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Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97209
800-878-7323 | Website
Neighborhood: Downtown

 Perhaps you’ve heard of the fabled City of Books, with its entire room of pulp novels and another filled exclusively by rare and first editions. It is no mere legend: Knowledge really was its treasure!

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Book Review: Parnaz Foroutan's The Girl From the Garden

“Paradise is a Farsi word.”

Eden is rife with thorns in Parnaz Foroutan’s The Girl From the Garden (Ecco, 271 pages, $26.99), a lush debut novel about the pangs and triumphs of an Iranian family. Foroutan is a modern-day Scheh   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENID SPITZ

William T. Vollmann, The Dying Grass

The Oregon Dream.

William T. Vollmann is by far our most important chronicler of American darkness, and he is never far from his subject. To write a novel about transients, he lived homeless in Sacramento. He has hoppe   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail

Go west, old man...

Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children: Book Review

L’art pour l’art.

The plot of The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 240 pages, $24.99), by Portland indie darling Lidia Yuknavitch, is almost irrelevant. But here it is anyway: A writer gives up on life because of grief   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.

Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
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