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1. Summer House with Swimming Pool

Creepy and disturbing, Koch's Summer House with Swimming Pool is the story of one family and their unraveling one summer. Staying with an insufferable actor at his summer home, Dr. Marc Schlosser's vacation choice for his family is a dire one. As things begin to degrade and then worsen to disaster, Dr. Schlosser begins to think [...]

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2. Spring Potluck

Let's not beat around the bush. The Powell's new book buyers like to eat. We have a special appreciation for brand-new cookbooks and for being among the first to try out the recipes. For our biannual potluck this spring, we were pleased to have fellow book-slinger visitors from Seattle: Pam and Anna from the University [...]

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3. Young God

There's no way to sugarcoat the contents of this novel by debut author Katherine Faw Morris, and no reason to — it is sharp and chilling and raw, and very compelling. After witnessing her mother's death while cliff diving, 13-year-old Nikki sets out after her father and her inheritance, finding herself in situations that are [...]

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4. I Don’t Like Koala

Koala keeps popping up in all the wrong places... that is, he keeps showing up everywhere! Try as he might to get rid of the "most terrible" Koala, Adam eventually learns there may be worse things than a friend who won't leave you alone. Books mentioned in this post I Don't Like Koala Sean Ferrell [...]

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5. Uprooted

For Agnieszka, getting chosen as tribute to serve the wizard Dragon in his remote castle is the worst fate that could happen to an ordinary village girl with a stubborn streak. But things only get more complicated when her best friend is taken by a creature from the nearby corrupt Woods, and some of Agnieszka's [...]

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6. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Using the data he collected from his dating website as well as other social media sources, Harvard grad and OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder presents us with a highly readable, honest, and funny look at human behavior. From flirting demographics to marital success stats, he demonstrates our changeable yet predictable nature in a way that is [...]

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7. The Festival of Insignificance

Milan Kundera's first novel in more than 10 years is a spare, darkly comical book that explores such subjects as art, Stalin, Schopenhauer, the female navel, marionettes, death, and peeing in parks. Deceptively light, The Festival of Insignificance is as profound as it is funny. Books mentioned in this post The Festival of Insignificance Milan [...]

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8. A Book of Spirits and Thieves

A Book of Spirits and Thieves crackles with suspense and intrigue. An ancient book arrives by post and Becca's world is turned upside down. Her body falls into a coma, but her spirit travels to the kingdom of Mytica. Meanwhile, dark doings are afoot in Toronto, as Becca's sister discovers a secret society that desperately [...]

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9. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)

Talent shows, pranks, romance, obstacle challenges, lightsaber duels... It's middle-schooler Roan Novachez's final year of Padawan training, and what a year it is. This super-satisfying third installment in the Jedi Academy series is packed with humor and excitement. Books mentioned in this post Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3: The... Jeffrey Brown New Hardcover $12.99

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10. The Oregon Trail

Rinker Buck offers a witty, fascinating account of the year he and his brother spent traveling the Oregon Trail in a mule-drawn wagon. Equal parts autobiography and travelogue, Buck writes movingly about both the original trials of the Oregon Trail and his complicated relationship with his father. Bill Bryson fans take note: Buck's blend of [...]

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11. The Mountain Story

Wolf Truly, on his way to commit suicide on a mountain peak, meets a mother, daughter, and grandmother who carry their own emotional secrets. When they get lost and stranded, all bets are off. A fast-paced, page-turning mystery set in a remote and beautiful wilderness, The Mountain Story is an unusual and ferociously addictive read. [...]

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12. Book

"This is a book. Black words on white paper." But soon those simple words morph into an explosion of imagination. Using illustrations full of dazzling detail, not to mention plenty of those black words on paper, Book celebrates the limitless possibilities found inside books. Books mentioned in this post Book David Miles New Hardcover $16.95

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13. Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac

Underneath this unlikely story of Sasquatch hunters, unicorns, ape-mothers, sea monsters, ghosts, and lifelong curses is a commentary on the important things in life: love, family, and forgiveness. Regret, childhood trauma, and obsession come into Shields's focus, and her resulting tale is amusing, with a chunk of bittersweet poignancy thrown in the mix. Books mentioned [...]

