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Powells.com Top 50 books for Sunday, July 5

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Sunday, July 5, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  3. Being Mortal
    by Atul Gawande
  4. The Martian
    by Andy Weir
  5. The Boys in the Boat
    by Daniel James Brown

Staff Picks


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#1
Special

The Small Backs of Children Signed Edition
by Lidia Yuknavitch

Staff Pick
Lidia Yuknavitch revisits the aching wound of her stillborn child in The Small Backs of Children. While fiction, this moving novel reads like nonfiction — it is so personal. Yuknavitch has the rare and almost magical ability to write beautifully... (read more)

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#2
Special

Armada Signed Edition
by Ernest Cline

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Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event... (read more)

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#3
Special

The Oregon Trail Signed Edition
by Rinker Buck

Staff Pick
Rinker Buck offers a witty, fascinating account of the year he and his brother spent traveling the Oregon Trail in a mule-drawn wagon. Equal parts autobiography and travelogue, Buck writes movingly about both the original trials of the Oregon Trail and... (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

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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#6
US History

Abraham Lincoln: Selected Speeches and Writings
by Abraham Lincoln

Publisher Comments
The defining rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln – politician, president, and emancipator Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series... (read more)

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#7
Politics

The Communist Manifesto (Penguin Classics)
by Karl Marx

About the Author
Born in Westphalia in 1820, Friedrich Engels was the son of a textile manufacturer. After military training in Berlin and already a convert to communism, Engels went to Manchester in 1842 to represent the family firm. A relationship with a mill-hand... (read more)

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#8
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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#9
Literature

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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#10
Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Water Knife Signed 1st Edition
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Staff Pick
In this near-future thriller portraying a severely drought-ridden Southwest, the fate of the region depends on three people — Angel, a Las Vegas water knife whose job it is to ensure his city stays flush; Lucy, a journalist; and Maria, a young... (read more)

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#11
Featured Titles

Book
by David Miles

Staff Pick
"This is a book. Black words on white paper." But soon those simple words morph into an explosion of imagination. Using illustrations full of dazzling detail, not to mention plenty of those black words on paper, Book celebrates the limitless... (read more)

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#12
Judaism

The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
by Corrie Ten Boom

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#13
Children's

Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson

Staff Pick
Archvillain Lord Ballister Blackheart and spunky sidekick Nimona battle the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, but who are the real heroes and who are the real evildoers? This brilliantly complex graphic novel is filled with science, dragons... (read more)

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#14
Children's Young Adult

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

Publisher Comments
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. -from the Song of David (2 Samuel 22:35) The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare (author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond) won the Newbery Medal in 1962. This gripping, action-... (read more)

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#15
Sociology

Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation
by Muriel Emanuel

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#16
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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#17
Literature

Every Man Dies Alone
by Hans Fallada

Publisher Comments
“A work of European high culture . . . even at their most lurid, Drndic’s sentences remain coldly dignified. And so does Ellen Elias-Bursac’s imperturbably elegant translation.” — New York Times Book Review “Trieste is... (read more)

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#18
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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#19
CH

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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#20
World History

The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East
by David Hirst

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#21
Economics

The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations
by Jacob Soll

Publisher Comments
Whether building a road or fighting a war, leaders from ancient Mesopotamia to the present have relied on financial accounting to track their states assets and guide its policies. Basic accounting tools such as auditing and double-entry bookkeeping form... (read more)

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#22
Sociology

Who We Be: The Colorization of America
by Jeff Chang

Publisher Comments
Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the U.S. has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But... (read more)

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#23
Literature

Fight Club 2: #2
by Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart

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#24
Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicles: Day One (Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss

About the Author
Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best... (read more)

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#25
Christianity

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
by Steve Corbett

Publisher Comments
Good Intentions Are Not Enough Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty... (read more)

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#26
Children's Middle Readers

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

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#27
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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#28
Gender Studies

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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#29
Special

The Cartel Signed Edition
by Don Winslow

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From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican... (read more)

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#30
Children's Middle Readers

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2)
by J. K. Rowling

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#31
Featured Titles

The Book of Aron Signed Edition
by Jim Shepard

Staff Pick
Ten-year-old Aron runs with a children's smuggling gang in a WWII Warsaw Jewish ghetto. Child rights activist Janusz Korczak strives to protect his orphanage from the impending Nazi devastation. Their powerful tale, haunting and yet blisteringly real... (read more)

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#32
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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#33
Literature

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway

Staff Pick
Despite a long and varied literate life, I somehow made it to 2010 without having ever read Hemingway, even compulsory high-school Hemingway. Intimidated by his bravado and bullfighting, I steered clear of ol' Papa. It only hit me a few months ago, after... (read more)

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#34
Health and Medicine

AARP the Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life
by Tim Prosch

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#35
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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#36
World History

Nordicana: 100 Icons of Nordic Cool & Scandi Style
by Nordicana (cor)

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A celebration of all things Nordicana delivered in a stylish and fun package. You've watched every Scandi TV series going, you have Nordic light fittings, and you want Birgitte Nyborg as your Prime Minister. Yes it's fair to say there is a general love... (read more)

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#37
Mystery

A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child

Review
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “The indomitable Reacher burns up the pages.”—USA Today   Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, another telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back... (read more)

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#38
Christianity

The Screwtape Letters
by C S Lewis

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This classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the unique vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic... (read more)

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#39
Featured Titles

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

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“Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will... (read more)

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#40
Music

Essential Elements Ukulele Method Book 1: Comprehensive Ukulele Method
by Marty Gross

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#41
Popular Science

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
by Sam Kean

Staff Pick
Kean's latest achievement, lauded as his best yet, is a book about neuroscience, but don't let that intimidate you. Anyone who enjoys reading popular science books will appreciate the easy-to-understand explanations and wonderfully engaging stories that... (read more)

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#42
ADV

Isaac Bell Adventure #7: The Bootlegger
by Clive Cussler

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Detective Isaac Bell is back in an extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. It is 1921, and Prohibition is in full swing—even as millions still imbibe and ruthless criminals get rich overnight by selling... (read more)

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#43
Literature

Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or, Life Among the Lowly (Signet Classics)
by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom's Cabin is the story of the slave Tom. He is sold and sent south, where he endures brutal treatment at the hands of a degenerate plantation owner. As the novel that helped to move a nation to battle, Uncle Tom's Cabin is an essential part of... (read more)

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#44
Self Help

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
by John Gottman

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John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide... (read more)

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#45
Biography

Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty
by W. L. Rusho

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#46
Children's

Adam of the Road (Puffin Newbery Library)
by Elizabeth Janet Gray

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Awarded the John Newbery Medal as "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" in the year of its publication. "A road's a kind of holy thing," said Roger the Minstrel to his son, Adam. "That's why it's a good work to keep a... (read more)

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#47
Children's Middle Readers

The Kite Fighters
by Linda Sue Park

Synopsis
In a riveting narrative set in 15th-century Korea, two brothers discover a shared passion for kites. This touching and suspenseful story is filled with the authentic detail and flavor of traditional Korean kite fighting. Illustrations.... (read more)

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#48
Children's

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
by J. K. Rowling

Review
"I'm relieved to report that Potter 4 is every bit as good as Potters 1 through 3 . . . The fantasy writer' job is to conduct the willing reader from mundanity to magic. This is a feat of which only a superior imagination in capable, and Rowling posses... (read more)

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#49
Children's Middle Readers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J. K. Rowling

Review
* "Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl." *Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Rowling's wonderful ability to put a fantastic spin on sports... (read more)

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#50
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer

Staff Pick
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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