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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 stores like YOU are family!


New York Times Bestsellersbye

 New York Times Hardback Fiction Bestsellers

1 MISSING YOU, by Harlan Coben. (Dutton) Kat Donovan, an N.Y.P.D. detective, searches for the ex-fiancé who left her years before; her father’s murderer; and the reason the users of an online dating site are disappearing. Interview with Harlan Coben

2 RAISING STEAM, by Terry Pratchett. (Doubleday) In this Discworld fantasy set in Ankh-Morpork, Moist van Lipwig is put in charge of a powerful new machine.

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

4 POWER PLAY, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) Two C.E.O.s — a man and a woman — face very different challenges.

5 THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimké, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

6 BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, by Jeffrey Archer. (St. Martin’s) The Clifton Chronicles reach the 1960s in the fourth volume of the series. Trailer for the book.

7 THE BOOTLEGGER, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. (Putnam) The early-20th-century detective Isaac Bell tracks a wide-ranging international criminal enterprise.

8 WORDS OF RADIANCE, by Brandon Sanderson. (Tor/Tom Doherty) The second book of the Stormlight Archive fantasy epic, set in the world of Roshar.

9 STONE COLD, by C. J. Box. (Putnam) Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden and special assistant to the governor, investigates a mysterious wealthy rancher.

10 NIGHT BROKEN, by Patricia Briggs. (Ace) The ex-wife of Adam, mate of the shape shifter Mercy Thompson, wants him back.

New York Times Mass- Market Paperback Bestsellers

1 DADDY’S GONE A HUNTING, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Pocket Books) An explosion at her family’s antique furniture museum leaves a glamorous C.P.A. in a coma.

2 ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson. (Vision) While Detective Alex Cross pursues a serial killer (or killers?) in Washington, D.C., he’s too busy to notice that someone has been watching him.

3 THE HIT, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) The government hit man Will Robie uncovers a serious threat as he tries to stop Jessica Reel, a fellow assassin who has gone rogue.

4 THE HEIST, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. (Bantam) In the first book of a new series, Kate O’Hare, an F.B.I. agent, teams up with Nicolas Fox, an international con man, to catch a corrupt investment banker in hiding.  Interview with Janet Evanovich

 5 THANKLESS IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Berkley) Lt. Eve Dallas searches for a young man who murdered his parents; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

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 THE STRIKER, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. (Berkley) In 1902, the young detective Isaac Bell discovers that provocateurs, not the union members he was hired to investigate, are causing trouble in the coal mines.

8 SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben. (Signet) Six years after the woman he loved married another man, Jake discovers that neither she nor their life together were what they seemed.

9 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.”

10 TELL ME, by Lisa Jackson. (Zebra/Kensington) A woman convicted of murdering her daughter is about to be set free in Savannah, Ga., and the reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get to the truth of her story.









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