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Powells.com Top 50 books for Wednesday, August 27

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
California
  1. California
    by Edan Lepucki
  2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    by Haruki Murakami
  3. The wind-up Bird Chronicle
    by Haruki Murakami
  4. All about Love
    by bell hooks
  5. The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition
    by Bill Mollison

Staff Picks


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#1
Special

The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
by David Mitchell

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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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#2
Featured Titles

California Signed Edition
by Edan Lepucki

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"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." — Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad The world Cal and... (read more)

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#3
Literature

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami is generally considered the greatest Japanese writer of his generation, but at times he seems more in tune with the culture of the West than of his native country. Throughout his work, the food, music, movies, and literature... (read more)

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#4
Literature

Never Let Me Go: A Novel
by Kazuo Ishiguro

Staff Pick
Set in a (barely?) alternate England in the late 1990s, Never Let Me Go is the sum of Kathy's memories. Kathy is one of many "donors" who have been brought into being for purposes that, while well-intended, can come to no good. Ishiguro's novel touches... (read more)

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#5
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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#6
Literature

Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn

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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out — with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes — to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has... (read more)

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#7
Featured Titles

The Organized Mind Signed Edition
by Daniel J. Levitin

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New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details. The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, were... (read more)

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#8
Literature

A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki

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A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki — shortlisted for the Booker Prize. “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo,... (read more)

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#9
Literature

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
by Italo Calvino

Staff Pick
One of the most inventive books in recent decades, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler has a nearly animate quality (or barely inanimate quality); its succession of unwinding mysteries suggests what it might be like to find oneself in a... (read more)

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#10
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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#11
Featured Titles

A Wild Sheep Chase
by Haruki Murakami

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A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation. A lonely 20-something young man begins a surreal quest in which he confronts not only a herd... (read more)

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#12
African American Studies

All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks

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"The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet... we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned... (read more)

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#13
US History

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn

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“Its a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and... (read more)

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#14
Literature

The Catcher in the Rye
by J D Salinger

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Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America's literary treasures.... (read more)

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#15
Literature

Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

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Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who... (read more)

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#16
Mystery

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Staff Pick
Both a cautionary tale for bad men and a clarion call for unhappy women, Gone Girl is a compelling page-turner that does not let up. Every few pages another bombshell drops, and the tension is exquisite! While Nick Dunne lackadaisically plans to show up... (read more)

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#17
Biography

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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#18
STAFF PICKS

Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson

Staff Pick
This is one of the few books I have read that has made me actively slow down my reading pace. Every sentence, every word feels purely distilled into its most emotionally resonant core. Robinson's prose conjures up that curious feeling you get sometimes... (read more)

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#19
Religion Western

Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman

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Two powerful, definitive chronicles of modern atrocities — the perfect books for anyone who doubts comix have grown up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus is a staggering personal depiction of the Holocaust, rendered all the stronger by Spiegelman's... (read more)

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#20
Literature

The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

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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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#21
Self Help

Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules
by Sarah Mirk

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With nearly 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, a growing percentage of women over age 40 choosing not to have children, and more than 3 percent of the population identifying as LGBT, modern life is clearly in need of some modern relationship... (read more)

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#22
Literature

Sweetness #9 Signed Edition
by Stephan Eirik Clark

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"Funny and moving. After this, nothing will ever taste the same again."--T. C. Boyle It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything... (read more)

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#23
Literature

Infinite Jest: A Novel
by David Foster Wallace

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Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our... (read more)

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#24
Reference

Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, & Publishing)
by Joseph Williams

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#25
Literature

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson

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What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and... (read more)

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#26
Philosophy

An Introduction: The History of Sexuality, Volume 1
by Michel Foucault

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#27
Popular Science

Don't Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall

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What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? In this groundbreaking and engaging look at one of the most important issues facing us today, George Marshall, world renowned for his work on the... (read more)

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#28
Literature

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

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Pi Patel is sixteen when his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and Pi is left alone on a lifeboat, his only companions stranded zoo animals: a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and a Bengal... (read more)

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#29
Mystery

How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #9)
by Louise Penny

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ONE   Audrey Villeneuve knew what she imagined could not possibly be happening. She was a grown woman and could tell the difference between real and imagined. But each morning as she drove through the Ville-Marie Tunnel from her home in east-end... (read more)

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#30
Children's Activities

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
by Keith Richards

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#31
Literature

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James... (read more)

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#32
Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's... (read more)

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#33
Art

Pedagogical Sketchbook
by Paul Klee

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#34
Popular Fiction

One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
by Chelsea Cain

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From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set... (read more)

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#35
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Perfidia Signed Edition
by James Ellroy

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“Perfidia is a brilliant, breakneck ride. Nobody except James Ellroy could pull this off. He doesn't merely write — he ignites and demolishes.” Carl... (read more)

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#36
Literature

Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami

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This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event. Toru, a... (read more)

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#37
World History

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City (Vintage)
by Russell Shorto

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CHAPTER 1 A Bicycle Trip A day in Amsterdam begins with me leaving my apartment with my toddler son in my arms, strapping him into his seat between the handlebars of my bicycle, working his blocky little sneakered feet into the footpads, then setting off... (read more)

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#38
Science Fiction and Fantasy

October Daye #8: The Winter Long: October Daye #8
by Seanan Mcguire

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#39
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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
by Seamus Heaney

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"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly... (read more)

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#40
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Lucky Us Signed Edition
by Amy Bloom

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Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal.... (read more)

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#41
Literature

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders

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National Book Award Finalist • Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year By The New York Times Book Review Includes an extended conversation with David Sedaris One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George... (read more)

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#42
Education

Human Anatomy & Physiology
by Elaine Nicpon Marieb

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Ninth Edition of the best-selling Human Anatomy & Physiology, trusted authors Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn have produced the most accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and visually stunning anatomy & physiology textbook on the market. Marieb draws on... (read more)

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#43
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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#44
World History

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
by Eric H. Cline

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"This enthralling book describes one of the most dramatic and mysterious processes in the history of mankind--the collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations. Cline walks us through events that transpired three millennia ago, but as we follow him on this... (read more)

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#45
Cooking and Food

Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces from the Author of Food in Jars
by Marisa McClellan

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Seasonal Canning in Small Bites Marisa McClellan was an adult in a high-rise in Philadelphia when she rediscovered canning, and found herself under the preserving spell. She grew accustomed to working in large batches since most “vintage”... (read more)

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#46
Photography

Camera Lucida
by Roland Barthes

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#47
Graphic Novels

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
by Jay Hosler

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An accessible graphic introduction to evolution for the most science-phobic reader Illustrated by the brilliant duo Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, this volume is written by the noted comic author and professor of biology Jay Hosler. Evolution features... (read more)

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#48
Cooking and Food

Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-To-Make Salads You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Love
by Terry Hope Romero

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As coauthor of the bestselling vegan desserts series (including Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) and plant-based bible Veganomicon, and author of the go- to international cookbooks Viva Vegan! and Vegan Eats World, Terry Hope Romero knows her veggies.... (read more)

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#49
Self Help

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
by Amanda Palmer

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"When we really see each other, we want to help each other." —Amanda Palmer Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk... (read more)

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#50
Cooking and Food

Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
by Marisa McClellan

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Popular food blogger Marisa McClellan takes you through all manner of food in jars, storing away the tastes of all seasons for later. Basics like jams and jellies are accompanied by pickles, chutneys, conserves, whole fruit, tomato sauces, salsas... (read more)

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