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About the Book

Two quilters—a geographer who writes and a retired attorney who photographs—go undercover in Portland, Oregon, to discover patterns and put the pieces together. They uncover what makes this place so special, as they make their way through a unipiper and underdogs, beer and blues, farmers and fun, rain and racism, coffee and carts, geeks and girlz, startups and scenery, plants and poets, housemovers and herons, designers and dogs, music and makers, houseless and homecomings, recyclers and rewilders, voodoo and volcanoes, skaters and stories, bikes and bridges, crafters and co-ops. And a whole lot more. If you think you know Portland, if you wish to know Portland, if you want an inside look at the hottest city in the U.S. in the early 21st century and discover what all the buzz is about, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

258 pages, 400 full color photographs

The book that inspires the Unipiper. In his own words: "The story told in Pieces of Portland has given me a sense of pride and wonder for the city like I have never before known. It fills me with a sense of urgency to get out and become a larger part of that story. The praises of Portland are worth singing and this book helped me find my voice."

"Pieces of Portland" is now available for purchase from this website, local retail stores and more!

You can find it at Powell's Books, Broadway Books, New Seasons Markets, Made in Oregon stores, Cool Cottons and Fabric Depot in Portland, The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, A Common Thread in Tigard, Pioneer Quilts in Milwaukie, Greenbaum's Quilted Forest in Salem, The Cotton Patch in Keizer, the Stitchin' Post in Sisters and Vintage Books in Vancouver.

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Pieces of Portland!

"Seriously, if you want one book that tells the real Portland story, Pieces of Portland is it. I'm in the middle of reading my copy and it's a perfect book." 

"In a time when many of us feel the Portland we knew and loved is slipping away, this book creatively brings it all together with beautiful stories of all walks of life, projects, and the quirky."

"So excited to see an idea turn into a collaborative project and then become a real, published book of photos and stories and reflections on the incredible place I call home, Portland. Marie is an inspiration, and whether you've lived here your whole life or have never visited, this is the kind of compilation that you want - it combines unique and moving stories with history lessons and diverse perspectives on place, time, and change (and is a great gift to give to friends!). Check it out online and buy a copy from Powell's Books, Inc. or New Seasons!"

"It's such an amazing book! I see it as a love letter to Portland, written by a lover with some wisdom, maturity, and perspective. The photographs are stunning."

"It’s way more than I expected, packed with facts, wry humor and thoughtful observations. It reminded me of The Whole Earth Catalog – a book that would be called a 'compendium.' And it mirrors Portland in tone and art."

"Thank you for your gift to Portland.  The book is a gorgeous work of creativity, reflection, insights, and challenges.  I love the way you reflect on bits and pieces of Portland’s past, point out the interesting twists and turns that led to the present, and then pose provocative questions about how we might think about the future."

"You really knocked it out the park with this one!!!"

"... a perfect capturing of Portland."

"It's just beautiful and I'm so enthralled with the photos and writing. Just fantastic!"

"The history of Portland’s many pieces through your juxtaposition are a treat for a thirty-year+ veteran transplant. The tone and adventure you set us readers on with you is a total delight of discovery. I’m in awe of the amount of work the project took."