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Powells.com Top 50 books for Tuesday, September 1

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Bestsellers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  1. A Field Guide to Getting Lost
    by Rebecca Solnit
  2. The Sixth Extinction
    by Elizabeth Kolbert
  3. The Warmth of Other Suns
    by Isabel Wilkerson
  4. Americanah
    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
    by Amy Hempel

Staff Picks


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#1
Special

Purity Signed Edition
by Jonathan Franzen

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A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland,... (read more)

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#2
Special

Steering the Craft Signed Edition
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art. Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short... (read more)

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#3
Special

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Signed Edition
by Salman Rushdie

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From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years... (read more)

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#4
Children's Picture Books

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Signed 1st Edition
by Emily Martin

Staff Pick
In this soon-to-be classic, Portland artist and author Emily Winfield Martin is back with her beautiful and charming vintage-inspired illustrations and a lovely message of unconditional love, acceptance, and wonder from parent to child.... (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
Mystery

The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #11)
by Louise Penny

Staff Pick
With each new release, Penny's intricately plotted, wonderfully nuanced Chief Inspector Gamache novels just get better and better. In this 11th installment, the now-retired detective must confront the dark side of human nature once again as he grapples... (read more)

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#7
Special

Undermajordomo Minor Signed Edition
by Patrick DeWitt

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From the bestselling, Man Booker-short-listed author of The Sisters Brothers comes a brilliant and boisterous novel that reimagines the folk tale A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners... (read more)

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#8
Special

Did You Ever Have a Family Signed Edition
by Bill Clegg

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The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reidand... (read more)

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#9
Literature

Last Bus to Wisdom
by Ivan Doig

Staff Pick
The final novel from one of the Northwest's most beloved writers, Ivan Doig's The Last Bus to Wisdom is the story of 11-year-old Donal Cameron and his travels across the country by Greyhound bus. Each of the cast of characters Donal meets during his... (read more)

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#10
Environmental Studies

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

Staff Pick
Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well... (read more)

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#11
Literature

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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#12
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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#13
Graphic Novels

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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#14
Biography

Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
by Robert Rodriguez

Staff Pick
Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know... (read more)

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#15
Special

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Signed Edition
by Jonathan Evison

Publisher Comments
With Bernard, her husband of fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease... (read more)

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#16
Native American

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3)
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Publisher Comments
2015 Recipient of the American Book Award The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising... (read more)

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#17
Featured Titles

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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#18
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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#19
Poetry

The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977
by Adrienne Rich

Staff Pick
How often, among literature lovers, are poems from Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language quoted? ("I choose not to suffer uselessly // ...I choose to love this time for once / with all my intelligence," from "Splittings.") This collection... (read more)

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#20
Literature

My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante

Publisher Comments
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait... (read more)

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#21
Literature

Secondhand Souls Signed 1st 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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#22
Featured Titles

Fortune Smiles Signed Edition
by Adam Johnson

Staff Pick
These six substantial stories by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Adam Johnson range in topic from hurricane Katrina to North Korea; his convincing characters are trying to make the best of some very difficult circumstances. Wrenching, masterful, and... (read more)

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#23
Literature

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neapolitan Novels #3)
by Elena Ferrante

Publisher Comments
The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan Novels! Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrantes fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish... (read more)

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#24
Mystery

X (Kinsey Millhone Mystery #24)
by Sue Grafton

Publisher Comments
Of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only two letters left, Grafton's many devoted readers will share that sentiment. X: The number ten. An unknown... (read more)

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#25
Literature

The Flamethrowers
by Rachel Kushner

Staff Pick
Land art, motorcycles, and '70s revolutionaries meld together brilliantly in The Flamethrowers. In prose both provocative and menacing, Kushner explores this unusual territory through the eyes of her intrepid female protagonist, Reno, and constructs an... (read more)

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#26
Graphic Novels

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

Publisher Comments
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... (read more)

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#27
Literature

The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels #2)
by Elena Ferrante

Publisher Comments
The second book, following last years My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The... (read more)

