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Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 18th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Saturday the 21st, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.
Saturday the 28th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton.
Saturday the 28th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Snow Day by Komako Sakai.
Saturday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading A Perfect Day by Carin Berger.
Saturday the 4th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
Saturday the 4th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin.
Hidden History of Portland, Oregon
Sunday the 5th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In this engaging narrative, J. D. Chandler crafts a people's history of Portland, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C. E. S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the U.S. Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; and women's rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed abortions and was an open lesbian. From scandal and oppression to injustice and the brink of revolution, Hidden History of Portland, Oregon (History Press) gives voice to the Rose City's quiet radicals and outspoken activists. This event is sponsored by City Club of Portland.
James Whitfield Thomson
Tuesday the 7th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Alone in an empty house, Lucy tries to imagine the lives of her two young children. They have been gone for seven years, and she is tormented by the role she played in that heartbreaking loss. You can hardly see a glimpse of the sexy, edgy woman she used to be. Back then, she was a magnet for men like Matt, who loved her beyond reason, and Griffin, who wouldn't let go but always left her wanting more. Now the lies they told and the choices they made have come to haunt all three of them. Lies You Wanted to Hear (Sourcebooks Landmark) explores the way good people talk themselves into doing terrible, unthinkable things. A searing story that will leave you wondering what choices you would make, Lies You Wanted to Hear is James Whitfield Thomson's stunning debut.
Deadly Diversions Book Group
Thursday the 9th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month our mystery group meets to discuss The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr. Join us!
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
Thursday the 9th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Within the dark corners of America's forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism. Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi — from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini — The Mushroom Hunters (Ballantine) is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American. The Mushroom Hunters has been shortlisted for the 2014 PNBA Book Awards.
Friday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author (Your Money or Your Life) Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society's unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment. Blessing the Hands That Feed Us (Viking) is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.
Saturday the 11th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden.
Saturday the 11th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan.
The League of Extraordinary Writers
Saturday the 11th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Your writer's journal is bursting with ideas... but how do you choose the ones that will become your best and brightest stories? In "Your Best Idea," a writing workshop for young adults, Susan Hill Long (Whistle in the Dark) will help you discover strategies for choosing and developing your best ideas.
Lisa Gardner & Lisa Jackson
Saturday the 11th, 4:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Lisa Gardner's latest pulse-pounding thriller, Fear Nothing (Dutton), Boston Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston. The last thing Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. But the Rose Killer isn't just targeting lone women; he is targeting D. D. And D. D. knows there is only one way to take him down: "fear nothing." In Lisa Jackson's Sinister (cowritten with Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan) (Zebra), a fire ravaged the Dillinger family's old homestead 20 years ago. Most people blamed a serial arsonist who'd been around town. But strange things are happening again in Prairie Creek, Wyoming. As fear and distrust spread through Prairie Creek, soon all the Dillingers, and those closest to them, are targets — and suspects.
A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine
Sunday the 12th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
With a dash of humor and a sprinkling of recipes, culinarian Marc Hinton chronicles the bounty of the Pacific Northwest from the mastodon meals of the earliest inhabitants to the gastronomic revolution of today. In A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine (American Palate), learn how Oregon's and Washington's chefs have used the region's natural abundance to create a sumptuous cuisine that is stylish yet simple and how winemakers and brewers have crafted their own rich beverage traditions. From potlatches to Prohibition, seafood to sustainability, and Lewis and Clark to James Beard, Hinton traces the events and influences that have shaped the Pacific Northwest's edible past and created a delectable fare that has foodies and oenophiles from around the world clamoring for a taste. Joining Hinton in conversation will be A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine's editor, Pamela Heiligenthal.
Monday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Foreign Gods, Inc. (Soho Press) tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. A meditation on the dreams, promises, and frustrations of the immigrant life in America, as well as the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Okey Ndibe's new novel is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.
Monday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
When Ishmael Beah's memoir, A Long Way Gone, was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow (Sarah Crichton Books) are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles. As they search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.
Science Fiction Book Group
Tuesday the 14th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Join us!
Tuesday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered comes a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America. On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead) takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in. In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as high-walled, self-contained labor colonies. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan's journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.
