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The Ocean At The End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
William Morrow $25.99

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Back in the 90s I had this friend who was a huge comic book geek who persuaded me to read this series called The Sand Man written by some guy called Neil Gaiman. At first I resisted (a comic book? I was in my 30s, not prime demo for comics and anyway…) but eventually I wore down under the pressure of his repeated proselytization. Turns out my friend was right, this wasn’t guys in tights swinging from high rise to high rise or floating in the air touting clever jibes and blasting each other with laser beams. This was something uncomfortably close to art. The expressionistic paintings of Dave McKean were like nothing you’d expect in a pulpy comic and the stories? Just amazing, evocative, lyric, er um dream like(?). I was hooked and still am. I came across a book called Neverwhere not long after and will never look at subways, London, London subways, or quite really anything in the same way again. And the books kept coming: Good Omens (w/ Terry Pratchett), Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book amongst them and I kept reading, gladly. You see Gaiman has this voice, charming and humane but creepy, occasionally whimsical but capable also of evoking real dread; and when he gets dark all the effects amplify because you have been charmed and cozened. That voice is central to his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The set-up is fairly straightforward; the narrator returns home to rural Sussex after several decades away. There to eulogize at a funeral he finds himself with a bit a free time so he drives around his old neighborhood. He comes upon a somehow familiar farmhouse. And there he begins to remember. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book filled with strangeness and charm; its sole flaw by my lights is that it is over far too soon. – Matt Comito, VP of Book Operations

Life After Life $27.99 Kate Atkinson Reagan Authur Books
Life after Life is AMAZING! I have been a fan of Kate Atkinson since Behind the Scenes at the Museum. I love the Jackson Brodie mysteries. Her books are quirky and smart, with a caustic wit that is (mostly) irresistible. Life after Life is an ambitious and wonderfully unclassifiable blend of Downton Abbey, Connie Willis (Blackout/All Clear), Groundhog Day (yes, the movie), and In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat that flies with the page-turning appeal of a Gone Girl, or Atkinson’s own mysteries. The book opens in November 1930, as Ursula Todd pulls the trigger on a gun aimed at Hitler. On a cold and snowy day in 1910, Ursula Todd dies before she can draw her first breath. And that’s just the first five pages! – Sara, VP of Book Purchasing

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Songs of Willow Frost $26.00 Jamie Ford Ballantine
Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, again honors his Chinese heritage and Seattle through this heart-wrenching story of William, an orphan, and Liu Song, his mother, whom he believes has become an actress and singer, named Willow Frost. Set in the Twenties and Thirties, it is a book calling to be read and then shared with all of your best friends. – Sandra, Book Supervisor, SEA

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Bad Monkey $26.95 Carl Hiaasen KNOPF
Mr. Hiaasen is in tip-top form with his latest hilarious misadventure set once again in beautiful Key West. Exdetective Yancy (lost his badge for “vacuum hosing” his lover’s husband in public), now a restaurant inspector, tries to solve a murder that starts off with an arm found on the end of a fishing line. He hopes to get his badge back if he solves it, but what he goes through is intensely funny and creepy at the same time...magical!!! – Ron, Regional Book Manager

NOS4A2 $17.99 Joe Hill William Morrow
Definitely not for the squeamish, but that is what makes this a non-stop page-turner. Hill’s descriptive creative writing style peaks when he opens the gates to Christmasland and lets all enter at their own risk. Once inside, the reader will discover the truth and leave with an open gawk. He is definitely a topnotch horror author and one to be reckoned with. No doubt the torch will be carried from the past and into the future by Joe Hill. – Mike, Bookstore Manager, ABQ

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Margaret Bookseller, PIT
1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 3. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert surprised the experts–and me–with this, her first work of fiction after the phenomenon of Eat, Pray, Love. What a great story! Alma Whittaker is the heroine of this rip-roaring 19th Century epic. Born in 1900, Alma inherits her father’s money and his mind. This well-researched book sweeps the reader across the globe from London to Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti, Amsterdam. At its center is Alma Whittaker, a clear-minded scientist way ahead of her time---a woman you will admire and just won’t forget. 4. Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler 5. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 6. Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende 7. A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano (2011) 8. The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig 9. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford 10. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini

