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1. Powell’s Q&A: Salman Rushdie

Describe your latest book. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a fairy-tale of New York (well, mostly New York). New York with added genies (jinn). It's about a jinnia princess, Dunia, who acquires a large number of human offspring, and uses them to help her battle an invasion of our world by the [...]

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2. Eight Essential Attributes of the Short Story and One Way It Differs from the Novel

1) There should be a clean clear surface with much disturbance below. 2) An anagogical level. 3) Sentences that can stand strikingly alone. 4) An animal within to give its blessing. 5) Interior voices which are or become wildly erratically exterior. 6) A novel wants to befriend you, a short story almost never. 7) Control [...]

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3. Readerly Term No. 031: Sentranced

When you come upon a sentence so impeccably crafted, so astounding, so perfect that you can't turn the page, you are said to be: ÷ ÷ ÷ Have you invented a Readerly Term of your own? Email us at readerlyterms@powells.com with the word and definition, and we'll consider including it in our Compendium. Browse all [...]

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4. Waiting

Caldecott-award-winning-author Kevin Henkes brings us this elegant and lovingly charming book centering around toys Owl, Pig, Bear, Puppy, and Rabbit. Their lives are spent together waiting on the window sill content with observing and sharing their wonderful world. A great picture book that teaches patience, stillness, and community. Books mentioned in this post Waiting Kevin [...]

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5. Purity

Purity focuses on its namesake, a drifting 20-something , and Andreas Wolf, a Julian Assange stand-in whose dubious morality drives her to unexpected destinations. The fast-paced story spans decades and continents without losing sight of its characters' motivations and quotidian concerns; it is Franzen's most approachable novel to date. Books mentioned in this post Purity [...]

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6. McToad Mows Tiny Island

McToad likes Thursdays. Thursdays are the days he gets to mow Tiny Island! Travel with McToad and his trusty lawnmower on trucks, trains, forklifts, airplanes, helicopters, boats, and cranes to get to Tiny Island! From Tom Angleberger, author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series, and wonderfully illustrated by John Hendrix, McToad Mows Tiny Island is [...]

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7. Heartlandia

Beloved Portland restaurant The Country Cat is this city's go-to for rustic yet elegant Midwestern farmers fare. Chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington call Heartlandia, "glorified gramma food." Restaurant-proven recipes are made nicely manageable for the home cook. Now we can enjoy "The Cats" savory goodness at home and in our jammies. Books mentioned in this [...]

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8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web

She's back! Stieg Larsson's thrilling characters return in author David Lagercrantz's accomplished hands. Mikael Blomkvist pairs up once again with Lisbeth Salander, the hacker wunderkind, in this stand-alone sequel to the page-turning series. Books mentioned in this post The Girl in the Spider's Web: A... David Lagercrantz Sale Hardcover $19.57

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9. Everything, Everything

Maddie is a girl who has spent her entire 17 years of life indoors because she is allergic to most everything outside. She's smart, complex, and funny but sheltered from the world by her conditions. Her social needs are met by her online friends, her mother, and her nurse. One day, a boy moves next [...]

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10. Bill Clegg: The Powells.com Interview

In January of this year, eight months before its release date, the buzz was already starting to build for Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family. Bookseller colleagues were passing around the few advanced reader copies we could get a hold of and telling each other, "You have to read this!" Four major review [...]

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11. Summer Friction

I was crying or almost crying for most of Fun Home: The Musical — I already loved Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, and I've always been a sucker for the way musicals make melodrama catchy. The song that got me most was "Ring of Keys," a song about a primal moment of identification: Sydney Lucas, playing [...]

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12. Powell’s Q&A: Christopher Moore

Note: Join us this Thursday, August 27, at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing for an author event with Christopher Moore. Describe your latest book. Secondhand Souls is the sequel to my bestselling novel A Dirty Job, which was about a single dad in San Francisco who gets the job of being Death and runs [...]

