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Original Essay: Why Literature Can Save Us
by Richard Bausch
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My father had a thing he used to say to us when we were growing up, and it is so simple: "Everybody, one at a time." He explained that the idea was not to make any assumptions about the people we would come into contact with in our lives – not to believe or be influenced by the stereotypes and prejudices of life in the world, but to see each person first as an individual someone: everybody, one at a time.

I think this is the basis for all good fiction, no matter who produces it... (Continue)
Before, During, After
New Cookbooks for August:
Family Meals, Comfort Food, and Drunken Wisdom

by Tracey T.
IMG: Tracey T As befits the beginning of the end of the hot summer days, and looking ahead to back-to-school, the August lineup of newly released cookbooks is a harvest combination of family rededication, comfort foods, and good old-fashioned drunken fun... (Continue)
French Comfort Food My Drunk Kitchen International Night Dinner: The Playbook
Powell's Q&A: Richard Kadrey
by Richard Kadrey
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Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.

At a reading in Colorado, I showed some Clive Barker skull paintings to a fan with a lot of tattoos. When I told her I was thinking of getting one of the skulls on my arm, she got very excited and said that she knew an artist nearby and that she'd get a skull to match mine... (Continue)
Getaway God
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Original Essay: Dear Professor Fitger
by Julie Schumacher
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Am I nervous? Do you make me nervous? You're not the sort of person with whom I feel at ease, and I would hesitate – though I invented you – to invite you home for a meal. I suspect you're smarter than I am (you would certainly assume that to be the case), and your intellect is aggressive. You're unpredictable, even to me, and I find the shifts in your temper unsettling... (Continue) Dear Committee Members
Original Essay: Empathic Curiosity
by Ian Leslie
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Of course, being interested in what others are up to is a fundamental part of being human; we are a nosy species, compelled to observe and learn from those around us. But from the 18th century on, the desire to understand the minds and dispositions of people very different from us became more urgent, and the ability to do so more sophisticated... (Continue) Curious
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One Kick One Kick
by Chelsea Cain

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one. Tessa

$25.99 $18.19 | Sale | Hardcover
The Good Lord Bird The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Through the tremendous voice of Little Onion, a slave boy mistaken for a girl, James McBride takes America's battle against slavery, including the infamous raid on Harpers Ferry, and weaves a story that is exhilarating, profound, and darkly funny. Gigi

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Organized Mind The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
by Daniel J. Levitin

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency… and minimize the chaos! Abby

$27.95 $19.57 | Sale | Hardcover
Amsterdam Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
by Russell Shorto

Many Americans have a specific idea of the city of Amsterdam: they think of its front-and-center red light district or legal drugs or, for those less interested in vice, the Anne Frank House. But Russell Shorto's interests go deeper – in Amsterdam he traces the history of the place and its liberalism, from the inception of its legendary canal system to now, with a keen eye. This is a must-read for anyone who has visited, or wants to visit, Amsterdam. Fredericka

$16.95 $11.87 | Sale | Trade Paper
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Uni the Unicorn Uni the Unicorn
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

From the author of Little Pea, Spoon, and Duck! Rabbit! comes a uniquely magical tale of Uni the Unicorn. Uni is the only unicorn who believes little girls are real! Lovely illustrations by Brigette Barrager make this a wonderful and memorable read. Kim T.

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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
by Rick Riordan

An amazing retelling of Greek mythology told from the point of view of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus character Percy Jackson. Percy narrates the text in his hilariously sarcastic yet informative way with fantastic artwork from John Rocco, illustrator of the Heroes of Olympus series and a Caldecott honoree. Kim T.

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Recently at Powell's
Chelsea Cain Edan Lepucki Dana Haynes Chris Colfer
It has been a busy summer here at Powell's. Our schedule has been jam-packed with lively events and visits from authors such as Chelsea Cain, Edan Lepucki, Dana Haynes, and Chris Colfer. Check the calendar for upcoming events or follow along on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.
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by Edan Lepucki
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3 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
4 Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
5 The Bone Clocks The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
by David Mitchell
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