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.
Street Poison is an illuminating portrait of the flawed and fascinating life of Iceberg Slim. Though not well known in literary circles, his books have had a profound effect on music, film, and inner-city culture. Gifford, his biographer, crafts a highly readable account of mid-20th-century African American history that feels both timely and relevant.
Recommended by Shawn D. August 12, 2015
The Secret Place
French's talent for gorgeously crafted psychological mysteries shines in The Secret Place, her latest Dublin Murder Squad installment. The narrative centers on a boy's murder in the gardens of an exclusive girls' school, but its real drama is in the fraught relationships between teenage girls and the awkward partnership of the detectives working the case.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton August 12, 2015
The Marriage of Opposites
Hoffman's novels are storytelling magic. Set on an island in the Caribbean, this beautifully written and engrossing tale of family and forbidden love is an enchanting portrait of a headstrong woman who defies her community to follow her heart.
Recommended by Ted August 12, 2015
In the first book of a wild new adventure series by local author Colleen Houck, Lilliana encounters a dashing Egyptian prince and they travel back in time to battle ancient gods and mythical creatures. This is a sure bet for a summer read!
Recommended by Richard C. August 12, 2015
Barry Yourgrau's apartment was filled with sentimental keepsakes from traveling and from his family. True to his style, he began researching clutter, doing interviews, and going to group meetings, but not actually removing anything from his apartment. Eventually he began to work his way through the boxes of his father's books stacked underneath the piano, and fresh insights arose. A fascinating look into Yourgrau's psyche and others like him, Mess is both amusing and informative.
Recommended by Mary Jo August 12, 2015
The Ghostman returns in this thrilling, page-turning, whip-smart read. Hobbs has nailed it again with a story of jewel theft gone wrong set in the glittering casinos and crumbling slums of the gambling city of Macao.
Recommended by Kathi July 29, 2015
The Last Ever After
In the third and final volume of the School of Good and Evil series, Sophie and Agatha find themselves separated, only to face each other once again when Evil threatens to take over. The thrilling, twisting conclusion to this epic tale is one not to be missed.
Recommended by Genevieve A. July 29, 2015
All This Life
Mohr is a favorite of several Powell's employees, and his fifth novel does not disappoint. All This Life explores how a mass suicide affects the people who witnessed it, and the ripple effects that follow one teenager's posting of the event online. Mohr is a beautiful, dark, and funny writer, and his examination of our overly connected world is not to be missed.
Recommended by Tessa July 29, 2015
What Pet Should I Get?
Who better to explore the world of our most beloved friends — pets — than the equally beloved Dr. Seuss? With his signature kooky creatures and whimsical verse, this new, never-before-seen book is an enchanting way to learn about the dilemma of making up your mind.
Recommended by Gigi Little July 29, 2015
Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
If you love the written word, then you'll love its rich history. Palimpsest traces the advancement of writing from Mesopotamia all the way up to the digital age, offering much more than a dry account: we learn as much about the cultural implications as we do about the changes in format and medium. Battles is a lovely writer, and Palimpsest is as entertaining as it is informative.
Recommended by Abby July 29, 2015
No matter how you feel about the writing of Charles Bukowski, there's no denying he's become a much-emulated and lauded author of mid- to late-century American literature and poetry. This volume of Bukowski's letters to friends and colleagues reveals his thoughts on the process of creation in an intimate and open way.
Recommended by Jen C. July 29, 2015
The Long Way Home
Louise Penny continues her wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache series with this psychologically nuanced, elegantly plotted 10th installment. Gamache's neighbor Clara's husband has not come home as promised on the anniversary of their separation. As Gamache and Clara search for answers, The Long Way Home aptly showcases Penny's moral acuity and depth of feeling.
Recommended by Tessa July 29, 2015