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.
by Gert Boyle
With Kerry Tymchuk
Foreword by Mark O. Hatfield
Talk about iconic: Read the true story of the forty-six-year-old housewife and mother of three who, with no business experience whatsoever, took Columbia Sportswear from a small outerwear manufacturer in Portland to the leading seller of skiwear in the United States.
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.