bookstore to remember: powell’s city of books

powell’s books has been an institution in portland since 1971. their flagship location is HUGE. i got lost in here for quite a while, browsing the shelves of new and used books and checking out the staff recommendations and the local author sections. they also had lots of great portland/powell’s books souvenirs. even though powell’s…

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bookstore to remember: elliott bay book co.

founded in 1973 by walter carr, elliott bay book co. is in seattle’s capitol hill neighborhood. it had what seemed like every book i could imagine. there was also a coffee shop inside, which is always a plus. elliot bay appears to not only sell a vast collection of books, but also hosts several events…

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where i went: the pacific northwest

required reading: to the bridge by nancy rommelmann where i stayed  the state hotel (downtown seattle, wa): this was a ideal downtown location. we were in walking distance of most of the sights we wanted to see. extremely clean and there was a rooftop for great views of pike place market. the inn at haystack…

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from my bookshelf: the lost vintage by ann mah

papercut kate travels from san francisco to france to visit the vineyard that has been in her family for generations to visit her loved ones and to prepare for her upcoming wine master exam. she plans for the trip to be a quick and focused one. instead, a secret about kate’s family history from world…

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from my bookshelf: the most powerful woman in the room is you by lydia fenet

papercut the most powerful woman in the room is you gave me the wake up call i needed. once i started reading it, i woke up a little earlier, had a spring in my step, and felt reenergized about my career path (and gave me peace about not knowing exactly what my career path may look…

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from my bookshelf: euphoria by lily king

papercut euphoria is inspired by the life of american cultural anthropologist, margaret mead. the story is about three anthropologists in the 1930s: one couple (nell and fen) and a single man, bankson. when the characters’ stories collide, a love triangle quickly ensues and bleeds into their work. the observations that the main characters have of the…

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from my bookshelf: my year of rest and relaxation by ottessa moshfegh

papercut this book reminds me of a modern day relative of sylvia plath’s the bell jar. and like the bell jar, it’s not exactly a feel good story. but the writing is divine. i could not put this book down, even though it was difficult to read. the narrator is in her 20s. she has recently lost…

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from my bookshelf: kitchen confidential by anthony bourdain

papercut kitchen confidential is a gorgeous story about anthony bourdain’s experiences in childhood, chef school, and beyond. in typical bourdain fashion, it’s smart, funny, and painful. on a lighter note, it also includes great tips for those of us who aren’t professional chefs, but hope to up our cooking game at home. dogears “I had had…

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from my bookshelf: i heard you paint houses by charles brandt

papercut i heard you paint houses is a fascinating nonfiction account of frank sheeran’s testimony to author charles brandt about the killing of jimmy hoffa, joey gallo, and JFK, among other events linked to the mob. this book is nearly impossible to put down; charles brandt does a deep dive into some of the greatest mysteries…

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