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Bestsellers

Thursday, May 28, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. Wild
    by Cheryl Strayed
  3. When You Reach Me
    by Rebecca Stead
  4. Above Portland
    by Bruce Forster and Chet Orloff
  5. The Omnivore's Dilemma
    by Michael Pollan

Staff Picks


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#1
Featured Titles

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
Crime

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

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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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#3
US History

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
by Steve Inskeep

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#4
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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#5
Special

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty Signed Edition
by Vendela Vida

Publisher Comments
From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a taut, spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity. In Vendela Vidas taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels... (read more)

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#6
NEWARRIVAL

The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May
by Mark Z. Danielewski

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

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#7
Biography

The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Review
"A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency....A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished....The Wright Brothers soars." Daniel Okrent, The New York Times Book Review... (read more)

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#8
Music

Words Without Music Signed 1st Edition
by Philip Glass

Publisher Comments
A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, allows readers to... (read more)

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#9
Children's

The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable (Genius Files)
by Dan Gutman

Publisher Comments
The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Times bestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you'll have to read to believe. With the real-kid humor that has earned... (read more)

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#10
Children's Animals

Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle

Publisher Comments
When Tonys mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move—Tonys new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the... (read more)

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#11
Special

The Book of Aron Signed Edition
by Jim Shepard

Review
US“Heartbreaking but never sentimental, comic but never unserious, terrifying but always engrossing, The Book of Aron brings us face to face with the unimaginable, actual truth.” —Daniel Handler “Heart-breaking, shattering... (read more)

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#12
Biography

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
by Sally Mann

Publisher Comments
A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of... (read more)

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#13
Cooking and Food

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

Publisher Comments
This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo... (read more)

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#14
Children's Middle Readers

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
by J. K. Rowling

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For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only... (read more)

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#15
Children's Young Adult

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Publisher Comments
A New York Times #1 best seller On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeksIncludes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange... (read more)

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#16
Literature

Redeployment
by Phil Klay

Staff Pick
Because we continue to go to war, we continue to need war stories, to share some tiny percentage of the experience of the soldier with the people back home they were protecting. This book continues in the tradition of The Things They Carried by bringing... (read more)

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#17
Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)
by Inc. (cor) Dorling Kindersley

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#18
Humor

Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings
by Ron Burgundy

Publisher Comments
The autobiography every true American has been waiting for: a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure. From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his... (read more)

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#19
Special

The Jesus Cow Signed Edition
by Michael Perry

Publisher Comments
The New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry makes his fiction debut with this hilarious and bighearted tale—a comic yet sincere exploration of faith in the face of the modern world. Life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley... (read more)

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#20
Recovery and Addiction

Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
by Noah Levine

Publisher Comments
Refuge Recovery is a proven practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction. Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, nontheistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process... (read more)

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#21
Literature

The Residue Years
by Mitchell Jackson

Staff Pick
A searing novel about life in Northeast Portland during the 1990s, The Residue Years brilliantly captures what it was like to be a young, headstrong African American growing up enveloped in poverty and broken families, tempted by drugs, and overwhelmed... (read more)

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#22
Children's

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate Dicamillo

Publisher Comments
Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; The... (read more)

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#23
Special

War of the Encyclopaedists Signed Edition
by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

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#24
US History

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn

Staff Pick
While some of the revelations contained within this classic by Howard Zinn have become familiar since the nearly 35 years after it was published (thanks in part to this book), it is to this day an astonishing and eye-opening read. Several revisions later,... (read more)

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#25
Health and Medicine

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, the Program of the Stress Reduction Clinic a
by Jon Kabat Zinn

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#26
Child Care and Parenting

Your Seven-Year-Old: Life in A Minor Key
by Louise Bates Ames

Publisher Comments
Your Seven-Year-Old is devoted to the delightful but often anxious and withdrawn child of Seven. Although any seven-year-old will have moments of exuberance, security, and happiness, in general this is an age of introspection. As it begins, parents and... (read more)

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#27
Anthologies

Bluets
by Maggie Nelson

Publisher Comments
Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets... (read more)

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#28
Nature Studies

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
by Thor Hanson

Publisher Comments
We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds surround us all day long. They give us food and fuels, intoxicants and poisons, oils, dyes, fibers, and spices. Without seeds there would be no bread, rice, beans... (read more)

