Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St. between 10th and 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sell Us Your Books:
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rare Book Room:
Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
About Powell's City of Books:
Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world, open 365 days a year. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color-coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.
Each month, the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room) hosts a new art exhibit, as well as dozens of author events featuring acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers such as Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon, Annie Leibovitz, and President Jimmy Carter.
Visit The Espresso Book Machine® in the Purple Room to publish your own book or print hard-to-find titles, all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee.
The City's Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes for readers in search of a one-of-a-kind treasure.
Every day at our buyers' counter in the Orange Room, we purchase thousands of used books from the public. Powell's purchases special collections, libraries, and bookstore inventories as well.
A few store facts:
• 68,000 square feet packed with books.
• We buy 3,000 used books over the counter every day.
• Approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy something every day.
• Another 3,000 people just browse and drink coffee.
• We stock 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections.
• You'll find more than 1,000,000 volumes on our shelves.
• Approximately 80,000 book lovers browse the City's shelves every day in Portland and via the Internet.
If you've already placed an order for a book via our website and would like to check on its status, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Powell's City of Books:
Store Map (PDF) • Directions to Powell's City of Books • World Cup Coffee & Tea at Powell's City of Books • The Rare Book Room
Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.
The Laws of Medicine
The practice of medicine affects all of us. Understanding how doctors think about treating illness, even more so. With precision and passion, Muhkerjee clearly and concisely sheds light on the three principles that he sees as the laws that govern medicine. As illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize–winning book on cancer, Emperor of all Maladies, this accessible book on complex ideas takes readers through medical history and the author’s own process in developing these laws, and how understanding the laws can empower us all.
Recommended by Ted Yesterday, 12:25pm
Gold Fame Citrus
Watkins received much well-deserved attention (and several awards) for her debut story collection, Battleborn. Her first novel is just as dazzling. Set in a vividly rendered near-future West that has turned dry as bones, Gold Fame Citrus follows the journey of an ex-model, an ex-soldier, and a toddler they've rescued. This eerie, hypnotic tale of survival is a must-read from a rising talent.
Recommended by Renee P. October 6, 2015
Archer Helmsley wants to be an explorer and is constantly cooking up schemes. When he decides to rescue his long-lost grandparents, he enlists his reluctant sidekick Oliver Grub and Adelaide, a girl with a wooden leg (because of a crocodile?), to help him. This is an amusing illustrated novel of friendship and adventure.
Recommended by Richard C. October 6, 2015
Thank You and Good Night
Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander are having a sleepover. They play and play and play... and finally snuggle in. Illustrated with Patrick McDonnell's sweet, small, whimsical cartoons, Thank You and Good Night is a story about bedtime that makes the perfect bedtime story.
Recommended by Naomi October 6, 2015
The Song Machine
A fascinating look at what goes into making today’s pop music, including the ever-helpful question that producers have learned to ask: "How does it sound in the car?" Seabrook takes us inside the hit factories, introduces the major players, explains how pop music ended up where it is now, and reveals why Sweden has been a key factor in all of this.
Recommended by Mary Jo October 6, 2015
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
You know all those books where the Chosen Ones are busy saving the world? This isn’t one of them. Ness gives us the story of what everyone else is doing while the world is being saved. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the tale of (more or less) ordinary teens growing up in a town where strange and mysterious world-shaking events occur. But it's other people's problems, not theirs.
Recommended by Mary Jo October 6, 2015
Marshall's eerie, violent, beautiful dystopian story feels all too real when seen through the eyes of her remarkable main character. James is a student at the combination school/prison Goodhouse because of his genetic sequence, not because of anything he's done wrong. But the longer he's there, the more threats abound. This unusual novel is both literary and electrifying, graceful and ferocious.
Recommended by Tessa October 6, 2015
The Courage to Act
In this extraordinary story of politics and the people, the former chair of the Federal Reserve offers an insider's account of the cataclysmic financial crisis of 2007 and the extraordinary effort of the Fed and the Treasury Department to buoy the U.S. and world economies, preventing further catastrophe.
Recommended by Ted October 6, 2015
The delightful and cunning author of The Sisters Brothers returns with another enigmatic, off-kilter tale. Set in a vaguely fairy tale-like land, Undermajordomo Minor traces the wayward path of the young Lucien, who is to begin a new post at the castle of a mysterious baron. Darkly funny and deftly crafted, deWitt's new novel is smart, seductive, and a lot of fun.
Recommended by Renee P. September 22, 2015
Near and Far
Heidi Swanson, author of the fantastic Super Natural Every Day, doesn't disappoint in this newest collection inspired by her travel journals. Her vegetarian recipes contain influences from Japan to Italy to Morocco to India and are delicious, inventive without being complicated, and, as a bonus, fairly healthy.
Recommended by Tessa September 22, 2015
Michael Clune's mother accused him of using computer games to escape from reality. She wasn't wrong, but part of what's fascinating about Gamelife is where Clune escapes to and what he thinks about along the way. "I need to be somewhere else," he writes, and that is the gift and the curse computer games offer.
Recommended by Mary Jo September 22, 2015
Fates and Furies
An attractive, charismatic couple who married young, Lotto and Mathilde were exceptional, with a seemingly perfect marriage and happy life together. As recounted from both of their perspectives, Fates and Furies reveals the stunning truth and dark secrets that lie behind their relationship. A tense and vibrant tale.
Recommended by Genevieve A. September 22, 2015