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Rhianna is Powell's history and social science book buyer.

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
by Jeff Hobbs
Staff Pick
On one level, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace is about unfulfilled potential and heartbreaking loss, but more importantly it deals with the pressure we all feel to succeed and be happy in an increasingly competitive society. It is a beautiful... (read more)

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Lolita
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
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Why should everyone read a book about a pedophile's obsessive and frankly gross relationship with a little girl? Because if you are a reader — a lover of words, puns, witticisms, metaphors, and allusions — Lolita is a literary masterpiece... (read more)

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The Plover
The Plover
by Brian Doyle
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The Plover is not exactly a sequel to Mink River — more of a companion piece — but fans of the latter will be thrilled to find out what happened to one of the most beloved characters. After sailing his little boat off the final pages of Mink... (read more)

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The Signature of All Things
The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Now that the excitement over Eat, Pray, Love has finally subsided, readers can focus their attention on Gilbert's tremendous literary talents. This exquisitely written historical novel will thrill everyone who's been awaiting her return to fiction, as... (read more)

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Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History
Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman
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Two powerful, definitive chronicles of modern atrocities — the perfect books for anyone who doubts comix have grown up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus is a staggering personal depiction of the Holocaust, rendered all the stronger by Spiegelman's... (read more)

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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... (read more)

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The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
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The Phantom Tollbooth is the story of Milo, a very bored boy who comes home one day to find a magical tollbooth in his room. When Milo drives his car through the tollbooth gate, he finds himself in the Lands Beyond, a country inhabited by living language... (read more)

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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In her latest historical biography, Pulitzer Prize–winner Goodwin explores the fractious relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. As with Team of Rivals and No Ordinary Time, The Bully Pulpit is remarkable for its meticulous research... (read more)

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Hard Choices
Hard Choices
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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It's 2014 and Hillary Clinton's at the top of her game: polling high and openly contemplating a run for the White House. Her latest memoir is a must-read for Clinton fans and foes wanting the dirt on her time in the Obama administration and clues about... (read more)

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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
by Walter Kirn
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A riveting blend of true crime and memoir, Blood Will Out recounts Kirn's unsuspecting friendship with serial con man and brutal murderer Clark Rockefeller. Sensational storyline aside, what makes this book a standout is Kirn's exploration of why he was... (read more)

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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
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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!), Unruly Places... (read more)

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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 Jonathan Krisel
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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... (read more)

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The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan
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Amy Tan's new novel returns to the mother-daughter terrain she explores so beautifully in her earlier work but in a manner and setting that's as unsentimental as it is original, riveting, and rich.... (read more)

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Dissident Gardens
Dissident Gardens
by Jonathan Lethem
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An epic exploration of American radicalism through the eyes of a firecracker matriarch and her discontented brood of children, comrades, and lovers, Dissident Gardens might just be the next Big American Novel.... (read more)

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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
by Stephen Collins
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Slip into a black and white world where order reigns supreme and all untidiness must be eradicated. Dave lives a nondescript life in Here until the day an untamable beard sprouts from his chin. Could the beard be a maleficent portal to There? Collins... (read more)

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Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook
Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook
by Liana Krissoff
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I bought this book earlier this year, and now I turn to it constantly for clean, wildly inspired whole-grain recipes that appeal to everyone (even my toddler!). Krissoff's roots are southern, and her recipes run the gamut from pimiento cheese and catfish... (read more)

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The Last Days of California
The Last Days of California
by Mary Miller
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This brief, candid novel about an evangelical girl's sexual and intellectual awakenings is one of my favorite books for 2014. Miller deftly conveys teenage angst and self-absorption while creating an equally compelling portrait of the religious and... (read more)

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One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
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Trust Bill Bryson to make the summer of 1927 as immediate and thrilling to the reader as it was to the Americans who lived through it. Written with Bryson's characteristic combination of wit, irony, and genuine fondness for his subject matter, One Summer... (read more)

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Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes
Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes
by Ellen Morris Bishop
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Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
by Elizabeth Pisani
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