Tournament of Books 2015
 
 

Bestsellers

Powells.com Top 50 books for Tuesday, March 3

Powell's Staff Picks

Bestsellers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. Bad Feminist
    by Roxane Gay
  3. The Sixth Extinction
    by Elizabeth Kolbert
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  5. The Boys in the Boat
    by Daniel James Brown

Staff Picks


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#1
Biography

Girl in a Band: A Memoir
by Kim Gordon

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#2
Special

The Whites Signed Edition
by Harry Brandt

Review
"The Whites is the crime novel of the year — grim, gutsy, and impossible to put down. I had to read the final 100 pages in a single sitting. I began being fascinated, and ended being deeply moved. Call him Price or Brandt, he knows everything about... (read more)

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#3
Literature

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Publisher Comments
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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#4
Literature

The Buried Giant Signed 1st Edition
by Kazuo Ishiguro

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#5
Special

Frank Signed Edition
by Barney Frank

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#6
Featured Titles

The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson

Publisher Comments
Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in Americas whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the 90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding debut autobiographical... (read more)

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#7
NEWARRIVAL

H Is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

Review
"In this profoundly inquiring and wholly enrapturing memoir, Macdonald exquisitely and unforgettably entwines misery and astonishment, elegy and natural history, human and hawk." Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred)... (read more)

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#8
Special

Home Signed Edition
by Carson Ellis

Review
"A dreamy, painterly meditation on the diversity and range of dwellings around the world and across time and imagination....The text encourages the reader to participate ('But whose home is this? And what about this?'), and the cover illustration... (read more)

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#9
Special

Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition Signed Edition
by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

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#10
Cooking and Food

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

Review
"All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world...one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life." Good... (read more)

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#11
Cooking and Food

Death and Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald and Alex Day

Review
"This is a book that will inspire the next generation of bartenders. The Death & Co crew has managed to mix equal measures of hospitality and creativity, and the impact of their experiment will be felt far beyond their modest East Sixth Street saloon... (read more)

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#12
Literature

The Paying Guests
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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#13
Children's

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Publisher Comments
Discover the worlds of Lois Lowry in this beautiful boxed set. This perfect gift collection by New York Times bestselling author Lois Lowry, which includes the award-winning titles The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, is available to coincide with... (read more)

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#14
Children's

I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

Review
"This is the big one — the blazing story of once inseparable twins whose lives are torn apart by tragedy." Entertainment Weekly... (read more)

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#15
Special

The Sellout Signed Edition
by Paul Beatty

Review
"The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it." Sarah... (read more)

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#16
Travel

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugues: Lisbon - Porto - Santiago
by John Brierley

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#17
Health and Medicine

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

Publisher Comments
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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#18
Sustainable Living

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison

Publisher Comments
This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the... (read more)

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#19
Cooking and Food

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

Publisher Comments
Fire up your oven with recipes from what Paula Deen calls one of the "must-eat-at-places" in Savannah. Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark.... (read more)

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#20
Special

Epitaph Signed Edition
by Mary Doria Russell

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#21
Environmental Studies

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

Review
"Riveting....It is not possible to overstate the importance of Kolbert's book." San Francisco... (read more)

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#22
Literature

Nectar in a Sieve (Signet Classics)
by Kamala Markandaya

Publisher Comments
Named Notable Book of 1955 by the American Library Association, this is the very moving story of a peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved. "Comparable in many ways to... (read more)

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#23
Literature

A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

Review
"Tyler is as fleet and graceful as a skater, her prose as transparent as ice....We get swept up in the spin of conversations, the slipstream of consciousness, and the glide and dip of domestic life, then feel the sting of Tyler's quick and cutting... (read more)

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#24
Biography

Words Without Music: A Memoir
by Philip Glass

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#25
Health and Medicine

The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight
by Robert H., M.d. Lustig

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#26
Psychology

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
by Scott Stossel

Review
“Scott Stossel has produced the definitive account of anxiety....This story has needed to be told.” Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday... (read more)

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#27
Children's

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Classic Board Books)
by Bill Jr Martin

Publisher Comments
andlt;b andgt;The complete edition of the bestselling childrenand#8217;s favorite, andlt;i andgt;Chicka Chicka Boom Boomandlt;/iandgt;, is now available as a Classic Board Book!andlt;/bandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Aandlt... (read more)

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#28
DISP

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls

Publisher Comments
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in... (read more)

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#29
Special

Dead Heat Signed Edition
by Patricia Briggs

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#30
Featured Titles

Get in Trouble Signed Edition
by Kelly Link

Review
“Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island. Link’s work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weird — she can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Get in Trouble offers... (read more)

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#31
Special

The Long and Faraway Gone Signed Edition
by Lou Berney

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#32
GIFT

Powell's Smellbound Blank Book (Portrait, Lined)
by Powell's Books

From Powells.com
Lined 6½ x 9 journal, designed and printed in-house by Powell's Books. Cover features the first term in "Powell's Compendium of Readerly Terms," a collection of essential words and phrases for the discerning booklover. Reads: "smell·bound (... (read more)

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#33
Native American

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann

Staff Pick
Charles C. Mann has pulled off an impressive feat — a scholarly, thorough work of history that's almost compulsively readable. In 1491, he summarizes and examines the last thirty years of research into the pre-Columbian Americas, and comes to some... (read more)

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#34
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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#35
Special

How to Grow Up Signed Edition
by Michelle Tea

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“Wild, wickedly funny, and refreshingly relevant.” Elle... (read more)

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#36
DISP

The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

Publisher Comments
From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamisons... (read more)

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#37
Cooking and Food

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
by Michael Pollan

Publisher Comments
In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things... (read more)

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#38
Special

World Gone by Signed Edition
by Dennis Lehane

About the Author
Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; and Live by Night, as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and... (read more)

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#39
World History

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
by Peter Stark

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In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent. At... (read more)

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#40
Biography

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

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#41
Children's Young Adult

Freight Train Board Book (Caldecott Collection)
by Donald Crews

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Now toddlers can help spot the different colored cars of Crews's freight train in this sturdy board book edition of the Caldecott Honor Book. (Baby/Preschool)... (read more)

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#42
Featured Titles

The Jaguar's Children Signed Edition
by John Vaillant

Publisher Comments
From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of an Oaxacan trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.   Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to... (read more)

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#43
Children's

Little Owl's Night
by Divya Srinivasan

Publisher Comments
It's evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can't understand... (read more)

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#44
Literature

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

Review
“One of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bachs Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Paulo Coelhos The Alchemist, and Yann Martels Life of Pi.” Portland... (read more)

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#45
Mystery

Silence Once Begun (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Jesse Ball

Review
"Absorbing, finely wrought...a piercing tragedy...that combines subtlety and simplicity in such a way that it causes a reader to go carefully, not wanting to miss a word." Helen Oyeyemi, The New York Times Book... (read more)

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#46
Children's Young Adult

I Was Here
by Gayle Forman

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"As she did in If I Stay, Forman offers an introspective examination of the line between life and death, and the courage it takes to persist." Publishers Weekly, starred... (read more)

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#47
Science Fiction and Fantasy

Pocket Apocalypse (Incryptid #4)
by Seanan McGuire

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#48
Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)
by George R. R. Martin

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Game of Thrones: A new original series, now on HBO. Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of... (read more)

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#49
Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Martian
by Andy Weir

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“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years.…Utterly compelling.” Wall Street... (read more)

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#50
Biology

Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
by Kathleen Dean Moore

Publisher Comments
In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to... (read more)

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