1. Firmin by Sam Savage
This story about a book-addicted rat will make you contemplate writers, bookshops, and life in general. It will break your heart even as it makes you smile. Firmin is definitely a book to be thoroughly savored.
2. State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
3. The Economist Book of Obituaries by Keith Colqhoun
4. Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose
5. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
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After 13 years with Powell's, Robin Fruitticher can confidently say she was lied to in her interview: her addictive need to possess the books she loves has not decreased in any way with the constant exposure that comes with working for a bookstore. She can only limit the addiction by spending most of her work week in the corporate building — away from the siren song of the cash registers — with a fabulous team that focuses on hiring and training.
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