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Powells.com Top 50 books for Thursday, April 24

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Thursday, April 24, 2014
A Fighting Chance
  1. A Fighting Chance
    by Elizabeth Warren
  2. Flash Boys
    by Michael Lewis
  3. Bark
    by Lorrie Moore
  4. Eleanor and Park
    by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters
    by Laini Taylor

Staff Picks


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Welcome to Powell's Bestseller Room. If you're looking for a dependable recommendation, you're in the right place. Each week we stock our shelves with our customers' current favorites. And since Powell's prides itself on our cut-above-the-rest clientele, why not follow their lead?

 



#1
Special

A Fighting Chance Signed Edition
by Elizabeth Warren

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An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesnt As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an... (read more)

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#2
Business

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty

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What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But... (read more)

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#3
Literature

The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

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From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamisons... (read more)

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#4
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The Serpent of Venice Signed Edition
by Christopher Moore

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Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator... (read more)

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#5
Special

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by Powells.com

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#6
Biography

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)
by Cheryl Strayed

Staff Pick
I know this title is everywhere right now. I was very fortunate to get an advanced copy, and I immediately fell in love. Why? Well, like many, my favorite books are those that seem to have been written just for me. I deeply understood the raw ache of... (read more)

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#7
Children's

Stepping Stone Books #0000: Next Spring an Oriole
by Gloria Whelan

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"Historical fiction at an easy level is hard to find, and this pioneer story, narrated by 10-year-old Libby Mitchell on her journey from Virginia to Michigan in 1837, is smoothly written and appealing. The wagon trail is not easy, and Whelan is... (read more)

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#8
Literature

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a... (read more)

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#9
Literature

The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer

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and#147;Remarkable . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself.and#8221;and#151;The New York Times Book Review "A victory . . . The Interestings secures Wolitzer's place among the best novelists of her generation. . . . She's every bit as... (read more)

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#10
Featured Titles

The Enchanted Signed Edition
by Rene Denfeld

Staff Pick
Rene Denfeld's The Enchanted is a book like no other. Set in a crumbling prison, the characters are the prisoners on death row, the grieving warden, the corrupt guard, the lady trying to stay the execution, the fallen priest, the white-haired boy, the... (read more)

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#11
World History

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
by Peter Stark

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In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent. At... (read more)

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#12
Featured Titles

I Loved You More Signed Edition
by Tom Spanbauer

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Tom Spanbauer is beloved by readers and booksellers alike, and he will be a featured author at the ABA Winter Institute 2014 to coincide with the publication of I Loved You More, April 1, 2014. Tom was one of Gordon Lish's original student writers in... (read more)

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#13
Self Help

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

Staff Pick
One-third of the world's population are introverts, and we are quietly going to take over the world while you extroverts are busy yapping it up and not paying attention. Don't say you haven't been warned.... (read more)

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#14
Literature

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

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In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin's enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that... (read more)

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#15
Beauty and Fashion

Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step By Step Techniques: 2nd Edition
by Lauren Rennells

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There are certain classic styles that withstand the test of time. The look of a beautiful hairstyle from 60 or 70 years ago is just as eye catching today as it was then, maybe even more so today. These hairstyles remind us of a time of elegance and... (read more)

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#16
Literature

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches
by Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut's other books from Seven Stories Press include God Bless... (read more)

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#17
Health and Medicine

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)
by Norman Doidge

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Is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel? In this engaging account, renowned neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto blends cutting-edge scientific research with personal stories to reveal how our brains generate our emotions. He... (read more)

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#18
Biography

Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
by Barbara Ehrenreich

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"Based on a notebook she started when she was 14 after a series of puzzling 'dissociative' episodes that verged on the mystical, Ehrenreich, best-known for her polemics on issues of social justice (Bright-Eyed; Bait and Switch), fashions an intensely... (read more)

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#19
DISP

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo

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A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esthers story along with an introduction by award-winning... (read more)

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#20
Special

Afterparty Signed Edition
by Daryl Gregory

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It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain... (read more)

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#21
Popular Fiction

Dead Wrong
by Judith A. Jance

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Juggling a family and a career has never been easy for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. Now the impending birth of her second child only adds to her burden, especially when two brutal crimes fall under her jurisdiction. A corpse is discovered in the... (read more)

