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    The Enchanted

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A Little Life
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara
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In an alternate universe, A Little Life would be the love-child of Hanya Yanagihara and Donna Tartt, and this is a beautiful thing. The story setup is reminiscent of The Secret History, but the language and themes are all Yanagihara. Spanning five decades, this is a hefty novel at 700 pages, but one that you will wish would never end.

Focusing on a quartet of friends who move to New York together after college, A Little Life explores themes of love, coming of age, rewarding work, passion, family, and, of course, friendship: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The tortured Jude is the main character, who has lived through hell and back, in the way that only Yanagihara can depict hell.

This book conveys such deep sorrow, pain, and hopelessness, but Yanagihara somehow makes you love those things. I am begging everyone to read this book. It broke my heart into a million tiny jagged pieces, but I loved every excruciating minute of it.
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

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The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
by Libby O'connell
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I love when a title accurately pinpoints what a book is about. The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites is one such title. Written by the lead historian at the History Channel, author Libby H. O'Connell has given us a very readable excursion through time focusing on the American foodway, with some foods rather time-stamped (hardly anyone eats turtle anymore, but we still love the early pioneer food of pumpkin pudding mixed with cream).

Appropriately, the foodway starts with Native American foods and then wends it way through oysters, chop suey, SPAM, and more, to the epilogue touching on foods of this very minute: fad diets, GMOs, and, kind of oddly, chili con carne.

The American Plate is a quick read, and one that could give you some conversational ammunition at any awkward family holiday gathering that may come your way.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

