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Bestsellers

Tuesday, May 5, 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. 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
Nature Studies

H Is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

Staff Pick
Shocked by her father's unexpected death, lifelong falconer Helen Macdonald decides to take on training the fearsome goshawk, considered amongst the most difficult birds to train. This beautifully written and touching memoir traverses the obscure world... (read more)

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#3
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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#4
Literature

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Publisher Comments
An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a... (read more)

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#5
Literature

The Infinite Tides
by Christian Kiefer

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Set in depleted, post-recession suburbia, with its endlessly interlocking cul-de-sacs, mega-parking lots and big box stores, The Infinite Tides tells the story of star astronaut Keith Corcoran's return to earth. Keith comes home from a lengthy mission... (read more)

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#6
Crime

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
Children's

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park

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From Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park, an emotional novel based on a true story. Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee... (read more)

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#8
Children's Middle Readers

What Was Ellis Island? (What Was...)
by Patricia Brennan Demuth

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On August 25th, 2005, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in history hit the Gulf of Mexico. High winds and rain pummeled coastal communities, including the City of New Orleans, which was left under 15 feet of water in some areas after... (read more)

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#9
Children's

Rooftoppers
by Katherine Rundell

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and#8220;The beauty of sky, music, and the belief in and#8216;extraordinary thingsand#8217; triumph in this whimsical and magical taleand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret... (read more)

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#10
Reference

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris

Publisher Comments
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language... (read more)

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#11
Children's

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate Dicamillo

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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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#12
Science Fiction and Fantasy

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

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#13
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

Staff Pick
Brown masterfully narrates the tale of the 1936 American Olympic rowing team and their gold medal triumph. He paints a vivid picture of the men in the boat, their world, and their sport. A fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.... (read more)

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#14
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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#15
Self Help

Why Is It Always about You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism
by Sandy Hotchkiss

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The first popular book on narcissism in more than a decade shows readers how to cope with the controlling, self-absorbed people in their lives, and offers healthy strategies for rebuilding self-esteem.... (read more)

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#16
Agriculture

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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#17
Children's Nonfiction

What Was the March on Washington? (What Was...)
by Kathleen Krull

Publisher Comments
Before 1914, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast meant going by land across the entire United States. To go by sea involved a long journey around South America and north along the Pacific Coast. But then, in a dangerous and amazing feat of... (read more)

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#18
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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#19
Biography

The Argonauts
by Maggie Nelson

Review
"A fiercely provocative and intellectually audacious memoir that focuses on motherhood, love and gender fluidity....The author turns the whole process and concept of motherhood inside out, exploring every possible perspective, blurring the distinctions... (read more)

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#20
Children's Animals

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

Publisher Comments
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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#21
Children's

No Talking
by Andrew Clements

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Itand#8217;s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative, and most competitive fifth graders in history challenge one another to see who can go longer without talking. Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar, until an innovative teacher... (read more)

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#22
Children's

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year (Charlie Bumpers)
by Bill Harley

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#23
Featured Titles

The Beauty Signed Edition
by Jane Hirshfield

Publisher Comments
A stunning new collection of verse, paired with the publication of Ten Windows, the author's new collection of essays, becomes a literary occasion for spring and Poetry Month. This new collection opens with a series of "My" poems — "My... (read more)

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#24
RED

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel

Staff Pick
Fun Home, in concert with Craig Thompson's Blankets, was one of the works that proved to my doubting eyes that graphic novels could reach heights every bit as poetic, moving, and magical as the finest prose. Darkly funny but wholly sincere, the story of... (read more)

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#25
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

Staff Pick
Station Eleven has that magical quality of the best books: it transports you completely to another reality while secretly expanding your understanding of this one. I read a lot of books this year that I loved, but this was the only one that gave me a... (read more)

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#26
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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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#27
Literature

Paris: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd

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#28
Cooking and Food

Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy's Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta
by Jenn Louis

Publisher Comments
Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, and making it by hand is a favorite project for weekend cooks. From rising culinary star and 2012 Food and Wine Best New Chef Jenn Louis, this book includes more than 65 recipes for hand-shaped traditional pastas and... (read more)

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#29
Special

Dry Bones Signed Edition
by Craig Johnson

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A sheriffs mysterious death spurs the new novel in the New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire series   Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming... (read more)

