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Mike is a lifetime musician, producer, songwriter and prowler of bookstores. He was very happy when The Well~Read Moose opened its doors. Mike is also an artist – a man of many talents! He loves to talk with customers about books & music.

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Chicago Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250118127
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Published: Picador USA - March 14th, 2017

A truly excellent read, the true star of this story is the city itself. Doyle is an expert wordsmith and his characters are deep and genuine.


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Before the Wind Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949356
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2017

This is a fun, well paced read about a fictional sailing family and their trials and tribulations, as they reunite to prepare for the big sailboat race. Great characters and quite salty.


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Saturn Run Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101987520
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2017

A departure from Sanford's usual but a gripping and engaging read. Good science and vivid characters. Gritty, funny, and well-paced. Space war in the near future. Fun read!


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The Forgetting Time Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250118714
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

Well constructed, relentless and provocative; this is a great read that will have you asking yourself new questions about the meaning of life. Soulful and artful.


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The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501116353
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Published: Atria Books - January 17th, 2017

Former slave writing the story of his life from his jail cell two days before his hanging for the kidnapping and murder of his masters wife. It's grim and brutal but it's also an enduring glove story. Well paced and written.


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Piano Tide Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781619027916
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 13th, 2016

Excellent, lyrical writing with deep, often quirky and flawed, but likeable characters. Engaging story of the challenges that go with living on the edge of the frontier.


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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062294432
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 25th, 2016

Music, itself, narrates and along with his famous friends, tell the story of the greatest guitar player on earth. This is a great read! The characters sparkle and Albom is a master story teller.


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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634727
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016

Creative living- a life driven by curiosity rather than fear. Why? Because that's where the "Big Magic" abides. A truly engaging and entertaining read, and the funniest "self help" books I've ever read.


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The Last Days of Night Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812988901
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Published: Random House - August 16th, 2016

Excellent historical fiction - based on actual events. Larger-than-life characters including Edison, Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and Tesla engage each other in a legal clash over the light bulb. Mystery, thriller, fun read!!


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Badlands Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780312546908
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 2nd, 2016

Fast-paced, well constructed story of an unlikely hero in the middle of North Dakota oil boom gang war. There are drugs and criminals and corruption. And boy is it cold!


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Rogue Lawyer Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553393484
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Published: Dell - July 26th, 2016

Meet Sebastian Rudd, rogue lawyer. Outside the box, tough, and eager to take cases no one else will consider. He's rude, smart, and very funny. This may be Grisham's new hero. A great read!!


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Before the Fall Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455561780
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2016

What begins as a tragedy with a real hero, quickly becomes a "who-done-it?" Entertaining, well constructed and believable.
 
A Melissa, Marlene and Derrick staff pick too! It's that good!!


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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

Powerful, cultural and sociological statement regarding the broken white working class that reads like a reference to American in the 21st century. Very understandable and well written.


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Signal Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250030764
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 5th, 2016

In typical Patrick Lee fashion, this read does not let up. If you travel back in time, does the present and future change? What if you go back and forth making little tweaks?


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The Bone Tree Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062311139
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 23rd, 2016

Book #2 in the series that began with Natchez Burning. The story continues off the "Double Eagles." From the 60s to present day, the sons now rule the KKK splinter group, but the fathers still relish the old ways. Historically and culturally well researched. Captivating!!


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11/22/63 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781501120602
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Published: Pocket Books - January 26th, 2016

A truly excellent read, well paced and very well researched. King spins a great story and this is an interesting take on the ramifications of time travel and altering history.


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Black River Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544570238
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Published: Mariner Books - January 5th, 2016

A truly excellent read! It's not often a book and a writer live up to jacket compliments and rave reviews, but Ms. Hulse is the real deal! The book is smart and sensitive and wise. The music descriptions are right on. My pick of the decade. I'm so looking forward to another!


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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250072689
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Published: Picador USA - December 29th, 2015

Although it's set in a story of revenge, this is an excellent historical fiction read. Based on real events and starring real historical figures, this is a real story.


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Gray Mountain Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345543257
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Published: Dell - August 18th, 2015

As often happens when you read Grisham, you learn so much from his superior research that you can't help adopting a new worthy cause. This time it's the horrors of strip mining and the ravages of black lung disease. A captivating read!


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Sometimes the Wolf Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062216922
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 28th, 2015

Sheriff gone bad Patrick Drake is on parole and living with Deputy Bobby Drake (Patrick's son). Bobby is suspicious of his father, mostly thanks to the relentless pursuit of Detective Driscoll who is convinced that Patrick is guilty of much more than smuggling. Did dad really kill 2 men and steal $400k? The plot winds to a thrilling conclusion.


