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Powells.com Top 50 books for Thursday, October 2

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Bone Clocks
  1. The Bone Clocks
    by David Mitchell
  2. This Changes Everything
    by Naomi Klein
  3. The Good Lord Bird
    by James McBride
  4. Things Fall Apart
    by Chinua Achebe
  5. The wind-up Bird Chronicle
    by Haruki Murakami

Staff Picks


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#1
Featured Titles

Wolf in White Van Signed Edition
by John Darnielle

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#2
Special

The Peripheral Signed Edition
by William Gibson

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#3
Featured Titles

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
by Naomi Klein

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"This is the best book about climate change in a very long time -- reminding us just how much the powers-that-be depend on the power of coal, gas and oil. And that in turn should give us hope, because it means the fight for a just world is the same as... (read more)

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#4
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A Load of Hooey Signed Edition
by Bob Odenkirk

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Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal TV shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from... (read more)

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#5
NEWARRIVAL

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
by Lena Dunham

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#6
Humor

Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson

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Includes a new chapter! When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the... (read more)

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#7
Travel Writing

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
by Mark Adams

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What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast... (read more)

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#8
Special

Thug Kitchen Signed Edition
by Thug Kitchen

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#9
BLUE

This Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

Staff Pick
When Judd's father dies, he joins his family for a week to observe shivah. Meanwhile, in the face of his wife's affair and a divorce on his horizon, he discovers his wife is pregnant. This doesn't much sound like a funny book, but it truly is. Tropper... (read more)

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#10
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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#11
Sports and Fitness

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

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The New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate... (read more)

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#12
World History

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
by Steven Johnson

Staff Pick
In 1854, as a cholera epidemic ravaged London, prevailing wisdom blamed "miasma"; in other words, "bad air" was spreading the disease. One prominent physician disagreed. It was Dr. John Snow's work outside of the lab, however — his innovative mapmaking,... (read more)

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#13
Mystery

The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Publisher Comments
* National Bestseller * Hailed by Edmund White as "a brilliant new novel" on the cover of the New York Times Book Review * One of NPRs 6 Best Books of the Summer * Esquire recommends The Sound of Things Falling “if you read only one book this month&... (read more)

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#14
Psychology

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer

Publisher Comments
Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually... (read more)

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#15
Special

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Signed Edition
by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman

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This is not just a book about running. It's a book about cupcakes. It's a book about suffering.  It's a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It's a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we... (read more)

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#16
Children's

Constable and Toop
by Gareth P. Jones

Publisher Comments
Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate,... (read more)

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#17
Special

How We Got to Now Signed Edition
by Steven Johnson

Review
“Mr. Johnson, who knows a thing or two about the history of science, is a first-rate storyteller.” The New York... (read more)

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#18
Featured Titles

The Paying Guests Signed Edition
by Sarah Waters

Review
“An exquisitely tuned exploration of class in post-Edwardian Britain — with really hot sex....Tension is high from the first paragraph....Waters is a master of pacing, and her metaphor-laced prose is a delight…until the last page, the... (read more)

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#19
Literature

The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Publisher Comments
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year “A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover review of The New York Times Book... (read more)

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#20
Children's Picture Books

The Book with No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

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#21
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Good Food, Great Medicine, 3rd Edition Signed Edition
by Mea Hassell and Miles Hassell M.D.

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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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#22
Film and Television
Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema
by Anne Helen Petersen

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#23
Literature

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami

About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark, What I Talk About... (read more)

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#24
Children's

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster

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Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and... (read more)

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#25
Crime

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases
by Michael Capuzzo

Staff Pick
The Murder Room is an absolutely riveting story about the history of the Vidocq Society, a group of forensic scientists, cops, FBI agents, etc., that come together to solve unsolvable crimes. I'm not usually a fan of true crime, but The Murder Room is... (read more)

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#26
Children's

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

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This much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxiers exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, its also a moral fable about human... (read more)

