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

  1. Undermajordomo Minor

    The delightful and cunning author of The Sisters Brothers returns with another enigmatic, off-kilter tale. Set in a vaguely fairy tale-like land, Undermajordomo Minor traces the wayward path of the young Lucien, who is to begin a new post at the castle of a mysterious baron. Darkly funny and deftly crafted, deWitt's new novel is smart, seductive, and a lot of fun.

    Recommended by Renee P. September 22, 2015

  2. Near and Far

    Heidi Swanson, author of the fantastic Super Natural Every Day, doesn't disappoint in this newest collection inspired by her travel journals. Her vegetarian recipes contain influences from Japan to Italy to Morocco to India and are delicious, inventive without being complicated, and, as a bonus, fairly healthy.

    Recommended by Tessa September 22, 2015

  3. Gamelife

    Michael Clune's mother accused him of using computer games to escape from reality. She wasn't wrong, but part of what's fascinating about Gamelife is where Clune escapes to and what he thinks about along the way. "I need to be somewhere else," he writes, and that is the gift and the curse computer games offer.

    Recommended by Mary Jo September 22, 2015

  4. Fates and Furies

    An attractive, charismatic couple who married young, Lotto and Mathilde were exceptional, with a seemingly perfect marriage and happy life together. As recounted from both of their perspectives, Fates and Furies reveals the stunning truth and dark secrets that lie behind their relationship. A tense and vibrant tale.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. September 22, 2015

  5. The Art of Memoir

    The author of several bestselling memoirs gives us a look under the hood. What makes a successful memoir? How does one handle the wily beast of memory? Karr elegantly dissects several well-known memoirs and gives clear examples of why they work so well. She also discusses her own work and writing process.

    Recommended by Mary Jo September 22, 2015

  6. The Thing About Jellyfish

    Benjamin's first novel is a stunningly beautiful and heartfelt book about overcoming a sudden death of a friend. Suzy wants answers as to why Franny has died. As she works through this, she gains two friends, acceptance of her parents' divorce, courage, and an appreciation for life in this universe.

    Recommended by Richard C. September 22, 2015

  7. Furiously Happy

    Jenny Lawson writes mainly about therapy, mental illness, and taxidermy, and I was laughing about every two sentences. About every six sentences, I had to put the book down and regain composure. In fact, reading this book made me annoying to be around, as though I were involved in a 273-page inside joke.

    Recommended by Britt September 22, 2015

  8. Quicksand

    When failed novelist Liam Wilder decides his best friend, Aldo Benjamin, is his muse, we are introduced to one of the most grimly hilarious, heartbreaking, foulmouthed, loveable characters to have graced the page in a very long time. Aldo consistently and comically loses at business and, sadly, in love, yet as Liam tells his story, often using Aldo's own words, we meet an original philosopher, an optimist of dark and deranged slant. Toltz has created a breathtaking world of deep and surreal emotion and profound intelligence.

    Recommended by Kathi September 11, 2015

  9. Undeniable

    Science guy Bill Nye's book Undeniable is definitely a manifesto. He takes on Creationism and the deniers of evolution eloquently and successfully. But it's more. With Nye's easy style and wit, Undeniable both effectively explains and exalts the wonders of science and our evolved world.

    Recommended by Gigi Little September 7, 2015

  10. Reckless

    In Hynde's long-awaited memoir, readers witness everything from her normal childhood in Akron, Ohio, to finding herself in the midst of the rise of punk rock in 1970s London, all the way through the beginning and sudden tragic end of the original lineup of the Pretenders. Reckless is both a whirlwind tour and a fascinating education in rock history.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. September 7, 2015

  11. The Blackthorn Key

    From debut novelist Sands comes an extremely clever mystery, with codes, apothecaries, a wonderful bookseller, twists and turns, action, and humor. Christopher and Tom have a friendship that reminds one of Frodo and Sam. Set in a medieval time with an ending full of warmth and love, The Blackthorn Key is definitely a grand read.

    Recommended by Richard C. September 7, 2015

  12. Waiting

    Caldecott-award-winning-author Kevin Henkes brings us this elegant and lovingly charming book centering around toys Owl, Pig, Bear, Puppy, and Rabbit. Their lives are spent together waiting on the window sill content with observing and sharing their wonderful world. A great picture book that teaches patience, stillness, and community.

    Recommended by Kim T. September 1, 2015

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