Reading Seattle : a prose anthology

by Peter Donahue (Editor)

Other authorsCharles Johnson (Foreword), John Trombold (Editor)
Paperback, 2004




Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2004.


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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member janemarieprice
This was an excellent collection which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the city. Of particular interest were the selections from:

The Executioner Waits by Josephine Herbst – two sisters with liberal sensibilities living in a boarding house during the 1919 General Strike with many eccentric conservatives. This one goes straight on the wishlist.

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle by Murray Morgan – seems to be a good history of the city.

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins – lovely opening passages about the abundant blackberries.

Seattles Son by David Guterson – an essay about Seattle’s architecture.

Never Mind Nirvana by Mark Lindquist – very witty piece about a boy looking for love or something.
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