Some of the Goods

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The Animal Too Big to Kill by Shane McCrae

Half-Black, raised in Texas by White supremacists, Shane McCrae pries into American constructs of race, family, and class. The rhetorical tropes and deeply personal themes vital to his previous work (Mule; Blood; and last year's Forgiveness Forgiveness) remain, joined here now by the voice of… Read More

What new books came in today? (November 3, 2015)

A very simple question to answer---two new books came in today, selections from the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer and Yehuda Amichai. The books are: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, edited by Robert Alter ($35 FSG hardcover) An in-depth selection of over 500 pages, utilizing translation… Read More

Used Books, Rare and/or Collectible, 10/28/15

This gathering of recently received used books features several titles which are hard to come by, in some cases extremely hard to come by. Several are handmade examples of the best of the printer's art. It's been a pleasure for us to research these books,… Read More

This & That

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Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday

One of the great pleasures to be had at Open Books, at all bookstores worth their salt, is the sharing of knowledge among people with common and uncommon interests and curiosities. “If I like so-and-so, and such-and-such, who or what else might I like?” This is how many fine and exciting books find their way through the world–… Read more »

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Remembering Madeline DeFrees

Madeline DeFrees, a truly vibrant figure in Northwest and American poetry, died in Portland on November 11th, seven days shy of her 96th birthday. She lived a truly remarkable life, one which took monumental turns. Some fine biographical links are available here. We’d like to offer a remembrance of her relationship with Open Books. Madeline DeFrees gave a… Read more »

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It took us 20 years to do it, but by gum we’ve got ’em now! They are available for sale at $14 for sizes medium through XL; $15 for XXL; and $16 for XXXL. If you are one of our Gross Customers (that is, you’ve bought a dozen dozens), you have a free one waiting… Read more »

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