Recently I was the recipient of a lovely gift certificate to one of my favorite book haunts in and around the City of Portland. Wallace’s Books, in a 1940s cottage style house in the Sellwood neighborhood, shines with bright blue and yellow paint. And you can’t miss it because there’s always a dollar table sitting on the sidewalk area.
Open the door and you’ve walked into a book lover’s heaven. Everything from tables and shelves holding new books, slightly used and well used books. Every genre thinkable. Everything labeled clearly so you can find what you’re looking for.
Then the lovely owners and employees who willingly climb to near touching the ceiling to get you that book that you must have that is sitting at the highest point possible. And I made one of them do that on my recent trip.
Here are my finds on this trip:
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Has anyone read anything by Zafón?)
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (I know I should have read this by now!)
- Small Wonder, a collection of essays by Barbara Kingsolver (These essays are as good as any novel she’s written!)
- Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg (If I’m going to write a memoir, I should read a book on the practice of writing memoir.)
- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (How I’ve missed reading any Kate Atkinson I really don’t know. And this is the one I made the girl working that day climb nearly to the ceiling to grab for me.)
- And finally, Hannah’s Dream by Diane Hammond (I had to pick out one book by a NW writer. What would you think of a series on NW writers?)
I must say the gift given to me could not have made me a happier book lover than this one! And did I mention I left with those six books and money left on the certificate?
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UP NEXT: My review of Jade Reyner’s debut novel, Twelve Days. You don’t want to miss this review of an intense read.