The Top-Ten Bestselling Books of 2014

Here are the top 10 best-selling books for 2014

Rank Title Author


The Snow Child


Eowyn Ivey Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel.

Finding Bethany


Glen Klinkhart A behind the scenes true crime memoir of murder and justice in the last frontier of Alaska

The Fault In Our Stars

John Green Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, had accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.


The Maze Runner



James Dashner When Thomas wakes up, he''s surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don''t know why or how they got there.

Trim Healthy Mama


Pearl P. Barrett Satisfy your cravings and energize your life.

Cold Spell
Deb Vanasse The story of a mother who risks everything to start over and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them both.



Animal Stories



Bill Sherwonit Essays of memorable, astonishing and in some instances, life-changing encounters with wild animals.

Denali's Howl


Andy Hall In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Denali. Only five survived.

A Game of Thrones


George R. R. Martin The first in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Colony Kids


Heather Lehe LEHE It''s 1935, during the Great Depression. Will Paul and his family have to relocate to Alaska?


Wilbur Smith: The Ancient Egypt Series Continues

Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of historical fiction fans. Now, he's back with the newest Ancient Egypt novel! 

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ISBN-13: 9780062276452
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Published: William Morrow, 10/2014

River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312945978
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2/2008

The Seventh Scroll (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312945985
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2/2008

Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312945992
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2/2008

The Quest (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312947491
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2/2008

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Nick Jans' Newest Book:

"A [wolf] by any other name..." , Nick Jans explores the dynamics of a wild wolf and an ever-encroaching human society in his latest book, A Wolf Called Romeo. Jans considers the lure of Alaska's wildlife with careful research, crisp language, and complex animal interaction. As with any love story, Jans' narration offers nail-biting suspense and tear-jerking fun.

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A Wolf Called Romeo (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780547858197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin, 7/2014

No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species--up close as never before.

"A Wolf Called Romeo" is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between "shoot first, ask questions later" instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.

Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, "A Wolf Called Romeo" is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.

Lexicon In Paperback!

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Lexicon (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014
Max Barry is a genius at creating heart-pulsing adventure-satire. In this book, language itself is hacked so it becomes a weapon. It's stirring, hugly funny, and thoughtful at the same time.

National Bestseller Stephanie Thornton

05/10/2014 3:00 pm
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Author of the national bestselling The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, Stephanie Thornton will be at Fireside Books signing her newest novel, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt!  When not writing, Stephanie teaches history in Chugiak.  She loves being able to impart knowledge about history, but don't think that makes her novels any less than engaging and fascinating.  So come by Fireside to meet Stephanie, but walk out with the chance to know Empress Theodora and Hatshepsut.

ISBN-13: 9780451417787
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Published: NAL Trade, 7/2013

ISBN-13: 9780451417794
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Published: NAL Trade, 5/2014

ISBN-13: 9780451417800
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Published: NAL Trade, 11/2014

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They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.

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