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 (being a true bibliophile) I think it’s worth a shot. If you’re worried about parking, the book store its own garage that lets you park for free if you buy a certain dollar amount in books and save your receipt. So with our challenge laid out for us… the hunt was afoot.
No version of book heaven is complete without coffee…
If you want to see Powell’s Rare Book Room then make your way upstairs to the Pearl Room (it’s the highest floor). This is the face I make when my actual life feels like Harry Potter.
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.
Of course I couldn’t leave without a book of my own to take home with me as a souvenir. I chose “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here’s to a gloriously lazy day spent in bed reading with an extra large cup of coffee on my left and a an extra large Corgi on my right.
Until next time,