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14. Soundtrack of Macau: Roger Hobbs’s Playlist for Vanishing Games

My new novel, Vanishing Games, is a heist thriller set in the gambling city of Macau, China. I lived there briefly while researching the book and was taken aback by the incredibly eclectic sounds of the city. For those of you who have never been, let me fill you in — Macau is like Las [...]

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15. Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures

1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its main character is Dickens's tragic illustrator Robert Seymour, who shot himself while working on the pictures for Pickwick. Something of Seymour's troubled state of mind is surely conveyed in this self-portrait, [...]

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16. The Argonauts

A seamless blend of memoir and cultural commentary, Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is, among many other things, a book about relentless introspection and transformation, about confronting one's own truths and biases and finding meaning in collisions big and small. Nelson explores the course of her relationship with the transgender artist Harry Dodge, along with their [...]

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17. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

Kean's latest achievement, lauded as his best yet, is a book about neuroscience, but don't let that intimidate you. Anyone who enjoys reading popular science books will appreciate the easy-to-understand explanations and wonderfully engaging stories that highlight the history of this field. Books mentioned in this post The Tale of the Dueling... Sam Kean Sale [...]

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18. The Stars Never Rise

The Unified Church is in full control of everyone's lives within the city's walls, including Nina, who must rescue her sister from demons. But can she depend on her new friend Finn and his group of rebels? The first book of a unique dystopian series, The Stars Never Rise is promising — and thrilling. Books [...]

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19. Ninja Bunny

"Rule 1: a super awesome ninja must always work alone." But what happens when a super awesome ninja meets up with a super huge, ferocious bear? With sweet, whimsical drawings, Ninja Bunny is a super fun, action-packed story about determination and friendship. Books mentioned in this post Ninja Bunny Jennifer Gray Olson Sale Hardcover $11.89

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20. Love Me Back

Merritt Tierce's debut, the story of a woman on a path of self-destruction, is told in raw prose that is vivid, terrible, and beautiful. While it is not for the fainthearted or the easily offended, everyone else should read this book. Books mentioned in this post Love Me Back Merritt Tierce Sale Trade Paper $11.17

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21. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

It's no surprise that this striking, emotionally charged novel won countless awards last year. Using fractured language betraying the narrator's mental state, McBride deftly relates the story of a girl growing up in a hostile home where everyone must grapple with a pervading cancer, both literally and metaphorically. Books mentioned in this post A Girl [...]

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22. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

The Brooklyn-based small-batch ice cream makers reveal the secrets of their amazing, all-natural recipes in this detailed and enticing book. From old favorites like vanilla and chocolate to exotic flavors such as black sesame, stout beer, and masala chai, there's something for everyone — vegans included! Books mentioned in this post Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice [...]

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23. Sick in the Head

Judd Apatow's lifelong passion for comedy burns brightly in this new collection of interviews. Many of the best-known comedians working today are represented here: Jon Stewart, Louis C. K., Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld. When Apatow was 15, he took a job washing dishes in a comedy club — just so he could listen to all [...]

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24. Pirate Hunters

Ahoy! Kurson returns with more tales of treasure from the briny deep. This time the divers are off to the Dominican Republic to locate a ship captained by Roger Bannister, a British sea merchant turned pirate. The story of their efforts to locate the vessel is mesmerizing, complete with interviews, an altercation or two, and [...]

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25. Modern Romance

Comedian Aziz Ansari is always a lot of fun. Here he brings his lively sense of humor to a topic with which he's well-acquainted: dating. But this isn't just some funny guy making jokes about his dating life. It's an in-depth look at the history of dating and a thoughtful examination of the pitfalls, and [...]

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