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Paperback Non-Fiction Bestsellers

1. Wow, No Thank You. Samantha Irby, Vintage, $15.95, 9780525563488 

2. Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560

3. Say Nothing Patrick Radden Keefe, Anchor, $16.95, 9780307279286

4. Born a Crime Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198

5. The Library Book Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195

6. The Story of More Hope Jahren, Vintage, $15, 9780525563389

7. A Woman of No Importance Sonia Purnell, Penguin, $18, 9780735225312

8. The Great Influenza John M. Barry, Penguin, $19, 9780143036494

9. Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership Gloria D. Brown, Donna L. Sinclair, Oregon State University Press, $19.95, 9780870710018 

10. Why We Sleep Matthew Walker, PhD, Scribner, $18, 9781501144325 

11. Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom Ciscoe Morris, Sasquatch Books, $19.95, 9781632172792

12. Leadership: In Turbulent Times Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $18, 9781476795935

13. White Fragility Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415 

14. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Yuval Noah Harari, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780525512196 

15. The Book of Awakening Mark Nepo, Red Wheel, $18.95, 9781590035009

May the 4th be with you!

We're all stuck at home for just a bit longer, but this Star Wars display is sure to have books and gifts and nifties to distract everyone. We're available for curb-side pickup if you'd like us to set anything aside for you. The Princess Leia reading timer isn't just for reading, it can be used to time piano lessons, or chore time, or screen time.

We've got good old fashioned bookmarks, as well as school workbooks in the Star Wars theme.


Oops, how'd that Star Trek mug get in there?



Choose Your Own Adventure CONTEST

We have over 40 Choose Your Own Adventure books in stock. But if you're in the mood to make your own, Control Alt Achieve has some fairly simple instructions on how to do just that. All you need is Google Docs. It looks like so much fun!

Contest Alert!

If you make one of these books, and email it to us, you'll be entered in to win a prize! First place gets their book featured on our website (you'll be famous for sure).


Here are the rules:

1. Make it PG-rated.

2. Email the finished product to


Easy, right?

The deadline is May 22, 2020.


The Abominable Snowman

"You and Carlos are on an expedition to the world's highest mountains in the remote kingdom of Nepal to search for the Yeti, otherwise known as the Abominable Snowman. Carlos arrives a few days early and goes missing from Everest base camp. A yeti sighting was reported nearby. Did he go after it? Or was Carlos onto the trail of something else? "I know that cry. It's the battle cry of the Yeti We must get help and come back for Carlos." "Why are they angry?" you ask Runal. "Too many people have tormented them. We must go." The rescue helicopter lies smashed on the snow. There is no sign of the pilot, just giant Yeti footprints, leading off to the icefall?the death zone. If you follow the prints, turn to page 56. If you stay at the wreckage, hoping for help, turn to page 57." YOU choose what happens next."

This is book number 1 in the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

Don't be bored, read a book!

She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.”  - Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings





"Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss."

- Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck

PNBA Bestseller List

1. The Overstory by Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687 

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780143135166

3. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525436225

4. The Plague by Albert Camus, Vintage, $15, 9780679720218

5. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead Books, $17, 9781594634741

6. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780143127550

7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439

8. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine, $17, 9781524798642

9. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage, $16.95, 9780804172448

10. Normal People by Sally Rooney, Hogarth, $17, 9781984822185

11. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Penguin, $16, 9780735220690 

12. There There by Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140

13. Mink River by Brian Doyle, Oregon State University Press, $18.95, 9780870715853

14. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738

15. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, St. Martin’s Griffin, $17.99, 9781250080400

Camping and Outdoors Books

The Pendleton Field Guide to Camping: (Outdoors Camping Book, Beginner Wilderness Guide)  $19.95 


From the beloved American heritage brand, The Pendleton Field Guide to Camping is a helpful companion for outdoor enthusiasts and weekend adventurers. Organized into three sections, this handbook offers practical advice on where to go camping, how to go camping, and how to enjoy it once you're there.

The Pendleton Field Guide to Camping begins with a brief overview of the best parks and trails in the United States. The second section contains camp essentials—what to pack and how to plan your camping trip—and the final section contains a series of how-tos.

• Entries include a brief history of national parks, packing lists, and step-by-step tutorials for starting a fire, pitching a tent, and brewing a cup of coffee in the wilderness.
• Filled with tried-and-true advice, illustrations, and informative text
• An inviting and instructive tool for anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors

Whether you're an avid outdoorsperson, a weekend explorer, or an aspirational adventurer, this handbook will inspire you to pack a bag and spend some time in the wilderness.

For over 150 years, Pendleton Woolen Mills has been one of America's most beloved heritage brands. Known for their woolen blankets and clothing, their products are revered by those who love the great outdoors.

• An inviting and instructive tool for those who want to start sleeping under the stars
• Great gift for Pendleton fans, outdoorsy types, and longtime campers and first-timers alike
• Add it to the shelf with books like Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury, Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting, and How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere by Bradford Angier


Day Hiking: Mount Rainier: National Park, Crystal Mountain, Cayuse and Chinook Passes by Tami Asars ($21.95) 


With old-growth evergreens, wildflower meadows, enchanting wildlife, raging rivers, and sparkling lakes set against a backdrop of ice flows, gaping crevasses, and crumbling sheer rock walls, the Mount Rainier National Park is a special sanctuary for locals and visitors alike. This all new second edition of Day Hiking: Mount Rainier includes short and easy hikes as well as longer and more challenging options. The guide features 80 hikes in, and just outside, the national park with detailed topo route maps and full-color photos throughout. There are charts to help hikers of all levels find the right hike for their mood and time, as well as length and elevation data, clear driving and parking instructions, and trail descriptions written in the author's encouraging and humorous voice.