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Our goal is to provide customers with a variety of choices and to promote reading and education in our communities and surrounding areas. We offer a wide variety of books, magazines, toys, games, and gifts for the entire family. Our emphasis is on customer service and friendly advice. Our family owned business started its humble beginnings in Jefferson City over fifty years ago. We thank you for your continued support and we welcome you into our bookstore family.


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 New York Times Hardback Bestsellers

1)  MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King. (Scribner) A driver plows into a crowd at a job fair, killing eight. The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop another, deadlier attack.

2)  SKIN GAME, by Jim Butcher. (Roc) The Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is forced to help an enemy break into a high-security vault; the 15th Dresden Files novel.

3)  THE HURRICANE SISTERS, by Dorothea Benton Frank. (Morrow/HarperCollins) Three generations of women endure a stormy summer in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

4)  THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Mu seum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

5)  A SHIVER OF LIGHT, by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley) In the ninth Meredith Gentry paranormal romance, Merry must save herself and her triplets from Taranis, King of Light and Illusion.

6)  MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE, by Alan Furst. (Random House) A Spanish lawyer working in Paris on the eve of World War II joins a mission to help the Republican troops.

7)  THE ONE AND ONLY, by Emily Giffin. (Ballantine) A woman who has grown up and made her life in a small, football-obsessed Texas town begins to expand her horizons.

8)  THE SMOKE AT DAWN, by Jeff Shaara. (Ballantine) In the summer of 1863, the stage is set for a confrontation at Chattanooga that could determine the fate of the divided nation; the third book in a series about the Civil War.

9)  SAVE THE DATE, by Mary Kay Andrews. (St. Martin’s) A wedding florist tries to shore up her career with Savannah’s society event of the season. But she has competition, and other complications.

10) CHINA DOLLS, by Lisa See. (Random House) Three Asian-American women meet in San Francisco in 1938 at the Forbidden City nightclub.


New York Times Mass - Market Paperback Bestsellers

1)  INFERNO, by Dan Brown. (Anchor) The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist.

2)  A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin. (Bantam) In the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering; Book 1 of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

3)  THE 9TH GIRL, by Tami Hoag. (Signet) A woman is found murdered on New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, the ninth such case of the year. Detectives Kovac and Liska fear it’s the work of a serial killer, but the monsters in the ninth victim’s life may live closer to home.

4)  AIR BOUND, by Christine Feehan. (Jove) A woman with an extraordinary gift is kidnapped and held aboard a ship bound for dangerous seas. Her only chance for rescue is a mercenary who may be in as

5)  THE MARRIAGE PACT, by Linda Lael Miller. (Harlequin) Forming a marriage pact with her single friends in Bliss County, Hadleigh doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right.

6)  A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin. (Bantam) In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the Seven Kingdoms face new threats; Book 5 of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

7)  HIDDEN ORDER, by Brad Thor. (Pocket Books) When the five candidates being considered to head a mysterious agency are abducted, the counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must untangle a web of conspiracies going back to the 18th century.

8)  ZERO HOUR, by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. (Berkley) In the 11th Numa Files novel, Kurt Austin and the rest of the Numa team race to find machines that can cause deadly earthquakes.

9)  DEEPLY ODD, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam) Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, must forestall a crime by discovering the three innocent people who have been targeted by a killer.

10)  WHITE FIRE, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Vision) Special Agent Pendergast learns that the killing of several miners 150 years ago may be connected to deadly arson attacks at a Colorado ski resort.

New York Times Hardback Non - Fiction Bestsellers


1)  ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

2)  CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University) A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.

3)  THE CLOSER, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey. (Little, Brown) A memoir by the great Yankees pitcher.

4)  THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”

5)  UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

6)  FLASH BOYS, by Michael Lewis. (Norton) The world of high-frequency computer-driven trading.

7)  FINDING ME, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford. (Weinstein) The story of a woman kidnapped in Cleveland in 2002, then tortured, who escaped in 2013.

8)  NO PLACE TO HIDE, by Glenn Greenwald. (Metropolitan/Holt) The journalist, part of the Guardian team that won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize, presents new material about N.S.A. surveillance and describes his work with Edward Snowden.

9)  SPECIAL HEART, by Bret Baier with Jim Mills. (Center Street) A Fox News anchor on the challenges his family faced in caring for his son, who has congenital heart disease.

10)  DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown) How disadvantages can work in our favor.







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