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If you're in the mood for a page turning science fiction space murder mystery with clones then look no further. I loved loved loved this book. Not only was it heaps of fun but fascinating as well. Six clones wake up with their old bodies floating dead around them. They have no idea what happened and neither do you. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mystery unfold while getting to know these fascinating characters. Pick this up for a super engaging and satisfying summer read. You won't be sorry!

Picked by Patti H.

When I was a kid I had two dreams for when I grew up: I would be either a symphony musician or a long haul trucker. How I ended up a bookseller is anyone's guess, but the romance of the road has remained with me, so I was a natural for the Long Haul. Finn Murphy tells a great story of a life lived on his own terms. After dropping out of college he took up with a long distance mover and built a career as a mover of wealthy executive types and earning a six figure living for himself. Murphy is a natural story teller and his book never sags. This is a great summer read.

Picked by Michael

When Ruth is visiting her parents for Christmas, her mother asks her to stay for a year to help care for her father, who is starting to suffer the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's. Meanwhile, Ruth is trying to find her own footing, after her fiancée left her for another woman. Goodbye, Vitamin is narrated by Ruth in short diary-like entries that are often very funny, but by the end of the book these vignettes add up to a moving chronicle of familial love, as Ruth finds meaning and connection some unexpected places. This debut novel sneaks up on you and may have you laughing out loud and then bring you to tears on the same page!

Rachel Khong was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine from 2011 to 2016. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.

Picked by Mark B.

Idaho is the best novel I have read in years. It follows more than fifty years in the lives of Jenny, who performs a terrible act early in the book, and the family she leaves behind. The prose is truly insightful, with metaphors that leap off of the page-- memory scatters like "dozens of blackbirds, startled at nothing." This novel is a powerful testament to human resiliency and forgiveness, and should join the canon of lasting Northwest literature, alongside Marilynne Robinson and Sherman Alexie.

Picked by James

This is such a great book. Jabari is afraid to jump off the diving board, but he knows that it's okay to be scared. He also knows his dad will be right there watching him. I love the message that it's okay to be nervous and take your time while also finding the courage to conquer your fears. A very positive and universal theme for a children's book!

Picked by Halley

Reading a memoir is like looking through a window into someone's life. If you're lucky the window is clean, the curtains pulled back just enough, and the life inside revealed in such a way that the reader learns something important and moving about that life. Good memoirs go a step beyond and reveal truths and realities about entire realms, and those truths and realities change forever how the reader views the world. This is one of those good memoirs.

Picked by Dana

A deep dive into Japanese police hierarchy and newspaper journalism. Mikami, a highly respected detective, has unexpectedly been thrust into a position in Media Relations, where he feels torn between his old loyalty to Criminal Investigations and his duty to his current administrative position. Things at home are even worse: his teenage daughter is missing and his wife is suffering deeply. When he discovers evidence of a secret document vitally important to a 14-year old kidnapping case that still holds sway over the present, he doesn't hesitate to throw himself into the fray over his convictions - but he's way over his head. Almost airless with tension and bared-teeth interoffice-tactical assaults between members of a very unfriendly "fraternity".

Picked by Christina

I walked the Camino in 2012 and Jason's memoir brought all those memories back: sore feet, conversations, bed bugs, and everything else. A look into the Camino from a great graphic novelists. I can't wait to make the walk again.

Picked by Alex

First off Daniel Wallace is a favorite author of mine and I was super excited about his newest endeavor. While this is quite a bit different than Big Fish, I adored this book! Being stuck in the mundane routine of life is a place many of us have experienced at one time or another. Edsel Bronfman is no different except for the fact that mediocrity has defined his life so far. Having the courage to step out of himself, take chances, and choose to be uncomfortable was inspiring and a good kick in the pants for me. This quiet and powerful story has stuck with me and I couldn't be more thankful for having read it.

Picked by Patti H.