Hey, Jay Asher, look what's at eye level on the teen recommended shelf at Powell's! The brand-new Thirteen Reasons Why, that's what! Pretty cool, eh? Here's another view:
And check it out, also well represented: Robin Brande!
I was so excited to see both of these books prominently displayed at Powell's yesterday! I've blogged about them both before, but if you missed those days, I highly recommend both of these books. Jay's book is about teen suicide, and the way things can snowball in a young person's head until it seems they have no other choice but to end their life. The quirk of the storytelling is that it is told in a series of 13 casette tapes that the dead girl has recorded to be listened to by her peers, one by one, after her death. Awesome book, and amazing the empathy Jay has for teenage girls -- his agent told him there must be a depressed teenage girl inside of him. Ha ha! And Robin's book is a totally fun & thought-provoking read about the issue of teaching evolution vs intelligent design in schools. I loved them both!
And of course, I was excited to visit my own book on the "new & noteworthy" shelf:
(That's it by my hand.) It was a warm-fuzzy trip to the bookstore for me -- right away upon walking in I caught sight of a woman browsing a well-stocked Laini's Ladies spinner rack and she had about ten in her hand like she couldn't decide! I couldn't resist talking to her and it turned out she was from Switzerland and had come back to Powell's before going home just to get some as gifts to take with. Yay! And then, to see a big stack of my books faced out on the "noteworthy" display. Yay!!!!!!
I [heart] Powell's Books. Being a shut-in lately, I hadn't been able to visit my book in any stores, so it was nice to get out and meet friends there yesterday. I've been wanting to add a regular feature to my blog called "Sundays at Powell's" as a way of keeping up on new releases and finding funky old titles too and just as an excuse to be at Powell's once a week. This might be the first! After doing a little shopping, Jim and I went with Amy & Sasha and Amy's mom Meryl and her husband Murray to the vegan cafe a few blocks away -- The Blossoming Lotus. We love this place. It's in the lobby of Yoga in the Pearl, and it's YUMMY. All vegan, organic, with lots of "live" options too, like live soup and pizza -- I don't totally know what that means, but it sounds pretty hardcore. And Woody Harrelson was eating there in the corner, mellow as can be and looking very cool. We don't see "celebrities" in Portland very often, so it was kind of exciting, though we all played it cool, like we see movie stars every day. ha ha.
Then, yesterday evening, it was my dad's early-birthday celebration, at which cupcakes made an appearance. And the hit gift of the night? From Alexandra, a three-pack of novelty eyebrows:
Happy birthday, Papa!