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Author Archive: "Abby"

Discontent and Its Civilizations

In this expansive book of essays, the author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia takes us deep into his world spanning New York, London, and Pakistan. Hamid explores the intersection of life, art, and politics in an age of increasing globalization, making for a unique, thought-provoking collection.

The Marauders

The Louisiana bayou — devastated first by Katrina, then by the BP oil spill — forms the setting for this lively debut novel featuring a one-armed, substance-using (and abusing), treasure-hunting ex-shrimper along with a slew of oddball supporting characters. A funny yet provocative thriller underscoring the desperation and determination of those living in this hard-hit region.

A Short Guide to a Long Life

Should you take vitamins? Is caffeine good or bad for you? How often should you exercise? If you're tired of trying to make sense of contradictory studies and new health fads, this quick, refreshingly direct read will give you sound guidance for a longer, healthier life.

10% Happier

Entertaining and deeply personal yet packed with information about the human brain, 10% Happier is a book about meditation for the unconvinced. If you're prone to anxiety or compulsive thoughts (who isn't?), do yourself a favor and pick this up.

Portland Events 2015 Wall Calendar

Plan ahead, Portland. With dates for over 250 events and activities — festivals, runs/walks, street fairs, and more — you won't miss out on any of next year's fun with this unique calendar.

The Meaning of Human Existence

Through a brilliant melding of science and philosophy, "The father of sociobiology" boldly tackles humanity's biggest questions — namely, what is our role on earth, and how can we continue to evolve as a species? Wilson's writing style is accessible as always, and his passion and empathy continue to push us toward greater levels of enlightenment.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

In first-rate style, replete with her wicked humor and merciless eye, Mantel cuts to the quick in this dazzling and diverse collection of stories. Ranging from sinister to unsettling, these sharply drawn and thrillingly unpredictable stories further demonstrate the insightful intelligence and dark brilliance of this gifted author.

The Organized Mind

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency... and minimize the chaos!


Set in an alternate Pacific Northwest home to outlaws, werewolf princesses, a magical tree, a noble native population, and more, Dreamwood follows tenacious Lucy and her new friend Pete as they set out to find Lucy's father, a ghostologist who has recently disappeared while doing research. This is a super fun, smart read with a lot of adventure mixed in.

The Sound of Things Falling

Set in the aftermath of Colombia's horrific drug wars, Vásquez's elegant novel provides an intimate look at a generation still coming to terms with the crimes of a not-so-distant past. Written from the perspective of a law professor who unknowingly befriends a drug mule, The Sound of Things Falling offers a wholly original story told with an intensity that reverberates.

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