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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.


Top Five Reads 

New York Times Bestsellers



1 GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee. (Harper.) In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to Maycomb find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed.

2 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

3 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II; the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.  

THE ENGLISH SPY, by Daniel Silva. (Harper.) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, helps British intelligence track down the killer of a beautiful former member of the royal family.

CODE OF CONDUCT, by Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler/Atria.) In Thor’s 15th thriller, the counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath undertakes a deadly assignment set in motion by a leaked video.


1     BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Spiegel & Grau.) A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son.

2     THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, by David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster.) The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

3     MODERN ROMANCE, by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg. (Penguin Press.) The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating scene.

4     DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, by Holly Madison. (Dey Street/Morrow.) Life inside the Playboy Mansion, by a former bunny and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner.

5     BARBARIAN DAYS, by William Finnegan. (Penguin Press.) This surfing chronicle and memoir by a New Yorker writer celebrates a lifelong obsession.


1     GREY, by E. L. James. (Vintage.) A sequel, told from Christian’s point of view, revisits the tortured romance between the controlling billionaire and the unassuming Ana.

2     THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir. (Broadway.) After a dust storm forces his crew to abandon him, an astronaut embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive on Mars.

3     THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho. (HarperOne/HarperCollins.) In this fable, a Spanish shepherd boy ventures to Egypt in search of treasure and his destiny.

4     DARK PLACES, by Gillian Flynn. (Broadway.) A woman who, as a child, was spared when her mother and sisters were murdered begins to reinvestigate the case against her imprisoned brother.

5     THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin.) The bond between a wealthy Charleston girl, who grows up to become an abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.


1     FLESH AND BLOOD, by Patricia Cornwell. (Morrow.) Kay Scarpetta finds herself in pursuit of a serial sniper in the series's 22nd installment.

2     LOVE LETTERS, by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine.) An innkeeper insists her handyman is just a friend, but few in Cedar Cove believe her.

3     A PERFECT LIFE, by Danielle Steel. (Dell.) A television anchor's on-air poise belies her unsettled life.

4     ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Vision.) After witnessing a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, a young biologist races to warn world leaders about the reasons for escalating animal attacks on cities.

5     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."


1     SELP-HELF, by Miranda Sings. (Gallery Books.) A comedian and YouTube sensation offers her off-the-cuff tips on love, career and "self-isteam."

2     THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, by Marie Kondo. (Ten Speed.) A guide to decluttering by discarding your expendable objects all at once and taking charge of your space.

3     THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield.) A guide to communicating love in a way a spouse will understand — with quality time, affirmative words, gifts, acts of service and physical touch.

4     THE WHOLE30, by Dallas Hartwig. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.) An overview of a 30-day guide to better health and weight loss. 

5     THUG KITCHEN, by the staff of Thug Kitchen. (Rodale.) More than 100 vegan recipes, including cornmeal waffles with strawberry syrup, from the creators of the popular, irreverent website. 


1     PAPER TOWNS, by John Green. (Penguin Group.) After a night of mischief, the girl Quentin loves disappears. (Ages 14 and up)

2     LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green. (Penguin Group.) A boy finds excitement when he meets a girl named Alaska. (Ages 14 to 17)

3     ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, by Jesse Andrews. (Abrams Books.) A high school senior befriends a girl with cancer. (Ages 14 to 17)

4    THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A girl copes with life under the Nazis by stealing books. (Ages 14 and up)

5     AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, by John Green. (Penguin Group.) Colin Singleton wants to break the pattern of being dumped. (Ages 12 and up)



1   THE MAZE RUNNER, by James Dashner. (Random House Publishing.) Amnesiac teenagers endure a series of trials. (Ages 12 and up)

2     LAND OF STORIES, by Chris Colfer. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman. (Little, Brown & Company.) Fairy tales and classic stories collide. (Ages 8 to 12)

3     THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, by Soman Chainani. (HarperCollins Publishers.) Two friends are trained, one to be pure and one to be wicked. (Ages 8 to 12)

4     HARRY POTTER, by J. K. Rowling. (Scholastic.) A wizard hones his conjuring skills in the service of fighting evil. (Ages 10 and up)'

5     TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, by Cassandra Clare and others. (Simon & Schuster.) Shadowhunter training, in a companion series to The Mortal Instruments. (Ages 14 to 17)






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