70 Best Arts-and-Entertainment Books

Recommended by the staff at Powell’s Books

PPowell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell’s headquarters, dubbed Powell’s City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.

1. Youll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

2. Salad for President An Everyday Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman

3. Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

5. Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts

6. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby

7. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. by Laura Jane Grace

8. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

9. Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977–2002 by David Sedaris

10. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell

11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One & Two, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J K Rowling

12. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

13. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker

14. The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Säfström

15. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr

16. Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde

17. Liar: A Memoir by Rob Roberge

18. everyones a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun

19. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt

20. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson, Stieg

21. Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas

22. Cages by Dave McKean

23. How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz

24. Wishful Drinking by Fisher, Carrie

25. Adulthood Is a Myth A Sarahs Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

26. Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600–1914 by Aileen Ribeiro

27. Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

28. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

29. To Be Young Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry

30. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

31. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J K Rowling

32. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

33. Not That Kind of Girl A Young Woman Tells You What Shes Learned by Lena Dunham

34. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

35. How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: and Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives by Zachary Auburn

36. Bait: Off Color Stories for You to Color by Chuck Palahniuk

37. @Natgeo The Most Popular Instagram Photos by National Geographic

38. Dear White People by Justin Simien

39. Asunder Dragon Age by David Gaider

40. Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker

41. The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

42. Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) by Isaac Fitzgerald, Wendy Macnaughton

43. Absolutely on Music Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa

44. The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests by Chris Smith, Jon Stewart

45. Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman

46. I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir by Brian Wilson, Ben Greenman

47. A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

48. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by Rakoff, David

49. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

50. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

51. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

52. All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon

53. The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits by Simon Schama

54. M Train by Patti Smith

55. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

56. Petty The Biography by Warren Zanes

57. On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

58. Doctor Who Travels in Time Coloring Book by Price Stern Sloan

59. Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre and Beautiful World by Camilla D’Errico

60. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

61. Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life by Laurie Notaro

62. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

63. I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

64. Out on the Wire the Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel

65. Its What I Do A Photographers Life of Love & War by Lynsey Addario

66. I Was a Child: A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan

67. Adventure Time: Hero Time with Finn and Jake by Brandon T. Snider

68. A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictators Rise to Power by Paul Fischer

69. Hold Still A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

70. Block Wonders How to Build Super Structures in Minecraft by Kirsten Kearney


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