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2008 Employee Favorites: Gloria Moe

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Four by Rick Riordan
I find myself drawn again and again to the books coming out in Middle Readers and Young Adults as they are really great reads for both kids and adults. The Percy Jackson series is no exception. They are all great, but The Battle of the Labyrinth is a real page turner and left me wanting more.

2. What-The-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire

3. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

4. A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

5. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

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Gloria Moe is one of the assistant managers at Powell's City of Books. While an avid reader ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Tracey Trudeau

1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
This is the story of an ancient book whose passage through time is marked by an insect’s wing, a crystal, and a wine stain, each representing an era of human disaster. The protagonist, herself flawed, seeks the history of the book while she restores it for a museum. People of the Book is woven of intellectual intrigue, romance, family drama, and religious history, all resting on an ultimate hope for peace.

2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

3. Mind the Gap: A Novel of the Hidden Cities by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

4. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

5. Beyond-The-Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman

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When not bookselling, Tracey Trudeau can be found weaving, doing other crafty things, or spending way too much time with Lara Croft. Tracey makes great dolmades and ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Ann Ellenbecker

1. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
The Outlander is a rare novel. Its beautifully breathless language seduces your attention to the smallest detail. From the first sentence you find yourself running, running with a woman you've just met, for reasons unclear, from pursuers unknown. Yet you don't stop running, nor does she. She runs, in fear and confusion, across fields and up mountainsides, in her mind and through her dubious memory. The frenetic pace carries you through the story and uncovers a world of survival and isolation, brutality, freedom, and love, and introduces you to an extraordinary cast of reprobates, rugged outsiders, and a pair of unusually large, red-headed twins. So incredible is Adamson's description of this journey, I believe The Outlander will be my number one pick for years to come.

2. State by State:A Panoramic Portrait of America edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey

3. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

4. The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad by John Stape

5. The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt

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Ann Ellenbecker prefers happy ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Adam Sanchez

1. The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa
With a Democratic President, and a Democratic congress with a near filibuster-proof majority, millions of people are hoping for significant change. Yet, a serious look through U.S. history reveals that the Democratic party, like the Republican party, has always put the interests of big business over those of ordinary people. This is why Lance Selfa's left-wing history — which challenges the myths of even the most popular Democrats such as FDR and Robert Kennedy and explores critical questions like "Can the Left take over the Democratic party?" and "Why is there no alternative?" — is so desperately needed.

2. War Without End: The Iraq War in Context by Michael Schwartz

3. A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play by Dave Zirin

4. The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain by Pierre Broue

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2008 Employee Favorites: Donna Kane

1. The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
Set in the days just prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The Garden of Last Days is an inscrutable mystery that rides like a thriller, and is so incredibly well written, it's worth a second ride.

2. Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things by Laurence Gonzales

3. Serena by Ron Rash

4. The Little Book by Selden Edwards

5. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

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Donna Kane was born in the '50s in a small southern town. Seeing A Face in the Crowd, Elmer Gantry, and To Kill A Mockingbird on the "big screen" taught her not to look at things at their face value and to open her mind and heart. Having a reading grandmother and a county library helped her escape and discover. Living in the Northwest taught ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Dennis Matthews

1. Hollywood Babylon: It's Back! by Darwin Porter
Despite the fact that the author admitted up front that this book is a compilation of gossip and rumors (not necessarily The Truth), I’ve read lots of negative reviews. It seems as if the sourballs who don’t like this book dismiss it simply because it isn’t 100% fact. Which is their loss; I’ve had fun reading this book. You can pick it up and start anywhere. Plenty of photos of dubious quality and authenticity only add to the air of sleaze that is the theme of the book. Four hundred and eight thumbs up, one for each page.

2. Standing in Two Circles by Boyd Rice

3. Holy Sh*t!: The World's Weirdest Comic Books by Paul Gravett

4. Lucifer's Court: A Heretic's Journey in Search of the Light Bringers by Otto Rahn

5. Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia, Volume 3 ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Carla Moore

1. Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera #05 by Jim Butcher
With the scope of George R. R. Martin, the mastery of Tolkien, the sensitivity of Patricia Briggs, and all the action you'd expect from a Harry Dresden novel, Jim Butcher puts together a Mighty Tale...

2. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

3. The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner

4. Small Favor: A Novel of the Dresden Files (Dresden Files #10) by Jim Butcher

5. Cry Wolf: An Alpha and Omega Novel by Patricia Briggs

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From teenhood on, Carla Moore has loved to shop at Powell's and visit Portland's own Chinatown for dim sum. She stumbled into a job at the City of Books and voila, 24+ years later... history.


2008 Employee Favorites: Mary

1. Dragon and Liberator: Dragonback #06 by Timothy Zahn
Part science fiction, part fantasy, part adventure... Dragon and Liberator, the sixth and final Dragonback book, is an extremely satisfying finish to a fabulously fun and colorful young adult series. The entire series, which shows Oregon author Timothy Zahn at his best, is at the top of my (and my 14-year-old son's) list for the year. I buy the first one to give away!

2. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

3. Swords: An Artist's Devotion by Ben Boos

4. Paper Towns by John Green

5. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie

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Mary has been on the kids' team at Powell's City of Books for 12 years (actually 13, but isn't that unlucky to say?) and loves to talk about children's and young adult books in and out of work.


2008 Employee Favorites: Chris Faatz

1. Essential Poems and Writings by Joyce Mansour
Black Widow Press has done an inestimable service to American readers in making available the phantasmagorical work of classical surrealism. This impressive collection, by one of the lesser known (in this country) lights of the surrealist movement is no exception. These poems are dark, violent, erotic; they explore a terrain of the imagination that most of us only find in dreams. Mansour's poetry is disturbing and deeply moving. This is work that will touch you at the deepest level, and will invite your attention for years to come.

2. Together under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha's Household by Lin Jensen

3. Breath by Tim Winton

4. Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems by Coral Bracho

5. As a Friend: A Novel by Forrest Gander

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Chris Faatz has been a bookseller at Powell's for ...


2008 Employee Favorites: Shawn Donley

1. Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock
"My father showed me how to hurt a man one night at the Torch Drive-in when I was seven years old. It was the only thing he was ever any good at." With this opening line, Pollock never looks back or lets up in this debut collection of short stories based in his hometown of Knockemstiff, Ohio. (Yes, it's a real place.)

[Read posts by Donald Ray Pollock on the Powells.com blog.]

2. Dead Boys: Stories by Richard Lange

3. Breath by Tim Winton

4. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel

5. Embrace Your Insignificance by Bob Gaulke

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Shawn Donley is one of our new book buyers, but spends most of his waking (and non-waking) hours dreaming about travel in distant lands.


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