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Bestsellers

Monday, April 27, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. Station Eleven
    by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. The Boys in the Boat
    by Daniel James Brown
  4. How the Light Gets in (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #9)
    by Louise Penny
  5. The Sixth Extinction
    by Elizabeth Kolbert

Staff Picks


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#1
Special

Seveneves Signed Edition
by Neal Stephenson

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. What would happen if... (read more)

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#2
Special

The Familiar, Volume 1 Signed Edition
by Mark Z. Danielewski

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MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. ... (read more)

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#3
Special

Deal Signed Edition
by Bill Kreutzmann and Benjy Eisen

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The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For thirty years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. From... (read more)

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#4
Special

Before Tomorrowland Signed Edition
by Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird and Jonathan Case and Damon Lindelof

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#5
Literature

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Staff Pick
In Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, set in France in 1944, a 16-year-old blind French girl and a 17-year-old German soldier are on different yet converging paths. This is an amazing, masterfully executed tale. Each perfect word, each perfect... (read more)

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#6
NEWARRIVAL

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

Publisher Comments
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana — stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape... (read more)

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#7
Special

The Making of Zombie Wars Signed Edition
by Aleksandar Hemon

Publisher Comments
The seriously, seriously funny roller-coaster ride of sex and violence that Aleksandar Hemon has long promised Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancée of the main character, who has to find a way to a... (read more)

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#8
Nautical

Dead Wake Signed 1st Edition
by Erik Larson

Staff Pick
Spiked with suspense that builds toward inevitable disaster, this gripping story of the ill-fated luxury liner, Lusitania, demonstrates once again Larson's unparalleled skill at narrative history. For all of us who waited in anticipation of his next book,... (read more)

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#9
Graphic Novels

March: Book Two
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Publisher Comments
Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his... (read more)

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#10
Special

The Bone Tree Signed Edition
by Greg Iles

Publisher Comments
#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles continues the electrifying story he began in his smashing New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning with this highly anticipated second volume in an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice... (read more)

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#11
Self Help

The Road to Character
by David Brooks

Publisher Comments
"I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it." —David Brooks With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have... (read more)

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#12
Special

The Invention of Wings Signed Edition
by Sue Monk Kidd

Publisher Comments
From the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and the new novel The Invention of Wings (Viking, January 2014) comes a thoughtful, revelatory book of writings on self and spirit Before she won an international readership with her novels, Sue... (read more)

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#13
Mystery

Night Dogs
by Kent Anderson

Staff Pick
Night Dogs is a novel that takes place in Portland in the '70s. James Crumley has called it the best police story he has ever read, and I would have to agree. The dialogue is so strong that it cries out to be filmed by Scorsese à la Taxi Driver... (read more)

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#14
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Infamy Signed Edition
by Richard Reeves

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Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation... (read more)

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#15
Mystery

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Publisher Comments
A debut psychological thriller about a woman who becomes emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of something she witnesses on her daily commute. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles... (read more)

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#16
Sustainable Living

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison

Publisher Comments
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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#17
Children's Animals

Nightbird
by Alice Hoffman

Staff Pick
Two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig's family. This summer, it's time to break the spell. A magical, enchanting story about a village that believes in fairy tales, a hidden "monster," and the conquering power of love.... (read more)

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#18
Sustainable Living

Permaculture 2
by Bill Mollison

Publisher Comments
This book is about design. It is a practical book dealing with the elements of design which create a sustainable system. Energy benefits are discussed relating to both domestic and broad acre environments. Permaculture 2 is about design, not... (read more)

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#19
Anthologies

Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine

Publisher Comments
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first... (read more)

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#20
Literature

Aquarium
by David Vann

Publisher Comments
David Vann's dazzling debut Legend of a Suicide was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won 11 prizes worldwide, was on 40 “best books of the year” lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, Vann has... (read more)

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#21
Metal

Anvils in America
by Richard A. Postman

Publisher Comments
Hailed as the definitive resource and standard reference book for blacksmiths, anvil collectors, and anyone interested in historical tools, Richard Postman's Anvils in America is the culmination of 15 years of meticulous research. In 1982, while... (read more)

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#22
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
by Walidah Imarisha

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#23
Sale Books

Euphoria
by Lily King

Publisher Comments
From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the ‘30s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. English... (read more)

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#24
Mystery

Still Life
by Louise Penny

Publisher Comments
As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life — all except one... Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sret du Qubec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in... (read more)

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#25
Featured Titles

The Harder They Come Signed Edition
by T. C. Boyle

Publisher Comments
From New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle, a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent In the American character Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the... (read more)

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#26
Special

In Signed Edition
by Nikki McClure

Publisher Comments
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offersand#8212;the opportunities and chances that wonand#8217;t ever come againand#8212;and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylantand... (read more)

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#27
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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#28
Special

Natural History of Dragons #3 Signed Edition
by Marie Brennan

Publisher Comments
The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan's Voyage of the Basilisk . . .  Devoted readers of Lady Trents earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted... (read more)

