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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, November 27, 2006

Orphans

With all of my recent travel I'm starting to fall behind on my book blogging, so the next few reviews may (read will) be briefer than usual.

Book #45 on my '06 reading list was Charles D'Ambrosio's Orphans. Orphans is a collection of previously published essays, primarily culled from D'Ambrosio's work with The Stranger. The essays cover a wide range of topics (Mary Kay Letourneau, crime scene reporting, whaling, modular homes, orphans, etc.) but most deal with topics that ooze of the Pacific Northwest. As with any collection, it's a bit up-and-down, but the stronger pieces clearly demonstrate why D'Ambrosio belongs on the short list of most prominent voices coming from our region today. I haven't had a chance yet to pick up The Dead Fish Museum, but it's definitely going on my '07 list.

You can read a more in depth review of Orphans on Powell's.

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