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The Sunlit Night
The Sunlit Night
by Rebecca Dinerstein
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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, Powells.com

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Available June 2, 2015
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The Water Knife
The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi
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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.
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Our Souls at Night
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf
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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, Powells.com

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Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
by Chuck Palahniuk
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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, Powells.com

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Ice Cream Summer
Ice Cream Summer
by Peter Sis
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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, Powells.com

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The Orphan Army (Nightsiders #1)
The Orphan Army (Nightsiders #1)
by Jonathan Maberry
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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, Powells.com

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Nimona
Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson
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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., Powells.com

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
by John Waters
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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., Powells.com

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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
by Leonard Mlodinow
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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.
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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
by Sally Mann
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This breathtaking memoir, marrying Sally Mann's powerful photography with a personal story so captivating that it rivals great works of fiction, reveals how one's art can become thoroughly intertwined with one's life. Read this book: it's a truly powerful work of art in its own right.
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The Book of Aron
The Book of Aron
by Jim Shepard
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Ten-year-old Aron runs with a children's smuggling gang in a WWII Warsaw Jewish ghetto. Child rights activist Janusz Korczak strives to protect his orphanage from the impending Nazi devastation. Their powerful tale, haunting and yet blisteringly real, will linger long in your memory.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

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The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
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In The Wright Brothers, David McCullough spins a history both exhaustive and personal, sharing original correspondence and examining secondary characters like the Wright sister, Katharine. With McCullough's signature depth and thoroughness, The Wright Brothers pays captivating homage to the two men who so exemplified the American spirit.
Recommended by Gigi Little, Powells.com

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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
by Miranda July
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Is there a creative project Miranda July can't conquer? If you've jealously posed this question before reading her fiction, stay away from the new collection. No One Belongs Here More Than You will only embitter you further. It's not enough for July to... (read more)

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis
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Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will... (read more)

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Wages of Rebellion
Wages of Rebellion
by Chris Hedges
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares the stories of historical and modern-day rebels who had the courage to raise awareness about the unethical actions of powerful organizations. Anyone who is interested in current events and cares about justice in our society should read this book.
Recommended by Ted, Powells.com

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A God in Ruins
A God in Ruins
by Kate Atkinson
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Atkinson's A God in Ruins is a companion book to 2014's Life after Life, and it lives up to that fantastic novel (a tall order indeed). A God in Ruins tells the story of Teddy, the beloved brother of Ursula and a pilot in WWII. His family, loves, struggles, and dreams are detailed with Atkinson's penetrating prose and inventive vision. Another winning effort from a master.
Recommended by Tessa, Powells.com

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The Book of Strange New Things
The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber
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Full disclosure: I was mourning a very recent loss when I read Michel Faber's latest (and I'm told, last) novel, so the effect it had on me may have been amplified by my own grief. Still, this book carved a hole in me the way really good books do, and I don't think it's just because I happened to be sad at the time. Through a narrative I probably would have avoided, were it not for the ravings of my coworkers, Faber lands a solid emotional punch, rendering faith, despair, wonder, and longing with equal skill. It's a preternaturally beautiful story, and if it is indeed Faber's last novel, a lovely note on which to end his career.
Recommended by Tove, Powells.com

Available June 23, 2015
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