missxyz, January 22, 2009 (view all comments by missxyz)
I haven't read the book either, although it seems familiar, when I was there in Portland and Powell's Books four years ago in 2004, I think that I had bought an earlier version of the book... what's wrong with the name..? Nothing, it's very informative in my opinion.. maybe I'll buy the updated version when I'm there again this weekencd..! Call myself Portland_pilgrim since I'm traveling there soon... see ya!
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rubyted, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by rubyted)
I have not yet read this, but will. The title, however, upon my initial glance, was such a turn off that I almost did not go on to read about the book. Think you'd grab more readers without such a cliquish title.
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