Wednesday the 15th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Magnus Flyte's City of Lost Dreams (Penguin), the exhilarating, genre-bending sequel to City of Dark Magic, we find musicologist Sarah Weston in Vienna in search of a cure for her friend Pollina, who is now gravely ill and who may not have much time left. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pertusato, in London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl, discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, Prince Max tries to unravel the strange reappearance of a long dead saint while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own. In the city of Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, Sarah becomes the target in a deadly web of intrigue that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, seductive pastries, a few surprises from long-dead alchemists, a distractingly attractive horseman who's more than a little bloodthirsty, and a trail of secrets and lies. But nothing will be more dangerous than the brilliant and vindictive villain who seeks to bend time itself. Sarah must travel deep into an ancient mystery to save the people she loves.
Wednesday the 15th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring (Picador), Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams's New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.
Thursday the 16th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise bestseller of 2011 — an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Ransom Rigg's follow-up, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children (Quirk), begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal
Thursday the 16th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Growing a Farmer, Kurt Timmermeister recounted the toil and joy of wrestling an empty plot of land on Vashon Island, Washington, into a dairy farm. Now he tells the story of a feast made from only what the farm provides. But the story of the meal begins two years earlier with the birth of a calf, Alice. When she is grown, Alice will produce the cream to be churned into butter, made into sauce Béarnaise, and served alongside poached eggs and kale gathered the morning of the feast. Along the way we meet Leda, who trades onion seedlings for Kurt's cheese; Michiko, who forages the white chanterelles for the antipasti course; and Bill, whose large, thin-skinned tomatoes will form the basis of the tomato upside-down cake. Rich in detail, resonant in story, Growing a Feast (W. W. Norton) depicts the effort behind every meal, the farm that comes before every table. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.
Welcome to Night Vale
Friday the 17th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Created in 2012, Welcome to Night Vale has quickly become one of the most popular podcasts in the nation. Join Night Vale writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, as well as narrator Cecil Baldwin, for an evening of readings to be followed by a Q&A.
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Friday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives, and their ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in southwest Montana. The Sun's 20,000 acres of rangeland occupy a still-wild corner of southwest Montana — a high valley surrounded by mountain ranges and steep creeks with portentous names like Grizzly, Dead Man, and Bad Luck. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators. In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch's cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he'd hoped he would never have to do. Badluck Way (Atria) is about transformation and complications, about living with dirty hands every day. It is about the hard choices that wake us at night and take a lifetime to reconcile. Above all, Badluck Way celebrates the breathtaking beauty of wilderness and the satisfaction of hard work on some of the harshest, most beautiful land in the world.
Saturday the 18th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens.
Congressman John Lewis
Saturday the 18th, 12:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Congressman John Lewis is an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African American president. Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March (Top Shelf), a graphic novel trilogy (in collaboration with cowriter Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell). March is a vivid firsthand account of Lewis's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Book One spans John Lewis's youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Saturday the 18th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Rock-a-Bye Room by Susan Meyers.
Saturday the 18th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Zombies! Talking turnips! Puppy! Kitty takes 'em all on in her newest chapter book. But her mettle is really tested when she encounters her creator. In Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble (Roaring Brook Press), the seventh installment of Nick Bruel's New York Times-bestselling series, Kitty encounters what may be her most formidable foe yet: her creator! Kitty soon learns that feline manipulation works both ways — especially when you're at the wrong end of your author's pencil. Along the way, Nick shows kids how a book is created, despite the frequent interruptions from you-know-who.
Saturday the 18th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
After three acclaimed novels (including Super Sad True Love Story), Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a hilarious, candid, and deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is Little Failure (Random House), a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic, intimate, and distinctly his own. A serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant, a grown-up, a son, an American — this is the most personal work yet from one of his generation's most celebrated writers.
A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford
Sunday the 19th, 4:00PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Nearly 20 years after his death in 1993, William Stafford's work, teaching philosophies, and life example continue to inspire, challenge, and sometimes baffle us. How does Stafford affect us as writers, readers, Americans, students, teachers? As poets, how might we honor and test his legacy? A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press) takes its name from Stafford's famous poem "A Ritual to Read to Each Other," deliberately re-visioning the original title to reflect the community and diversity in such an anthology. Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will moderate an event featuring contributors Tim Gillespie, Kim Stafford, Doug Stone, and Mark Thalman.
