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1. I’ll Give You the Sun

How did twins Jude and Noah lose the tight bond they once shared? Jude's story unfurls in the present while Noah narrates from the past, weaving a complicated story of art, family, and what it means to give up something you love. Books mentioned in this post I'll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson New [...]

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2. Beyond the Headlines: Race, the Inner City, and Books That Delve Deeper

Like many Americans I walk an uneasy line between being appalled by the living conditions of the inner-city and being afraid of them. The educational and socio-economic disadvantages common in inner-city neighborhoods, along with the high rates of drug- and gang-related violent crime, are already hard problems to grasp and tackle. The fact that these [...]

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3. Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes is an excellent, fast-paced, well-thought-out version of a near-future, space-faring humanity. Full of actual science, realistic characters, and a believable human future, the novel contains some very intriguing ideas about space combat and possible alien life. I'd recommend this book to hard-core science fiction lovers along with just about anyone. Books mentioned in [...]

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4. Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is the true story of four women fighting for their countries during the Civil War. It's a stunning narrative compiled from personal letters, covert correspondence, and arrest records! The Civil War pit brother against brother, but as Karen Abbott eloquently proves through this book, it also pit sister against sister. This [...]

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5. The Secret Place

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 real drama is in the fraught relationships between teenage girls and the awkward partnership [...]

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6. The Witch’s Boy

Ned is a boy with a curse and Aine is the child of a bandit king. Together they encounter an enchanted forest, powerful stones, feuding kingdoms, magic, greed, death, war, forgiveness, and peace when they discover friendship conquers all. This is a true joy and a wonder to read. Books mentioned in this post The [...]

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7. Trial by Fire

Everything is falling apart in Lily's life and she wants to disappear. Suddenly she finds herself in an alternate universe where powerful magic reigns and her evil twin self rules with an iron hand. Lily's weaknesses become her strengths as she fights to save this mirror world. Books mentioned in this post Worldwalker Trilogy #1: [...]

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8. Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

From the author of the beloved children's graphic novel series Zita the Spacegirl comes this wonderful picture book. Julia and her walking house move to a town by the sea and find things a little too quiet. Soon she hosts mythical creatures of all sorts, and they all have to learn to behave themselves and [...]

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9. Jackaby

A unique mystery set in 1892 New England told with warmth, humor, and suspense. The narrator, Abigail, sees the details in the ordinary, and Jackaby (a combination of Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes) has the power to see the supernatural. This is a promising start to a new series. Books mentioned in this post Jackaby [...]

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10. The Happiness of Pursuit

Always wanted to make croissants? Dreamed of learning to surf or opening a cat sanctuary? Whoever said it's not about the destination but the journey was only half right. Bliss lies in pursuing the seemingly impossible with steely tenacity, and Guillebeau offers solid advice and tales of his own journeys to inspire you to pursue [...]

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11. The Children Act

Ian McEwan's newest is a beautiful exploration of the distance we create between ourselves and other people and the irrevocable damage it causes. How can we move through life, the novel asks, from the unshakeable belief in the rightness of things in adolescence, into the gray areas of adult life, without shutting our gates and [...]

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12. The Little Prince

There are always books that we won't read for various reasons. Maybe it has to do with the genre or the author, or the person who recommended it, but for whatever reason, certain books just don't appeal to us. This was true for me when it came to The Little Prince. I am not sure [...]

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13. The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new kind of slavery that emerged in the young United States right after it achieved its independence from the British Empire. Although at the end of the American [...]

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14. Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel

Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. The book moves back and forth in time between the years just before a devastating flu pandemic brings about the collapse of civilization as we know it, and a time 20 years [...]

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15. David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview

David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone Clocks focuses on Holly Sykes, who begins the book in 1984 as a British teenager and ends it as a grandmother in 2043. Holly's otherwise ordinary life is interrupted by voices, whom she [...]

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16. The Bone Clocks

With the sweeping global vision and ability to sum up whole eras of time that he's become known for, along with a fascinating dose of fantasy, The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell's most enthralling and illuminating novel yet. Gorgeously written, bracingly intelligent, poignant, and occasionally very funny, The Bone Clocks is one of my favorite [...]

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17. For the Love of Lists

One guy that I dated a while back had a whole brigade of work to-do lists for various projects written in Sharpie on blank white paper. The moment I saw them all lined up on clipboards on his kitchen counter, he had my heart. Another fine fellow in my life left a to-do list out [...]

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18. Deep Roots, Rich Dirt

There is a passage in Jean Toomer's marvelous hybrid novel Cane that describes a woman, sitting in a theater in a northern city, whose roots, likely unbeknownst to her, sink deep through the floor and travel south. The image is fraught, of course, because the woman being described is African American and Toomer, who was [...]

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19. Uni the Unicorn

From the author of Little Pea, Spoon, and Duck! Rabbit! comes a uniquely magical tale of Uni the Unicorn. Uni is the only unicorn who believes little girls are real! Lovely illustrations by Brigette Barrager make this a wonderful and memorable read. Books mentioned in this post Uni the Unicorn Amy Krouse Rosenthal New Hardcover [...]

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20. The Rule of Thoughts

Michael is faced with the terrifying truth: the plot to implant artificial intelligence into unsuspecting gamers has begun. Will all of humanity fall under the control of the Mortality Doctrine? An action-packed read that hurtles the reader to a thrilling conclusion. Books mentioned in this post The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality... James Dashner New Hardcover [...]

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21. New Cookbooks for August: Family Meals, Comfort Food, and Drunken Wisdom

As befits the beginning of the end of the hot summer days, and looking ahead to back-to-school, the August lineup of newly released cookbooks is a harvest combination of family rededication, comfort foods, and good old-fashioned drunken fun. My goodness gracious. I don't know quite what to say about My Drunk Kitchen. To fully comprehend [...]

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22. We Are Not Ourselves

This touching family saga follows Eileen Tumulty from childhood through late midlife. Stoic and resourceful, she strives to make a better existence for herself and her family than her hard-luck upbringing would allow. A realistic portrayal of the triumphs, tragedies, and regrets many of us face. Books mentioned in this post We Are Not Ourselves [...]

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23. One Kick

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one. Books mentioned [...]

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24. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

An amazing retelling of Greek mythology told from the point of view of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus character Percy Jackson. Percy narrates the text in his hilariously sarcastic yet informative way with fantastic artwork from John Rocco, illustrator of the Heroes of Olympus series and a Caldecott honoree. Books mentioned in this post Percy Jackson's [...]

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25. The Organized Mind

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency... and minimize the chaos! Books mentioned in this post The [...]

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