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#28
Foreign Languages
Panorama : Introduccion a La Lengua Espanola - Text Only (4TH 13 Edition)
by Jose A. Blanco

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#29
Special

Friday Night Lights Signed Edition
by H. G. Bissinger

Publisher Comments
With a new afterword by the author Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa — the winningest High School football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on... (read more)

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#30
Health and Medicine

Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
by Oliver Sacks

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#31
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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#32
Psychology

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
by Daniel J., M.d. Siegel

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#33
Health and Medicine

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
by Oliver Sacks

About the Author
Oliver Sacks is a practicing physician and the author of twelve books, including The Mind's Eye, Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film). He lives in New York City, where he is a... (read more)

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#34
COMP

Battle for the Nether (Gameknight999 #2)
by Mark Cheverton

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The action-packed Minecraft follow-up to Invasion of the Overworld! Gameknight999, a real-life Minecraft user trapped inside the game he loves to play, and his friend Crafter have transported to a new server. Malacoda is the King of the Nether, a... (read more)

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#35
Cooking and Food

The Beer Bible
by Jeff Alworth

Publisher Comments
It’s finally here—the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible does for wine. Written by an expert from the West Coast, where America’s craft beer movement got its start, The Beer Bible is the ultimate... (read more)

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#36
Literature

Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood

Staff Pick
This is my favorite out of all Margaret Atwood's books. It tells the story so convincingly of the cruelty and competition between young girls as viewed by the now older narrator Elaine. Complex and disturbing, Cat's Eye is a momentous book from one of... (read more)

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#37
Children's

The Book with No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

Staff Pick
A book without pictures? Boring! Except... "Here is how books work. Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say." With kooky irreverence and crazy words, The Book with No Pictures surprises as it creates a zany — and downright... (read more)

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#38
NEWARRIVAL
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

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#39
Economics

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

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The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global... (read more)

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#40
Health and Medicine

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
by Oliver Sacks

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In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimers disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotards syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of... (read more)

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#41
Children's

Confronting the Dragon (Gameknight999 #3)
by Mark Cheverton

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An evil army threatens to destroy all of Minecraft in the third Gameknight999 adventure! The ghast king Malacoda and the terrible enderman Erebus have led their monster army to the server that houses the Source, with plans to destroy Minecraft and all... (read more)

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#42
Health and Medicine

Awakenings
by Oliver Sacks

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Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were... (read more)

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#43
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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#44
Biography

On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks

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When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: "Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far." It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with... (read more)

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#45
Children's

Invasion of the Overworld (Gameknight999 #1)
by Mark Cheverton

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The world of Minecraft comes to life in this thrilling electronic adventure, already a bestseller! Gameknight999 loved Minecraft. He reveled in building structures, playing on servers, creating custom maps, and more. But above all else, he loved to grief... (read more)

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#46
Literature

The Wake
by Paul Kingsnorth

PW Review
"Kingsnorth's debut novel is a feat of linguistic speculation — it's written entirely in a modernized version of Old English. When our hero observes that 'I had cnawan yfel was cuman when I seen this fugol glidan ofer,' phonetics, patience, and the... (read more)

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#47
Children's

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot

About the Author
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won... (read more)

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#48
Architecture

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
by Matthew Frederick

Staff Pick
This small, pocket-size book, 101 Things I Learned in Architectural School, is a surprise smash hit — over 100,00 copies have been sold since it was published in September 2007. As a working architect and urban planner, Matthew Frederick distills... (read more)

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#49
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Among Others
by Jo Walton

Staff Pick
Serious readers spend half their lives consumed by what they are reading. I haven't seen a novel that so vividly illustrates this as Among Others does. I've been reading science fiction and fantasy since a young age, and I loved how Walton, a constant... (read more)

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#50
Foreign Languages

New Password 2 Student Book W/ Audio CD
by Linda Butler

Publisher Comments
Would you like to know: what it's like in Antarctica, the Galapagos, and on Mount Fuji? how your body works? the ways people celebrate around the world? New Password 2: A Reading and Vocabulary Text is the second book in the newly expanded five... (read more)

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