9 Great Books About Portland

Dreaming of Portland? These 9 essential reads capture the unique spirit of the Pacific Northwest:

Speaking of Palahniuk, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon is part memoir, part journey to the strangest corners of the city.

Also check out these other great reads at the suggestion of Karelia Stetz-Waters:

The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution covers the rise of the city’s famous brewery scene. (Bonus: this book comes to you from Portland-based Ooligan Press, a not-for-profit that honors the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.)

Colin Meloy, lead singer of the quintessential Portland band The Decemberists, is also a writer; he and his wife, the illustrator Carson Ellis, penned the children’s fantasy series Wildwood Chronicles, which take place in a mythical version of the Pacific Northwest.

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