What are the best novels from Oregon writers?

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    #1The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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    Ethan Valdez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The book is very forward thinking and addresses almost LBTQ issues for its time in the 1960's. The sci fi book really takes place on a planet where the occupants are gender neutral until they enter kemmer, a sort of heat, when they become randomly male or female. After kemmer they go back to the neutral state, unless pregnant. So one person can be the mother or two and the father of three."
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    #2The Brothers K

    The Brothers K

    This book is the story of the Chance family, whose leaders are Papa Chance, a former MLB player, and his wife. The whole book is narrated by the youngest brother, Kincaid, the one in charge of letting us know about every member of the family.

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    Douglas Perkins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Book starts really slow, about a bunch of boys who worship their dad, a local baseball hero with a career ending injury. the first third of the book is developing the personalities of everybody. Middle of the book the story shifts more around the family dynamic and differing religious beliefs, How that starts to split various members from each other. The book really starts to cook when as young adults the different personalities of the brothers puts them on different paths, and ultimately tragedy brings them all together, kind of, its not a Pollyanna type of ending where everything is wonderful. full of real life drama."
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    #3Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    William Thompson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 18 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while they read at night. I found this amazing book called "Fight Club" which is an amazing fantasy and thriller fiction novel by Chuch Palahniuk that describes how alienated men to use their anger and aggression to join a secret society called the Fight Club. The book was turned into a award winning movie starring Brad Pit. My sons absolutely love the story. Thank you!"
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    #4Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.

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    Andrew Ortiz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This non-fiction book has an interesting story about a young ma called Christopher who left his life to start a new one. Some parts were sad and others made me smile but all in all, It was a fascinating story for me and I enjoyed it."
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    #5Geek Love

    Geek Love

    Geek Love is a contemporary horror fiction novel written by Katherine Dunn. This fantasy book is about Binewskis family and published in 2002 by Random House Vintage. 

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    Divya Patil
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I read Geek Love because it's one of Karen Russell's favorite novels. She read it when she was 15. If I had read Geek Love when I was fifteen, especially if I were fifteen in the early nineties (instead of late nineties) I might have enjoyed it a lot more. The story centers around the Binewskis, a family of "freaks" (conjoined twins, boy with flippers, hunchback albino, telekinetic) who runs a traveling carnival. It reminds me of an R-rated Sam & Max Hit the Road. For a book so full of weirdness and magic and blunt honesty (all things I really would have appreciated at fifteen) it didn't hold my interest much at all. And I'm not sure why. But the sheer imagination behind the book compelled me to read the whole thing, if only so I could move on to something else. Something about the language deterred me, and made the book feel a lot longer than it was, and sometimes I had to go back and re-read paragraphs just to figure out what was going on. Also, the ending fell flat for me. I can see how the book was influential in shaping the craft of one of my favorite authors, but it didn't have the same affect on me, in my grizzled old age."
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    #6Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Dear Mr. Henshaw is a Newbery Medal Winning novel by internationally acclaimed author, Beverly Clery. This novel was also part of the Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children and an  ALA Notable Children’s Book Awardee.

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    James Stevens
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A great book by one of Oregon's greatest writers Beverly Cleary. She is one of the most famous children's authors of all time. Her books are timeless classics that will endure for generations. This is a great book and worth a read."
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    #7One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.
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    Nicole Campbell
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a good book but I have no idea if it's from an Oregon writer. I think that it does a nice job of showing the quality of a book from that time period and is a pretty nice suggestion."
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    #8Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 

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    Harini Trivedi
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is a good book to suggest for the topic. It has been researched by the author before writing this book. The reviews make this book intriguing to find out what is in the story line. I will be putting it on my list to read soon."
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    #9Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

    Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

    Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon is a book written by noted author Chuck Palahniuk. It is considered as an autobiography because it contains some of the author's wonderments and his view of his hometown, Portland.

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    Louis Rose
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I had really only known Chuck as the writer of Fight Club, but I was really glad I checked this book out. It made me laugh as someone who used to live in the Portland area. I think it's a great read for anyone, but definitely hit home as someone who used to live there."
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    #10The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
    The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.
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    Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A fantastic story of humanities future by one of the master's of science fiction. A memorable story, that has stayed with me for quite some time. One of her best in my opinion."
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    #11Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Amy Willis
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A passion for the climb and the ultimate rise up Mt. Everest. The journey promises a fulfilled achievement, but guarantees no success. The air lacks sufficient oxygen and the winds create a powerful force, bringing closure to some who aspire enter there. Experience one man's dream as well as his nightmare on board the mountain that gave Krakauer both. "

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Best What are the best novels from Oregon writers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 30 Paid
2The Brothers KBooks 27 Paid
3Fight ClubBooks 25 Paid
4Into the WildBooks 24 Paid
5Geek LoveBooks 24 Paid
6Dear Mr. HenshawBooks 21 Paid
7One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 21 Paid
8Under The Banner of HeavenBooks 19 Paid
9Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, OregonBooks 17 Paid
10The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)Books 16 Paid
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