No Words Wasted Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Original Essays | January 6, 2015

    Matt Burgess: IMG 35 Seconds

    Late at night on September 22, 2014, at a housing project basketball court in Brooklyn, a white cop pushes a black man against a chain link fence.... Continue »


  1.  Loading...

  2. , (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 ,




Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.

  1. South of the Border, West of the Sun

    Following the coming-of-age of Hajime, a lonely only child, into his young adulthood, marriage, and adult life, South of the Border, West of the Sun is a melancholy tale of a life of longing. Exploring love, attraction, sexuality, and happiness, Murakami's brilliant novel visits a marriage on the knife-edge of disaster. The tension, the indecision, and the longing are so palpable, you ache for each and every character. As the marital knots are painfully untangled, you can only wonder at Murakami's genius for capturing the ruin of a life, and laying it down on paper. Wonderful!

    Recommended by Dianah January 19, 2015

  2. Story Thieves

    In this tender and amusing story, Bethany, who is half-fictional, is looking for her fictional father by entering books. Meanwhile, Owen wishes to star in a book series. They form a reluctant friendship and encounter characters from books who are never quite sure who they are.

    Recommended by Richard C. January 16, 2015

  3. How to Fly a Horse

    Drawing on countless examples of innovators and inventors, Ashton reminds us by example that creativity depends on hard work and perseverance, with a splash or two of genius topping off the mix. You might not reinvent the wheel after reading this, but you will be energized and inspired to exercise your creative muscles.

    Recommended by Mary Jo January 16, 2015

  4. Firefight (The Reckoners #2)

    You'll lose yourself in this riveting post-apocalyptic series in which the villains all have superpowers and the rebels committed to fight them are a motley crew of humans. If you haven't read Sanderson's Steelheart, DO IT — so you can dive into Firefight.

    Recommended by Xander January 16, 2015

  5. The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency # 1)

    A delightfully clever start of a new mystery series, The Case of the Missing Moonstone brings together a young Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein author) as they form a detective agency and become unlikely friends. The book combines humor and tenderness with a sprinkling of historical facts, making for a promising series beginning.

    Recommended by Richard C. January 16, 2015

  6. After Dark

    Somewhere between the edge of sleep and wakefulness, After Dark resides. Told in one evening, with chapters indicated by time-stamps, Murakami's tale of both somnambulists and insomniacs is still, stark, and seductive. With a bonus delicious, "thriller-ish" story thread, After Dark is a little slice of Murakami heaven.

    Recommended by Dianah January 15, 2015

  7. The Work

    In this follow-up to his compelling memoir The Other Wes Moore, Moore continues his story as a new Rhodes Scholar through the next 10 years of his life. Broken down into chapters of "lessons," The Work is an inspiration, encouraging service to others as a way to find meaning.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. January 13, 2015

  8. A Wonderful Year

    In his new book, Nick Bruel takes us through all four seasons of one particular (funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutso) year. A Wonderful Year is packed full of deadpan wackiness, unexpected turns, and, of course, a purple hippo named Louise.

    Recommended by Naomi January 13, 2015

  9. The Terrible Two

    From the hilarious minds of longtime friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes this epic tale of Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks, two schoolmates who live in Yawnee Valley, a town that prides itself on its knowledge of cows. Yes... cows. With great illustrations by Kevin Cornell, this engaging, uproarious prankster vs. prankster battle royale makes The Terrible Two perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.

    Recommended by Kim T. January 13, 2015

  10. The Sixth Extinction

    Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well-reasoned style, Kolbert's shrewd reporting is both vital and engrossing.

    Recommended by Jeremy January 13, 2015

  11. A Short Guide to a Long Life

    Should you take vitamins? Is caffeine good or bad for you? How often should you exercise? If you're tired of trying to make sense of contradictory studies and new health fads, this quick, refreshingly direct read will give you sound guidance for a longer, healthier life.

    Recommended by Abby January 13, 2015

  12. The Last American Vampire

    Fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will want to follow the further adventures of vampire Henry Sturges as he navigates his way through the centuries. Tag along as Henry meets almost every pivotal individual in history: Teddy Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Bram Stoker, and my personal favorite, Tesla, to name just a handful. Fun and smart — another vampire gem from Grahame-Smith.

    Recommended by Corie January 13, 2015

  • 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