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Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.

  1. Seveneves

    Cancel all your plans: once you start Stephenson's widely anticipated, deliciously meaty new novel, you won't be able to put it down. An exploding moon sets the stage for an epic tale spanning 5,000 years as humanity must find a way to survive the devastating aftereffects: earth's gradual but imminent demise.

    Recommended by Tate May 20, 2015

  2. The Orphan Army

    Earth is in a desperate state after an invasion of gigantic bug-like aliens. Will 11-year-old Milo become the hero his prophetic dreams keep telling him he'll be? This exhilarating series opener, an action-packed blend of sci-fi and fantasy, will have you hooked.

    Recommended by Xander May 20, 2015

  3. Nimona

    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, warmth, and humor.

    Recommended by Richard C. May 20, 2015

  4. Carsick

    When cult film icon John Waters decides to hitchhike across the country, expect the unexpected to happen. This blend of fiction and travel memoir features all the wit and dark humor Waters is known for, with a dose of filth thrown in for good measure.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. May 20, 2015

  5. The Upright Thinkers

    In Leonard Mlodinow's The Upright Thinkers, human history can be charted by the pursuit of knowledge — it is what defines and separates us from our fellow animals. Mlodinow creates a compelling and readable narrative about that history that all thinkers (read: humans) will enjoy.

    Recommended by Ethan May 20, 2015

  6. This Is Sadie

    Sadie's imagination is so huge she can go anywhere, be anything, without leaving her room. With soft, whimsical illustrations and spare, lyrical text, This Is Sadie takes us on a sweet adventure and reminds us of how far and wide our own imaginations can go.

    Recommended by Naomi May 20, 2015

  7. Proof

    In Proof, Rogers distills the science and history of booze into a fascinating, thoroughly enjoyable book exploring alcohol's most basic elements (yeast, sugar, smell and taste) along with its neurological effects and even the dreaded hangover. You'll gain a new appreciation for one of humankind's most alluring creations.

    Recommended by Tate May 20, 2015

  8. Hold Still

    This breathtaking memoir, marrying Sally Mann's powerful photography with a personal story so captivating that it rivals great works of fiction, reveals how one's art can become thoroughly intertwined with one's life. Read this book: it's a truly powerful work of art in its own right.

    Recommended by Abby May 20, 2015

  9. The Book of Aron

    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, will linger long in your memory.

    Recommended by Tracey T. May 20, 2015

  10. The Wright Brothers

    In The Wright Brothers, David McCullough spins a history both exhaustive and personal, sharing original correspondence and examining secondary characters like the Wright sister, Katharine. With McCullough's signature depth and thoroughness, The Wright Brothers pays captivating homage to the two men who so exemplified the American spirit.

    Recommended by Gigi Little May 20, 2015

  11. Wages of Rebellion

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares the stories of historical and modern-day rebels who had the courage to raise awareness about the unethical actions of powerful organizations. Anyone who is interested in current events and cares about justice in our society should read this book.

    Recommended by Ted May 20, 2015

  12. Saint Anything

    Sydney transfers schools and escapes the shadow of her brother's troublemaking reputation. Despite parental pressure and family drama, she slowly finds the space to be herself with the help of a community of new friends. Sarah Dessen brings her knack for skillfully understated storytelling to this tale of chosen families and self-identity.

    Recommended by The Dot May 20, 2015

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