Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.
Because we continue to go to war, we continue to need war stories, to share some tiny percentage of the experience of the soldier with the people back home they were protecting. This book continues in the tradition of The Things They Carried by bringing readers into the chaos of the lives of soldiers at home and in Iraq with brutal honesty. A necessary read for the time we're living in now.
Recommended by Ethan March 2, 2015
A delicious cornucopia of Gaiman's short fiction. Dip in and enjoy. There's a bit of everything here, from Doctor Who to an unpublished American Gods story. Once again, Gaiman waves his magician's wand and we are swept away to slightly disturbing and eerie lands.
Recommended by Mary Jo March 2, 2015
Phaet Theta has lived a normal life on the moon, but when her mother is arrested and Phaet decides to save her, she finds everything she has learned is a lie. Combining science and humanity, this novel asks the question, if we devalue our arts, what is our future?
Recommended by Richard C. March 2, 2015
Discontent and Its Civilizations
In this expansive book of essays, the author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia takes us deep into his world spanning New York, London, and Pakistan. Hamid explores the intersection of life, art, and politics in an age of increasing globalization, making for a unique, thought-provoking collection.
Recommended by Abby March 2, 2015
Are you hungry as a crow? Hungry as a crow in a red striped shirt? Hungry for three ripe mangoes? Six salty peanuts? Nine spicy ants? Then come snack along with the counting crows and enjoy the mischievous, munchy mayhem — but watch out for the cat!
Recommended by Naomi March 2, 2015
The Buried Giant
In some ways, Ishiguro's latest is a classic hero's journey in a time of dragons and spirits and magical mists. But it is also a profoundly thought-provoking look at the timeless big things: love, marriage, death, and the unknowable and unavoidable consequences of all our actions, which always come back no matter what magic we use to keep them buried.
Recommended by Lizzy March 2, 2015
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain
Despite the innumerable discoveries related to the workings of the brain, there is still much that baffles neuroscientists grappling to unravel the brain's mysteries. Gazzaniga's new book explores the ongoing achievements and explorations, particularly the author's split-brain theory. A fascinating scientific tale and portrait of the pioneering author himself.
Recommended by Ted February 16, 2015
Smek for President!
Hang on to your koobish! This sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday sends Tip and J.Lo to New Boovworld to set straight the record of the Gorg defeat, but our unlikely heroes soon find that truth has taken a backseat to the upcoming presidential election. Politics doesn't get stranger (or sillier!) than this.
Recommended by The Dot February 16, 2015
My Age of Anxiety
Both a memoir and a far-reaching exploration of anxiety's many facets. Stossel fearlessly illuminates his experiences with anxiety and his attempts to manage it, all while providing a fascinating account of anxiety throughout history, touching on everything from Hippocrates's findings to the latest neuropsychiatric research.
Recommended by Mary Jo February 16, 2015
Crafted by a master storyteller, Monstrous is an intriguing, haunting fantasy featuring a unique heroine — Kym is part dragon, part cat, part bird, and part human — and a wonderful cast of supporting characters. This book is guaranteed to hold you in its grip from the very first sentence.
Recommended by Richard C. February 16, 2015
The Louisiana bayou — devastated first by Katrina, then by the BP oil spill — forms the setting for this lively debut novel featuring a one-armed, substance-using (and abusing), treasure-hunting ex-shrimper along with a slew of oddball supporting characters. A funny yet provocative thriller underscoring the desperation and determination of those living in this hard-hit region.
Recommended by Abby February 16, 2015
A Kim Jong-Il Production
Just when you thought the news about North Korea and the movies couldn't get any weirder, here comes a spectacular account of the real-life kidnappings of South Korea's biggest film stars by the late Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il. The central story is thrilling, but Fischer's narrative really shines in its stranger-than-fiction descriptions.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 16, 2015