Fugitives & Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

Front Cover
Crown Journeys, 2003 - History - 175 pages
244 Reviews
Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?

Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?

Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video?

What goes on at the Scum Center?

How do you get to the Apocalypse Café?

In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classicGeek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should’ve kept their mouths shut.”

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers’ sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabe’s famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo.

Oh, the list goes on and on.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Awesome insight to the great city of Portland! - Goodreads
... and a lot of repetitive and ungraceful prose. - Goodreads
Well enough written but not a page turner. - Goodreads
Not like his normal writing. - Goodreads

Review: Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon (Crown Journeys Series)

User Review  - Chris Davenport - Goodreads

I wish I'd read this BEFORE I took my trip to Portland rather than finally finding a copy while I was there! I missed so much. Darn! Guess I'll just have to go back again. Read full review

Review: Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon (Crown Journeys Series)

User Review  - Dustin Lewis - Goodreads

This is the only travel guide that I've ever read. I read it in one sitting. The postcards from the past (in which he tells a short story from his living in Portland) were a nice touch. Mighty fine... Read full review

About the author (2003)

\CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby. His latest novel is Diary. For more information, visit www.chuckpalahniuk.net.

Bibliographic information