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New Arrivals
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    The Young Elites

    Marie Lu 9780399167836
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    Once Upon an Alphabet

    Oliver Jeffers 9780399167911
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    Lila

    Marilynne Robinson 9780374187613
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    The Book with No Pictures

    B.J. Novak 9780803741713

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Loitering: New and Collected Essays
Loitering: New and Collected Essays
by Charles D'Ambrosio
Staff Pick
Loitering, Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays, feels like a confession — a secret you aren't supposed to share but are unable to keep to yourself. He writes with such an urgent immediacy that the words seem to vibrate, unable to be contained by page or cover.
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer
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Lush and Lovecraftian writing sends one into this otherworldly experience. An awesome beginning to the Southern Reach Trilogy!
Recommended by Adrienne, Powells.com

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The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
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I could not put down this tender, haunting, harrowing novel — I read it by campfire light, I read it walking down the street, I read it in bed till my eyes wouldn't stay open. Waters creates a world with her precise observation of atmosphere, emotion, and gesture; her characters live. The Paying Guests is taut with the kind of romance that makes you miss being a teenager and a Gothic suspense that will make the shadows in your room pulse with something sinister. A thrilling, total experience.
Recommended by Caitlin D., Powells.com

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1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
by Adam J. Kurtz
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Equal parts inspirational tool, diary, and space occupier for your tote bag (seriously, you'll want to carry this rad little book everywhere). Some pages may require you to reflect, some may ask you to get to know yourself a little better, and others may just ask you to draw slices of pizza. This book is truly made for everyone, but I especially found it a great distraction when things in life feel just a bit too heavy. Full of whimsy, wit, and cute doodles 1 Page at a Time may just be my favorite book of the year. It certainly is the most unique.
Recommended by Koa, Powells.com

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
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About as introspective as a novel can be, Murakami's latest spends its entirety inside the somewhat sad mind of its protagonist. Damaged by a betrayal he cannot comprehend, Tsukuru is a man wholly undone by his closest friends. After years of loneliness, and only after stumbling into a new relationship with a woman who insists on his complete presence, Tsukuru realizes he must unravel his tangled past. Hoping for a new life of connections and companionship, Tsukuru tracks down his former friends and is, perhaps, a bit more kind than they deserve. Murakami writes with crisp, clear prose, and his characters feel wonderfully alive. A detailed character study, "Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage" is delicately done; a lovely read. 
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

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Dogs in Cars
Dogs in Cars
by Lara Jo Regan
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What's better during a long and boring commute than seeing a canine with his head out the window, the breeze in his floppy ears, squinting against the wind with a big, goofy smile on his face? Lara Jo Regan documents the pure and simple joy of riding in cars with furry companions. It will make you want to stick your head out of a moving vehicle yourself (not advised)!
Recommended by Kim T., Powells.com

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The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local
The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local
by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and Johathan Krisel
Staff Pick
I'd assumed that buying The Portlandia Cookbook for its recipes would be like reading Playboy for the articles, but Brownstein and Armisen's latest book is the real thing: a collection of delicious, inventive recipes inspired by local restaurants and seasoned with a perfect blend of the gentle satire and city love that's made Portlandia a hit.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

Available October 28, 2014
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Heritage
Heritage
by Sean Brock
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Chef Brock is a storyteller. His tales take the form of recipes deeply steeped in the American South. The Southern cuisine in Heritage is honest and proud, based in history and a back-to-the-roots approach. Whether diner fare, Sunday supper, or neighborhood seafood boil, these thoughtfully conceived recipes have a glorious stick-to-your-ribs goodness.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

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Death and Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
Death and Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald and Alex Day
Staff Pick
NYC's premier craft cocktail bar, Death and Co, has a passion for building a fine drink — think complex flavors skillfully put together, elegance in a glass. The cocktail recipes in this book are sophisticated and creative. Death and Co includes extensive bartending techniques, so even an adventurous beginner can aim to be a master mixologist.
Recommended by Tracey T., Powells.com

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden
Staff Pick
Did you know that Mandy Patinkin will gladly say to whoever may ask, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die"? Written by Westley himself, this memoir will tell you everything about the making of The Princess Bride movie. Read it! Have fun storming the castle and be on the lookout for rodents of unusual size.
Recommended by Kathi, Powells.com

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
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Sam and Dave decide to dig a hole to find something. Problem is, they're great hole diggers — just not very good finders. In the hands of the subtly brilliant Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is surprising, hilarious, and beautifully deadpan.
Recommended by Gigi Little, Powells.com

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The Wild Truth
The Wild Truth
by Carine McCandless
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Eighteen years after Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild was published, many questions remain about why Chris McCandless died alone of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. In her impossible-to-put-down book, The Wild Truth, Chris's younger sister Carine McCandless gives us an invaluable piece of the puzzle with a stark look at the chaotic family that shaped him.
Recommended by Lizzy, Powells.com

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Sale Books
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Gilead
Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
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This is one of the few books I have read that has made me actively slow down my reading pace. Every sentence, every word feels purely distilled into its most emotionally resonant core. Robinson's prose conjures up that curious feeling you get sometimes... (read more)

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Used Books
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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
by Daniel H. Pink
Staff Pick
Daniel Pink is as engaging and accessible as ever as he offers fascinating insights into the subject of "selling" — both in the traditional sense and in the way we, as humans, constantly "sell" in our daily lives. Hint: it happens much more often... (read more)

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Word Dominoes: Play with Pictures - Win with Words
Word Dominoes: Play with Pictures - Win with Words
by Forrest-Pruzan Creative
Staff Pick
An inventive word game that's a twist on an old favorite, this creative and inspiring rendition of dominoes invites players to create words and phrases by linking images. With 42 tiles, 84 images, and boundless combinations, every game is filled with unexpected associations and hilarious combinations. Ages 10 and up.
Recommended by Xander, Powells.com

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Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
by Brotherwise Games
Staff Pick
Build deadly dungeons, amass enticing loot and souls, and lure adventurers to their defeat in this addictively fun and beautifully designed retro-inspired game. Chock-full of nostalgic references to 8-bit video games and geeky pop culture, fast-paced action pits two to four players against one another to become the ultimate dungeon Boss. Ages 8 and up.
Recommended by Ted, Powells.com

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Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones [With CD]
Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones [With CD]
by David J. Peterson
Staff Pick
This language kit is the newest essential for any Game of Thrones enthusiast. If you've ever heard a friend or loved one proclaiming "my sun and stars" or "moon of my life," then this is exactly the holiday gift item they need. Hajas!
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