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Bestsellers

Saturday, February 28, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. The Sixth Extinction
    by Elizabeth Kolbert
  3. Bad Feminist
    by Roxane Gay
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  5. The Empathy Exams
    by Leslie Jamison

Staff Picks


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#1
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Girl in a Band Signed Edition
by Kim Gordon

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#2
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The Whites Signed Edition
by Harry Brandt

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"The Whites is the crime novel of the year — grim, gutsy, and impossible to put down. I had to read the final 100 pages in a single sitting. I began being fascinated, and ended being deeply moved. Call him Price or Brandt, he knows everything about... (read more)

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#3
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Frank Signed Edition
by Barney Frank

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#4
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Home Signed Edition
by Carson Ellis

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"A dreamy, painterly meditation on the diversity and range of dwellings around the world and across time and imagination....The text encourages the reader to participate ('But whose home is this? And what about this?'), and the cover illustration... (read more)

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#5
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World Gone by Signed Edition
by Dennis Lehane

About the Author
Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; and Live by Night, as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and... (read more)

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#6
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The Sellout Signed Edition
by Paul Beatty

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"The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it." Sarah... (read more)

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#7
Cooking and Food

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

Review
"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world...one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." Good... (read more)

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#8
Featured Titles

The Marauders
by Tom Cooper

Review
"The Marauders is so damned good you won't believe it's a first novel…and by the time you reach page 20, you won't care. It's rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny, sometimes in the course of a single scene. The cast is... (read more)

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#9
Special

Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition Signed Edition
by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

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#10
Literature

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie... (read more)

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#11
Ornithology

H Is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

Review
"In this profoundly inquiring and wholly enrapturing memoir, Macdonald exquisitely and unforgettably entwines misery and astonishment, elegy and natural history, human and hawk." Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred)... (read more)

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#12
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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#13
Children's

Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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MARTY WILL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE SHILOH When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too... (read more)

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#14
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Dead Heat Signed Edition
by Patricia Briggs

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#15
Health and Medicine

Good Food, Great Medicine, 3rd Edition
by Mea Hassell and Miles Hassell M.D.

Publisher Comments
This completely revised and updated edition is written by a brother-sister physician-food writer team with a passion for food as medicine. The 288 easy-to-read pages present powerful medical evidence to support adopting a whole food Mediterranean... (read more)

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#16
Literature

Whiteman: A Novel
by Tony D'Souza

Publisher Comments
"What makes Whiteman so affecting is DSouzas understanding of what its like to fall in love with people who will never be like you, with a place that will never be home and with a troubled continent that – despite your best intentions – you can... (read more)

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#17
Literature

The Konkans
by Tony D'souza

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"There is a kind of freshness and bubbling wonder in this book, the sense of a writer genuinely searching for answers." -- The Washington Post Francisco DSai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son—all the way back to the beginning of a long line... (read more)

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#18
Children's

Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
by Avi

Publisher Comments
andlt;B andgt;Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery Medalist.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which... (read more)

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#19
Children's

Calico Bush
by Rachel Field

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This heartwarming and enthralling Newbery Honor Book tells the story of a young French girl who is left orphaned and alone shortly after her family arrives in the New World.... (read more)

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#20
Children's

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607
by Elisa Lynn Carbone

Publisher Comments
When 12-year-old Samuel Collier boards a ship bound for the New World, he can't believe his good fortune. Collier learns he can be whomever he wants in the New World settlement of Jamestown. A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.... (read more)

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#21
Metaphysics

The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

Publisher Comments
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks,... (read more)

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#22
NEWARRIVAL
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
by Lynsey Addario

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#23
Children's

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One
by Rick Riordan

Staff Pick
Percy Jackson is not normal. He's got ADHD and attention deficit, and he's been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. Now he discovers he's a half blood: half human, half Olympian god. But his problems are only beginning. Someone has stolen Zeus'... (read more)

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#24
Literature

Family Life
by Akhil Sharma

Publisher Comments
Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation)... (read more)

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#25
Anthologies

The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

Publisher Comments
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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#26
Children's

