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We offer a comprehensive section of local and regional titles, including local authors, historical anthologies, and nature writing oriented to the inland Northwest. We also have an excellent outdoor/adventure section with titles ranging from mountaineering exploits to hiking, biking, rowing, skiing, and globe trotting. Not to be missed is our hand-selected new fiction and non-fiction as well as the children’s section, located near the back of the store.

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Staff Picks

Books that our staff have enjoyed reading and give two thumbs up! 

MELISSA'S PICKS

Malala Yousafzai is an inspiring young woman who stood up for girls' education in Pakistan and was shot by the Taliban. In her memoir, I Am Malala, she details the history of the Swat Valley, as well as her own history, from her father's humble beginnings to their situation today. The young woman shares the story of her assassination attempt, her rescue, and the family's struggle to adjust to their new lives in England. Malala's story and passion for education earned her the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai is an inspiring young woman who stood up for girls' education in Pakistan and was shot by the Taliban. In her memoir, I Am Malala, she details the history of the Swat Valley, as well as her own history, from her father's humble beginnings to their situation today. The young woman shares the story of her assassination attempt, her rescue, and the family's struggle to adjust to their new lives in England. Malala's story and passion for education earned her the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ernest Cline's debut book, Ready Player One, is a must-read for anyone who loves science fiction and adventure. Cline combines these elements to tell the story of Wade Watts, a teenager who devoted his life to studying old TV shows and playing 80's video games in the hopes that he will solve a dead billionaire's puzzle and find the keys to the old man's fortune. When he finds the first key, Wade's life switches from an attempt to escape reality into a race for survival as he tries to keep away from other players willing to kill him so they can take the key and hopefully win the ultimate prize. 

Ernest Cline's debut book, Ready Player One, is a must-read for anyone who loves science fiction and adventure. Cline combines these elements to tell the story of Wade Watts, a teenager who devoted his life to studying old TV shows and playing 80's video games in the hopes that he will solve a dead billionaire's puzzle and find the keys to the old man's fortune. When he finds the first key, Wade's life switches from an attempt to escape reality into a race for survival as he tries to keep away from other players willing to kill him so they can take the key and hopefully win the ultimate prize. 

What if? What if you find yourself asking questions that are absurd, and genuinely wanting answers? Enter Randall Munroe, the creator of cartoon xkcd and a former NASA roboticist. Millions of people follow Munroe's iconic webcomic and many of those followers ask some pretty strange questions. Among them are things like “What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?” Or, “What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?” In the book, “What If?,” Munroe provides scientific answers to these questions and several dozen more by running computer simulations, digging through declassified military research, consulting with nuclear reactor operators, and more. In one case, the webcomic creator even times scenes from Star Wars with a stopwatch. With his combined wit and intelligence, Munroe's book will leave you giggling.

What if? What if you find yourself asking questions that are absurd, and genuinely wanting answers? Enter Randall Munroe, the creator of cartoon xkcd and a former NASA roboticist. Millions of people follow Munroe's iconic webcomic and many of those followers ask some pretty strange questions. Among them are things like “What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?” Or, “What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?” In the book, “What If?,” Munroe provides scientific answers to these questions and several dozen more by running computer simulations, digging through declassified military research, consulting with nuclear reactor operators, and more. In one case, the webcomic creator even times scenes from Star Wars with a stopwatch. With his combined wit and intelligence, Munroe's book will leave you giggling.


ABBIE'S PICKS 

Is sex really different for young adult women now then it was for their mothers? In Sex and Girls Peggy Orenstein interviews psychologists, academics, experts,and over 70 girls from a multitude of back grounds to answer that question and more. Though the title and content is mainly focused of girls, the boys that play an equal part are not to be ignored. Orenstein's dialogue opens your eyes to the complicated sex lifes of girls. In the age of campus assaults, and the ever present gender double standard, it's a must read!

Is sex really different for young adult women now then it was for their mothers? In Sex and Girls Peggy Orenstein interviews psychologists, academics, experts,and over 70 girls from a multitude of back grounds to answer that question and more. Though the title and content is mainly focused of girls, the boys that play an equal part are not to be ignored. Orenstein's dialogue opens your eyes to the complicated sex lifes of girls. In the age of campus assaults, and the ever present gender double standard, it's a must read!

Erin Morgenstern's debut novel The Night Circus is not to be missed. Magicians Celia and Marco have been unwittingly pitted against each other by their instructors. The battle ground is the mysterious night circus that pops up during the night with no announcement, and leaves the same way. Unknown to Celia and Marco, this is an old game for the men they play for -- and a deadly one where there can only be one winner. When the duo fall in love, the lives of the performers and the patrons hang in the balance. If they decided to make this one a movie cross your fingers that Tim Burton gets the rights, because he may be the only one that can capture the visual descriptions that Morgenstern conjures. 

Erin Morgenstern's debut novel The Night Circus is not to be missed. Magicians Celia and Marco have been unwittingly pitted against each other by their instructors. The battle ground is the mysterious night circus that pops up during the night with no announcement, and leaves the same way. Unknown to Celia and Marco, this is an old game for the men they play for -- and a deadly one where there can only be one winner. When the duo fall in love, the lives of the performers and the patrons hang in the balance. If they decided to make this one a movie cross your fingers that Tim Burton gets the rights, because he may be the only one that can capture the visual descriptions that Morgenstern conjures. 


