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This is a such a brilliant book! Goofy fun is paired with getting to write and draw your own ideas into the story. My son got super into it! As a mom I was thrilled that he was writing (which isn't typically his favorite thing to do) and having fun! He was cracking up and reading, drawing, and writing for over an hour. We read together, shared ideas, and had a tremendous amount of fun the whole time. It would be a great book to have fun with over the summer! The second one is coming out in September and we can't wait!

Picked by Patti H.

With Marrow Island, Smith has written a truly great Pacific Northwest novel. She's given us a good dosage of mystery, ecological thriller, and speculative fiction, but defies our expectations of each. Marrow Island as a place is so firmly grounded in the mood and atmosphere of the Northwest that you feel like you've been there before; you could spy it through the fog on your next ferry ride or trip up the coast. Setting is not the only strong point of the book, however; the plot keeps your curiosity simmering right up through the end.

Picked by Owen

I picked this book when it was first published in hardcover, but I wasn't successful in moving enough of you to purchase it so I am giving it another try now that it is in paperback and more affordable. Under Major... was one of my favorite books of the last year; a completely original, wickedly funny, sometimes scandalous, sometimes moving fractured fairy tale. It is unlike anything you are apt to encounter. Follow Lucien (Lucy) as he pursues his fortune in the castle of the Baron Von Aux and competes for the love of the fair Klara.

Picked by Michael

Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in this slim yet powerful book, truth is much more horrible than fiction. Erik Loomis has done an amazing job of putting together a succinct history of labor's struggle against corporate power. He shows that when the federal government started to finally enact safety laws, and unions were gaining more rights for workers, corporations just moved manufacturing overseas. Once out of the U.S. they are able to skirt safety regulations and pay minimum wages as low as thirty-two cents an hour. Five million U.S. jobs have been lost due to NAFTA, and new trade agreements just enable U.S. corporations to continue their policy of exploiting the poorest on this earth. I don't call too many books a must-read, but this one is certainly worth your time and money spent.

Picked by Mark B.

Everything that should need to be said about Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping has already been said more eloquently in other places. But let me say again, if there exists a certain group of books that one must feel compelled to read, Housekeeping is among those books. Especially here, especially now. While being the story of a transient family in Northern Idaho, Housekeeping also very much feels like a cultural history of the Inland Northwest. Its release in this beautiful pocket edition only makes it more enticing.

Picked by James

On the eve of a wife/mother's death, a grieving father and his two sons are visited by an enormous crow that refuses to leave until they've come to terms with their grief. Poetry and novella in one, this beautiful book is told from three perspectives: the father, the boys, and the crow himself. It's a story about loss, healing, and what grief can do when we accept it into our lives.

Picked by Halley

I couldn't shut up about this book while I was reading it, and you can ask my coworkers for proof. Too much verisimilitude can harm historical fiction, but here you crave any detail that might let you shine a light around the next dark, sharp curve of the plot. Chee is an assured, masterful writer whose novel will stay with you the way a dream does.

Picked by Christina

The latest in a wave of long overdue child-of-the-counterculture memoirs, Juan F. Thompson's Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson does not disappoint. Whether you're a Gonzo Journalism fan or new to the party, each chapter head includes a list of important events in Hunter's life giving the reader historical signposts, and Juan's introspective and scrupulously honest and forgiving account of his relationship with his father is fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately heartening.

Picked by Dana

I picked this up on account of the cover and finished it in a sitting. Dark Run is Guardians of the Galaxy meets Firefly meets Han Solo with more whiskey. Space Pirates, misfits, and one-liners: what more does one need? Can't wait to read the next book by Mike Brooks.

Picked by Alex