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City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales

2016    312 Pages    (Forest Avenue Press)

DDC: 813    LCC: PS648.S3 C49

OCLC: 934480169    LCCN: 2016018509    ISBN 13: 9781942436232    ISBN 10: 1942436238

City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi [...]

City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, chilling, often profoundand always perfectly weird. [less]

$16.95
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Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon (Crown Journeys)

Chuck Palahniuk

2003    176 Pages    (Crown)

DDC: 917.95490444    LCC: F884.P83

OCLC: 51058952    LCCN: 2002154008    ISBN 13: 9781400047833    ISBN 10: 1400047838

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?Curious about Chuck’s 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 [...]

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?Curious about Chuck’s 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 America’s “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 should’ve 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 Gabe’s 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. [less]

$16.95
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Hidden History of Civil War Oregon

Randol B. Fletcher

2011    144 Pages    (The History Press)

DDC: 979.5041    LCC: E526

OCLC: 745609913    LCCN: 2011032573    ISBN 13: 9781609494247    ISBN 10: 1609494245

Many Oregonians think of the Civil War as a faraway event or something that happens when the Ducks and the Beavers tangle. Few know that the state raised two Union regiments or that more than ten thousand Union and Confederate veterans made their way to Oregon after the war. In fact, the Beaver State has impressive Civil War ties, including the battle death of Senator Edward Baker, the Long Tom Rebellion in Eugene and famous figures like U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp. Join Civil War enthusiast Randol [...]

Many Oregonians think of the Civil War as a faraway event or something that happens when the Ducks and the Beavers tangle. Few know that the state raised two Union regiments or that more than ten thousand Union and Confederate veterans made their way to Oregon after the war. In fact, the Beaver State has impressive Civil War ties, including the battle death of Senator Edward Baker, the Long Tom Rebellion in Eugene and famous figures like U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp. Join Civil War enthusiast Randol B. Fletcher as he explores the tales behind the monuments and graves that dot today's landscape and unearths the Hidden History of Civil War Oregon. [less]

$19.99

Hidden History of Portland, Oregon

JD Chandler

2013    192 Pages    (The History Press)

DDC: 979.549    LCC: F884.P857

OCLC: 858901608    LCCN: 2013040954    ISBN 13: 9781626191983    ISBN 10: 1626191980

In this engaging narrative, author JD Chandler crafts a people's history of Portland, Oregon, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the United States Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; women's rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed [...]

In this engaging narrative, author JD Chandler crafts a people's history of Portland, Oregon, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the United States Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; women's rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed abortions and was an open lesbian; and student athlete Jack Yoshihara, who, in the wake of Pearl Harbor, was barred from participating in the 1942 Rose Bowl. From scandal and oppression to injustice and the brink of revolution, join Chandler as he gives voice to the Rose City's quiet radicals and outspoken activists. [less]

$19.99
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It Happened in Oregon

James A. Crutchfield

2007    144 Pages    (Globe Pequot Press, The)

DDC: 979.5    LCC: F876.6

OCLC: 72988105    LCCN: 2006033043    ISBN 13: 9780762744817    ISBN 10: 0762744812

Oregon is a place with a colorful past filled with lumberjacks, sea captains, and trappers. With an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, It Happened in Oregon offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most intriguing episodes.

Oregon is a place with a colorful past filled with lumberjacks, sea captains, and trappers. With an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, It Happened in Oregon offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most intriguing episodes. [less]

$14.95
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Oregon Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, And Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)

Harriet Baskas

2010    328 Pages    (Globe Pequot Press)

DDC: 917.9504    LCC: F876.6

OCLC: 841514807    ISBN 13: 9780762749713    ISBN 10: 0762749717

The definitive collection of Oregon's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Beaver State residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

The definitive collection of Oregon's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Beaver State residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist. [less]

$15.95

Oregon Myths and Legends: The True Stories behind History's Mysteries (Legends of the West)

Jim Yuskavitch

2017    208 Pages    (TwoDot)

DDC: 979.5    LCC: F876.6.Y86

LCCN: 2016044345    ISBN 13: 9781493028269    ISBN 10: 149302826X

From the mysterious disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper to persistent rumors of bigfoot, this selection of thirteen stories from Oregon's past explores some of the Beaver State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths. Read about the mysterious disappearances of several people over the years around Mount Emily, relive the gruesome discovery of three murdered trappers near the Deschutes River, and learn why many people believe an eleven-ton meteorite might be hidden [...]