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#22
Literature

Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
by Jess Walter

Staff Pick
Jess Walter gets nearer the Pulitzer with Beautiful Ruins. Chance meetings during the 1962 filming of Cleopatra in Italy set in motion events that spiral into the present day. Walter captures perfectly how the best part of life is that it doesn't turn... (read more)

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#23
Cooking and Food
Clementine in the Kitchen
by Samuel Chamberlain

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#24
Children's Young Adult

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #1)
by Veronica Roth

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A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a... (read more)

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#25
Children's

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

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"It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery..." Take your time reading this beautifully written book with an innovative... (read more)

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#26
Literature
Miracle of the Rose
by Jean Genet

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#27
Literature

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

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Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of... (read more)

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#28
Sustainable Living

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison

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This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the... (read more)

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#29
Philosophy

Meditations (Modern Library Classics)
by Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays

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Consigned to notebooks by one of Rome's last great emperors, Meditations contains the blood and fire of Stoic philosophy. It has been a favorite for many ages and graced the bedside of kings and laity alike.... (read more)

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#30
Mystery

Exit Wounds
by J A Jance

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Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with a powerful tale that explores the darkest corners of human nature. The heat is a killer in Cochise County, Arizona, with temperatures over 100 degrees. In the suffocating stillness... (read more)

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#31
Health and Medicine

The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes.
by America's Test Kitchen

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Gluten-free cooking takes a quantum leap forward with this collection of groundbreaking recipes and revolutionary techniques. We tried thousands of recipes (most were pretty awful) before we figured out the secrets to making favorite foods without... (read more)

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#32
Special

In the Shadows Signed Edition
by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

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 From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures... (read more)

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#33
Energy

Core Performance Guide: A Prescriptive Program to Achieve Significant, Predictable Energy Savings in New Commercial Buildings
by New Buildings Institute

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Core Performance Guide is the nationally recognized source on how to deliver best-in-class energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in high-performance commercial buildings. Core Performance brings together over 30 criteria defining high... (read more)

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#34
Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)
by George R. R. Martin

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out... (read more)

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#35
Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)
by George R. R. Martin

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A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin—dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine—has... (read more)

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#36
Literature

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.... (read more)

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#37
Children's Middle Readers

Series of Unfortunate Events #02: The Reptile Room
by Lemony Snicket

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Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. In the first two books alone, the three youngsters... (read more)

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#38
Literature

One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women... (read more)

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#39
Crafts

Beginning Glassblowing
by Edward T. Schmid

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#40
Christianity

The Shack
by Wm. Paul Young

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Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his... (read more)

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#41
Christianity

Christian Caregiving : a Way of Life (84 Edition)
by Kenneth C. Haugk

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Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend? This volume will challenge and equip you to care for others in a distinctively Christian way.... (read more)

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#42
General

Fundamentals of Physics (8TH 08 - Old Edition)
by David Halliday

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No other book on the market today can match the 30-year success of Halliday, Resnick and Walker's Fundamentals of Physics! In a breezy, easy-to-understand style the book offers a solid understanding of fundamental physics concepts, and helps readers... (read more)

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#43
Economics

Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis

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Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets. Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has... (read more)

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#44
Politics

All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power
by Nomi Prins

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Who rules America? All the Presidents Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history. Culled from original presidential... (read more)

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#45
Children's

Hug Time
by Patrick Mcdonnell

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There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug Jules the kitten (also known in the MUTTS cartoons as Shtinky Puddin') knows that hugs can make the world a better place. So he makes a Hug To-Do List--with the... (read more)

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#46
Literature

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years... (read more)

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#47
Children's

The Shadow of the Wolf (Stepping Stone Books)
by Gloria Whelan

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Libbys family moves to Northern Michigan where she is reunited with her best friend, Fawn, whose family now lives there with the Ottawa tribe. The girls happiness is short lived when they find out that greedy men are trying to cheat the Indians out of... (read more)

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#48
Humor

The Portlandia Activity Book
by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel

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This is The Portlandia Activity Book—a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through... (read more)

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#49
Children's

The Secrets of Droon #02: Journey to the Volcano Palace
by Tony Abbott

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The kids return to Droon to check on their new friend, Princess Keeah. Lord Sparr has taken a magic jewel from Keeah and hidden it. Together the four children must sneak into his volcano home to try to get it back.... (read more)

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#50
Mystery

Pampered to Death (Jaine Austen Mysteries)
by Laura Levine

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