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$28.95 Riverhead

In this story spanning decades, Hosseini weaves an intriguing tale of how lives can be forever changed through a single event. A desperate father sells his 4-year old daughter to a wealthy couple. The separation is felt keenly by her older brother, who never quite relinquishes the dream of being reunited. The author moves the reader through the years and across oceans, teaching us what it means to love and care...and how people traverse real-life journeys. Another absorbing novel from a master storyteller. – Margaret, Bookseller, PIT

The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri

$27.95 KNOPF

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Once again, Lahiri gives the reader scenes of life growing up in India. The story revolves around two very different brothers. One is the parent-pleaser and the other is the idealistic, rebellious one. When one ends up a victim, the “good brother” steps in, marries his dead brother’s pregnant wife, and moves to America. Good deeds do not always bring good results. The topics of competitive siblings, parental love, and mending relationships are all addressed in this beautifully-written, riveting tale. – Margaret, Bookseller, PIT

The Son $27.99 Philipp Meyer Ecco
Publishers Weekly says The Son “speaks volumes about humanity—our insatiable greed, our inherent frailty, the endless cycle of conquer or be conquered.” Three generations of the McCullough family tell the story of living in Texas: Eli is captured and raised by Comanche Indians, his son Peter wants nothing to do with the world his father had forged from dirt and blood, and Jeannie ultimately inherits the family fortune. A woman running a corporation in the man’s world of oil and a son trying to break out of family dealings would make for an interesting story in the hands of a talented writer like Philipp Meyer but his tales of life with the Comanche will make your heart pound and your jaw drop. – Sydne, Book Buyer

71% of travelers choose books over eReaders when traveling on holiday. – Heathrow Airport

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Me Before You $16.00 Jojo Moyes Penguin Books
At first glance you expect this to be a boy-meets-girl story where love overcomes all obstacles, but author Jojo Moyes has other ideas. This engaging novel tells the story of a deeply unhappy quadriplegic and the caregiver hired by his mother to distract him from his own demons. Moyes allows us a little time to get to know the characters before introducing a deadline that lends suspense and uncertainty to the outcome. Emotionally engaging and heartbreaking. – Buzzy, Bookstore Manager, RDU

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Rivers $25.00 Michael Farris Smith Simon & Schuster
Due to the continuous and excessive storms that caused devastation to the Gulf Coast, the federal government provided a declaration of a geographical boundary. The result was an apocalyptic no-man’s-land. Survival becomes a struggle against Mother Nature’s elements and the roving deadly bandits hunting for food and shelter. Michael Farris Smith tells this story with a heavy-handed grim dystopian setting balanced with beauty and hope. –Mike, Bookstore Manager, ABQ

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Anne Book Manager, ROC

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1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 2. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (2011) This is a story about Lynnie, a developmentally disabled girl, and Homan, a deaf man, who escape terrible abuse and neglect from where they met at the Pennsylvania State School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. This is the story of everlasting love that spans 40 years, and the kindness of strangers. Similar to The Help, this story shows a time, not too long ago, where inclusiveness and tolerance were not the norm. 3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodgkins (2011) 4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (2011) 5. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 6. Lover at Last by J. R. Ward 7. Every Day by David Levithan (2012) 8. Slammed by Colleen Hoover (2012) 9. Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason 10. Now You See Her by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (2011)

Mike R Bookstore Manager, ABQ
1. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill 2. Rivers by Michael Farris Smith 3. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan 4. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield Will Bellman at ten years of age causes a dreadful accident that will haunt his adult life. Following a string of tragedies Mr. Bellman strikes a deal with Mr.Black and success arrives, but with an unknown price. Author Diane Setterfield writes this story of bad fortune and hopefulness with a memorable folk tale style talent.

4. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent 5. Of Dice And Men by David M. Ewalt 6. The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 7. The Golem And the Jinni by Helene Wecker 8. The King’s Deception by Steve Berry 9. The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter 10. Violet Eyes by John Everson

The 2012 “Book of the Year” was Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs. See the rest of last year’s choices at hudsonbooksellers.com/best-of-2012

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Sara VP of Book Purchasing

1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 2. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell Karen Russell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. It’s her imagination. She retains the wild scope of a child’s dreaming, combined with the sophistication and talent to turn those fantasies into powerfully original allegories. I love the range she can explore in a book of short stories; her novel Swamplandia, as clever and entertaining as it is, barely gives you a sense of what this author is capable. Her style is just stunning, with clarity, humor, lovely word choice, imagery, and phrasing so that I find myself wanting to read out loud. From ex-Presidents reincarnated as horses, to girls transformed into captive silkworms, to vampires harvesting lemons to slake their thirst, these stories are strange and wonderful, and essential. 3. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 4. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo 5. The Son by Philipp Meyer 6. The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti 7. The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon 8. The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane 9. Song Reader by Beck 10. Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin

Matt VP of Book Operations
1. Little, Big by John Crowley (1981) I can think of no comparable work. This is a book full of strange portents and subtle motions, a story about stories and life times stretching four generations into the past. Full of what Greil Marcus has called the old weird America, Little, Big is literally a fairy tale but it is so refined in its telling that its magic is built into the warp and weft of its words. Quite like a dream. 2. How Music Works by David Byrne (2012) 3. Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges 4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 5. The Unwinding by George Packer 6. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell 7. The Son by Philipp Meyer 8. Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis & Quincy Troupe (1989) 9. Tenth of December by George Saunders 10. Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt

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1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 2. The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonnet I first thought “Not another novel about Lithuanian immigrants in South Africa.” Then I quickly realized that this is definitely the best of that bunch. Isaac Helger is a red-headed high school dropout, wandering the streets of Johannesburg in the 30s, full of schemes that he hopes will lead to buying his mother a big new house. As Jews that fled Lithuania ahead of Hitler’s atrocities, the Helgers are minorities in a Christian country of mostly people of color – strangers in a strange land fighting for any opportunity. The dusty landscape of South Africa sprinkled liberally with snatches of Yiddish, Afrikaans, and Zulu might indicate a specific exotic story but this is truly a universal tale – a mother who wants what is best for her only son, a son desperately trying to make his mark, and the unusual characters that hinder and help them along. 3. The Son by Philipp Meyer 4. Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon 5. Rivers by Michael Ferris Smith 6. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright 7. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink 8. Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois 9. Flora by Gail Godwin 10. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Reading is the number one activity on flights under eight hours. – PAX survey

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Susan Bookstore Manager, PIT
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 2. Orphan Train by Christina K Kline (2012)

What do a 17-year-old teenager and an elderly woman have in common? Read this book to find out how these two unlikely characters help each other. One word to describe this book: wonderful!

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Silver Star by Jeanette Walls Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bemier Etched In Sand by Regina Calcaterra History of Love by Nicole Krauss The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

Valerie Bookstore Manager, CLE
1. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag This is an enchanting tale about Alba and other women that find their way to 11 Hope Street, a haunted house that helps troubled women turn their lives around during their 99 day stay. This book has a cast of well developed endearing and quirky characters, both past and present. The pictures of past famous women that have stayed here are outspoken and offer their opinions. The house itself expresses feelings also. When something good happens the lights flicker and when something bad happens the pipes rumble. This is such an imaginative and wonderful book! 2. Traveling Light by Andrea Thalasinos 3. Master St. Elmo by Caro Senour (1904) 4. The Dog Who Danced by Susan Wilson (2012) 5. Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie 6. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton (2011) 7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 8. Sisters on the Fly by Irene Rawlings (2010) 9. Alchemy Arts by Kate MacKay (2010) 10. Third Degree by Greg Iles (2008)

Our bestselling book of 2012 was Fifty Shades of by Grey E L James.

