Powell’s Books Indiespensable Subscription Review – Vol. 51
Powell’s Books Indiespensable is a book subscription box that ships every 6 weeks. So many readers recommended this box that I had to sign up!
FYI – this subscription is currently sold out, but they open it up every month or so.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Powell’s Books Indiespensable
The Cost: $39.95 a shipment (every 6 weeks)
The Products: Exclusive books and extras
Ships to: Worldwide
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The box comes with a little booklet that details the items in the box, why they were chosen, and includes additional exclusives, like an interview with author Cecilia Ekbäck:
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck – Value ? (Retail Value of hardcover is $26)
This book comes with an custom slipcase made just for subscribers. And it is signed:
Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow.
While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice.
As the seasons change, and the “wolf winter,” the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.
Smellbound Journal – Value $5
In the letter Powell’s mentioned they included this notebook in case you find yourself snowed in and find the inspiration to write a novel of your own.
Blackbird Food Co. Classic Strong Man Granola – Value $10
We’ve received this granola once before in a Fancy Food box, and my husband loves it. (Plus I like that they include food from local Portland businesses!)
Verdict: This is one of those boxes that isn’t easy to put a retail value on, but I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth in this box. Plus getting a signed hardcover book with custom slipcase just makes this box feel special! And I’m excited to start reading Wolf Winter.
What do you think of the latest volume from Powell’s Indiespensable?