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

  1. The Sunlit Night

    Delightfully quirky and charming, the tale of how Frances and Yasha come to meet on a tiny Norwegian island is both winsome and slightly melancholic. From the reaches of the far north to a Russian bakery in Brighton Beach, Dinerstein transports us to her slightly wacky world.

    Recommended by Mary Jo Yesterday, 1:55pm

  2. The Water Knife

    In this near-future thriller portraying a severely drought-ridden Southwest, the fate of the region depends on three people — Angel, a Las Vegas water knife whose job it is to ensure his city stays flush; Lucy, a journalist; and Maria, a young refugee. Frighteningly bleak but a pleasure to read, The Water Knife is a riveting, all-too-timely tale.

    Recommended by Tate Yesterday, 1:54pm

  3. Our Souls at Night

    What a blessing it is for Kent Haruf fans to have one last story to savor. In his resonantly lean style, he sheds light on a relationship between two elderly people living alone yet seeking the warmth of companionship in conversation during nights spent in bed together. Here is the essence: lives enhanced by the simple gesture of reaching out to each other.

    Recommended by Mark Yesterday, 1:54pm

  4. Make Something Up

    Reading the new Chuck Palahniuk collection is like popping that giant zit on your forehead: it's completely gross and full of bodily fluids, but you just can't leave it alone. After finishing, you step back from the mirror — exhausted, ashamed, and totally satisfied.

    Recommended by The Dot Yesterday, 1:53pm

  5. Ice Cream Summer

    Peter Sis's new picture book, Ice Cream Summer, is all about fun (and ice cream!) and family (and ice cream!) and learning (about ice cream!). It's the ice-creamiest ice cream in the whole-wide ice cream world!

    Recommended by Naomi Yesterday, 1:52pm

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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