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1. On the Table: Heartlandia, Crossroads, Brunch at Bobby’s, and More

Welcome to the biggest cookbook season of the year! September, October, and November rival the entire rest of the year with new cookbook releases. My fellow book buyers and I cooked from a selection of cookbooks, and I've reviewed them below. I've also included a list of some other new releases at the bottom of [...]

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2. Powell’s Q&A: Audrey Niffenegger

Describe your latest book. I recently edited and illustrated a collection of ghost stories, Ghostly. It features stories by E. A. Poe, Neil Gaiman, Saki, Kelly Link, and M. R. James, and also some stories by writers who one might not associate with ghost stories, including A. S. Byatt, P. G. Wodehouse, and Edith Wharton. [...]

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3. Readerly Term No. 064: Printrovert

÷ ÷ ÷ Have you invented a Readerly Term of your own? Email us at readerlyterms@powells.com with the word and definition, and we'll consider including it in our Compendium. Browse all the terms here.

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4. The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth is a blast. Jack Sullivan is a confident and self-deprecating kid who's just trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, tame a monster for a pet, track down June (the cute girl from school), and make his own Mountain Dew with his best friend, Quint. Books mentioned in this post The [...]

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5. B is for Bear

J is for Jackrabbit, D is for Dandelion, Y is for Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker — all lovingly illustrated by paper-cut artist Hannah Viano. Sweet, interesting touches throughout make this book more than just strikingly beautiful. It's also a wonderful tribute and introduction to the natural world. Books mentioned in this post B Is for Bear: A [...]

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6. How to Be Both

You know when you're immersed in a story so compelling that you look at the people around you and think: you guys don't even know what I'm going through? How to Be Both is incredible. At a sentence level, it's expertly done, and on a story level, it is fascinating. Read it! Books mentioned in [...]

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7. The Laws of Medicine

As illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize-winning book on cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, Mukherjee's accessible book on complex ideas takes readers through medical history and the three principles he sees as the laws that govern medicine, and how understanding these laws can empower us all. Books mentioned in this post The Laws of Medicine: [...]

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8. The Boy Who Drew Monsters

The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a perfectly spooky, fascinatingly creepy tale set on the coast of Maine. I absolutely love Donohue's imaginative writing, and the story of Jack Peter, who refuses to leave his home and spends his time drawing monsters, does not disappoint! Books mentioned in this post The Boy Who Drew Monsters [...]

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9. Drinking in America

Drinking in America takes the history we all learned in school and adds alcohol to the picture. Apparently people were a lot drunker than we've been told. This book is fascinating, well written, and full of shareable anecdotes. Books mentioned in this post Drinking in America: Our Secret History Susan Cheever Sale Hardcover $19.60

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10. Beer Bites

Beer Bites presents world pub grub and street fare with pairings of the perfect craft beers. The recipes (gratins, hand pies, sandwiches, pretzels) are mostly easy, and the beer descriptions are enticing. Beer Bites is for those who enjoy unpretentious play in the kitchen, and at the table. Books mentioned in this post Beer Bites: [...]

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11. The Evolution of Everything

Who invented the Internet? Who is in charge of the English language? Where is the central committee of the world economy?Who invented the Internet? Who is in charge of the English language? Where is the central committee of the world economy? Some of the most important phenomena of the human world are the products "of [...]

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12. Powell’s Q&A: Lauren Redniss

Describe your latest book. My new book, Thunder and Lightning, is about weather and humankind through the ages. How did the last good book you read end up in your hands, and why did you read it? I'm reading Ian Frazier's On the Rez, which was given to me by a friend. Fantastic book. Aside [...]

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13. Readerly Term No. 036: Readorable

÷ ÷ ÷ Have you invented a Readerly Term of your own? Email us at readerlyterms@powells.com with the word and definition, and we'll consider including it in our Compendium. Browse all the terms here.

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14. Garth Risk Hallberg: The Powells.com Interview

"Ambitious" is the word that keeps cropping up in reviews of City on Fire — understandably so, as the novel clocks in at 944 pages, features at least 10 major characters' perspectives, and melds so many different worlds — punk rock, visual art, journalism, drugs, wealth, anarchism — with astonishing skill. At its center is [...]

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15. The Pilgrim

Note: Join us on Monday, October 19, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne for a reading with Roy Scranton. A pilgrim arrives on a devastated planet. The destruction has been extreme, the planet's transformation almost complete. Once a gentle, temperate environment in which intelligent, tool-using, bipedal primates thrived, it has become a choking sauna, wet and [...]

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16. The Laws of Medicine

The practice of medicine affects all of us. Understanding how doctors think about treating illness, even more so. With precision and passion, Muhkerjee clearly and concisely sheds light on the three principles that he sees as the laws that govern medicine. As illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize–winning book on cancer, Emperor of all Maladies, this [...]

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17. Powell’s Q&A: Tyler Oakley

Describe your book. As a YouTuber, my occupation is to share my life with anyone who wants to listen. It's a dream job that I've had for almost eight years, and my audience has grown to 7,500,000 people — with half a billion total video views. I can barely wrap my mind around it and [...]

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18. Readerly Term No. 107: Plothead

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19. Gold Fame Citrus

Watkins received much well-deserved attention (and several awards) for her debut story collection, Battleborn. Her first novel is just as dazzling. Set in a vividly rendered near-future West that has turned dry as bones, Gold Fame Citrus follows the journey of an ex-model, an ex-soldier, and a toddler they've rescued. This eerie, hypnotic tale of [...]

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20. The Doldrums

Archer Helmsley wants to be an explorer and is constantly cooking up schemes. When he decides to rescue his long-lost grandparents, he enlists his reluctant sidekick Oliver Grub and Adelaide, a girl with a wooden leg (because of a crocodile?), to help him. This is an amusing illustrated novel of friendship and adventure. Books mentioned [...]

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21. Thank You and Good Night

Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander are having a sleepover. They play and play and play... and finally snuggle in. Illustrated with Patrick McDonnell's sweet, small, whimsical cartoons, Thank You and Good Night is a story about bedtime that makes the perfect bedtime story. Books mentioned in this post Thank You and Good Night Patrick Mcdonnell [...]

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22. The Song Machine

A fascinating look at what goes into making today’s pop music, including the ever-helpful question that producers have learned to ask: "How does it sound in the car?" Seabrook takes us inside the hit factories, introduces the major players, explains how pop music ended up where it is now, and reveals why Sweden has been [...]

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23. The Rest of Us Just Live Here

You know all those books where the Chosen Ones are busy saving the world? This isn’t one of them. Ness gives us the story of what everyone else is doing while the world is being saved. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the tale of (more or less) ordinary teens growing up in [...]

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24. Goodhouse

Marshall's eerie, violent, beautiful dystopian story feels all too real when seen through the eyes of her remarkable main character. James is a student at the combination school/prison Goodhouse because of his genetic sequence, not because of anything he's done wrong. But the longer he's there, the more threats abound. This unusual novel is both [...]

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25. The Courage to Act

In this extraordinary story of politics and the people, the former chair of the Federal Reserve offers an insider's account of the cataclysmic financial crisis of 2007 and the extraordinary effort of the Fed and the Treasury Department to buoy the U.S. and world economies, preventing further catastrophe. Books mentioned in this post The Courage [...]

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