David Bookseller, BOS

BEST BOOKS YEAR Bookseller Favorites
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1. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis Beth Revis had her work cut out for her when it came to making a new planet for Shades of Earth and what that planet would entail for the Godspeed Colony. But she pulled it together, and I was thoroughly impressed. Shades of Earth has gone down as one of my all time favorite books.

2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (2012) 3. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza 4. With All my Soul by Rachel Vincent 5. The Elite by Keira Cass 6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (2012) 8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (2012) 10. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (2009)

Ron Regional Book Manager
1. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell 2. Joyland by Stephen King Nobody Does This Better!!! Joyland is a coming of age tale with an unforgettable main character, Devlin Jones. Written for the Hard Case Crime paperback line, Mr. King wraps Devlin into this nostalgic mystery, with hints of romance and supernatural elements that will please all readers who dare to jump in.

3. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho 4. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell 5. The Son by Philipp Meyer 6. Enon by Paul Harding 7. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink 8. Wilson by A. Scott Berg 9. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen 10. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

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Bookseller Favorites
Megan Bookseller, ROA
Megan, Bookseller, ROA 1. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger Set in a 1950s Minnesota small town, Ordinary Grace is a novel that shows us what happens to a simple family in a simple time that has to deal with unspeakable tragedy. Frank Drum is a young kid, son of a local minister, who is known for being a good hearted trouble maker. He is part of the all-American family with a musically gifted older sister who is dating the star football player and a younger brother who he has to stick up for. The small town he lives in is plagued by tragedy throughout the summer and he has to learn quickly the difference between an idyllic childhood and the harsh reality of adulthood. 2. Truth in Advertising by John Kenney 3. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (2003) 4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2012) 5. The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart 6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (2012) 7. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (2012) 8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012) 9. 11/22/1963 by Stephen King (2012) 10. Swingland by Daniel Stern

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Lane by Neil Gaiman

Bookseller Favorites
Laurie Bookstore Manager, BOS
1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (2010) I held my breath for more than a few pages while waiting to find out where this story was taking me. The Kitchen House immerses you in the joys and sorrows of the time period. I’ve been hooked on historical fiction since finishing this last year.

2. Cooked by Michael Pollan 3. Once Upon A Flock by Lauren Scheuer 4. Rework by James Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson 5. The Coastal Table by Karen Covey 6. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg 7. My Notorious Life by Kate Manning 8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (2010) 9. Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III 10. Defending Jacob by William Landay (2012)

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Lawrence in Arabia Scott Anderson

$28.95 Doubleday

While thoroughly documented and well detailed, Lawrence in Arabia reads like a thriller. Scott Anderson’s book gives critical attention to the man (and several other key players), the era, and the region. A necessary (and fascinating) title for anyone interested in the modern Middle East. – Ed, Manager of Inventory Analysis and Planning

One Summer Bill Bryson

$28.95 Doubleday

Bill Bryson is back with his trademark wit and style. In One Summer: America, 1927, he tackles one particular summer in American history, and both informs and entertains his readers in equal measure. – Anne, Book Buyer

Of Dice and Men David M. Ewalt

$26.00 Scribner

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This is one of my favorite books of the year. I have never played D&D but David’s storytelling and the history of the game made me fall in love with it. Pick it up and you may find yourself looking for a DM and looking forward to rolling a D20. – Justin, Marketing Manager

Five Days At Memorial Sheri Fink

$27.00 Crown

The best summation of this gripping narrative came from The Boston Globe: “the ethical complexities of making life-anddeath judgments in the absence of perfect information and clear guidelines.” When Katrina hit New Orleans there were hundreds of people at Memorial Hospital – patients, staff and family members of both that took shelter there. The generators were in the basement which quickly flooded and, as a microcosm of the whole city, conditions were hectic but orderly to begin with but rapidly broke down. More than 500 interviews convey a story of confusion, heart-breaking decisions made on the fly, instances of heroism and incredible hubris. Hopefully, this can be used as a model for what not to do in a crisis but, as in life, no one is totally good and no one is totally bad. –Sydne, Book Buyer

