September Staff Favorites

September Faves

September is a busy month. There’s school and football games—and even time works against us as the days grow shorter and shorter. In the midst of your hectic September days, don’t forget to carve out some time to read one of our staff favorites: continue reading >>

Literary Movies: If I Stay

If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman follows Mia Hall on the day she gets into a tragic car accident with herIf I Stay family and is trapped between life and death. Before the accident, Mia’s biggest dilemma was choosing what to do after high school graduation: she could either follow her dreams to Julliard and begin her cello career, or stay close to home for the sake of her boyfriend, Adam. Now she has to decide if she will wake up and fight for her life, or slip away and be with her parents who died in the accident. continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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“All American fiction is young-adult fiction”: The Death of Adulthood in American Culture (New York Times)

Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II (The Atlantic)

A Week of Watching People Read in the Subway (The Awl)

A Song of Spice of Fire (The Hairpin)

Everyone Your Favorite Author Slept With, in One Extremely Nerdy Chart (Mic)

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Survive if There Are Children in Your Corn (Quirk Books)

“The Wife’s Resentment”: On Security in Marriage (The Toast)

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Magician’s Land (And a Few More Things)

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Long ago, I reviewed Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and The Magician King for this very blog.

(Spoilers ahead for everything from the Narnia books to Harry Potter to the first two Magicians books, so if you haven’t read those two, get it, y’all.)

The third book in the adult-Narnia-Harry Potter-everything trilogy is The Magician’s Land, and it (FINALLY? Not to be too demanding, of course; writing good books can take a long time) came out in early August. continue reading >>

Fall Fashion

New York City Fashion avenue

Fall is a wonderful time for fashion. Colder weather means more clothing…more clothing to show off! If your fashion skills are a bit rusty after three months of sun and sandals, we have some chic guides for you. From street style lookbooks to the memoirs of fashion’s groundbreakers, the looks of women in the Great War to menswear around the world, we have a little something for every fall fashion mogul: continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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This week’s Duck Links has a little bit of everything: something to read, something to watch, something to tweet. Enjoy your weekend and these links: continue reading >>

Oktoberfest Cooking

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Oktoberfest comes to us by way of a wedding. On October 12th, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. To celebrate the marriage, the people of Munich gathered on fields now known as Theresienwiese in honor of Princess Therese. The festivities concluded with horse races, a tradition which still continues at some Oktoberfests around the world. And why did Oktoberfest move from October to September? For one very simple reason: better weather.

Despite fears of a pretzel shortage, this year’s celebrations will be filled with scrumptious delicacies. If you can’t make it to Munich and want to celebrate right here in the Northwest, check out the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest next week. It runs September 11th-14th. There will be a car show, wiener dog races (a nod to the horse races at the first celebration), a golf tournament, loads of delicious food, and the Oregon Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifying event.

If you would like to create an Oktoberfest in your own home, here are cookbooks to meet your Bavarian needs: continue reading >>

Books We’re Looking Forward to in September!

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Ahhhhh! Feel that? It’s a new month, (almost) a new season, and new books! Refreshing, isn’t it? Check out one of the refreshing new releases September has to offer: continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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Summer may technically continue for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day weekend is the true end of summer. On Monday, we will drink in our last day of sunlit freedom before turning our minds to boots, sweaters, and pumpkin-flavored everything. As you are savoring the sweet sunshine and dreaming of crinkly leaves and apple cider, take some time to check out this week’s Duck Links: continue reading >>

Translating Translations: An Exercise in Trust


Books tend to come into my life in groups. If I read a book set in the Victorian period, for example, then inevitably another book or two that is set in the same period will show up in my life within a few weeks. Lately, it’s been books translated into English. I don’t in general question the abilities of translators, although it occurs to me now that I should pay more attention to this, since the end result is one person’s interpretation of another person’s work, and the author—who generally doesn’t read or write English themselves, or they wouldn’t need a translator in the first place—has no way of ascertaining how closely the translator sBenny and Shrimptayed to the original. All these years, I’ve been trusting that the people hired to translate a book from another language to my language had somehow done it with the exact words and nuances that the author intended. A lot of the time that has worked out just right. continue reading >>