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.
This breathtaking memoir, marrying Sally Mann's powerful photography with a personal story so captivating that it rivals great works of fiction, reveals how one's art can become thoroughly intertwined with one's life. Read this book: it's a truly powerful work of art in its own right.
Recommended by Abby May 20, 2015
The Book of Aron
Ten-year-old Aron runs with a children's smuggling gang in a WWII Warsaw Jewish ghetto. Child rights activist Janusz Korczak strives to protect his orphanage from the impending Nazi devastation. Their powerful tale, haunting and yet blisteringly real, will linger long in your memory.
Recommended by Tracey T. May 20, 2015
The Wright Brothers
In The Wright Brothers, David McCullough spins a history both exhaustive and personal, sharing original correspondence and examining secondary characters like the Wright sister, Katharine. With McCullough's signature depth and thoroughness, The Wright Brothers pays captivating homage to the two men who so exemplified the American spirit.
Recommended by Gigi Little May 20, 2015
Wages of Rebellion
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares the stories of historical and modern-day rebels who had the courage to raise awareness about the unethical actions of powerful organizations. Anyone who is interested in current events and cares about justice in our society should read this book.
Recommended by Ted May 20, 2015
Sydney transfers schools and escapes the shadow of her brother's troublemaking reputation. Despite parental pressure and family drama, she slowly finds the space to be herself with the help of a community of new friends. Sarah Dessen brings her knack for skillfully understated storytelling to this tale of chosen families and self-identity.
Recommended by The Dot May 20, 2015
A God in Ruins
Atkinson's A God in Ruins is a companion book to 2014's Life after Life, and it lives up to that fantastic novel (a tall order indeed). A God in Ruins tells the story of Teddy, the beloved brother of Ursula and a pilot in WWII. His family, loves, struggles, and dreams are detailed with Atkinson's penetrating prose and inventive vision. Another winning effort from a master.
Recommended by Tessa May 20, 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Feyre is a huntress who killed a wolf that is actually from the faerie world, and now she must pay for it — by living in their world. This is a Beauty and the Beast-like epic tale for older teens filled with passion and surprising tenderness.
Recommended by Richard C. May 20, 2015
The Argonauts is at once deeply personal and incisively intellectual. Nelson's prose shines as she navigates the terrain of pregnancy, motherhood, and the fluidity of particular familial relationships.
Recommended by Mary Jo May 20, 2015
The Book of Strange New Things
Full disclosure: I was mourning a very recent loss when I read Michel Faber's latest (and I'm told, last) novel, so the effect it had on me may have been amplified by my own grief. Still, this book carved a hole in me the way really good books do, and I don't think it's just because I happened to be sad at the time. Through a narrative I probably would have avoided, were it not for the ravings of my coworkers, Faber lands a solid emotional punch, rendering faith, despair, wonder, and longing with equal skill. It's a preternaturally beautiful story, and if it is indeed Faber's last novel, a lovely note on which to end his career.
Recommended by Tove May 1, 2015
Small Backs of Children
Lidia Yuknavitch revisits the aching wound of her stillborn child in The Small Backs of Children. While fiction, this moving novel reads like nonfiction — it is so personal. Yuknavitch has the rare and almost magical ability to write beautifully about things that are horrific. Gathering together the stories of several characters, each playing a part in an elaborate plot to save their friend, Yuknavitch delivers a gorgeous, heartbreaking tale of friendship, guilt, redemption, and healing.
Recommended by Dianah April 29, 2015
A heady mashup of realistic fiction and fantasy. Aza has been ill for much of her life, but no one understands why. Turns out that she isn't human and her species doesn't do well on Earth. Told in chapters alternating between Aza and her close friend Jason, these two strong narrative voices combine to relate Aza's story in a compelling and fresh way.
Recommended by Mary Jo April 29, 2015
An Ember in the Ashes
Told from two points of view — Laia, a slave; and Elias, a reluctant captor — this compelling novel depicts the characters' colliding worlds and the myriad other people they encounter, from the rebels and the slaves to the rulers of the empire. It will leave you breathless waiting for the second book in the series.
Recommended by Richard C. April 29, 2015