Synopses & Reviews
A firsthand look at one of the worlds most livable cities, this fun take on the guidebook genre explores the atmosphere of Portland, Oregon, versus detailing its landmarks and restaurants. It both explains and embraces how beautiful and ridiculous Portland life can be, and includes essays on everything from the rain and bicycling to beards and tater tots. With its approachable and often hilarious tone, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the city that is earning its way onto more and more top cities lists each year.
"This book is earnest, good looking and a great read: just like the Portland I love.” —Sam Adams, mayor, City of Portland
"This is a very nice book about a very nice town by a very nice boy.” —Joe Randazzo, stand-up comedian and former editor, Onion
"Thirteen insightful, funny, beautifully written short essays on what makes Portland Portland. And it looks bad ass.” —Andrew Dickson, actor and advertizing director, Wieden+Kennedy
"great little insights into such things as rain, Portlands nicknames, food carts, bands, Portland drivers, strip clubs, tattoos, tater tots, snow, bikes, beer and much more. Really, you should just read it."—Mikel Kelly, The Portland Tribune
This is Portland is a first-hand look at a city that people can't seem to stop talking about. It's a guidebook of sorts, but not to restaurants and sightseeing. Instead, Alexander Barrett is your friendly guide to the quirky characters and atmosphere of Portland, Oregon and how fun, beautiful, and ridiculous it can be. With its approachable, often hilarious tone, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about bikes, beards, beers, rain, and everything else important about the city you've heard you should like.