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#30
Popular Fiction

Night Manager
by John Le Carre

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"A beautifully polished, utterly knowing and palpitating book." TIME Enter the new world of post Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. The... (read more)

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#31
Literature

An Irish Volunteer
by Juliet Cardinal

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An Irish Volunteer is based on the true stories of Joe Plunkett and Grace Gifford. Joe is an eccentric, mystical poet and the Catholic son of a count. He joins a secret rebel organization of writers, professors, philosophers, and activists in a... (read more)

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#32
Graphic Novels

Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel Now)
by Matt Fraction

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The breakout star of this summer's blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton - aka the self-made hero Hawkeye - fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to prove himself as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! SHIELD recruits... (read more)

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#33
Mystery

Alex
by Pierre Lemaitre

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Her life is a series of frozen images, a spool of film that has snapped in the projector—it is impossible for her to rewind, to refashion her story, to find new words. The next time she has dinner here, she might stay a little later, and he might... (read more)

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#34
Literature

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

Publisher Comments
Revisit Orwell’s classic satire Animal Farm As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice... (read more)

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#35
Literature

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Donna Tartt

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE "The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of... (read more)

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#36
Popular Fiction

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

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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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#37
LIT

The Distant Marvels
by Chantel Acevedo

Review
"With baroque detail, intense pacing and a melodramatic plot, Acevedo depicts pivotal moments in Cuba's history through the eyes of a humble but hardly ordinary woman." The Miami Herald... (read more)

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#38
Child Care and Parenting

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense
by Ellyn Satter

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This completely revised edition offers helpful, accessible advice to parents on feeding their children, from pre-natals to preteens, with a special section covering specific problems. Illustrations. Charts & tables.... (read more)

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#39
Graphic Novels

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
by G. Willow Wilson

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Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all... (read more)

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#40
General

Telling the Bees
by Faith Shearin

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#41
Physics

Evolution of Physics
by Albert Einstein

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#42
Mystery

The Black-Eyed Blonde (Philip Marlowe)
by Benjamin Black

Publisher Comments
"SOMEWHERE RAYMOND CHANDLER IS SMILING . . . I LOVED THIS BOOK. IT WAS LIKE HAVING AN OLD FRIEND, ONE YOU ASSUMED WAS DEAD, WALK INTO THE ROOM."—Stephen King “It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the... (read more)

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#43
Self Help

All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks

Staff Pick
We're taught to think of love as something that happens to us. It's a magical but altogether passive experience. In her deeply personal and emphatic All about Love, renowned social activist and feminist bell hooks asserts that, in fact, love is a choice... (read more)

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#44
AMERC
Banditti of the Plains
by A S Mercer

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#45
Child Care and Parenting

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep (On Becoming. . .)
by Gary Ezzo

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#46
Literature

It's Classified
by Nicolle Wallace

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The latest “must for political junkies and fans of political fiction”* from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Wallace. The four most powerful women in Washington are at the top of their political game. . . . What could possibly go... (read more)

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#47
Biography

Everyman's Library #188: Speak, Memory
by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Publisher Comments
From Chinua Achebe to Toni Morrison and Raymond Chandler to Joan Didion, the Everymans Library Contemporary Classics set is a collection of the finest literature of our time by award-winning and bestselling writers with new introductions and author... (read more)

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#48
Child Care and Parenting

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Sears Parenting Library)
by William, M.d. Sears

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The classic guide of the post-Dr. Spock generation has been revised to include the latest information on virtually every aspect of infant and baby care. THE BABY BOOK is unrivaled in its scope and authority, and presents a practical, contemporary... (read more)

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#49
Foreign Languages

Finnish Dictionary & Phrasebook: Finnish-English, English-Finnish
by Ville Kataja

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This compact dictionary and phrasebook features a concise, easy-to-use grammar guide, a pronunciation table, and a handy reference section that provides the reader with the basics of the Finnish language. Also included is an introduction to the country's... (read more)

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#50
Special

Seriously Wicked Signed Edition
by Tina Connolly

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The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly. Camellias adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Moms a seriously wicked witch. Cams used to stopping the witchs crazy schemes for world domination. But when the... (read more)

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