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Reading Seattle : The City in Prose - Peter Donahue

Reading Seattle

The City in Prose

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780295983950
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Seattle, with its spectacular natural beauty and rough frontier history, has inspired writers from its earliest days. This anthology spans seven decades and includes fiction, memoirs, histories, and journalism that define the city or use it as a setting, imparting the flavor of the city through a literary prism.

Reading Seattle features classics by Horace R. Cayton, Richard Hugo, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Murray Morgan, and John Okada as well as more recent works by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, David Guterson, J. A. Jance, Jonathan Raban, and others. It includes cutting-edge work by emerging talents and reintroduces works by important Seattle writers who may have been overlooked in recent years.

The writers featured in this volume explore a variety of neighborhoods and districts within the city, delineating urban spaces and painting memorable portraits of characters both historical and fictional.

Industry Reviews

What is here is bracing, informative, and strikingly varied..No matter what your tastes are, the anthology provides a fascinating sense of listening in on the mind of the city, humming away over the decades and coming up with myriad harmonies and discords distinctively its own.

--The Seattle Times

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Coming Into Focus (1930s-1980s)
Northwest Gateway: The Story of the Port of Seattlep. 21
The Executioner Waitsp. 31
Farthest Reach: Oregon and Washingtonp. 40
Annie Jordan: A Novel of Seattlep. 46
Long Old Roadp. 49
How I Grewp. 55
Anybody Can Do Anythingp. 59
Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattlep. 65
Nisei Daughterp. 73
No-No Boyp. 80
Seattle, Past to Presentp. 86
Digressions of a Native Sonp. 91
The Real West Marginal Way: A Poet's Autobiographyp. 96
Many Voices (1980s-1990s)
Still Life with Woodpeckerp. 109
The Rainy Cityp. 115
Sisters of the Roadp. 118
Seattle's Sonp. 122
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwestp. 127
Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of Americap. 132
Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Seasonp. 141
Emerald City: Third & Pikep. 147
Seattle and Vicinityp. 152
A Good Manp. 159
Lying in Waitp. 166
Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattlep. 174
Streetp. 182
Cold Snapp. 185
American Bullfrogp. 199
Indian Killerp. 204
Blurred Vision: How the Eighties Began in One American Householdp. 211
Dark Blue Suitp. 221
Unto Itself (1990s-Early 2000s)
A Fair Tradep. 231
Seattle Now: A Letterp. 241
Allan Steinp. 251
Sleep Dummyp. 256
Breaking Inp. 264
Cruddyp. 271
Green Lakep. 275
Never Mind Nirvanap. 283
Pearl's Secret: A Black Man's Search for His White Familyp. 292
The Strangeness of Beautyp. 299
Epiloguep. 307
Bibliographyp. 315
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ISBN: 9780295983950
ISBN-10: 0295983957
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.39  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.45