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#29
Mystery

The Cairo Affair
by Olen Steinhauer

Publisher Comments
AN INDIE NEXT PICKA BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BEST BOOK OF THE MONTHAN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTHA POPSUGAR BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH Sophie Kohl is living a nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband,... (read more)

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#30
Literature

My Struggle: Book Four
by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Publisher Comments
Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel Out of This World won the Norwegian Critics Prize in 2004 and his A Time for Everything (Archipelago) was a finalist for the Nordic Council Prize. For My Struggle, Knausgaard received the... (read more)

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#31
Christianity

The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
by John Bevere

Publisher Comments
Escape the enemy's deadly trap!  The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God--offense. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don't even realize it. Don't be fooled... (read more)

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#32
Biography

Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behi
by Eric Blehm

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ERIC BLEHM is the bestselling author of Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For, which recounts the harrowing story of the first Special Forces A-team to infiltrate Taliban-held southern Afghanistan weeks after 9/11. Both books were... (read more)

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#33
Art

The Story of Eames Furniture
by John Neuhart

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In this unique 2-volume, 800-page book with more than 2,500 images, Marilyn Neuhart tells the story, to paraphrase Charles Eames himself, of how Eames furniture got to be the way it is.... (read more)

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#34
MYST

One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
by Chelsea Cain

Staff Pick
Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan... (read more)

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#35
Literature

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Staff Pick
Epic in scope and astutely narrated, Adichie's unabashedly frank novel follows Ifemelu as she moves from Nigeria to the U.S. and then back again. This is a book about race, about loneliness, about a love that straddles continents. And it's an absolute... (read more)

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#36
Art

Teaching To Transgress
by bell hooks

Publisher Comments
After reading Teaching to Transgress I am once again struck by bell hooks's never-ending, unquiet intellectual energy, an energy that makes her radical and loving. -- Paulo Freire In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent... (read more)

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#37
Children's

Books of Beginning #03: The Black Reckoning
by John Stephens

Publisher Comments
John Stephens wrote and produced television for ten years. During this time, he read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and fell in love with fantasy for young readers. He spent the next several years waking at 4 am every morning to write his first... (read more)

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#38
Children's

Tiger's Quest (Tiger's Curse #2)
by Colleen Houck

Publisher Comments
With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift,... (read more)

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#39
Children's

Girls to the Rescue #1: Girls to the Rescue #1 the Royal Joust: 10 Inspiring Stories about Clever and Courageous Girls from Around the World
by Bruce (edt) Lansky

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In most heroic tales, a helpless young lady waits around for a prince to rescue her. But the spunky girls in this entertaining series are much too busy saving the day to await Prince Charming. These adaptations and original stories from around the world... (read more)

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#40
Education

Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child
by Mary Gordon

Publisher Comments
Roots of empathy--an evidence-based program developed in 1996 by longtime educator and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon--has already reached more than 270,000 children in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Now, as The New York... (read more)

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#41
Beauty and Fashion

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

Publisher Comments
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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#42
Mystery

Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery
by Michael Stanley

Publisher Comments
“The best book yet in one of the best series going: a serious novel with a mystery at its core that takes us places weve never been.”—Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong Mystery readers who have not yet made the... (read more)

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#43
Children's Picture Books

Tales of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
by Beatrix Potter

Publisher Comments
Beatrix Potter's lovely illustrations, seen here in both color and black and white, grace this collection of thirteen tales that have enchanted young children for decades. As they introduce these stories to a new generation of youngsters, adults can... (read more)

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#44
Children's

Tiger's Voyage (Tiger's Curse #3)
by Colleen Houck

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The third book in the gripping Tiger's Curse series! With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the... (read more)

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#45
NEWARRIVAL

God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

Publisher Comments
The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue... (read more)

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#46
Business

The One Minute Manager
by Kenneth Blanchard

Publisher Comments
The blockbuster #1 national bestselling phenomenon is back... not that it ever really went away. An easily-read story which quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques, it also includes information on several studies in medicine and... (read more)

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#47
Children's Young Adult

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

Publisher Comments
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning! Theodore Finch is fascinated by... (read more)

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#48
Outdoors

Portland Rock Climbs: To the Edge and Beyond (4th Edition)
by Tim Olson

Publisher Comments
The ultimate guidebook that details the primary crags in and near the city of Portland. Includes Ozone wall, Beacon Rock, French's Dome, Broughton, Rocky Butte, Carver, Madrone, and more.... (read more)

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#49
Religion Western

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free
by Nancy Leigh Demoss

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Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.  "Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation," says Nancy Leigh DeMoss. "Many are in... (read more)

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#50
Psychology

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
by Scott Stossel

Staff Pick
Both a memoir and a far-reaching exploration of anxiety's many facets. Stossel fearlessly illuminates his experiences with anxiety and his attempts to manage it, all while providing a fascinating account of anxiety throughout history, touching on... (read more)

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