Alison's picks

Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus  is a Jane Goodall-take on cephalopods. It is a beautiful insight into one of the least understood creatures of the deep. While most are likely aware of an octopus's incredible ability to change its size, shape and camouflage, did you know that octopuses know and remember faces? That they appear have different personalities? That they are wily problem solvers? Montgomery brings her passion for a better understanding the natural world to aquarium tanks and the open ocean as scientists investigate not only how sentient these mysterious creature are, but how such sentience even works! While octopuses have a walnut-sized “brain” mainframe, their neural networks extend far beyond into their tentacles giving, in some sense, each tentacle a mind of its own! Join Montgomery and scientists as they study what makes a species that spends most of its life alone such a smart and social creature.

Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus  is a Jane Goodall-take on cephalopods. It is a beautiful insight into one of the least understood creatures of the deep. While most are likely aware of an octopus's incredible ability to change its size, shape and camouflage, did you know that octopuses know and remember faces? That they appear have different personalities? That they are wily problem solvers? Montgomery brings her passion for a better understanding the natural world to aquarium tanks and the open ocean as scientists investigate not only how sentient these mysterious creature are, but how such sentience even works! While octopuses have a walnut-sized “brain” mainframe, their neural networks extend far beyond into their tentacles giving, in some sense, each tentacle a mind of its own! Join Montgomery and scientists as they study what makes a species that spends most of its life alone such a smart and social creature.

Amy Stewart's first foray into fiction does not disappoint. While you may know Stewart from previous, non-fiction endeavors—The Earth Moved, Wicked Plants, or Flower Confidential—Girl Waits with Gun deviates into new territory as she weaves a tale about the adventures (and just as frequently, misadventures) of the three Kopp sisters in pre-World War I New Jersey. After a car slams into their horse-drawn buggy, eldest sister Constance is determined to make the offending driver—who happens to be a local thug and sweatshop owner—pay for the repairs. Working both in and outside of the borders of the law, Constance's quest for justice finally leads her to become one of the country's first female deputy sheriffs. The development of the characters, both major and minor, will draw you in and twists and turns of the plot will leave you pawing for the next book in this new series (Lady Cop Makes Trouble, coming September 2016)!

Amy Stewart's first foray into fiction does not disappoint. While you may know Stewart from previous, non-fiction endeavors—The Earth Moved, Wicked Plants, or Flower Confidential—Girl Waits with Gun deviates into new territory as she weaves a tale about the adventures (and just as frequently, misadventures) of the three Kopp sisters in pre-World War I New Jersey. After a car slams into their horse-drawn buggy, eldest sister Constance is determined to make the offending driver—who happens to be a local thug and sweatshop owner—pay for the repairs. Working both in and outside of the borders of the law, Constance's quest for justice finally leads her to become one of the country's first female deputy sheriffs. The development of the characters, both major and minor, will draw you in and twists and turns of the plot will leave you pawing for the next book in this new series (Lady Cop Makes Trouble, coming September 2016)!

I admit to being biased towards this book: growing up in Michigan, I watched the fallout from Detroit's spiral as an economic and culturally rich metropolis with population of nearly 2 million to a barely 700,000-strong, crime-ridden dead-zone which, in 2013, filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. The audacity of  Detroit: An American Autopsy captured the nation, and while past attempts to account for the city's historic rise and fall kept a more academic tone, Mr. LeDuff's combination of history and memoir takes a very on-the-ground, personal approach. As a native of Detroit, Mr. LeDuff also brings a genuine pride and disgust to his gonzo journalism, as interviews with Motor City icons (both “good” and “bad”) and everyday residents tug at your empathy for a place that was once the richest city in America. Spoiler alert: not all is lost for the City of Detroit. While major problems in county and municipal governments, school districts and poverty still abound, an artist and business renaissance of the type that would make Richard Florida blush (The Rise of the Creative Class) is also emerging...so what will happen to Detroit next? Keep following Mr. LeDuff's series on Detroit and other US issues on his YouTube channel, The Americans. 

I admit to being biased towards this book: growing up in Michigan, I watched the fallout from Detroit's spiral as an economic and culturally rich metropolis with population of nearly 2 million to a barely 700,000-strong, crime-ridden dead-zone which, in 2013, filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. The audacity of  Detroit: An American Autopsy captured the nation, and while past attempts to account for the city's historic rise and fall kept a more academic tone, Mr. LeDuff's combination of history and memoir takes a very on-the-ground, personal approach. As a native of Detroit, Mr. LeDuff also brings a genuine pride and disgust to his gonzo journalism, as interviews with Motor City icons (both “good” and “bad”) and everyday residents tug at your empathy for a place that was once the richest city in America. Spoiler alert: not all is lost for the City of Detroit. While major problems in county and municipal governments, school districts and poverty still abound, an artist and business renaissance of the type that would make Richard Florida blush (The Rise of the Creative Class) is also emerging...so what will happen to Detroit next? Keep following Mr. LeDuff's series on Detroit and other US issues on his YouTube channel, The Americans.