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Powells.com Top 50 books for Wednesday, July 29

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  2. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  3. Wild
    by Cheryl Strayed
  4. The Tipping Point
    by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Martian
    by Andy Weir

Staff Picks


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
Literature

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Staff Pick
Having sat unpublished for over half a century, the release of Harper Lee's first novel, set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, is truly a literary event. Go Set a Watchman offers an illuminating look at familiar characters and places (Jean Louise... (read more)

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#2
Biography

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
by Jimmy Carter

Publisher Comments
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with... (read more)

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#3
Children's

What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss)
by Dr. Seuss

Publisher Comments
A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss! This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one's mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet... (read more)

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#4
Special

You're Never Weird on the Internet Signed Edition
by Felicia Day

Publisher Comments
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. The... (read more)

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#5
Biography

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Staff Pick
I could say that Between the World and Me, a piercing exploration of race in America, is a book that is timely and important. There's no doubt that it is. But it also has a purity and intensity that demands it be read. I cannot think of another book in... (read more)

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#6
DISP

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford

Publisher Comments
This stunning new colouring book by Johanna Basford takes readers on a inky quest through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart. As well as drawings to complete, colour and embellish, there are hidden objects to be found... (read more)

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#7
Literature

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Staff Pick
We didn't read this in high school. The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter, which was already a favorite of mine. Recently, however, I decided that I'd ignored To Kill a Mockingbird for too long. If you haven't read it, or if it's been awhile since you... (read more)

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#8
Cooking and Food

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
by Leanne Brown

Publisher Comments
A perfect and irresistible idea: A cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget—and a cookbook with a strong charitable component: With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, a second copy will be given... (read more)

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#9
Children's Young Adult

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Publisher Comments
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never... (read more)

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#10
Literature

The Tie That Binds
by Kent Haruf

Review
"An impressive, expertly crafted work of sensitivity and detail. . . . Powerful."  --Los Angeles Times Book Review "[A] fine first novel that dramatically and accurately explores the lives of people who work the land in the stark... (read more)

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#11
Horror

The Girl with All the Gifts
by M. R. Carey

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#12
Nature Studies
Animal Tracks of Washington and Oregon (Animal Tracks Guides)
by Ian Sheldon

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#13
Special

Reawakened Signed Edition
by Colleen Houck

Publisher Comments
The first book in a new multi-book series from New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Houck, about a teenage girl entangled in an epic Egyptian quest full of romance, adventure, and mythology! 
 Author Colleen Houck's first series, The Tiger... (read more)

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#14
Literature

The Other Story
by Tatiana De Rosnay

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#15
Special

The End of All Things Signed Edition
by John Scalzi

Publisher Comments
Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division Humans expanded into space... only to find a universe populated with multiple... (read more)

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#16
Children's Young Adult

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Staff Pick
The engaging story and believable characters can pull in reluctant readers, but this novel has appeal for all ages. Alexie has a talent for expressing emotional truths without coming across as sentimental. This is the kind of book you want to keep handy... (read more)

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#17
Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Martian
by Andy Weir

Staff Pick
An absolutely riveting adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars and what he must do to survive. White-knuckle, nail-biting sci-fi adventure at its best. You will never look at a potato the same way after reading this.... (read more)

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#18
Science Reference

Anvils in America
by Richard A. Postman

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#19
Textbooks

Better Business
by Michael R Solomon

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ALERT: Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, including customized versions... (read more)

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#20
Art

The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
by Emma Farrarons

Publisher Comments
A fun and unique pocket-size coloring book designed to channel stress into relaxing, creative accomplishments. Reinforced binding with strong glue allows you to open and lay this book flat to color with intricate detail without breaking the spine. In... (read more)

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#21
Gender Studies

The Argonauts
by Maggie Nelson

Staff Pick
The Argonauts is at once deeply personal and incisively intellectual. Nelson's prose shines as she navigates the terrain of pregnancy, motherhood, and the fluidity of particular familial relationships.... (read more)

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#22
Physics

A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design
by Frank Wilczek

Publisher Comments
Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and... (read more)

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#23
Mystery

Death at La Fenice: A Novel of Suspense
by Donna Leon

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#24
Special

Secondhand Souls Signed Edition
by Christopher Moore

Publisher Comments
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing — and you know that can't be good — in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moores delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job. Something really strange is happening... (read more)

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#25
Children's Art

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Publisher Comments
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing:&... (read more)

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#26
Literature

Beautiful You
by Chuck Palahniuk

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#27
Literature

Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
by John Steinbeck

Publisher Comments
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression   They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family... (read more)

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#28
Drama

The Flick
by Annie Baker

Publisher Comments
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks of three underpaid employees play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a... (read more)

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#29
Literature

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
by Tom Rachman

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#30
Biography

I Don't Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom
by Kim Korson

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#31
Literature

Lucky Us
by Amy Bloom

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#32
Featured Titles

California Signed Edition
by Edan Lepucki

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#33
Education

Handbook of Learning Disabilities, Second Edition
by H. Lee Swanson

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This comprehensive handbook reviews the major theoretical, methodological, and instructional advances that have occurred in the field of learning disabilities over the last 20 years. With contributions from leading researchers, the volume synthesizes a... (read more)

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#34
Literature

Persuasion (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Jane Austen

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First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work. Its mellow character and autumnal tone have long made it a favorite with Austen readers. Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter... (read more)

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#35
Literature

1984
by George Orwell

Publisher Comments
View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at... (read more)

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#36
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Goddess of the Ice Realm :Lord of the Isles Series
by David Drake

Review
"Drake's ambitious high-fantasy saga, Lord of the Isles . . . is emerging as the author's most important work." --Publishers Weekly on Mistress of the Catacombs "The book was fascinating throughout, a pleasure to read. . . . certainly one of the finest... (read more)

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#37
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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#38
Religion Comparative

Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
by Elizabeth A. Johnson

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#39
Children's

Blueberries for Sal (Picture Puffins)
by Robert Mccloskey

Staff Pick
This classic is a must for anybody who has a child (or doesn't). Little Bear and Sal have an unexpected adventure when they go out blueberry picking with their mothers.... (read more)

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#40
Art

Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me
by Millie Marotta

Publisher Comments
Adult coloring book fans will delight in these beautifully drawn and inviting idyllic settings. Created by illustrator and paper-cutting artist Mihoko andldquo;gardenandrdquo; Kurihara, Harmony of Nature presents pastoral vignettes both whimsical and... (read more)

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#41
Education

School Leadership for Results: Shifting the Focus of Leader Evaluation (None)
by Beverly G. Carbaugh

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#42
Special

The Dying Grass Signed Edition
by William T. Vollmann

Publisher Comments
The National Book Award winner takes readers inside the epic fighting retreat of the Nez Perce Indians In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T... (read more)

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#43
Children's

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (J.J. Tully Mysteries)
by Doreen Cronin

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J.J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So hes not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their... (read more)

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#44
Christianity
Bible Women
by Lindsay Hardin Freeman

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#45
Biography

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
by Carla Power

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An acclaimed American journalist and an internationally renowned sheikh challenge their worldviews--and friendship--to help bridge one of the greatest divides shaping our world today If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Powers eye-opening story of how she and... (read more)

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#46
Literature
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West
by Wallace Stegner

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#47
Literature

Beloved
by Toni Morrison

Review
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#48
Literature

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

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#49
Literature
Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner
by Wallace Stegner

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#50
Literature

Where You Once Belonged
by Kent Haruf

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US"Taut and deadly. . . . A terse and beautifully wrought                 narration."  --Los Angeles Times "A beautifully told parable--simple and... (read more)

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