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New Arrivals
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    I'll Give You the Sun

    Jandy Nelson 9780803734968
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    Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

    Margaret Atwood 9780385539128
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    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    Rick Riordan 9781423183648

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Wolf in White Van
Wolf in White Van
by John Darnielle
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It's hard to know what to expect when a songwriter tackles a full-length novel, but Darnielle has created a complex story that lives and breathes on its own merits, while still retaining the moments of razor-sharp intensity that give his lyrics their acclaim.
Recommended by The Dot, Powells.com

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
by Margaret Atwood
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Peopled by the bewildered, the belittled, the aging, the tales in Stone Mattress follow characters deposited in modern society but haunted by a palpable, insistent past. Atwood is a legend with fiercely devoted fans, but her works are so witty and absorbing that, even if you've never picked up one of her books, you'll immediately feel at home.
Recommended by Renee P., Powells.com

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Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes
by James S A Corey
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Leviathan Wakes is an excellent, fast-paced, well-thought-out version of a near-future, space-faring humanity. Full of actual science, realistic characters, and a believable human future, the novel contains some very intriguing ideas about space combat and possible alien life. I'd recommend this book to hard-core science fiction lovers along with just about anyone.
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
by Karen Abbott
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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is the true story of four women fighting for their countries during the Civil War. It's a stunning narrative compiled from personal letters, covert correspondence, and arrest records! The Civil War pit brother against brother, but as Karen Abbott eloquently proves through this book, it also pit sister against sister. This book has everything from Pinkerton spies to swords sewn into hoop skirts to messages hidden in elaborate hair styles. I loved this book and so will the history buff in your life.
Recommended by Desiree, Powells.com

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The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad)
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad)
by Tana French
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Tana French's talent for gorgeously crafted psychological mysteries shines in The Secret Place, the latest installment of her Dublin Murder Squad series. The narrative centers on the murder of a boy in the gardens of an exclusive girls' school, but its real drama is in the fraught relationships between teenage girls and the awkward partnership of the detectives working the case. French perfectly captures the slang and posturing of girls and cops alike, making every moment of the novel as engrossing as the whodunit.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

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The Witch's Boy
The Witch's Boy
by Kelly Barnhill
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Ned is a boy with a curse and Aine is the child of a bandit king. Together they encounter an enchanted forest, powerful stones, feuding kingdoms, magic, greed, death, war, forgiveness, and peace when they discover friendship conquers all. This is a true joy and a wonder to read.
Recommended by Richard C., Powells.com

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Julia's House for Lost Creatures
Julia's House for Lost Creatures
by Ben Hatke
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From the author of the beloved children's graphic novel series Zita the Spacegirl comes this wonderful picture book. Julia and her walking house move to a town by the sea and find things a little too quiet. Soon she hosts mythical creatures of all sorts, and they all have to learn to behave themselves and live together. See what happens when you bring goblins, mermaids, trolls, and dragons all together to live under one roof! Amazing illustrations and an extremely captivating plot make this a fantastic pick for all ages.
Recommended by Kim T., Powells.com

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The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
by Chris Guillebeau
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Always wanted to make croissants? Dreamed of learning to surf or opening a cat sanctuary? Whoever said it's not about the destination but the journey was only half right. Bliss lies in pursuing the seemingly impossible with steely tenacity, and Guillebeau offers solid advice and tales of his own journeys to inspire you to pursue your wildest dreams.
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The Children Act
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
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Ian McEwan's newest is a beautiful exploration of the distance we create between ourselves and other people and the irrevocable damage it causes. How can we move through life, the novel asks, from the unshakeable belief in the rightness of things in adolescence, into the gray areas of adult life, without shutting our gates and filling our moats with dragons and water? The book itself is short, but the questions it asks are the kind you will spend the rest of your life trying to answer.
Recommended by Lizzy, Powells.com

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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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There are always books that we won't read for various reasons. Maybe it has to do with the genre or the author, or the person who recommended it, but for whatever reason, certain books just don't appeal to us. This was true for me when it came to The Little Prince. I am not sure when I decided not to read it, but this is where the book stood in my life.

Recently I came across a quote from The Little Prince and finally decided it was time to put aside my assumptions and read it. There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said about the book. It's full of sadness and melancholy but also longing and love. I consider myself a lucky person who gets to look at a field of wheat and be reminded of someone I have tamed.
Recommended by Amy W., Powells.com

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The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
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With the sweeping global vision and ability to sum up whole eras of time that he's become known for, along with a fascinating dose of fantasy, The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell's most enthralling and illuminating novel yet. Gorgeously written, bracingly intelligent, poignant, and occasionally very funny, The Bone Clocks is one of my favorite novels this year.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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We Are Not Ourselves
We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas
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This touching family saga follows Eileen Tumulty from childhood through late midlife. Stoic and resourceful, she strives to make a better existence for herself and her family than her hard-luck upbringing would allow. A realistic portrayal of the triumphs, tragedies, and regrets many of us face.
Recommended by Genevieve A., Powells.com

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One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
by Chelsea Cain
Publisher Comments
From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set... (read more)

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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
by Flannery O'Connor
Publisher Comments
ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic... (read more)

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One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
One Kick (Kick Lannigan Novel)
by Chelsea Cain
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Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one.
Recommended by Tessa, Powells.com

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
by Daniel J. Levitin
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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency... and minimize the chaos!
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The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
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Discovering the secret to eternal youth is great and all, but middle school is weird enough without having your suddenly-13-years-old-again scientist grandpa hanging around. In The Fourteenth Goldfish, Ellie's in for a wild ride — big adventure, mystery, and lots of cool science.
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Bestsellers

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September 18, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    by Haruki Murakami
  3. All About Love: New Visions
    by bell hooks
  4. California
    by Edan Lepucki
  5. The Bone Clocks
    by David Mitchell

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