Star Wars Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's

Find Books

Read the City

Win Free Books!

Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers

I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »
  1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Flying Shoes

    Lisa Howorth 9781620403013


Customer Comments

s0sn0wy has commented on (8) products.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

s0sn0wy, October 19, 2008

This novel was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The language is creative and visionary. The story is identifiable for every type of reader. This is a must read for any lover of literature. The only thing I can say that was a downer was my own lack of knowledge of the Spanish language. However, I give major props to Diaz, who made the general idea clear even if I didn't always understand the words written. This is a novel to be enjoyed countless times.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(13 of 19 readers found this comment helpful)

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

s0sn0wy, October 19, 2008

ZZ Packer has a strong voice and the ability to convey surreal situations plausibly. I found myself locked tightly in the thick of the drama, but I felt the endings were a bit abrupt. By no means am I a fan of a tidy ending, but a bit more denouement would be nice.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)

Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Viramontes
Under the Feet of Jesus

s0sn0wy, October 19, 2008

Viramontes has beautifully portrayed the fears inherent in a migrant worker's life as well as the trials and tribulations that are experienced by the multitudes of people enmeshed in extreme poverty. Under the Feet of Jesus is not just a story about the difficulties faced by this destitute family, but also a story about the ability for humans to triumph in their own humanity--through love and family connections. The experiences, thoughts, fears, and pleasures of each character were detailed through the third person omniscient point of view and very little dialogue was necessary to convey the story. Absolutely beautiful.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(5 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)

previous6-8 of 8
  • back to top
Follow us on...

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