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My sweetie rain_herself is in Portland for a visit. Because I am a mean and evil person whose sole goal is to make everyone fall in love with the Pacific Northwest, I introduced her to Powell's Books.

Powell's Books is a bookstore, in the sense that the Great Pyramid of Cheops is a pile of stones, or the Taj Mahal is a collection of assorted bits of marble. It is the soaring pinnacle of bookstores, a temple of the printed word so magnificent as to make grown men weep. Pilgrims have been lost in its sacred halls for years.

We didn't have years (more's the pity), so she got only the quick, two-hour overview. Afterward, there was tea in the store's coffee shop.



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May. 28th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
my weakness is half.com & a huge local booksale because it's cheaper to buy books instead of borrowing from the library & buying it full price eventually to replace the one I'm struggling to return to them.... ;)
May. 28th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I have a new quest - to visit said bookstore and haul my spoils back to my Master who consumes books like most breathe air. :D
May. 28th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Love the headline of this post...
Perhaps that's the reason I have so many books. Love Powell's, miss the left coast.
May. 28th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)

I misplace my mother there when ever she comes to visit.

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May. 28th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
The only reason I do not love Powell's more than any other bookstore in the world is that the Tattered Cover in Cherry Creek, CO is my first love, and has grown to epic and ridiculously unreal proportions in my memory.
May. 28th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
I did something similar on my one visit to Portland when my friend took me to Powell's. Although I don't see any of the same books in her pile as I remember being in mine. Getting them home on the plane was quite an adventure too.
May. 28th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Did she buy everything in the photo? I ask because "Starseed" is one of my favorite Spider novels.
May. 28th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I did! I haven't read it yet, I'm excited.
May. 28th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome. "Stardance" and "Starmind" are pretty good, but "Starseed" is far and away the best of the three, IMHO.
May. 28th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
We're going to Powells' today!!!!

**hugs** and hellos to figmentj too

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Jun. 12th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Just noticed that the book contains two Spider Robinson books. Awesome!
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