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Powell’s Books Presents: Richard Powers

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Richard Powers’s The Overstory is a prescient work of fiction arriving at a time of fierce political debate over the environment and a surge in grassroots activism. From one of America’s most “prodigiously talented” writers (New York Times Book Review) comes a magisterial novel about the world of trees and a band of people determined to change the way it is perceived. In The Overstory, the National Book Award-winning author carves a spellbinding tale of lives interlinked across vast stretches of time and space by nature’s powerful, unseen hand. A year spent under the redwoods of California’s Central Peninsula revealed to Powers the immensity and miracle of trees. In reflecting on his previous novels, he realized he had never fully…

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Powell’s Books Presents: ZADIE SMITH

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. The author of five novels, including the award-winning White Teeth and On Beauty, as well as two collections of essays, Smith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta‘s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. In her first short story collection, Grand Union, Smith combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interweaving 11 completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich…

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Young Adult Book Club (Burnside)

The Young Adult Book Club is a safe place for teens to talk about books. You pick the books and Powell’s brings the snacks! We meet monthly to discuss strong stories with diverse characters. This month we meet to discuss The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. Join us!

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Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes From Thailand and Beyond

From chef and bestselling author Andy Ricker comes a definitive guide to the most delicious and time-honored noodle dishes of Thailand with recipes anyone can make at home. From iconic dishes like phat thai and phat si ew to lesser-known (at least Stateside) treasures like kuaytiaw reua (boat noodles), noodles represent many of the most delicious and satisfying dishes in the Thai culinary canon. In Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes From Thailand and Beyond (Ten Speed), Ricker shares recipes for his favorites – including noodle soups, fried noodles, and khanom jiin, Thailand’s only indigenous noodle. Filled with stunning food and location photography and the thoughtful, engaging storytelling that has earned Ricker legions of fans, Pok Pok Noodles will become an instant classic for armchair travelers and…

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Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History

The origin of brewing in southern Oregon is a lively tale of mid-19th-century gold rushes, brawling German immigrants, irrepressible women, and hometown pride. In the boomtown of Jacksonville, two pioneering brewers competed to quench the thirst of miners and ranchers, and soon breweries began popping up elsewhere. But as railroads spread across the West, they brought rival beer brands with them, and the onset of Prohibition stifled the industry altogether. Yet resourceful Oregonians continued to cultivate hops, and by the turn of the 21st century, small-town brewers like Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland and Climate City Brewery in Grants Pass were once again stepping into the spotlight. In Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History (History Press), author Phil Busse, longtime Oregon journalist, traces the pioneering…

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Susan Steinberg in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Susan Steinberg’s first novel, Machine (Graywolf), is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, Spectacle, gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers – both locals and wealthy out-of-towners – during a single summer at the shore. Steinberg captures the pressures and demands of this world in a voice that effortlessly slides from collective to singular, as one girl recounts a night on which another girl drowned. Hoping to assuage her guilt and evade a similar fate, she pieces together the details of this tragedy, as well as the breakdown of her own family, and learns that no one, not even she, is blameless. A daring stylist, Steinberg contrasts semicolon-studded sentences with short lines that…

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Classics Book Group

This month our group meets to discuss Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Join us!

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Rick Moody

Rick Moody, the award-winning author of The Ice Storm, shares the harrowing true story of the first year of his second marriage – an eventful month-by-month account – in The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (Henry Holt). At this story’s start, Moody, a recovering addict with a history of depression, is also the divorced father of a beloved little girl and a man in love; his answer to the question “Would you like to be in a committed relationship?” is, fully and for the first time in his life, “Yes.” And so his second marriage begins as he emerges, humbly and with tender hopes, from the wreckage of his past, only to be battered by a stormy sea of external…

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Powell’s Books presents Senator Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley couldn’t believe his eyes. He never dreamt the United States could treat vulnerable young families with such calculated brutality. Few had witnessed what Merkley discovered just by showing up at the border and demanding to see what was going on behind closed doors. Contrary to the official stories and soothing videos, on Senator Merkley’s visit he encountered mothers and children, newborn babies and infants, stranded for days on border bridges in blistering heat or locked up in ice-cold holding pens. There were nearly 1,500 boys jammed into a former Walmart, a child tent prison in the desert with almost 3,000 boys and girls, and children struggling to survive in gang-filled Mexican border towns after they were blocked from seeking asylum in the United…

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Lauren Acampora in Conversation With Cari Luna

In small-town Michigan, Abby Graven leads a solitary life. Once a bright student on the cusp of a promising art career, she now languishes in her childhood home, trudging to and from her job as a supermarket cashier. Each day she is taunted from the magazine racks by the success of her former best friend, Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet whose life in pictures Abby obsessively scrapbooks. At night Abby escapes through the films of her favorite director, Auguste Perren, a cult figure known for his creative institute, the Rhizome. Inspired by Perren, Abby draws fantastical storyboards based on her often premonitory dreams, a visionary gift she keeps hidden. When Abby encounters Elise again at their high school reunion, she is surprised and warmed that…

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