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Reading about Oregon

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joulukuu 9, 2006, 1:16pm

Terrific concept. Here's a suggestion for when you make it to Oregon: The Oregon Desert. I skimmed it when I found it on my grandmother's coffee table & had to get a copy myself. It is a fascinating history of the bigger part of Oregon that isn't green and rainy, mostly in the first person & anecdotes.

joulukuu 9, 2006, 1:42pm

Anything by Blake Nelson. Most (if not all) of his books are set in Portland. He is a YA writer, by the way.

joulukuu 11, 2006, 8:43pm

Jump Off Creek by Molly Gloss - excellent, slim historical fiction about a lone woman homesteader on the Oregon frontier.

tammikuu 6, 2007, 3:41pm

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey; one of the best American novels of the 20th century.

helmikuu 18, 2007, 9:16pm

Here's a non-fiction Oregon story:

Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery by Shannon Applegate.

helmikuu 21, 2007, 12:15am

Ontko's Thunder over the Ochoco series is an extraordinary saga... The first of the series is called The Gathering Storm and the Oregon Trail will never look (or sound) the same for me!

helmikuu 23, 2007, 6:33pm

Children's author Beverly Cleary's autobiography Girl from Yamhill is about her childhood in Oregon.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 17, 2007, 12:36am

Seconding laytonwoman3rd, definitely start with Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. You may know him for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but Great Notion is his best by a long shot.

Journals of Lewis and Clark describe their rainy winter on the Oregon Coast. Many versions to choose from here. I am partial to the version edited by Bernard De Voto, or you could go for The Definitive Journals of Lewis and Clark, Volume 6: Down the Columbia to Fort Clatsop and The Definitive Journals of Lewis and Clark, Volume 7: From the Pacific to the Rockies. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose covers their story in a more accessible form (with better spelling).

And while we are talking about that rain, The Good Rain by Timothy Egan provides a well-written understanding of the soggy climate on the wet/west side of the Cascade Range.

"Oregon: This Storied Land" (sorry, can't get a touchstone for this one) or any other book by William G Robbins.

Any of the coffee table books by Ray Atkeson or Rick Schafer for gorgeous photography.

Astoria by Washington Irving tells of the early fur trading days.

The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman is a classic, but he never set foot in Oregon. Instead, read
Treasures in the Trunk: Quilts of the Oregon Trail, which includes photos of historic quilts, and narratives of the women who migrated over the Trail.

Wildmen, Wobblies and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest for stories of the early days in Oregon and Washington.

Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City for some of our more colorful history.

Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland Oregon by Chuck Pahlaniuk for the modern version

Death of Celilo Falls by Katrine Barber for the destruction of an ancient Native American fishing and cultural site

Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story for the story of a very original governor.

The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow tells the story of Opal Whiteley, which may or may not be a hoax.

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore for the sports perspective.

Some travel guides that are equally enjoyable for the armchair traveler:
Oregon for the Curious by Ralph Friedman is a bit dated, but still interesting.

Hiking Oregon's History: The Stories Behind Historic Places You Can Walk to See by William L Sullivan

The Rough Guide to the Pacific Northwest by Tim Jepson and Phil Lee covers Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (yeah, I do know that's in Canada).

maaliskuu 17, 2007, 12:45am

How could I forget Abigail Scott Duniway? She came out on the Oregon Trail as a young girl, and became a prominent suffragist and a well-known writer and publisher.

The University of Oregon website has a good archive, inluding books by and about her. Sorry, I don't know how to make this appear in hypertext.

huhtikuu 23, 2007, 9:47pm

Sometimes a great notion one of my all time favorites. Always wondered why it is so little noticed.

huhtikuu 23, 2007, 9:50pm

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huhtikuu 24, 2007, 2:37pm

The title chosen for the 2009 Oregon statewide reading project is Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family. Naturally, it's set in Oregon!

heinäkuu 11, 2007, 11:28am

Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz is a beautifully written, haunting memoir about a crime that befell the author and her investigation of it. Great sense of place, which is why I posted it here.

syyskuu 27, 2012, 12:37pm