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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316252652
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Published: Mulholland Books - May 26th, 2015

High tech global domination and the struggle to change the world. An engaging 1st novel, well written and fresh. Spies with code names like Paige Turner, Trip Hazards and Sarah Tonin saving the globe. I really wish I could read this one again for the 1st time. My favorite so far this year


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The Plover Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250062451
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

Fed up with humanity, our hero gets on his boat to sail west and then west and be his own country. He soon acquires an odd group of strays of all kinds. Doyle is, once again, fortunate to spin stories of such interesting beings.


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Natchez Burning Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062311092
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - March 31st, 2015

An excellent read. Complex and believable characters plus a plotline that weaves around spot-on historical and cultural research. Written by a real southerner. Book 1 of a trilogy.
 


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Stranded on Mars after a mission-ending accident. It would take months to mount a rescue, even if Earth knew you were still alive. Luckily, you are a botanist/engineer who is good at fixing things AND you have a real sense of humor, which makes your journal a fun and engaging read!
 


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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

Interesting read about the medical industry's mishandling of the aging process, and it's misunderstanding of the real needs of the aging population.


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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062293312
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 27th, 2013

The subtitle "musings from the road" says it all! Road stories, jokes, pictures, background on songs...a little bit of everything "Willie." A fun read.


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The Hunter Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451414564
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Published: Berkley Books - February 5th, 2013

Well constructed mystery. An entertaining read with well-researched ties to real life events. Excellent plot that will keep you turning the pages.


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The Stand Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor Books - August 7th, 2012

A masterful read! Scary, creepy, and thought provoking. Many would argue this is King's best work - I agree.


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Back of Beyond Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780312366124
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 26th, 2012

Box is adept at including the reader on the case. By the time you get through it really seems like everyone did it. Fun read.


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Leviathan Wakes Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

A genuine space opera. Rescuing the entire human race at stake. Well constructed and believable, follow the early history of the conquest of the galaxy. Excellent space and future story.


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Catch-22 Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

One of the funniest books of all time! You can't go home unless you're insane, and wanting to go home is proof of sanity.


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Mink River Cover Image
By Brian Doyle, Mary Miller Doyle (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870715853
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Published: Oregon State University Press - October 2010

Brian Doyle tells the story of a town. A most fortunate writer: Mr. Doyle is adept at finding the most interesting characters to help spin his tales. Another delightful read by my new favorite.


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The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing: 250 Tips to Make You a Better Trout Fisherman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781602399815
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 2010

This little book is loaded with information that will enhance your fly-fishing experience many times over. Tips and insights that take years to learn by accident. Take it with you to the river!


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The Breach Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061584459
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Published: HarperTorch - January 2010

The Breach, Ghost Country and Deep Sky -

An excellent, can't put it down read by Patrick Lee. Global intrigue with complex characters and believable plot. The pace is relentless through all 3 books, and the answers are buried in the future. My favorite read in 2014.


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The Shack Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780964729230
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Published: Windblown Media - July 2008

A funny, poignant, enlightening story of one very sad man's encounter with the essence of happiness. Tremendously uplifting and well written.
 
One of Derrick and Melissa's staff picks as well.


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The Road Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 28th, 2007

McCarthy masterfully paints a dreary, hostile post apocalyptic landscape as a backdrop for a father-son story. A tribute to the depth of hope and spirit.


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Hatchet Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 2007

An excellent read! A survival story packed with life skills we could all use. Patience, focus and persistence. Should be required reading for young people.


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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780618773473
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Published: Mariner Books - September 2006

"Can't put it down history"-Walter Cronkite.
 
The story of the American Dust Bowl, told in a way that puts the reader inside the story. You can taste the dust.
 
Also, a Derrick staff pick! 


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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060839871
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

A powerful and enlightening journey of self reckoning. No matter what task you are involved in, if your mind is in the right place, you are doing art.


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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 25th, 2004

If you like your humor twisted and politically incorrect, Moore is right up your alley. A funny and entertaining read.


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Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2000

An engaging dystrophic tale set in 2025. Follow Lauren Olamina as she struggles to survive in a very hostile world after social chaos destroys her home and family. Believable and literate.


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Gandhi an Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780807059098
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - November 1993

Informative and interesting read that reveals a lot about a remarkable journey. There's personal struggles with his cultural upbringing and his search for truth.


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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780671600419
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Published: Washington Square Press - March 3rd, 1985

One of the most influential books of the new age movement, Castaneda shares his encounters and experiences as he follows his shaman on the path to become a "man of knowledge."


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Sometimes a Great Notion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140045291
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 1977

Complex characters in a deep plotline set against a rugged Oregon coast logging family resisting union encroachment. Kesey writes like Hemingway and the characters and the story line make this book hard to put down from the very first page.