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1. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford 2. One Summer by Bill Bryson 3. Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler This is an important story we all need to talk about and learn from. The question of whether prolonging life has actually diminished the quality of life is difficult, but necessary. This layer of our healthcare system should consider the adage “Less is More.” Thank you to Katy Butler for sharing her families’ painful experience to shed more light on a “good death.” 4. Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra 5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 6. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield 7. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo 8. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell 9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 10. Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath

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Dad Is Fat $25.00 Jim Gaffigan Crown Archetype
Jim Gaffigan pens this comical view of parenting young children from the perspective of a somewhat hapless father. Instantly you can relate to the whole family and the everyday trials they face living seven deep in a two bedroom NYC apartment. Gaffigan is humorous throughout and often has you literally laughing out loud. A quick and easy read sure to entertain new and old parents alike. – Megan, Bookseller, ROA

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I Wear the Black Hat Chuck Klosterman

$25.00 Scribner

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What is a villain? Chuck Klosterman uses his razor-sharp wit and keen knowledge of pop culture to explore the subject. Among the topics skewered are the film Death Wish, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the O.J. Simpson trial. Chuck Klosterman offers a surprisingly hilarious and insightful look into a commonplace topic. – Mike, Bookseller, BOS

The Unwinding $27.00 George Packer Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Focusing on the last 30 years, Packer’s book examines our nation in crisis. Packer profiles the lives of a handful of citizens at all levels of social strata in an effort to delineate the forces that are ripping our country apart. In telling these stories Packer utilizes many of the strategies of John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy. Perhaps Packer uses these strategies because the story he is telling is so similar to that of Dos Passos work; the conditions of these times being so closely paralleled by those of the 20’s and 30’s. The effect here is similarly dazzling and dismaying, a necessary book. Here’s the first line: “No one can say when the unwinding began, when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way.” – Matt, VP of Book Operations

The Telling Room $27.00 Michael Paterniti The Dial Press
This is a book about cheese; about a flamboyant Spanish farmer and cheesemaker named Ambrosio; about storytelling and community; about modern American culture and Old World values; a book about an author named Michael Paterniti. It is utterly compelling and beautifully written. It ripens and transforms in its telling in the same way that does a good cheese, or wine, or history. And in the weeks since I’ve finished it, its flavors have only grown richer. I highly recommend a tasting. – Sara, VP of Book Purchasing

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Gulp. $26.95 Mary Roach W.W. Norton & Company
Mary Roach’s books are disgusting examinations of the human body—and I love every single one of them. Her latest, Gulp. is an examination of the human digestive system which includes: America’s terrible imported olive oil, the bacteriafighting properties of saliva, the intricacies of smuggling, the possible reason for dragon mythos, and why Elvis died on the toilet. Hilarious and highly informative, Gulp. is a must-read. (Warning: Do NOT read Gulp. right before, during or right after meals, but it’d probably make an interesting bathroom read.)- Laura, Bookseller, PIT

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls $27.00 David Sedaris Little, Brown and Company
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a humorous collection of short essays and random musings. David Sedaris has taken his personal life lessons and combined them with over the top rantings to make an enjoyable read. This book will have you going from laughing out loud to somewhat disturbed and completely relating to it. – Brian, Bookseller, CLE

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Christine Book Manager, ORD

1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel They had perfect hair, makeup, clothes. They traveled the world and dined with presidents. Their homes, grocery stores, and schools were mercilessly invaded by the press. Their husbands were glamorous heroes that, all too frequently, died in the line of duty. They had no one to turn to but each other, and the mesmerizing story of their unlikely sorority shows these amazing women to be just as fascinating as their husbands. 2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 4. Chronic Resilience by Danea Horn 5. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (2012) 6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 7. Night Film by Marisha Pessl 8. Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood 9. The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall 10. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Lee Bookseller, CLE
1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2008) The Last Lecture provides life lessons that are timeless and inspirational. Randy Pausch leaves a message that applies to everyone while leaving a personal message to his own kids enjoy each and every day and seize every moment.

2. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis 3. James Madison by Richard Brookhiser (2011) 4. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (2012) 5. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander (2012) 6. Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger & Kenneth Cukier 7. Dream New Dreams by Jai Pauch (2012) 8. Rumsfeld’s Rules by Donald Rumsfeld 9. Defending Jacob by William Landay (2012) 10. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Justin Marketing Manager

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1. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss 2. Wool by Hugh Howey 3. My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek Switek didn’t outgrow his love of dinosaurs like most kids did. Every page of My Beloved Brontosaurus is a love letter to to his idea of dinosaurs and the factual dinosaurs that he has spent the last 30 years studying. It is impossible for this book not to reignite a passion for these beloved creatures both old and new. This readable and enlightening book is the best way to catch up on the latest scientific theories and to see if your favorite non-avian dinosaurs have made the cut. 4. Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt 5. Black Code by Ronald J. Deibert 6. Chew Volume 7 by John Layman 7. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner 8. Gulp. by Mary Roach 9. Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich 10. Blackout by Robinson Wells

Anne Book Buyer

1. Shadows by Robin McKinley I’ve been a fan of Robin McKinley’s titles since I was a teenager. It is always a treat when a new book is announced. Shadows is classic McKinley; I urge you to pick it up or any of her other wonderful books.

2. Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud 3. The Druken Botantist by Amy Stewart 4. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (2010) 5. Horde by Ann Aguire 6. Embers of War by Fredrik Logevall (2012) 7. Losing It by Cora Carmack 8. One Summer by Bill Bryson 9. The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook 10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2012)

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Contagious $26.00 Jonah Berger Simon & Schuster
We all know the power of word-of-mouth and how it affects sales, but with Contagious: Why Things Catch On we can begin to know why and understand.  Jonah Berger breaks the concepts down into talking oints with his well-written and easy to understand six STEPPS.  Business owner to Marketing professional and all those in-between will benefit from reading this book. – Mark, General Manager, ROA

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David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell

$29.00

Little, Brown & Co

Mr. Gladwell’s latest insightful bestseller lays out in 3 parts (Advantages of Disadvantages, The Theory of Desirable Difficulty and The Limits of Power) how we too can slay giants in our lives like David did Goliath....Power To The Underdogs! Mr Gladwell uses several real life stories he’s discovered to make it very clear that one should never feel powerless, and that in many circumstances weakness can be a surprising and effective strength. – Ron, Regional Book Manager

The One Thing Gary Keller

$24.95 Bard Press

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One thing I know for sure is that this book sells itself! After reading this book you need to get to the heart of things, the heart of what matters: Go small—it’s as simple as that. Then the one thing will be staring at you! – Susan, Bookstore Manager, PIT

Salt Sugar Fat Michael Moss

$28.00

Random House

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Lean In (regardless of where you are in your career) challenges you to truly understand what you want in life and to recognize the actions that are holding you back. Whether they are the actions of others or your own, Sandberg offers practical solutions for achieving your goals. “Lean In” is as powerful a mantra as “Just Do It.” – Laurie, Bookstore Manager, BOS

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A Smiths song and a handful of comic books…Eleanor is the new girl at school, nicknamed “Big Red” because of her size and hair. Park is the lone Korean kid who retreats into punk music and his stack of comics. They just share a bus seat at first, but Eleanor and Park’s relationship takes a much deeper and stronger turn into love. Set in 1986 (but feels timeless), Eleanor & Park is a gut-wrenchingly bittersweet story of first love and finding that one person when you feel all alone in the world.

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The first in a dystopian trilogy, The Testing takes place in a society that weeds out its best and brightest youth and puts them to the ultimate test. Cia is a student who is thrilled to be chosen for the tests, but she quickly realizes that the stakes are higher than she ever imagined. Those that pass will shape the future, but those that fail… Reminiscent of The Hunger Games, this was a thrilling read and has me looking forward to the rest of the series! –Jenn, E-commerce

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Flora & Ulysses $17.99 Kate Dicamillo Candlewick
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