From the mysterious disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper to persistent rumors of bigfoot, this selection of thirteen stories from Oregon's past explores some of the Beaver State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths. Read about the mysterious disappearances of several people over the years around Mount Emily, relive the gruesome discovery of three murdered trappers near the Deschutes River, and learn why many people believe an eleven-ton meteorite might be hidden in the mountains of southwestern Oregon. [less]

$16.95
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Portland on the Take

J. D. Chandler, J. B. Fisher

2014    160 Pages    (Arcadia Publishing)

DDC: 979.549    LCC: F884.P857

OCLC: 947153679    LCCN: 2014953176    ISBN 13: 9781626197497    ISBN 10: 1626197490

In an era when Portland's shipyards thrived, so, too, did corruption. The Red Scare that followed the 1934 Waterfront Strike allowed gangsters to gain control of some of the city's unions. Working in cahoots with high-ranking city officials, criminals like Al Winter and James Elkins gained power and influence, often using goon squads" of union men and hired criminals to enforce their will. Now authors JD Chandler and JB Fisher bring Portland's days of civic corruption and hidden murders out of [...]

In an era when Portland's shipyards thrived, so, too, did corruption. The Red Scare that followed the 1934 Waterfront Strike allowed gangsters to gain control of some of the city's unions. Working in cahoots with high-ranking city officials, criminals like Al Winter and James Elkins gained power and influence, often using goon squads" of union men and hired criminals to enforce their will. Now authors JD Chandler and JB Fisher bring Portland's days of civic corruption and hidden murders out of the shadows. With unprecedented access to the police investigative files of the Frank Tatum murder of 1947 and the detective notebooks and tape recorder transcripts of Multnomah County sheriff's detective Walter Graven, the authors shed new light on Portland's turbulent mid-twentieth-century past." [less]

$19.99

Portland-Weird.Wonderful.Bizarre The Changing City

Don Nelson

2019   

ISBN 13: 9780578508191   

A book of historical vignettes of Portland illustrated with old and new photos of the city. Many of the weird and wonderful iconic photos are rare and previously not published before.

A book of historical vignettes of Portland illustrated with old and new photos of the city. Many of the weird and wonderful iconic photos are rare and previously not published before. [less]

$25.00
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Weird Oregon: Your Travel Guide to Oregon's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Al Eufrasio, Jefferson Davis

2010    272 Pages    (Sterling)

DDC: 917.9504    LCC: F876.6

OCLC: 436617930    LCCN: 2011411443    ISBN 13: 9781402754661    ISBN 10: 1402754663

The Pacific Northwest teems with colorful history and unique legends—and this tour of the Beaver State is no exception! Check out the gas station restroom that looks like cowboy boots as you search the skies for a man flying across the state in a lawn chair tethered to helium balloons. And how about visiting that “city” in eastern Oregon with a year-round population of zero to two, depending on whether anyone gets trapped in the snow? Can it get any weirder than this!   

The Pacific Northwest teems with colorful history and unique legends—and this tour of the Beaver State is no exception! Check out the gas station restroom that looks like cowboy boots as you search the skies for a man flying across the state in a lawn chair tethered to helium balloons. And how about visiting that “city” in eastern Oregon with a year-round population of zero to two, depending on whether anyone gets trapped in the snow? Can it get any weirder than this!    [less]

$19.95
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