Powell’s City of Books is located in Portland and takes up an entire city block. You could walk around for hours and still not see everything but this bibliophile thinks it’s worth a shot. If you’re worried about parking, Powell’s has its own garage that’s free if you buy a certain dollar value in books and save your receipt. So with our challenge laid out for us… the hunt was afoot.

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No version of book heaven is complete without coffee…

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If you want to see Powell’s Rare Book Room then make your way upstairs to the Pearl Room. This is the face I make when my actual life feels like Harry Potter.

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The most expensive books in the room were the journals about Lewis & Clark’s expedition that are worth $25,000. There is a 1st edition copy of “The Fellowship of the Ring”, a book signed by Nikola Tesla, tons of books signed by the author, as well as a few signed by former presidents.

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I wanted a book to take home with me as a souvenir so I chose “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin. I’ll let you know what I think.

Until next time,


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