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#29
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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#30
Children's Middle Readers

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein

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#31
Children's

Navigating Early
by Clare Vanderpool

Publisher Comments
“Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” –James Patterson A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book New York Times Best... (read more)

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#32
Children's Young Adult

The Lost Garden
by Laurence Yep

Publisher Comments
Young Laurence didn't really where he fit in. He thought of himself as American, especially since he didn't speak Chinese and couldn't understand his grandmother, who lived in Chinatown. But others saw him as different in the conformist American of the... (read more)

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#33
CH

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Slide and Find (World of Eric Carle)
by Bill Martin

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Eric Carles familiar illustrations of brown bear, red bird, yellow duck and the other endearing animals from his classic creation parade across the pages of this great interactive board book. As each page is turned, a new animal and its color are... (read more)

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#34
Children's Nonfiction

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--And Most Surprising--Animals on Earth
by Steve Jenkins

Publisher Comments
In this stunning picture book, Steve Jenkins takes us to Mount Everest - exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture. This unique book takes readers on the ultimate adventure of climbing the great mountain. Travel along and learn what to pack... (read more)

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#35
Children's Young Adult

The Apprentices
by Maile Meloy

Staff Pick
The follow-up to Maile Meloy's first young-adult novel, "The Apothecary," The Apprentices picks up the adventure pretty much where it left off without missing a beat. It's two years later and Janie Scott is trying to put the pieces of her fragmented... (read more)

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#36
Travel

Out and About with Kids Portland: The Ultimate Family Guide for Fun and Learning, 4th Edition
by Shawn Jones and Nelle Nix

Staff Pick
Perfect for visitors and residents alike, this clever, useful guide covers an immense amount of ground, and includes helpful icons that denote which attractions are free, stroller accessible, and educational. An indispensable guide for entertaining... (read more)

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#37
Featured Titles

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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#38
Children's Young Adult

Legend Trilogy #01: Legend
by Marie Lu

Publisher Comments
The gripping mafia action continues in this second book of the Cold Fury series; for fans of Harlan Coben and James Patterson Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, only this time shes also running from creepy beings with red... (read more)

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#39
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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#40
Reference

The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction
by Dinty W. Moore

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This introduction to creative nonfiction examines the building blocks of nonfiction prose one by one, illustrating how individual voice and narrative strategies delineate this literary form from conventional nonfiction. Individual chapters are devoted to... (read more)

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#41
Outdoors

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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#42
Literature

Loitering: New and Collected Essays
by Charles D'Ambrosio

Staff Pick
Loitering, Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays, feels like a confession — a secret you aren't supposed to share but are unable to keep to yourself. He writes with such an urgent immediacy that the words seem to vibrate, unable to be... (read more)

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#43
Biography

Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
by Kate Bolick

Publisher Comments
A bold, original, moving book that will inspire fanatical devotion and ignite debate. “Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.” So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite... (read more)

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#44
Literature

Gutshot: Stories
by Amelia Gray

Publisher Comments
A searing new collection from the inimitable Amelia Gray. A woman creeps through the ductwork of a quiet home. A medical procedure reveals an object of worship. A carnivorous reptile divides and cauterizes a town. Amelia Grays curio cabinet expands... (read more)

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#45
Special

March Signed Edition
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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#46
Literature

The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

Staff Pick
Leslie Jamison is a marvel. The essays that make up this collection are wise, uncomfortable, beautiful, humane, and utterly absorbing. They demand an investigation of the reader's own heart. I can't think of another book I've recommended to so many... (read more)

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#47
Astronomy
Photoshop Astronomy 2ND Edition
by R. Scott Ireland

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#48
Mystery

Disclaimer
by Renee Knight

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What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you? A brilliantly conceived, deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets—and the price she will pay for concealing the truth. When a... (read more)

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#49
Children's

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

Publisher Comments
A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir... (read more)

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#50
Religion Western

Light from Heaven
by Jan Karon

Publisher Comments
A final volume in the popular Mitford Years series finds Father Tim contemplating the revival of a remote mountaintop church, a challenge he hopes will be his ultimate calling but fears will be an impossible task. By the author of At Home in Mitford... (read more)

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