Knockout Narratives Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

Customer Comments

Paulina Borsook has commented on (3) products.

Amagansett: A Novel by Mark Mills
Amagansett: A Novel

Paulina Borsook, October 23, 2014

This is nominally a literary mystery --- but it captures the unglamourous side of warfighting, PTSD, the rigors of manual labor, urban gentrification of traditional rural communities --- and grief. Cant stop thinking about this days after I finished reading it. Strong sense of time and place, that is Montauk in the 1920s, 30s, 40s. Highly recommended.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Paulina Borsook, January 6, 2012

One of those deeply researched historical novels that revises your ideas about all kinds of things, big and small: the settling of the West, who the Earps and Doc Holliday most likely really were, etc.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Potsdam Station by David Downing
Potsdam Station

Paulina Borsook, January 1, 2011

You wouldn't think there is much new to be said in WW II novels, or about the fall of Berlin. But the author does an amazing job of creating rich characters, historically-informed plot, and creating that moral-shades-of-gray world which marks the best writing. This is the third of Downing's books set Nazi Berlin/Europe; there is added yumminess if you have read the previous two books (in terms of backstory on the characters), but not necessary to enjoy this title.

I rate Downing and John Lawton's Inspector Troy novels my two great finds of 2010 --- if you like Alan Furst/LeCarre/early Eric Ambler/P.D.James --- these two guys are for you.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at