Nightstand: An eclectic trio encompassing urban planning, the Holocaust and a celebrity chef

“I wanted to introduce you to some books on my bedside table. These include (but are not limited to):

“’American City Planner: How the Unconventional Wisdom of William H. Whyte Reshaped Public Life.’ The work of William “Holly” Whyte is extremely important to those of us who work in Urban Place Management (UPM). After watching the documentary The social life of small urban spaces, first in graduate school and most recently at an exhibition this summer in Congress Square Park, his lessons continue to inform decades later. It inspired a group of us to organize a Jane’s walk this May here in Portland.

“I had never read ‘Maus’ but was motivated to pick it up after reading that it was banned in Tennessee. I love comics and graphic novels and my general rule is to buy n’ any forbidden book. They are always the best.

“I also just bought ‘Bourdain’ by Laurie Woolever. I loved Anthony Bourdain. Travel, words, food, music – all the things he bragged about, plus his love of Portland and J’s Oyster. I went to J’s the night I heard the terrible news about Mr. Bourdain. He was doing a signing here in Portland five years ago. They got him a table at J’s. We had guests for our wedding and took them to J’s. They let us eat at this table as long as we promised to finish before it was expected. We did, of course. I will not do it

be the one standing in front of Anthony Bourdain and a legendary J’s Lobster Roll. I’m having a hard time choosing that one because it’s just such a sad situation.

“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t encouraging people to buy their books at your downtown independent bookstore – Longfellow, Sherman’s, Print and don’t forget Coast City Comics!” — CARY TYSONExecutive Director, Downtown Portland


Mainers, please email us to tell us about the book on your bedside table right now. In a paragraph or two, describe the book and be sure to tell us what attracted you. We want to hear what you are reading as we all hope the pandemic is winding down? Send your selection to [email protected]and we may use it as a future bedside table.

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