The Dead Lands
A postapocalyptic reimagining of Lewis and Clark’s 19th-century expedition, which takes place 150 years after a deadly plague and nuclear fallout. (“Good God, what a tale,” quoth Stephen King.)
For fans of doom, gloom, utilikilts, and Cascadian separatism
Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, Jen Stevenson
This cookbook contains everything you ever wanted to know about how to pull off the perfect picnic, including site selection, recipes—even lawn game rules—all in one humorous, gingham-ribboned package.
For fans of Martha Stewart and croquet
Within These Walls
A struggling writer is offered a mass murderer’s exclusive life story. The caveat? He is required to live, with his emo teenage daughter, in the house where the killings took place. Big mistake—horrific, in fact.
For fans of sleepless nights
The Spy’s Son
The true story of a CIA officer convicted of trading secrets with the Russians, and how he trained his son to follow in his footsteps. Oregonian reporter Denson’s tale is an exploration of family dynamics when the stakes are as high as treason.
For fans of John le Carré
The Great Detective
Our executive editor’s tribute to his childhood fictional hero, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Detective traces the creation and legacy of literature’s finest sleuth.
For fans of deerstalkers, deduction, and Benedict Cumberbatch
John Jacob Astor’s fool’s errand—to set up a trading epicenter on the Pacific Coast—involved two separate exploring parties. Both failed spectacularly in the remote Northwest of the early 1800s.
For fans of Astoria and postcolonial schadenfreude
Turtleface and Beyond
Interconnected stories pack an injured turtle, a one-armed woman, a snakebite wound, and a mysterious backyard structure into one deadpan package.
For fans of McSweeney’s, hapless protagonists, and turtles
Mark Russell & Ben Caldwell
This six-issue series is a reimagining of a vintage ’70s DC Comics character, in which the first teenage president of the US is a Twitter sensation in a
For fans of kick-ass female protagonists and comics revivals
One Thing Leads to Another
Designer Stiles’s collection of more than 200 concert posters in his trademark geometric style—think Wilco and Sigur Rós—comes with an intro by rock poster expert Paul Grushkin.
For fans of music memorabilia and hallucinogens
This gorgeous children’s book about belonging sets out all sorts of homes and the people who live in them, from tour buses to Norse palaces and every fantastical, far-flung dwelling in between.
For fans of fairy tales, human connection, and the Decemberists’ artwork