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Gilion Dumas
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Portland, Oregon trial lawyer and Rose City Reader book blogger
Portland, Oregon trial lawyer and Rose City Reader book blogger

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Teaser Tuesday: The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred
Contrary to his usual practice, the crow sat on his perch in his man form, his legs dangling, his skin oiled, his chest broad with pride. He was the undisputed King of the Dead, he was the master of all he surveyed, and now fate had sent him a woman -- a go...
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Mailbox Monday: My Anniversary (Observed)
November 11 is my wedding anniversary as well as Veterans's Day. We try to celebrate with the "traditional" gifts, but after the 15th, the traditional gifts only come around every five years. Luckily for me, that meant Hubby got me books for our 18th annive...
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Veterans' Day
Since today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day that ended World War I, a vintage "Remembrance Day" postcard instead of my usual Veterans' Day postdated seemed in order. Here is the whole poem by John McCrae: In Flanders Fields In Flanders fi...
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Book Notes: The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney
Today, I finished The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney. The final poem in the collection is my favorite Heaney poem, “Postscript” – the one that ends with the line “catch the heart off guard and blow it open.” Heaney won the Costa Book of the Year award for Th...
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Mailbox Monday: Books on Books
What books came into your house last week? I got two new books about books: On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior . An examination of traditional virtues shown through literature. I'm in! I'd Rather Be Reading: Th...
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Author interview: Cinda Stevens Lonsway
Cinda Stevens Lonsway is a counselor, facilitator, and public speaker who wrote a memoir about her own experience surviving and recovering from trauma. Cinda recently answered questions for Rose City Reader about her book, her work with trauma survivors, an...
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Book Beginning: The Towers of Trebizond
BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN! Thanks for your patience! I thought I had a post scheduled and apparently I didn't. Operator error! MY BOOK BEGINNING "Take my camel, dear," said my aunt Dot, as she climbed...
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Teaser Tuesday: The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser
With the occupation had come a shift in the atmosphere of Biskupcova Street. Eyes no longer met, trust was undermined. --  The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser. Australian author Bram Presser creates his grandparents' Holocaust story out of family history, imag...
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Mailbox Monday: Art & Thrillers
Two completely different books came into my house last week: a new art book and a new thriller. -- Mary Chomenko Hinckley: Material Evolution . Mary’s blue coyote looks pretty awesome prowling the urban forest of my front yard! PORTLAND EVENT TONIGHT: Mary ...
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Book Beginning: Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN! MY BOOK BEGINNING Dear Alice, Each morning I am awakened by the sound of a tinkling bell. -- Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach. Ea...
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