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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
Staff Pick
Far from the Tree is a document of such profound empathy that most readers will be stunned. Solomon navigates the barriers between parents and children with amazing emotional dexterity and an unmatched skill with words. There is not one person in this world who should not read this book.
Recommended by Keith M., Powells.com

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Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
Staff Pick
This is A Christmas Carol meets Rainbow Rowell. If you had a telephone that could call your spouse in the past, what would you say? Funny, a tiny bit tragic, and full of Rowell's usual magic and quirk, this is her best book so far.
Recommended by Erin D., Powells.com

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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
by Alastair Bonnett
Staff Pick
Unruly Places is The Chronicles of Narnia for grown-ups, made real. Sorted into chapters like "Dead Cities" and "No Man's Lands," which are further divided into vignettes about specific locations (complete with the global coordinates!), Bonnett takes the reader on lively expeditions into both natural and man-made spaces, far flung and domestic.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

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Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1)
Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1)
by John Sandford and Michele Cook
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When 16-year-old Shay's brother goes missing, she and her social activist friends must take on an evil corporation based in Eugene, Oregon, in order to save him. The first of a new series, Uncaged is a wild ride with its fearless characters and heart-stopping plot twists.
Recommended by Xander, Powells.com

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My Pet Book
My Pet Book
by Bob Staake
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A book never has fleas or chews on the furniture. It never, ever poops. In fact, for one boy in Smartytown, a book seems like the perfect pet! With its bright, wacky illustrations, My Pet Book is about the best pet book you could ever have.
Recommended by Naomi, Powells.com

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Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
Staff Pick
If we could call into the past and speak to earlier loves, would we beg them to let us go or egg them on in their long-ago pursuit of our affections? Rowell's tale of a marriage in crisis is woven with this particular bit of magic, which forces us to reimagine our personal narratives and reconsider our previous selves.
Recommended by The Dot, Powells.com

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California
California
by Edan Lepucki
Staff Pick
This book proves definitively that when Sherman Alexie and Stephen Colbert tell you to read a book, you should probably go ahead and do it. Edan Lepucki creates a world full of morally ambiguous characters who force you to examine the systems of security and trust that we create for ourselves. A disturbingly believable post-apocalyptic novel, California exposes just how vulnerable the bonds of blood, marriage, and friendship can be.
Recommended by Lizzy, Powells.com

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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Vintage)
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Vintage)
by Daniel Lieberman
Staff Pick
An epic journey through our biological history and the forces that have shaped the evolving human body over millions of years, this is science writing at its finest.
Recommended by Ted, Powells.com

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My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
by Peter Brown
Staff Pick
Bobby's teacher is a monster! I mean, just look at her! So, what happens when he finds her in his favorite spot in the park? Keep your eye on Peter Brown's hilarious and subtly morphing illustrations in this lovely book about friendship and the way we see each other.
Recommended by Gigi Little, Powells.com

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Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America
Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America
by Brian Benson
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Going Somewhere is an adventure, a love story, and an utterly addictive read. Benson's tale of crossing the country by bike with his girlfriend might make you think twice about making the same journey, but you won't be able to tear yourself away from this sharp-eyed, hilarious memoir.
Recommended by Josephine, Powells.com

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Conversion
Conversion
by Katherine Howe
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Suspenseful and enjoyably creepy, Conversion tells the story of a private high school engaged in modern-day Salem witch trials. Colleen's friends are suddenly falling ill, and no one quite understands why.
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

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The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library
by Kazuno Kohara
Staff Pick
This delightful bedtime book is a perfect addition to a young reader's collection. Illustrated in charming linocut prints is the story of a little librarian and her owl assistants, who go on reading adventures to help the animals that inhabit the night library!
Recommended by Aubrey, Powells.com

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Unsaid
Unsaid
by Neil Abramson
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A ghost story, a love story, and a pet tale, Unsaid is raw, heartbreaking, and beautiful. While I read it, I felt as if every pet I've ever loved and lost was sitting by my side. Uplifting and bittersweet, it left me in tears, as only the best books will... (read more)

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan
Staff Pick
Brain on Fire is a memoir that reads like a mystery novel. The author is struck by a mysterious illness and becomes paranoid and delusional. I could not put this book down and was obsessed with finding out what drove the author to madness. It was well... (read more)

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The Prince of Venice Beach
The Prince of Venice Beach
by Blake Nelson
Staff Pick
Cali is enjoying being hired to find people on the streets of Venice Beach, until he meets a young woman who causes him to question the morality of finding people who don't want to be found. This is an exciting mystery, perfect for your summer reading list.
Recommended by Jen M., Powells.com

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Dreamwood
Dreamwood
by Heather Mackey
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Set in an alternate Pacific Northwest home to outlaws, werewolf princesses, a magical tree, a noble native population, and more, Dreamwood follows tenacious Lucy and her new friend Pete as they set out to find Lucy's father, a ghostologist who has recently disappeared while doing research. This is a super fun, smart read with a lot of adventure mixed in.
Recommended by Abby, Powells.com

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The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
by Tom Rachman
Staff Pick
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers has a wonderful sense of time and place ('88 Bangkok, '99 New York, '11 Wales) and a great cast of characters (Tooly, Venn, Humphrey). On the last page, I felt lucky to have met these newfound friends but sad to say goodbye.
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

List Price $27.00
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Bestsellers

Thursday,
July 10, 2014
California
  1. California
    by Edan Lepucki
  2. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel)
    by Robert Galbraith
  3. A Fighting Chance
    by Elizabeth Warren
  4. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
    by Tom Rachman
  5. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
    by Daniel James Brown

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