Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Beginning: Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas


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Maps have a strong hold on people's imaginations. When presented with a map, most people take it as authority -- this is what's in this place.  
-- Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas by David Banis and Hunter Shobe, published by Sasquatch Books.

This book of "new cartography" includes 150 infographic maps of Portland and explores the "culturalness" of the city, including it quirky side, like city chickens, wild coyote encounters, fests and paloozas, strip clubs, food-truck trends, and (of course) coffee and beer. It is a great mix of cartography, sociology, and graphic design.

Authors David Banis and Hunter Shobe both work as geographers at Portland State University, studying how people connect to places and environments and how cartographers can tell stories with maps.

Here is the review from The Oregonian. Definitely a good Christmas present idea for the wonkier friends and Portland lovers on your gift list.


  1. Ooops! I accidentally copied the link to the wrong blog post and pasted it into Mr. Linky. I'm so sorry!
    Portlandness sounds like a delightful book. I've been to the city quite a few times and always enjoyed it. This book would add a whole new dimension to my next visit.

  2. How interesting. Since we use Google Maps and other internet navigation to get places, we've lost that joy of finding out more about places we're visiting. This looks like it will get anyone who uses it to fall in love with Portland. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Gilion,

    I love discovering maps and books of historic information, about places close to where I live and which I often never knew existed. We spend so much of our lives rushing from here to there, visiting far flung places, when many of us don't really know what's on our own doorstep!

    This would be a great coffee table book for you personally and definitely a great gift for anyone with an interest in the local area.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend :)


  4. I love these kind of books. I have a similar one in my library that contains all kinds of weird maps, like the number and quality of the Halloween pumpkins in one neighborhood. Fun.

    My Friday Quotes

  5. I love maps. :)

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  6. This sounds very cool! I've always wanted to visit Portland.

  7. I love maps. With the internet and cell phones, many no longer use paper maps. I still have some in my car and us them on occasion.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. This sounds really good! I love the idea of a cultural atlas. Sounds like a fun way to prepare for a trip.

  9. Hi Gillion,
    Sounds like a great book. I'll
    have to check it out. Have
    a great day!

  10. Not my Typical read. However it does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for hosting this great meme. Have a great week.

  11. Interesting. Starts out with a very affirmative statement. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews


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