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Chuck Palahniuk
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4 Mar 2004

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk's tonsils currently reside?

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

What goes on at the Scum Center?

How do you get to the Apocalypse Cafe?

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.

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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099464675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099464679
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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"Here's a writer whose life looks a lot like his fiction" (New York Times Book Review)

"Maybe our generation has found it's Don DeLillo" (Brett Easton Ellis)

"A wonderful writer" (The Face)

"Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time" (New York Newsday)

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By the author of Fight Club.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is 22 July 2009
I would certainly not recommend this book for people who are not hardcore fans of Palahniuk - its a short book containing anecdotes about his home city, Portland, Oregon.

It would certainly be of interest if you planned to travel there, and this is the only reason I picked it up myself despite being a Palahniuk fan.

Many of the stories are quite amusing, and the affection that he has for the city is infectious. It is also interesting in a sense that it is as close to an autobiographical work we will get of Palahniuk, so long time fans of his will definitely find something in here for them.

Ultimately, while this is not a book i would recommend to many people, I did enjoy it and do not regret purchasing it.

In short - buy if you think you would be interested in some mildly amusing tales about the author and the city, or if you plan to visit there soon.

(Or if you happen to be from the City of Roses, then stop reading and get purchasing!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dime short of a dollar 30 Oct 2006
Its hard when a book by your favourite author doesn't live up to your expectation. Nonetheless, this book starts well, and although I had no interest in the city itself, the anecdotes throughout the book will entertain fans of Non Fiction and Haunted.

This book is for Chuck enthusiasts or anyone interested in alternative travel autobiographies (a new genre?).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent alternative guide to Portland 26 Feb 2005
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If you want to explore a side of Portland that you won't find in any other guide books then this is the book for you. From the underground Shanghai tunnels to the self cleaning house, this will amaze and entertain even life long Portland residents. If you're visiting the Rose City or have lived here for years, you will surely find this a fun and fantastic read.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mildly interesting 7 July 2004
Not Chuck's normal fare but an interesting if relatively uninspiring read. Buy Fight Club or Survivor instead, unless you're a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 16 May 2010
By S. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Palahniuk gets it every time! This book is amazing. Only he could make what is essentially a travel guide so interesting and full of wit and interesting stories. I wish he would write more of these!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting look at an interesting city 16 Feb 2010
By Daniel Gilson - Published on Amazon.com
Nobody does it like chuck palahniuk. I really wish there was a book like this for san diego. But there isn't. Not even close. He looks at portland like he looks at life in general, through a different perspective.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved ir 25 Dec 2012
By Connie Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this author but can never find his books locally, so I was thrilled to find it. It also got here very quickly!!!!
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