PDX Powell’s Book Haul

I love the city of Portland, OR. I wish I was able to stay up there after college two years ago, but alas for now it is not meant to be. Besides being surrounded by beautiful nature and some of the nicest people, I miss the wonderful thing that is Powell’s, one of the biggest non-chain bookstores in the US. And they’re aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I was in Portland last weekend for a wedding and to just visit friends and I found myself in Powell’s on two different occasions. I walked in thinking I’ll restrain myself and not buy any books.  Silly me. Of course I found a couple books I wanted.

I did restrain myself and only bought three books, one of which is the next classic on my current list.


I bought the following books, shown in the same order as the above picture:

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Goodreads descriptionWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of 17, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in Southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian – a text-based, roleplaying game played through the mail – Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Goodreads description“A werewolf epic. Can’t stop thinking about it.”–Stephen King

They live among us. 

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. 

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. 

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Goodreads description: “In this classic of the 1960s, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.

I picked up Wolf in White Van because I was instantly reminded of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and instantly knew I wanted to read it. Red Moon, though I didn’t know it until I read a review, is a werewolf story, something I can’t resist. Plus it was a staff pick at Powell’s. Kesey’s novel is the second to last novel for me on my classic list and I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t be able to get to the library and I got it for a good price.

Any of these three sound interesting or have you read any of them?

Happy Reading!

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5 thoughts on “PDX Powell’s Book Haul

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest had a big impact on me when I first read it many years ago. It’s the only Kesey book I’ve ever managed to finish. The other two sound interesting as well.

    Powell’s is such a treat, and I love that my kids are now excited to go there too. Portland has lots of awesome independent bookstores in general.


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