After Seattle, road-tripping bibliophiles will undoubtedly make their way to Portland, Oregon, to visit Powell’s, one of the ten best indie shops in the world, according to readers polled by the Guardian. I agree — it’s sprawling but well signposted, and fun surprises await around every corner. I could have spent all day there, but, on this occasion, two hours had to suffice. Book purchased: The Faithful Executioner, a 2013 non-fiction title based on the journal of a Renaissance-era executioner found in a “dusty German bookshop.” You had me at dusty German bookshop.
Next stop: California.