Astoria is Peter Stark’s epic telling of the establishment of what was intended to be the base of John Jacob Astor’s Pacific fur trading empire. The harrowing journeys that led the settlers — by sail, canoe, or overland — to the mouth of the Columbia River are almost beyond belief. The obstacles they faced included not just the many natural barriers of an unmapped continent — sand bars, river canyons, and mountains — but also the... (read more)Recommended by Keith M.
Having played the 1st edition as well as 3.5, this edition reigns my favorite. It basically kept all the good stuff from 3.5 but got rid of a lot of the tedious math. Battles now feel much more like they are happening in real-time. I have always, always played an elven rogue, but I like this edition so much that for my next campaign, I'm finally branching out and playing a wizard! The new tiefling details are also fun for those who want to create... (read more)Recommended by Junix S.
I've been hiking in the Portland area for 15 years, and this is the book I rely on most. It includes good driving directions, accurate descriptions of terrain and difficulty, and even a little history thrown in.Recommended by Paul S.
Consult with The Bar Book before your next cocktail party and make it extra special. Morgenthaler utilizes his many years of practice behind the bar giving expert tips and techniques that transform even the most basic gin and tonic into a work of art.Recommended by Jen C.
I'd assumed that buying The Portlandia Cookbook for its recipes would be like reading Playboy for the articles, but Brownstein and Armisen's latest book is the real thing: a collection of delicious, inventive recipes inspired by local restaurants and seasoned with a perfect blend of the gentle satire and city love that's made Portlandia a hit. Recommended by Rhianna W.
If there's one thing I've learned through my wayward attempts at gardening, it's the importance of starting small, and it doesn't get much smaller than this. In Terrarium Craft, Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant not only cover the basics of terrarium building (from container, soil, and plant selection to decorative elements and care), but also guide the reader through 50 imaginative and easy-to-follow projects, such as "Rock... (read more)Recommended by Tove H.