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The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

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

  1. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan

    Join Roan Novachez in his second year at Jedi Academy. Roan's adventures in pilot training, food fights, poetry tests, and general middle-school awkwardness make for a fun summer read that's hilarious and engaging. An addictive mix of comics and text from the great Jedi mind of Jeffrey Brown.

    Recommended by Kim T. July 29, 2014

  2. Oliver and the Seawigs

    Ten-year-old Oliver Crisp encounters a shy Rambling Isle, a myopic mermaid, and a talking albatross in search of his parents in this gorgeously illustrated adventure. Will Oliver rescue Mr. and Mrs. Crisp? Or will he be engulfed by the Sarcastic Sea? A hilarious read-aloud for the whole family!

    Recommended by Kim T. July 29, 2014

  3. This Is the Water

    Page-turning suspense Yannick Murphy style — always inventive, with gorgeous prose, surprising perspectives, and captivating characters. This Is the Water is a most unusual mystery.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014

  4. How the Light Gets In

    The Inspector Gamache mystery series is intelligent and addictive — and you don't need to start at the beginning to get in on it. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny's ninth Gamache novel, is a tour de force of mystery, including subtle and complex characters, beautiful prose, and surprising plot twists.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014

  5. Lucky Us

    Amy Bloom's hypnotic and gorgeous new novel displays her trademarks — remarkable narrative skill and richly drawn, evocative characters. Iris and Eva, half-sisters creating a family in World War II-era America, will draw you in and not let go. Perfect summer reading.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014

  6. Lunch Poems

    Most days, I carry a copy of Lunch Poems with me on my bus ride to work. It has been an icebreaker, a talisman, a security blanket, and much more. This 50th anniversary edition is a great opportunity to revisit one of the most celebrated poetry collections of the 20th century, or to discover it for the first time. It also includes 14 pages of illuminating correspondence between O'Hara and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as a preface by John Ashbery. And it's finally in hardcover, so it'll last even longer!

    Recommended by Adam P. July 24, 2014

  7. The Queen of the Tearling

    For 19 years, Kelsea has lived in the forest, watched over by an older couple. But the time has come for her to be crowned as the realm's queen. Kelsea must learn how to rule her kingdom and find people she can trust to guide her.

    Recommended by Mary Jo July 13, 2014

  8. The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

    Chock-full of Holt's trademark hilarity and hijinks, The Outsorcerer's Apprentice has overlords, underlings, and an unsuspecting young hero who might just change everything, including reality itself.

    Recommended by Mary Jo July 13, 2014

  9. The Other Side

    In this exceptional literary memoir, Johnson paints a candid self-portrait of a life bearing the weight of a horrendous event — getting kidnapped, bound, and raped by an ex-boyfriend. This is a story that insists on being told, and it is conveyed with incredible grace.

    Recommended by Renee P. July 13, 2014

  10. Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

    Far from the Tree is a document of such profound empathy that most readers will be stunned. Solomon navigates the barriers between parents and children with amazing emotional dexterity and an unmatched skill with words. There is not one person in this world who should not read this book.

    Recommended by Keith M. July 9, 2014

  11. Landline

    This is A Christmas Carol meets Rainbow Rowell. If you had a telephone that could call your spouse in the past, what would you say? Funny, a tiny bit tragic, and full of Rowell's usual magic and quirk, this is her best book so far.

    Recommended by Erin D. July 7, 2014

  12. Unruly Places

    Unruly Places is The Chronicles of Narnia for grown-ups, made real. Sorted into chapters like "Dead Cities" and "No Man's Lands," which are further divided into vignettes about specific locations (complete with the global coordinates!), Bonnett takes the reader on lively expeditions into both natural and man-made spaces, far flung and domestic.

    Recommended by Rhianna Walton July 3, 2014

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