The Zinester's Guide To Portland (Fifth Edition)
The newly overhauled and illustrated fifth edition gets shoulder-deep into the history and local lore, providing a well-rounded argument as to why (fill in the blank) deserves your time.
It also demystifies the TriMet public transportation system, bike events and culture, outdoorsy stuff, the public libraries--basically anything you need to know as the new kid in town. (Of which there seems to be tons; theZinester's Guide has been on Powell's Books' top 20 since 2006.)
To the wrong eyes the book's title might imply a guide to Portland zine culture, but as editor Shawn Granton says in the introduction, the Zinester's Guide is not just for zinesters, that "It's always been about sharing the interesting and unique things that make Stumptown great, and also helping people get by that aren't swimming in scads of money." For those of us that can't so much as dogpaddle most days, this is "community" at its mightiest.
Features tonnes of information on various neighbourhoods, bridges, eateries, hangouts, bars, places that sell zines, as well as information on how to bicycle and navigate in Portland. A crucial resource for those visiting the city or surprises for those that have lived here for years.
Also includes great line drawings by Nate Beaty, Chris Larson, Tim Root, Dylan Williams, Chris Cilla, Carolyn Main, Malady, Khris Soden, and more! A long awaited treat!
The low/no budget guide to visiting and living in Portland, OR.
After reading this guide, all I needed to do was work out which way was north - the rest of the time I could find my way around like a native! - Adam, staff