Powells Indiespensable #60: Barkskins by Annie Proulx

I love seeing this white box on my front step! Powell’s City of Books, based out of Portland, Oregon, releases a quarterly book box filled to bursting with a signed first edition novel and themed goodies.

Edition number 60 features Barkskins by Annie Proulx, a historical epic depicting the lives of the descendants of two woodcutters in 18th century Canada. Also included in this edition of Powell’s Indiespensable is Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Julie Williams. This is a book of short stories, most only a page or two long. Flipping through I can see stories about dead mothers, German Shepherds, the Aztecs, jail, and mazes, among others. Most of the stories are short enough they almost seem to be poems. I look forward to reading more.

It’s too bad these editions are way too pretty to bring to the beach. But you should expect a review (hopefully of both books) from me within a month (my to-read list gets longer by the day). And if you haven’t checked out Powell’s fantastic book box please do so at:


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