Skip to content →

Tag: powell’s

Powell’s Books Presents NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF & SHERYL WUDUNN

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, bestselling authors of Half the Sky, return with a deeply personal new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Looking with clear eyes at our nation’s governmental failures over the past half-century, Kristof and WuDunn examine the contemporary crisis in working-class America through the lens of the families Kristof grew up with in the rural, working-class town of Yamhill, Oregon. Yamhill prospered for much of the 20th century, but, like many working class towns, has been devastated as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the kids Kristof grew up with have died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. “We wanted to understand more deeply what had happened to Nick’s friends on the school bus,” they write, and “how our…

Comments closed

American Dirt

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy – two of them her favorites. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of him is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Jeanine…

Comments closed

Russell Rowland

Montana, 1968: The small town of Paradise Valley is ripped open when popular rancher and notorious bachelor Tom Butcher is found murdered one morning, beaten to death by a baseball bat. Suspicion among the tight-knit community immediately falls on the outsider, Carl Logan, who recently moved in with his family, and his troubled son Roger. What Carl doesn’t realize is that there are plenty of people who have reason to kill Tom Butcher. Complications arise when the investigating officers discover that Tom Butcher had a secret – a secret he kept even from Junior Kirby, a lifelong rancher and Butcher’s best friend. As accusations fly and secrets are revealed one after another, the people of Paradise Valley learn how deeply Tom Butcher was embedded in…

Comments closed

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now

With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry’s debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now (Two Dollar Radio), travels from Washington, DC, to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions while coming of age in America. Perry’s essays take the form of personal reflection, multiple choice questions, screenplays, and imagined talk-show conversations, while traversing the daily minefields of childhood schoolyards and Midwestern dive bars. The impression of Perry’s personal journey is arresting and beguiling, announcing his arrival as a formidable American voice.

Comments closed

Crissy Van Meter in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Evie grew up with her well-meaning but negligent father, surviving on the money he made dealing the island’s world-famous strain of weed, Winter Wonderland. Although her father raised her with a deep respect for the elements, the sea, and the creatures living within it, he also left her to parent herself. With wit, love, and bracing flashes of anger, Creatures (Algonquin) probes the complexities of love and abandonment, guilt and forgiveness, betrayal and grief – and the ways in which our childhoods can threaten our ability to love if we are not brave enough to conquer the past. Lyrical, darkly funny, and ultimately cathartic, Crissy Van Meter’s mesmerizing, provocative debut exerts a pull as strong as the tides. Van Meter will be joined in conversation…

Comments closed

Classics Book Group

This month our group meets to discuss Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Join us!

Comments closed

Eric Nuzum in Conversation With Chuck Klosterman

In Make Noise (Workman), veteran podcast creator and strategist Eric Nuzum distills a career’s worth of wisdom, advice, practical information, and big-picture thinking to help podcasters “make noise” – to stand out in this fastest of fastest-growing media universes. Nuzum identifies core principles, including what he considers the key to successful audio storytelling: learning to think the way your audience listens. He delivers essential how-tos, from conducting an effective interview to marketing your podcast, developing your audience, and managing a creative team. He also taps into his deep network to offer advice from audio stars like Ira Glass, Terry Gross, and Anna Sale. Nuzum will be joined in conversation by Chuck Klosterman, author of Raised in Captivity.

Comments closed

Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion

In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are – intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind (Simon & Schuster), PETA founder and president Ingrid Newkirk presents these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries. Animalkind is a fascinating study of why our fellow beings deserve our respect and the steps we can take to put this new understanding into action.

Comments closed

A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices From Guantánamo

Law scholar and Witness to Guantanamo founder Peter Jan Honigsberg uncovers a haunting portrait of life at the military prison and its toll, not only on the detainees and their loved ones, but also on its military and civilian personnel and the journalists who reported on it. Honigsberg conducted 158 interviews across 20 countries so that the people who lived and worked there could tell their heartbreaking and inspirational stories. In startling, aching prose, A Place Outside the Law (Beacon) shines a light on these unheard voices, and through them, encourages the global community to embrace humanity as our greatest tool to make the world a safer place.

Comments closed

Chani Nicholas in Conversation With Cheryl Strayed

Modern astrology isn’t about passively accepting our fate, it’s about action, and beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas shows you how to bring this life-changing practice into your life and embrace self-empowerment, intentionality, and spirituality. Nicholas encourages her devotees to take control – to confront themselves, their desires, and their needs – to fulfill their potential using the power of the stars. Written in her lyrical, cool-girl, feminist style, You Were Born for This (HarperOne) explains how knowing your star signs and what they mean for your individual character can be revelatory. Nicholas will be joined in conversation by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Brave Enough.

Comments closed