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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.



Get ready for the most anticipated 

book of the year


Go Set a Watchman 

This is a historic literary event:  a newly discovered novel from Harper Lee. She is the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.




Top Five Reads 

New York Times Bestsellers



1 FINDERS KEEPERS, by Stephen King. A deranged reader's infatuation with a Salingeresque novelist has dangerous consequences in a sequel to "Mr. Mercedes."

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

3 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. 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. 

 4 IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT, by Judy Blume.  Secrets are revealed and love stories play out against the backdrop of a series of panic-inducing plane crashes in 1950s New Jersey.

5 RADIANT ANGEL, by Nelson DeMille. A surveillance expert monitors the activities of a newly resurgent Russia.



1 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, by David McCullough. The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

2 ¡ADIOS, AMERICA!, by Ann Coulter. The political commentator denounces immigrants and their liberal supporters. 

3 PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE, by Wednesday Martin.  A memoir of life among the wealthy women of the Upper East Side, in the satiric guise of an anthropological study.

4 THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

5 AND THE GOOD NEWS IS..., by Dana Perino. The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career. 



1 THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt.  After his mother is killed in a museum explosion, a young man grapples with the world alone while hiding a prized Dutch painting.

2 THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho.  In this fable, a Spanish shepherd boy ventures to Egypt in search of treasure and his destiny.

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

4 STATION ELEVEN, by Emily St. John Mandel.  After a pandemic, a small troupe of actors and musicians dedicate themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive.

5 WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, by Diana Gabaldon. In the eighth Outlander adventure, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to find that Claire has married his best friend.



1 TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE, by Janet Evanovich.  The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a popular used-car dealer who's been caught selling more than cars.

2 ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.  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.

3 THE 6TH EXTINCTION, by James Rollins.  Every living thing around a military research station is annihilated, and Sigma Force faces a threat that rises out of the distant past.

4 PERSONAL, by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher, a former military cop, helps the State Department and the C.I.A. stop a sniper who has targeted a G8 summit.

5 A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin.  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 THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, by Marie Kondo.  A guide to decluttering by discarding your expendable objects all at once and taking charge of your space.

2 THE WHOLE30, by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig.  An overview of a 30-day guide to better health and weight loss.

3 THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman.  How to communicate love in a way a spouse will understand — with quality time, affirmative words, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.

4 THE 22-DAY REVOLUTION, by Marco Borges.  Changing your life through a plant-based diet.

5 TRIGGERS, by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter.  How to resist the tug of habit and embrace change. 



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

2 LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green.  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.  A high school senior befriends a girl with cancer. (Ages 14 to 17)

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

5 MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, by Ransom Riggs. (Quirk Books.) An island, an abandoned orphanage and a collection of curious photographs. (Ages 12 and up)



 1 DORK DIARIES, by Rachel Renée Russell.  Nikki Maxwell navigates the halls of middle school. (Ages 9 to 13)

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

3 THE SELECTION, by Kiera Cass.  A competition offers girls a chance to escape a life laid out since birth. (Ages 13 and up)

4 HARRY POTTER, by J. K. Rowling.  A wizard hones his conjuring skills. (Ages 10 and up)

5 DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth.  A girl must prove herself in a dystopia divided into five factions. (Ages 14 and up)






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