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Above Portland
Above Portland
by Bruce Forster and Chet Orloff
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Finally, my fantasy of seeing Portland from the air is fulfilled! Not by riding in a traffic copter, as I'd imagined, but by turning the pages of this gorgeous book. Celebrated Oregon photographer Bruce Forster's low-level aerial photos (including a few... (read more)

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The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White and Maira Kalman
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The classic bible of grammar and clear writing, illustrated with the delightful art of Maira Kalman. A must-have and a great gift.... (read more)

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A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver
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I bought A Poetry Handbook when I entered my first poetry-writing class as an undergrad. My professor was a notorious curmudgeon who didn't spare anyone's feelings and expected each progressive class in the term "to separate the sheep from the goats." I... (read more)

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Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life
Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life
by Laura Stanfill
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I'm really, really not just picking this because I have an essay in the collection. Really. This sweet, little book is wonderfully indie (printed solely and beautifully using an Espresso Book Machine, one of which lives at Powell's City of Books) and... (read more)

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
by American Heritage
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This is a great family dictionary with wonderful color pictures and a thumb index. A perfect addition to any home library.... (read more)

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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
by Francine Prose
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Reading Like a Writer is a treasure chest. You can crack it open at any chapter and come away enriched. Prose is one of the best teachers around, and for the price of a paperback, you are getting an Ivy League education in writing. For people who love... (read more)

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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
by Francine Prose
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Reading Like a Writer is a treasure chest. You can crack it open at any chapter and come away enriched. Prose is one of the best teachers around, and for the price of a paperback, you are getting an Ivy League education in writing. For people who love... (read more)

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Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
by Lajos Egri
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If you begged me to give you the title of one "how-to" book on the topic of screenwriting and wouldn't give up until I told you, then it would have to be this classic introduction to the craft. Often used as a textbook in screenwriting classes, Lajos... (read more)

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The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong
by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
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This book should be titled "It's Not What You Think." Because practically every answer in the book could begin with that phrase. What a great collection of facts about our world! Find out the truth about all kinds of things, from the first animal in... (read more)

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (10th Anniversary Edition)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (10th Anniversary Edition)
by Stephen King
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Whether or not you read Stephen King's fiction, if you're interested in writing, you'll love this book. Now in a handsome paperback anniversary edition.... (read more)

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The Cool Impossible: The Running Coach from Born to Run Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles -- And from Yourself
The Cool Impossible: The Running Coach from Born to Run Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles -- And from Yourself
by Eric Orton
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The bestseller Born to Run did a wonderful job of explaining why humans have evolved to run long distances, but it left many readers wondering, How? The answer is simple. Follow Eric Orton's advice in The Cool Impossible and discover that you, too, were... (read more)

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Thinking like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction -- and Get It Published
Thinking like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction -- and Get It Published
by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
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"A former Powell's employee who has published many magazine articles recommended this book to me, and I in turn recommend it to anyone who has ever had the vague thought of writing a nonfiction book. Thinking like Your Editor will help sweep away the... (read more)

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In the Conpany of Angels (10 Edition)
In the Conpany of Angels (10 Edition)
by Thomas E. Kennedy
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It's a rare book that can both haunt and inspire. The lead characters' efforts to recover from shattering events are traced with compassion, deep intelligence, and an almost miraculous hope. As if that weren't enough, the home life of the psychotherapist... (read more)

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Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry
Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry
by Sage Cohen
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Ever wonder if you have what it takes to write a poem? Sage Cohen says, "Yes, you can!" Cohen, a Portland-based teacher and author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, insists that poetry is available to anyone and everyone. She offers a... (read more)

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Lost Lore: A Celebration of Traditional Wisdom from Foraging and Festivals to Seafaring and Smoke Signals
Lost Lore: A Celebration of Traditional Wisdom from Foraging and Festivals to Seafaring and Smoke Signals
by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner
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Drawing on folklore, tradition, and superstition, this amusing collection is packed with the wisdom you wish your grandparents had passed down to you. It includes methods to cure drunkenness, predict the sex of a baby, and make antidotes to poison — in... (read more)

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How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew
How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew
by Erin Bried
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This cute collection draws on the wisdom of 10 real grandfathers, with advice on how to grow and maintain a beard, change a flat, tie a bow tie, season a cast-iron skillet, and more. A charming, back-to-basics resource for young gentlemen and ladies... (read more)

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In the Company of Angels
In the Company of Angels
by Thomas E. Kennedy
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It's a rare book that can both haunt and inspire. The lead characters' efforts to recover from shattering events are traced with compassion, deep intelligence, and an almost miraculous hope. As if that weren't enough, the home life of the psychotherapist... (read more)

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The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright
The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright
by Jean Nathan
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The fey daughter of a successful portrait artist and sister to a fishing lure inventor, Dare Wright conducted her life like an actress in an autobiographical production. Juxtaposed between innocence and erotica she created nineteen children's books, had... (read more)

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More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn't Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic
More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn't Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic
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Is this a strangely entertaining reference book or a reference book of strange entertainment? I'm not sure, but I know this much: you'll laugh just as often as you'll learn, whether it's how to divide a unibrow, paint a car, shoot sexy home movies, or... (read more)

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The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
by Samantha Ettus
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Debbi Fields on baking chocolate chip cookies, Bob Vila on how to paint a room, Ira Glass on how to tell a story... Life lessons from those who know best.... (read more)

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