On My Bookshelf: My Abandonment

My AbandonmentI originally decided to read this book because it was chosen for the book club I was signed up to go to through Meetup.  I ended up not going but still read the book. It was a short book so a quick read, I think I finished it in an afternoon.

Goodreads synopsis: “A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.
Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of a young narrator, Caroline, Peter Rock’s My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins, and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope

All in all, this was an incredibly poignant and sad book. I was able to really identify with Caroline, even though I have nothing in common with her. The book definitely had a twist at the end that took me by complete surprise and I wished I could have learned more about that. I also loved that the book was based in Portland, in Forest Park, a place where I hiked recently. I love local flavor books as you know!

I would definitely recommend this book–it’s short and sweet but keeps your attention.

Foodie Friday: The Picnic House

Awhile ago, like in February maybe, my good friend and I went out for a night on the town. We decided to try a bunch of different places. For drinks we went to The Picnic House. I’d never been there and neither had she but my mother had said that she’d enjoyed it in the past.

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I loved it! It was right downtown near the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall but because it was a quiet Saturday night-there was nothing going on downtown, traffic was non-existent and we were able to park right near the restaurant on the street. The restaurant itself was very cute and made me think of what an old fashioned salon in Paris would be-people coming to discuss high literary items and the such.

Since we were going out for dinner afterwards, we stuck to an appetizer and a drink but the dinner menu looked delicious as well.

Christine got a beer (I am terrible, I don’t drink beer so I didn’t pay attention to what she got!) and I got a glass of Pinot Noir.

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The Happy Hour menu was small, only six items on it but all reasonably priced between $3-$5. I got the salmon mousse crostini and Christine had the half grilled cheese sandwich & small roasted tomato soup. Both were small but nice portions and were quite tasty.

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My favorite part was the fact that they put the receipt into an old book!

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I will definitely be coming back here, perhaps when I attend an event at the concert hall!