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About the Author

Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian and musician best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer, and actress, best known as a guitarist and vocalist in the now-defunct Portland, Oregon-based band Sleater-Kinney. In 2006 she was the only woman to earn a spot in the Rolling Stone readers' list of the 25 "Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time."

Together Armisen and Brownstein created the TV series Portlandia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455520586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455520589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mister Hoyt on November 26, 2012
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The Portlandia book is a must have guide not only applicable to visitors but hardy locals as well. If you're alive in the 21st century then you should definitely buy this book to figure out how to start living life the right way. If you enjoy the show, then you'll love the book as much, plus, you can just stick it in your messenger bag and bring it to your favorite coffee shop nearby, unlike your clunky DVD player. Don't forget to ride your bicycle.

The quirky and always tasteful humor from seasons 1 and 2 is captured perfectly in this colorful novel, and it is the perfect table-top guide for visitors in your own Portlandia (or wherever you are) household.
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I lived in Portland and got this book for my brother. I don't think he was in stitches reading it(if he did), and I looked through it and thought it was about 50% or less funny. I think the show is kind of hit and miss too. It skewers "hipster" culture(like we haven't gotten enough of that yet...) and political correctness(ditto), but still seems to find some funny new angles. Sometimes Portlandia will hit the nail on the head with their satire, but I also think their targets could be in Brooklyn, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, or any other "hip" place.
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I remember this being advertised as a send-up of Portland and as such, that's what I expected. Yes, there are tie-ins to their funny show; but rather than being a regurgitation of the humor in it (or perhaps because I've seen each episode only once and simply am not remembering) this is a nice collection of made-up locations and history of Portland. The book is divided into chapters that represent the 5 areas of Portland. The introductions to most chapters are often spoken of in the voice of specific characters from the show, but skimming or skipping the introductions therefore gets the reader into the core of the book anyway. Along with the recommendations of the funny made-up locations are multiple lists throughout the book that continue to poke fun at the culture of Portland. Especially enjoyable are the lists of bicyclist rules and the list of dog rules. Because of the charts, lists, and easy-going format, this is a quick but humorous read in an hour or less. Sure, it's not rip-roaring funny, but there are definitely enjoyable laugh-out-loud moments and in knowing that it's poking fun at one city's culture, you'll be just fine if you haven't seen the Portlandia show or have only caught it once or twice.
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Portlandia is one of our favorite shows, with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. They play many differrent characters, and the series is wonderful. so when I saw this 'guidebook for visitors', i had to have it. It is very funny, and includes, fictitious places to go and things to do in Portland. A funny part is a sequence of bicycle hand signals for those who are biking around the city.
A great humorous book!
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I don't like giving this book 1 star. The problem I guess is that I purchased it thinking that it would be a guide to the funky parts of Portland (which part of Portland isn't funky?). Instead I got this fictional guide to some made-up place that's completely based off the tv show. Don't get me wrong, I love Portlandia the show...but I guess I was stupid enough to believe that they would publish a book that actually had to do with PORTLAND and not Portlandia. Either way, Fred and Carrie rock and their writing is awesome. But hey you, looking at this review. Don't buy it if you're looking for a guide to the ACTUAL Portland because you will be squirrely mistaken.
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If you've seen the shows, this book is redundant and boring. I liked the shows but this book just felt like a recap.... same old thing over and over. I thought this book would be a useful tool to add some quirky, off-the beaten path stops during my trip to Portland. I was mistaken.
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I was disappointed by this book. It appears to be a straight regurgitation of the material from the show. Almost every character and situation from the show is included in some way in this book. Yes, some repeat material is to be expected, but I did not feel that there was enough depth to the written material. It certainly felt stale to me, which is odd perhaps as I can rewatch the episodes and enjoy them anew.

I love Portlandia, the show, so perhaps my expectations were too high.
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This is NOT a guidebook of Portland...in terms of real places. I'm not sure that the tongue was quite far enough in the cheek when it describes how this will tell you about places in Portland. Well, Voodoo Doughnut is real. That being said: Funny, light, some of the same people/ideas from the show, plus some new material or taking ideas a little deeper. Coffee table/bathroom book when you demand quality.
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