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Every week the team at Powell's gathers to put newly released titles to the test, sending them through a brutal gauntlet of criticism. After hours of heated discussions, those with only the most merit rise to the top and are deemed the best books of the season, our New Favorites.

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Yes Please
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
Staff Pick
Amy Poehler isn't just a completely hilarious person — she's a smart, hilarious person with a purpose. Fans of her work on Parks and Recreation and Smart Girls at the Party will devour the stories and advice that make up her fabulous first book... (read more)

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The Terrible Two
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett and Jory John
Staff Pick
From the hilarious minds of longtime friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes this epic tale of Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks, two schoolmates who live in Yawnee Valley, a town that prides itself on its knowledge of cows. Yes... cows. With great... (read more)

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Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story
Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story
by Marissa Meyer
Staff Pick
Feeling villainous? The latest installment of Meyer's sci-fi fairytale series spotlights the big baddie herself, Queen Levana. Travel through time (and space, of course) to discover how the Lunar Chronicles' most infamous ruler got her start.... (read more)

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All Our Names
All Our Names
by Dinaw Mengestu
Staff Pick
The story of two young men named Isaac who meet during an African revolution, one of whom stays in Africa, the other who comes to America. A powerful exploration of identity and what it means to be an outsider.... (read more)

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
Staff Pick
Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well... (read more)

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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
by Lena Dunham
Staff Pick
Lena Dunham has no filter, and it's hard not to love her for it. Here we get an entire book of her charming blend of unapologetic strangeness and deadpan humor. Fans will find out just how much of her past work is autobiographical, and if you're not a... (read more)

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Where Bear?
Where Bear?
by Sophy Henn
Staff Pick
Bear has grown so big and bearish that he really needs to find his own place — but where? With Sophy Henn's beautifully spare and subtly adorable illustrations, Where Bear? is a sweet story of friendship and finding one's place in the world.... (read more)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
by Jeff Kinney
Staff Pick
What could be worse than being stuck in a car with the Heffleys on a long road trip? Will Greg survive his parents, Rodrick, and Manny? This ninth book detailing Jeff Kinney's laugh-out-loud adventures will surely make you appreciate your next boring car... (read more)

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I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
by David Shields and Caleb Powell
Staff Pick
In this hilarious and thought-provoking book, Powell and Shields spend an extended weekend at a cabin debating the merits of each of their chosen lifestyles. Powell, a stay-at-home dad, is committed to embracing life to the fullest. Shields, a prolific... (read more)

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A Short Guide to a Long Life
A Short Guide to a Long Life
by David B. Agus
Staff Pick
Should you take vitamins? Is caffeine good or bad for you? How often should you exercise? If you're tired of trying to make sense of contradictory studies and new health fads, this quick, refreshingly direct read will give you sound guidance for a longer,... (read more)

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A Wonderful Year
A Wonderful Year
by Nick Bruel
Staff Pick
In his new book, Nick Bruel takes us through all four seasons of one particular (funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutso) year. A Wonderful Year is packed full of deadpan wackiness, unexpected turns, and, of course, a purple hippo named Louise.... (read more)

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How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery
How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery
by Kevin Ashton
Staff Pick
Drawing on countless examples of innovators and inventors, Ashton reminds us by example that creativity depends on hard work and perseverance, with a splash or two of genius topping off the mix. You might not reinvent the wheel after reading this, but... (read more)

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The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
by Sharma Shields
Staff Pick
Did Eli's mother actually leave home with a sasquatch-like creature, or just a very hairy man? To the dismay of those around him, Eli makes it his life's mission to find out. Whether the strange characters and situations we encounter are allegorical or... (read more)

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The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters
The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters
by Wes Moore
Staff Pick
In this follow-up to his compelling memoir The Other Wes Moore, Moore continues his story as a new Rhodes Scholar through the next 10 years of his life. Broken down into chapters of "lessons," The Work is an inspiration, encouraging service to others as... (read more)

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