Powell’s Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. In spite of their substantial size and reach, Powell’s remains grounded by their core values, which have guided them through the ups and downs of the bookselling industry. In addition to their in intimate relationship with Portland, the expansive online community of Powells.com reaches readers around the world. Here the booklovers behind Powell’s offer you their June 2017 reading recommendations. Happy reading!
David Lynn, Editor
To my mind, Michael Chabon has for years purveyed tales full of wit and astonishment. Yet they have ultimately seemed gossamer, lacking a satisfying or illuminating substance. His latest, however, Moonglow, is a magnificent blend of memoir and fiction about his grandfather. I came away feeling nourished as well as deeply moved.
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. Swift made his international reputation early on with Waterland and followed that dazzling performance with other notable fictions, including Last Orders. And yet it seems he’s rarely mentioned in the same breath as other contemporary British or Irish writers of the first rank such as Ian McEwan or Zadie Smith or Colm Tóibín. That should change with Mothering Sunday, a brief, crystalline, potent tour de force. Here is a master of the form playing a contemporary riff on Mrs. Dalloway. I loved it.