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    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel 9780804172448
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Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch
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Creepy and disturbing, Koch's Summer House with Swimming Pool is the story of one family and their unraveling one summer. Staying with an insufferable actor at his summer home, Dr. Marc Schlosser's vacation choice for his family is a dire one. As things begin to degrade and then worsen to disaster, Dr. Schlosser begins to think of revenge. Told in Koch's typical straightforward, deadpan style, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a nerve-wracking, tense read, full of twists and turns. It is completely riveting.
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Young God
Young God
by Katherine Faw Morris
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There's no way to sugarcoat the contents of this novel by debut author Katherine Faw Morris, and no reason to — it is sharp and chilling and raw, and very compelling. After witnessing her mother's death while cliff diving, 13-year-old Nikki sets out after her father and her inheritance, finding herself in situations that are as shockingly brutal as she is adaptable in this hillbilly horror. Captured in swift and vivid prose, this is for fans of transgressive fiction alongside the likes of George Bataille, Michael Gira, and Richard Hell.
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The Festival of Insignificance
The Festival of Insignificance
by Milan Kundera
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Milan Kundera's first novel in more than 10 years is a spare, darkly comical book that explores such subjects as art, Stalin, Schopenhauer, the female navel, marionettes, death, and peeing in parks. Deceptively light, The Festival of Insignificance is as profound as it is funny.
Recommended by Gigi Little, Powells.com

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves
A Book of Spirits and Thieves
by Morgan Rhodes
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A Book of Spirits and Thieves crackles with suspense and intrigue. An ancient book arrives by post and Becca's world is turned upside down. Her body falls into a coma, but her spirit travels to the kingdom of Mytica. Meanwhile, dark doings are afoot in Toronto, as Becca's sister discovers a secret society that desperately wants that mysterious book.
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

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The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)
The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)
by Jeffrey Brown
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Talent shows, pranks, romance, obstacle challenges, lightsaber duels... It's middle-schooler Roan Novachez's final year of Padawan training, and what a year it is. This super-satisfying third installment in the Jedi Academy series is packed with humor and excitement.
Recommended by Xander, Powells.com

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck
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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 his complicated relationship with his father. Bill Bryson fans take note: Buck's blend of historical research and personal eccentricity is sure to win you over.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

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The Mountain Story
The Mountain Story
by Lori Lansens
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Wolf Truly, on his way to commit suicide on a mountain peak, meets a mother, daughter, and grandmother who carry their own emotional secrets. When they get lost and stranded, all bets are off. A fast-paced, page-turning mystery set in a remote and beautiful wilderness, The Mountain Story is an unusual and ferociously addictive read.
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Book
Book
by David Miles
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"This is a book. Black words on white paper." But soon those simple words morph into an explosion of imagination. Using illustrations full of dazzling detail, not to mention plenty of those black words on paper, Book celebrates the limitless possibilities found inside books.
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After Birth
After Birth
by Elisa Albert
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After Birth is a great little novel. In it we meet Ari, a new mother hellbent on befriending a new neighbor, Mina, a writer and former member of a feminist punk band. Ari's complicated relationships with the women in her life — particularly her late mother — have stayed with me long after reading this novel. It is a must-read in a world that so often ignores the darker, more complicated aspects of motherhood and womanhood.
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The Argonauts
The Argonauts
by Maggie Nelson
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A seamless blend of memoir and cultural commentary, Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is, among many other things, a book about relentless introspection and transformation, about confronting one's own truths and biases and finding meaning in collisions big and small. Nelson explores the course of her relationship with the transgender artist Harry Dodge, along with their attempts to get pregnant, her experiences with academia, and her roles as mother and stepmother. Told in brief, loaded sections and referencing everything from gender theorists to parenting books to philosophers, The Argonauts is a book that is best read slowly; there is much to savor in this urgent, fiercely intelligent work.
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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
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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 highlight the history of this field.
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The Silver Star
The Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls
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In typical Jeannette Walls style, The Silver Star is hilarious, sweet, and sad at the same time. Walls' books are often populated with flaky, irresponsible adults and kids who have to fend for themselves, and this is no exception. The two Holladay... (read more)

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
by Italo Calvino
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One of the most inventive books in recent decades, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler has a nearly animate quality (or barely inanimate quality); its succession of unwinding mysteries suggests what it might be like to find oneself in a... (read more)

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The Stars Never Rise
The Stars Never Rise
by Rachel Vincent
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The Unified Church is in full control of everyone's lives within the city's walls, including Nina, who must rescue her sister from demons. But can she depend on her new friend Finn and his group of rebels? The first book of a unique dystopian series, The Stars Never Rise is promising — and thrilling.
Recommended by Richard C., Powells.com

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Love Me Back
Love Me Back
by Merritt Tierce
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Merritt Tierce's debut, the story of a woman on a path of self-destruction, is told in raw prose that is vivid, terrible, and beautiful. While it is not for the fainthearted or the easily offended, everyone else should read this book.
Recommended by Fredericka, Powells.com

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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
by Laura O'Neill and Ben Van Leeuwen and Pete Van Leeuwen
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The Brooklyn-based small-batch ice cream makers reveal the secrets of their amazing, all-natural recipes in this detailed and enticing book. From old favorites like vanilla and chocolate to exotic flavors such as black sesame, stout beer, and masala chai, there's something for everyone — vegans included!
Recommended by Genevieve A., Powells.com

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