Fugitives & Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

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Crown Journeys, 2003 - History - 175 pages
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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 classic Geek 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.

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Awesome insight to the great city of Portland! - Goodreads
... and a lot of repetitive and ungraceful prose. - Goodreads
This book was a great introduction my new home. - Goodreads
Well enough written but not a page turner. - Goodreads
Not like his normal writing. - Goodreads
The writing is often pedestrian, and the structur - Goodreads

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

User Review  - CC Thomas - Goodreads

This is, by far, by favorite book by Palahniuk. I've read several of his other books and they mostly confound and confuse me with some amazing literary skill creeping in at the edges of the weirdness ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mariana Martins - Goodreads

Not interesting to me because I don't plan on visiting Portland anytime soon. I thought it would be more narrative, but a lot of it is just talking about specific places you might want to visit in the city. Fine as a travel book, just not what I was expecting. Read full review

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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.

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