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#27
SF

The Name of the Wind Signed Edition
by Patrick Rothfuss

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The New York Times bestselling novel. This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent... (read more)

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#28
Children's

Marina
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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If you think you have what it takes to endure these deliciously creepy tales, they're all available at 30% off for a limited time.... (read more)

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#29
Children's

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1
by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell

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The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of... (read more)

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#30
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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#31
Literature

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
by Margaret Atwood

Publisher Comments
A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection,&... (read more)

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#32
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

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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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#33
Literature

The Magicians
by Lev Grossman

Staff Pick
As a diehard Narniaphile and fantasy addict, I think it would have been impossible for me not to fall in love with The Magicians. Taking a page from C. S. Lewis, Grossman introduces Fillory, a charming and uncanny alternate world created by a fictional... (read more)

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#34
Foreign Languages

Heuer Chronographen
by Arno Michael Haslinger

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#35
General

Legend of the Highland Dragon (Highland Dragons)
by Isabel Cooper

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"Cooper (Lessons After Dark) populates her Victorian England series launch with supernatural entities, sending a secretary from London's East End on an adventure that blends magic, history, horror, and sleuthing. Mina Seymour, who has pulled herself out... (read more)

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#36
Romance

Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

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Following on the heels of the mass market publication of Outlander, which introduced readers to Claire Randall and her journey through time, Dragonfly in Amber returns us to the heroine 20 years after her fantastic voyage through the stones in Scotland.... (read more)

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#37
Children's

On the Day You Were Born [With CD (Audio)]
by Debra Frasier

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A newly designed book and CD of a beloved classic. Debra Frasiers simple words and radiant collages celebrate the earth and extend an exuberant welcome to each member of our human family. Accompanied by a glossary explaining such natural phenomena as... (read more)

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#38
Children's

The Thickety: A Path Begins
by J. A. White

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A dark, forbidden forest. Vicious beasts. Deadly plants. An evil spellbook. Secrets. Mysteries. Witches, both good and bad . . . Welcome to the world of the Thickety. Full of action, set in an intriguing and dangerous world, and illustrated with gorgeous... (read more)

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#39
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer

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Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.... (read more)

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#40
Literature

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

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Donna Tartt delivers a beautifully rendered story about a young boy whose life takes a striking turn when an art museum explosion presents him the opportunity to "rescue" a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother.... (read more)

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#41
Literature

The Woman in the Dunes
by Kobo Abe

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The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the... (read more)

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#42
Literature

Inherent Vice
by Thomas Pynchon

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Watch a video Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at... (read more)

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#43
Children's

Oddfellow's Orphanage
by Emily Winfield Martin

Staff Pick
Adorable! Oddfellow's Orphanage follows the adventures of a group of misfits in a Wonderlandesque setting. A trick-performing bear family, an onion-headed boy, and a mute girl are just a few of the characters.... (read more)

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#44
Science Fiction and Fantasy

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

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The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her... (read more)

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#45
Special

How to Cook Everything Fast Signed Edition
by Mark Bittman

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In this must-have book, Mark Bittman streamlines and improves everyday cooking with 2,000 simple, innovative, and delicious recipes and a definitive game plan for becoming a faster, more intuitive cook. The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart&... (read more)

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#46
Biography

Walking With the Wind
by John Lewis

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Congressman John Lewis takes readers inside the civil rights movement in Walking with the Wind and shares rare insight into the personalities at its heart.   As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congressman John Lewis... (read more)

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#47
Self Help

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others (BK Life)
by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Synopsis
A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, numb, or like we can never do enough. These, and other... (read more)

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#48
Business

Who Moved My Cheese?
by Spencer Johnson

Publisher Comments
With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable. Most people are fearful of change because they don't believe they have any... (read more)

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#49
Psychology

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition
by American Psychological Association

Synopsis
The style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, this updated "Publication Manual" provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the... (read more)

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#50
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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