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher Comments
This Printz Honor Book is a and#8220;tender, honest exploration of identityand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;Aristotle is an angry teen with a... (read more)

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#27
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Dreaming Spies Signed Edition
by Laurie R. King

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#28
Textbooks

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

Publisher Comments
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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#29
Sociology

Bad Feminist
by Roxane Gay

Publisher Comments
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. “Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink... (read more)

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#30
Sustainable Living

The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition
by Bill Mollison

Staff Pick
During the many years it was out of print, The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition garnered something of a cult following, while high demand and limited availability drove its price into the hundreds. Thanks to the good folks at Tagari... (read more)

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#31
Biography

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Chris Kyle

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He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called "the devil" by the enemies he hunted and "the legend" by his Navy SEAL brothers . . . From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history... (read more)

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#32
Featured Titles

Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine

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#33
Children's Animals

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon #1)
by Cressida Cowell

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Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.... (read more)

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#34
Pacific Northwest

Bend Overall 2ND Edition
by Scott Cook

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Bend, Overall is all about hiking and exploring the Central Oregon region surrounding Bend. This book details all the popular hikes, but it also goes way beyond what the mainstream "hiking" guides concentrate on. Bend Overall also describes hidden... (read more)

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#35
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

Review
"Station Eleven is a magnificent, compulsive novel that cleverly turns the notion of a ‘kinder, gentler time’ on its head. And, oh, the pleasure of falling down the rabbit hole of Mandel’s imagination — a dark, shimmering place... (read more)

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#36
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After Birth Signed Edition
by Elisa Albert

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A widely acclaimed young writers fierce new novel, in which childbirth and new motherhood are as high stakes a proving ground as any combat zone A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling... (read more)

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#37
Graphic Novels

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
by Roz Chast

Publisher Comments
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with... (read more)

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#38
Crime

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander

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The New Jim Crow was initially published with a modest first printing and reasonable expectations for a hard-hitting book on a tough topic. Now, ten-plus printings later, the long-awaited paperback version of the book Lani Guinier calls “brave and... (read more)

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#39
Foreign Languages

Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Problem Solver (Practice Makes Perfect)
by Erich W. Vogt

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Tackle head-on all the hurdles that you find hard about learning Spanish Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Problem Solver doesn't pretend that learning Spanish is easy. Instead of covering the entirety of the language, it hones in on those areas where you... (read more)

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#40
Self Help

Nonviolent Communication 2ND Edition
by Marshall Rosenberg

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Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively? Unfortunately, for centuries our culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can... (read more)

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#41
Literature

Battleborn
by Claire Vaye Watkins

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Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these... (read more)

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#42
Featured Titles

Get in Trouble Signed Edition
by Kelly Link

Review
“Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island. Link’s work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weird — she can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Get in Trouble offers... (read more)

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#43
Children's

Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos
by Robert Lawson

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Ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? As it turns out, the great inventor Benjamin Franklin got his best ideas from a mouse named Amos Funny, interesting and wise, this classic tale has been a favorite for generations. Once you've met Amos and... (read more)

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#44
Children's

Smile and Sisters: The Box Set
by Raina Telgemeier

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#45
Crafts

Couture Sewing: The Couture Skirt: More Sewing Secrets from a Chanel Collector
by Claire B. Shaeffer

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#46
Biography

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
by Ann Patchett

Publisher Comments
Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant... (read more)

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#47
Excess Culture

Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (Coloring for Thinkers)
by Lacy Mucklow

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#48
Gardening

Back in the Garden with Dulcy
by Ted Mahar

Publisher Comments
When Dulcy Mahar died of ovarian cancer in July 2011, devoted readers begged for her popular garden columns to be reprinted in the paper. Through Dulcy's editor Peggy McMullen, they urged her husband Ted, to write a book. In Back in the Garden with Dulcy... (read more)

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#49
Literature

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Staff Pick
After the umpteenth customer recommended this book to me, I made it my book club pick. The first few lines made me a bit nervous (because it could have gone so terribly wrong, you see), but I was laughing and crying within the first three pages. I... (read more)

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#50
Literature

Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn

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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out — with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes — to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has... (read more)

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