Sunday the 19th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From Ben Marcus, one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, comes an extraordinary collection of stories that showcases his gifts — and his range — as never before. In these piercing, brilliantly observed investigations into human vulnerability and failure, it is often the most absurd and alien predicaments that capture the deepest truths. Surreal and tender, terrifying and life-affirming, Leaving the Sea (Knopf) is the work of an utterly unique writer at the height of his powers.
Arthur & Pauline Frommer
Monday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Since its humble beginnings in 1957, Frommer's has grown to become a world-renowned travel guidebook series. Founder Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline will bring you up to date on major new developments in travel. The travel world offers exciting vacations to Americans who carefully study the new ways to obtain lodgings, tours, fares, and other travel products. The two will share their picks for unsung destinations travelers should consider in 2014, ideas and tips on how to make your vacation great at any price range, and other trends and top destinations for travel.
Tuesday the 21st, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In the spirit of her blockbuster bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick — why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. So, starting in September, Rubin dedicated a school year to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. In Happier at Home (Three Rivers Press), she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, inspiring readers to find more happiness in their own lives.
Tuesday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Peter Huang and his sisters — elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant — grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter's own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl. Sensitive, witty, and stunningly assured, Kim Fu's debut novel lays bare the costs of forsaking one's own path in deference to one laid out by others. For Today I Am a Boy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a coming-of-age tale like no other and marks the emergence of an astonishing new literary voice.
Wednesday the 22nd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in a compelling historical drama, set in 19th-century Oregon, which combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists. Over two decades in the writing, Worthy Brown's Daughter (Harper) is a white-knuckle drama about two broken men risking everything for what they believe in. Powerfully evocative of time and place, woven through with rich historical detail, it charts new territory for Margolin — but its epic, deeply human scope is still defined by the suspense and energy his fans have come to expect from his books.
Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and out of Humanitarian Aid
Thursday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. But the world that she encountered in the field was dramatically different than anything she could have imagined. In Chasing Chaos (Broadway), Alexander's honest and irreverent memoir, she introduces readers to the realities of life as an aid worker. We watch as she manages a 24,000-person camp in Darfur, collects evidence for the Charles Taylor trial in Sierra Leone, and contributes to the massive aid effort to clean up a shattered Haiti. But we also see the alcohol-fueled parties and fleeting romances, the burnouts and self-doubt, and the struggle to do good in places that have long endured suffering. Alexander transports readers to some of the most troubled locations around the world and shows us not only the seemingly impossible challenges, but also the moments of resilience and recovery.
Saturday the 25th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food! by Bob Shea.
Saturday the 25th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora.
Sunday the 26th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay, Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was eight, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality. The second defining moment: the day in eighth grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Len Vlahos's The Scar Boys (Egmont USA) is a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world... even if you carry scars inside and out.
Monday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
A Tale for the Time Being (Penguin) is a brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki — shortlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace — and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Tuesday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese. Alone in their home 3,000 miles to the south, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows. A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, Brian Payton's The Wind Is Not a River (Ecco) illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 29th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Independent People by Halldór Laxness. Join us!
Wednesday the 29th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters — Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane — as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now 92, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco. Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, while Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. She journeys into the dusty, troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided. The ninth and final novel in Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, The Days of Anna Madrigal (Harper) is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world since 1976.
Your Personal Paleo Code
Thursday the 30th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
As the Paleo movement sweeps the nation, the health benefits of following the lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer forebears are undeniable. But what happens when we hit a wall and weight loss stalls, energy flags, or we're tired of restricted eating? We're not cavemen anymore, so why should we follow a strict caveman diet? In Your Personal Paleo Code (Little, Brown and Company), Chris Kresser uses the Paleo diet as a baseline from which you can tailor the ideal three-step program — Reset, Rebuild, Revive — to fit your lifestyle, body type, genetic blueprint, and individual needs. Along with a seven-day meal plan and delectable, nutritious recipes, Your Personal Paleo Code offers natural solutions and an avalanche of groundbreaking advice. Based on cutting-edge scientific research, Your Personal Paleo Code is designed to be flexible and user-friendly, with charts, quizzes, and effective action steps to help you lose weight, reverse disease, and stay fit and healthy for life.
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
Friday the 31st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few "bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to "kill anything that moves." Drawing on more than a decade of research into secret Pentagon archives, classified documents, and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time the workings of a military machine that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded — what one soldier called "a My Lai a month." Devastating and definitive, Kill Anything That Moves (Picador) finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.