuk's signature voice — a blend of nihilism, pathos, and biting wit — these stories make the book. Most readers will never drive out to Newberg to the self-cleaning house, or get groped in the Shanghai tunnels. But any reader with an ear for a well-turned anecdote will appreciate these dark, funny, poignant stories of life on the fringe. A few may even discover that the world outside their Outback windows is a bit more fascinating, and less predicatable, than they'd realized." Chris Farley, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Publisher Comments:

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuks tonsils currently reside?

Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?

Curious about Chucks debut in an MTV music video?

What goes on at the Scum Center?

How do you get to the Apocalypse Café?

In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of Americas “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe shouldve kept their mouths shut.”

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabes famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo.

Oh, the list goes on and on.

Review:

"Written as much for first-time visitors as for those who already share Palahniuk's passion for the city....Palahniuk's fondness for his not-so-sleepy hamlet comes through in each gritty detail..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"For Palahniuk, the more acute the angle the better, but his is another solid entry in the Crown Journey series, with its premium on deep-dish subjectivity." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Fugitives feels like a guide to Portland, but one written by and for a Portland resident....You can't go wrong by picking up a copy yourself, and joining...in the search for the minutia of Palahniuk's Portland." Erik Henriksen, The Portland Mercury

Book News Annotation:

The author of the best-selling novel Fight Club reveals his favorite Portland, Oregon landmarks in this autobiographical travel guide that describes the City of Roses as "the home of America's fugitives and refugees." Covering a bit of culture and a bit of history, the guide begins with a Portland vocabulary lesson and then offers descriptive listings of selected restaurants (with key recipes), architecture, museums, swingers' sex clubs (gay and straight), events, transportation, shopping, and photo opportunities, along with wry commentary from the author. The guide does not include maps, photographs, or an index. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Kicking off with an introduction featuring Katherine Dunn, author of the bestselling classic Geek Love, and her theory that Portland is highly attractive to America's "fugitives and refugees" — or as Palahniuk sums it up, the "most cracked of the crackpots" — this journey showcases "a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should've kept their mouths shut."

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland, used in the 1800s for shanghaiing sailors and smoking opium. Visit swingers, sex clubs, gay and straight. See Francis Gabe's famous 1940s "Self-Cleaning House." Look into strange local customs like the I-tit-a-rod race and the Santa Rampage Oh, the list goes on and on. Readers will also be treated to some of Palahniuk's most humiliating personal Portland moments, making this a must-read for every one of his loyal fans, as well as anyone looking for cheap thrills in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby. His latest novel is Diary. For more information, visit www.chuckpalahniuk.net.

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Kristina Mageau, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
A fun and obscure view of Portland. Recommended for those who want to explore Portland in a different way, or for those who are just curious about what is on the unbeaten path.
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Jessica Fee, August 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jessica Fee)
This book is everything that I love about Portland. Palaniuk captures pieces of the real Portland that many people never get to see. It's beautiful and hilarious. This book mentions all those little things that will always make Portland home.
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Annelle Hicks, May 15, 2010 (view all comments by Annelle Hicks)
he's dead on about psycho safeway. go there all the time and its never the same.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400047833
Author:
Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Walking
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Oregon
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
Alternative lifestyles.
Subject:
Portland
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Portland (Or.)
Subject:
Walking - Oregon - Portland
Subject:
Pacific Northwest-Oregon
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Crown Journeys
Series Volume:
2001]
Publication Date:
July 8, 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE MAP
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.02x5.23x.75 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Crown Publishers - English 9781400047833 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Not your typical hotel-gift-shop guidebook, Fugitives and Refugees makes no pretense at objectivity. This is a decidedly idiosyncratic and personal book. Palahniuk's Portland is eccentric, dysfunctional, and perverse. If you're new to Palahniuk's work, this book may win you over.

"Review" by , "Written as much for first-time visitors as for those who already share Palahniuk's passion for the city....Palahniuk's fondness for his not-so-sleepy hamlet comes through in each gritty detail..."
"Review" by , "For Palahniuk, the more acute the angle the better, but his is another solid entry in the Crown Journey series, with its premium on deep-dish subjectivity."
"Review" by , "Fugitives feels like a guide to Portland, but one written by and for a Portland resident....You can't go wrong by picking up a copy yourself, and joining...in the search for the minutia of Palahniuk's Portland."
"Synopsis" by , Kicking off with an introduction featuring Katherine Dunn, author of the bestselling classic Geek Love, and her theory that Portland is highly attractive to America's "fugitives and refugees" — or as Palahniuk sums it up, the "most cracked of the crackpots" — this journey showcases "a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should've kept their mouths shut."

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland, used in the 1800s for shanghaiing sailors and smoking opium. Visit swingers, sex clubs, gay and straight. See Francis Gabe's famous 1940s "Self-Cleaning House." Look into strange local customs like the I-tit-a-rod race and the Santa Rampage Oh, the list goes on and on. Readers will also be treated to some of Palahniuk's most humiliating personal Portland moments, making this a must-read for every one of his loyal fans, as well as anyone looking for cheap thrills in the Pacific Northwest.

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