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Every week the team here at Powell's gathers to put newly released titles to the test, sending them through a brutal gauntlet of criticism, not unlike something you might see on Survivor: Beirut. After hours of heated discussions over everything from plot structure to cover art (please, no feet), those with only the most merit rise to the top and are deemed New Favorites. And then we discount them 30%. Happy browsing!

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck
Staff Pick
Rinker Buck offers a witty, fascinating account of the year he and his brother spent traveling the Oregon Trail in a mule-drawn wagon. Equal parts autobiography and travelogue, Buck writes movingly about both the original trials of the Oregon Trail and... (read more)

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Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy
Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy
by Judd Apatow
Staff Pick
Judd Apatow's lifelong passion for comedy burns brightly in this new collection of interviews. Many of the best-known comedians working today are represented here: Jon Stewart, Louis C. K., Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld. When Apatow was 15, he took a job... (read more)

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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
by Sam Kean
Staff Pick
Kean's latest achievement, lauded as his best yet, is a book about neuroscience, but don't let that intimidate you. Anyone who enjoys reading popular science books will appreciate the easy-to-understand explanations and wonderfully engaging stories that... (read more)

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Modern Romance
Modern Romance
by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Staff Pick
Comedian Aziz Ansari is always a lot of fun. Here he brings his lively sense of humor to a topic with which he's well-acquainted: dating. But this isn't just some funny guy making jokes about his dating life. It's an in-depth look at the history of... (read more)

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Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
by Steven Pinker
Staff Pick
Pinker's book is an absolute treat for lovers of language and anyone fascinated by the human mind. You'll come away with a much greater understanding of how words form in our mouths and how language gets passed on, and altered, from generation to... (read more)

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Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters
by Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith
Staff Pick
Smokejumper is a fascinating look at the elite men and women who parachute into raging forest fires, risking their lives daily. Ramos provides a lively historical account of firefighting in the wilderness and takes us to the front lines, where fires can... (read more)

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On Writing
On Writing
by Charles Bukowski
Publisher Comments
Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, pivoting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski's stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this... (read more)

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Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
by Matthew Battles
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A profound, eloquent meditation on the history of writing, from Mesopotamia to multimedia. Why does writing exist? What does it mean to those who write? Born from the interplay of natural and cultural history, the seemingly magical act of writing has... (read more)

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