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13. Readerly Term No. 029: Scroll Mate

Signs you've found your scroll mate: 1. They express your deepest thoughts and desires better than you can. 2. You are a better person because of them. 3. You regularly experience déjà vu while reading their work. 4. You're obsessed with the way their books smell. 5. They make the most mundane topic fun or [...]

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14. Press Start to Play

An anthology of short stories about video games, Press Start to Play is the brainchild of Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams. Whether you grew up playing River Raid, Tomb Raider, or Assassin's Creed, there’s something here for every generation of video game aficionado. Books mentioned in this post Press Start to Play Daniel [...]

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15. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

Grab your spear, polish your shield, and go back about 4,000 years with the funny and irreverent Percy Jackson as he describes ancient Greek heroes in this highly entertaining and informative companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Fantastic Illustrations by Caldecott honoree John Rocco immerse you right in the middle of the adventure. Books mentioned [...]

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16. Last Bus to Wisdom

The final novel from one of the Northwest's most beloved writers, Ivan Doig's The Last Bus to Wisdom is the story of 11-year-old Donal Cameron and his travels across the country by Greyhound bus. Each of the cast of characters Donal meets during his journey have stories to tell and insights to offer. Doig does [...]

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17. Fortune Smiles

These six substantial stories by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Adam Johnson range in topic from hurricane Katrina to North Korea; his convincing characters are trying to make the best of some very difficult circumstances. Wrenching, masterful, and occasionally grimly funny, Fortune Smiles is one of the strongest story collections of the year. Books mentioned in this [...]

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18. The Day the Crayons Came Home

Broken! Lost in the couch! Stuck to a sock! Eaten by a dog! It's one tale of woe after another for Duncan's poor crayons, told through a series of colorful postcards, in this hilarious, inventive story of artful adventure with a sweet surprise at the end. Books mentioned in this post The Day the Crayons [...]

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19. Like Every Other Survivor

Note: Join us at Powell's City of Books on Saturday, August 29, for an author event with Ellen Urbani. I have an uncommon penchant for aligning myself with disaster and death. Tornadoes and wildfires and armed guerrillas have chased me. Riptides have caught me. Earthquakes have knocked down the walls around me. Pestilence has rained upon [...]

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20. Randoms

This space adventure throws one average kid into an intergalactic mishmash of weird aliens and weirder political schemes. Not only have the aliens been watching us, but they've been sneaking clues about their existence into our books, movies, and TV shows! Can Zeke use his sci-fi know-how to make friends, get the girl, and save [...]

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21. The Nature of the Beast

With each new release, Penny's intricately plotted, wonderfully nuanced Chief Inspector Gamache novels just get better and better. In this 11th installment, the now-retired detective must confront the dark side of human nature once again as he grapples with a murder weighing heavily on his conscience. Books mentioned in this post The Nature of the [...]

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22. The Fall of Princes

Some books are meant to be sipped and savored, others consumed whole. The Fall of Princes should be ingested in a single marathon session like one of the cocaine- and champagne-induced benders it so vividly depicts. Goolrick perfectly captures the arrogance and hubris of New York in the 1980s. His characters wallow in the Gatsbyesque [...]

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23. Asking for It

Asking for It is not a fun book, but it is an important one. Harding presents stories and statistics exposing America's rape culture, showing that our unwillingness as a society to take rape seriously drastically affects victims as well as perpetrators. Thankfully, she also suggests ways we can take action on both the individual and [...]

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24. Another Day

What if you spent the perfect day with the one you love, but he or she doesn’t remember it the next morning? What if you then found out that your companion that day wasn't, in fact, the same person? A haunting companion to Levithan's Everyday, this is Rhiannon's side of the story and her search [...]

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25. The Wonderful Things You Will Be

In this soon-to-be classic, Portland artist and author Emily Winfield Martin is back with her beautiful and charming vintage-inspired illustrations and a lovely message of unconditional love, acceptance, and wonder from parent to child. Books mentioned in this post The Wonderful Things You Will Be Emily Martin Sale Hardcover $12.59

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