Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
From appropriately funky beginnings in a slightly funky neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on Portland's east side.
Located in a vibrant, diverse, and highly desirable neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne now covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the store is big enough to warrant a map. Not as extensive as the labyrinth at the City of Books, Powell's on Hawthorne is divided into just three rooms, each named for a neighborhood landmark: Madison, Hawthorne, and Tabor. The latter is named for Mt. Tabor, the world's only extinct volcano residing within city limits.
Powell's on Hawthorne hosts lively and interesting author readings several times each week in its Tabor Room. Adjacent to the reading space, readers congregate in The Fresh Pot, an inviting corner of the store serving delicious homemade pastries and other sweet delights, along with some of the best coffee in a town that really knows its coffee.
Judy Jewell says, "My favorite thing about working at the Hawthorne store is the lively feeling of community I get from my co-workers and customers. I think next best is the great used books we see here. You just never know what's going to turn up or who's going to turn up to buy it. Like the other day, we got in this copy of Huber the Tuber, a book about tuberculosis. We thought it was goofy and charming so we put it in the front window. That same afternoon, a customer snatched it up, saying it was her first book. Her father had been a lung doctor, and the book had come out when she was a toddler. She was way thrilled and we were all pretty tickled about it." --
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Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.
Sharma has written a simple, shattering book about tragedy that takes you so completely on a journey that by the final line, Ajay (the narrator) is your avatar and the three-minute disaster that has shaped his life is your disaster. Family Life is one of those beautiful novels that tilts your perception of the world and changes you a little bit. Read it!
Recommended by Lizzy February 16, 2015
Superpowers get a feudal twist in this new fantasy, which feels like a YA mash-up of The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Game of Thrones. There are oodles of special powers and court intrigue, all swirling around a young thief who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a love triangle... and a revolution.
Recommended by The Dot February 16, 2015
A captivating book that will change your understanding of self and civilization, Sapiens is the perfect blend of history and science, retelling the fascinating narrative of humanity's evolution.
Recommended by Ted February 16, 2015
H Is for Hawk
Shocked by her father's unexpected death, lifelong falconer Helen Macdonald decides to take on training the fearsome goshawk, considered amongst the most difficult birds to train. This beautifully written and touching memoir traverses the obscure world of falconry to living through grief, ending up in a place of hope and recovery.
Recommended by Genevieve A. February 16, 2015
This slim foray into the contentious world of vaccination is courageous and stunning. In the book's introduction, Biss explains that her project began as an anxious new mother's research into the pros and cons of childhood inoculation, and ballooned into an exploration of the historical stigma and ongoing social significance of immunization. While Biss does a fine job of elucidating both sides of the vaccination debate, her real contribution is the idea that our bodies, and therefore our immunities, are social properties; in other words, when we make a private decision about vaccination, that choice impacts the overall health of our communities. Regardless of whether you agree with her conclusions, On Immunity is a thoughtful, sympathetic work about the body public that should be required reading for all parents and medical professionals.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 12, 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 Paul Fischer's 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 of North Korea's secretive foreign abduction program, struggling film industry, and the country's rumored concentration camps and reeducation centers.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 6, 2015
The Jaguar's Children
Though Vaillant is best known for his critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, his prodigious talent is clearly on display in his debut novel, The Jaguar's Children. It’s a thrilling, timely story told with knowledge and compassion. If you, like me, often turn to fiction as a way to better understand complicated current events, then I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Recommended by Shawn D. February 3, 2015
The Inquisitor's Mark
Action, adventure, intrigue, magic... and, oh yeah, a sprinkling of Arthurian legend? That's the Eighth Day series. This gripping sequel takes things up a notch as 13-year-old Jax must contend with mysterious long-lost relatives, split alliances, and the crooked, scheming Dulacs.
Recommended by Xander February 3, 2015
Jimmy Rabbitte from Doyle's earlier work The Commitments takes center stage in this warm and witty story about friendship, family, facing death, and following music. The aging musician is battling cancer but isn't about to give up on one, possibly last, project. Filled with rich and often comedic dialogue, this delightful story is "grand... just grand."
Recommended by Ted February 3, 2015
Hornby's latest is a hilarious and insightful look into the early television business that perfectly evokes 1960s London. As usual, his dialogue is sharp and bright and will take even the most cynical reader on an entertaining journey up the television stardom mountain with his leading lady. Funny, smart, engaging — it's classic Hornby.
Recommended by Fredericka February 3, 2015
Daily Dishonesty: The Daily Note Set of 3 Notebooks
How are those New Year's resolutions going? Not so good? Lauren Hom knows how you feel. As the creator of the Daily Dishonesty blog, she hand-letters sentiments showcasing a plethora of our good intentions. Maybe you won't put pants on today. Maybe you won't pull it all together. That's okay, because your notebook says otherwise.
Recommended by The Dot February 3, 2015
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
When unsuspecting teenager Steven Lee is imparted with mystical powers and thrown into battle for control of the 12 Zodiac mysteries, he must dismantle a corrupt conspiracy while trying to master his newfound Tiger skills. Stan Lee and friends pack a punch in this new kids' series, complete with stunning red illustrations.
Recommended by Aubrey February 3, 2015