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Refinery29: Style Stalking
Refinery29: Style Stalking
by Piera Gelardi
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In a perfect world, I would leave my house every day in an elegant outfit with a gorgeous topknot and lipstick that doesn't immediately bleed onto my coffee mug. Back in the real world of work and motherhood, my hair gets messy, my lipstick is sacrificed to the coffee god, and I lack the time and money to collect the closetful of unique, expensively tailored items I covet. What I love about Refinery29 by Christine Barberich and Piera Gelardi is that each section shows you how to make use of the items you already own to create new outfits or shake things up; even better, the wardrobe items the book presents as indispensable (a white Oxford shirt, a moto jacket, and nude pointed heels, to name a few) can be used in many different ways and found — in their nondesigner guise — for reasonable prices. The book is divided into useful sections on common fashion dilemmas like wearing brights and layering, and the photographs feature both models and regular women of all sizes and ethnicities. The writing is cheerful and very encouraging. After reading this book, not only do I have a holiday wish list of closet staples, but I also feel like looking glamorous is completely within reach.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
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A deadly storm striking tragedy on unsuspecting climbers isn't subject matter I would typically expect to inspire adventure. Yet Jon Krakauer's riveting account of a disastrous 1999 ascent of Mt. Everest did just that. At its heart, this outstanding book thrillingly recounts an ill-fated and deadly climb. But the remarkable reportage also captures the striking landscape of the Himalayas, and the excitement of the sport of climbing — two compelling seeds for adventure. While I didn't attempt to bag any mountain peaks, Krakauer's tale led me to trek the Annapurnas to personally experience the adventure and beauty of the region.
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Sun Also Rises (26 Edition)
Sun Also Rises (26 Edition)
by Ernest Hemingway
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I read this book during my senior year of college to take a break from my business reading requirements. It inspired me to buy a plane ticket to Spain as a graduation present to myself. I went and ran with the bulls in Pamplona and felt like I was living out a story. I will always remember this exciting time in my life that was inspired by great literature.
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Total Chaos (Marseilles Trilogy)
Total Chaos (Marseilles Trilogy)
by Jean-claude Izzo
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While living in Spain, I happened to pick up Total Chaos and was immediately transported to the crime-ridden backstreets of Marseilles, so much so that I convinced a couple friends that we had to visit. A short while later, there we were, following Detective Fabio Montale's footsteps through the labyrinthine Arab quarter, getting blitzed on pastis, and wondering if the little man with the moustache was an assassin.
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Thief of Time (09 Edition)
Thief of Time (09 Edition)
by Tony Hillerman
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Though fiction, Hillerman's books are woven with notes of true Navajo history. In this book, sacred ground is ravaged. A noted anthropologist vanishes. Two corpses are discovered, and Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee unearth an astonishing truth. This was the first book of many of Hillerman's I read. They apparently seeped into these Northwest bones. Several years later, I was compelled to move to dry New Mexico, where the surroundings felt familiar, and I met Navajo friends on the terrain that Hillerman had incorporated into his writing.
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On the Road
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
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I was never much of a traveler until I read Kerouac's classic. Soon after reading On the Road, I took my first solo road trip from St. Paul to San Diego. It wasn't long after that I was driving all around the states, and my travel itch did not go away. I eventually joined the Peace Corps and spent over two years living aboard. I believe it all began with On the Road.
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The Bone People
The Bone People
by Keri Hulme
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I have never been so affected by a book as I was by The Bone People. Author Keri Hulme draws you into the life of Kerewin, a reclusive, eccentric, and deeply rooted New Zealand woman, and the unusual and shattering friendship she develops with a young boy and his father. This story wrung out my heart, stole my breath, and ultimately led me to fly to New Zealand, where I spent three unforgettable months immersed in the land from which Hulme drew her inspiration.
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Bound for Glory: The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling Autobiography of America's Great Poet-Folk Singer
Bound for Glory: The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling Autobiography of America's Great Poet-Folk Singer
by Woody Guthrie
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I read Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie's autobiography, when I was 15 or 16. It filled me with such an intense longing to travel that I actually dropped out of high school, specifically to become a vagabond, and, at 18, bought a plane ticket to Europe. I called my mom from Amsterdam to let her know where I was and that I had no actual money. I stayed with a friend's family in Germany till she could wire some cash to me, and I spent three months drifting around. I'm still amazed that my mom never said a word about it.
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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
by Mark Adams
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With wit and infectious curiosity, Mark Adams takes us on a journey to find Atlantis. He sifts through the evidence, the contradictions, the wild claims of fellow obsessives. What he unearths are the rich jewels of history and lore, as he pays tribute to man's thirst for knowledge.
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The Secrets of Mary Bowser
The Secrets of Mary Bowser
by Lois Leveen
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Based on the true story of an emancipated slave who risked her life to spy on the Confederacy for the Union during the Civil War, this book is a must-read. Written with grace and passion, fantastic historical detail and fully realized characters, The... (read more)

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Used Books
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All About Love: New Visions
All About Love: New Visions
by Bell Hooks
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We're taught to think of love as something that happens to us. It's a magical but altogether passive experience. In her deeply personal and emphatic All about Love, renowned social activist and feminist bell hooks asserts that, in fact, love is a choice... (read more)

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One
by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel
Staff Pick
Sunshine, a normal-seeming teen (albeit a budding paranormal warrior), has a refreshing relationship with her mom — they are BFFs. Young love and the power of friendship mix with some truly scary bits (but scary in a good way!). Based on the YouTube channel, Sunshine Girl is a welcome new book series.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

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The Alex Crow
The Alex Crow
by Andrew Smith
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Hold on to your hats. It's time for another wild ride, and Andrew Smith is driving. Time, place, and point of view are expertly mixed to offer us: Ariel, a 15-year-old refugee from the Middle East in summer camp for tech detox, a historic Arctic expedition, a reincarnated crow, and a schizophrenic bomber.
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

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Broken Monsters
Broken Monsters
by Lauren Beukes
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When Detective Gabriella Versado finds the strange deer-boy body, she's on the case, and her daughter Layla is on her own adventure! An immensely enjoyable, fast-paced, super-scarey read. Unforgettable characters are vividly portrayed in a Detroit city setting. The amazing Lauren Beukes skillfully weaves this captivating tale to its fantastical conclusion!
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