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Who Is J.K. Rowling?

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100 titles tell incredible stories of trailblazers, innovators, historical events, and exciting places. Just in: Who Was Sitting Bull? Who Was Albert Einstein? Who is Neil Armstrong? Who was Harry Houdini?

Pictured above: Who is J.K. Rowling? Get to know the author of the Harry Potter series and screenwriter of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling’s true-life, rags-to-riches story is as compelling as the world of Hogwarts that she created. This biography details not only Rowling’s life and her love of literature but the story behind the creation of a modern classic.


Innocent Blood (audiobook)

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Following prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel — a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries —  archaeologist Erin Granger joins with an army sergeant and a Vatican priest to save the world. Book two, but start here as it gets better reviews than book one.

A vicious attack at a California ranch thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the fold of the Sanguines. The search for the truth will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, to the very gates of Hell itself, where their destiny, and the fate of mankind, awaits.

(16 hours)



Baked Italian: Over 50 Mediterranean Marijuana Meals

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Learn to cook ultimate comfort food such as chicken piccata and lamb carpaccio. There’s more to it than cannabis butter. These taste better than original recipes. Gorgeous photos! Marijuana patients and enthusiasts: we recently expanded this section.

Baked Italian was written for people who want to eat their high without sacrificing good taste and a well-rounded diet. Few marijuana cookbooks address the fact that Cannabis is a spicy, harsh-tasting plant that often doesn’t cook particularly well due to its flavor, consistency and inability to dissolve in water. In addition, marijuana cookbooks often only provide recipes for a variety of unhealthy snack foods which is actually counterproductive for medical patients. Baked Italian addresses these issues head on by providing stunningly accurate visual and textual instructions on how to make genuinely nutritious and well-balanced marijuana meals that look and taste great.


The 5th Wave

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In this wildly popular young adult sci-fi novel, author Rick Yancey gives the classic alien invasion narrative a new spin. Follow 16-year-old Cassie as she tries to find her way in a new world full of violent twists and turns and where no one is who they seem.

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz
A USA Today bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award
2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year
A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in the first book in an epic series by award-winning author Rick Yancey.

“Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.”—Entertainment Weekly


 Totally Irresponsible Science Kit

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Embrace your inner mad scientist with science experiments like “How to Grow a Frankenstein Hand,” “How to Turn Milk into Stone,” and “How to Make a Potato Gun.”

Included is a 72-page book with step-by-step instructions for the 18 experiments, including notes on how long each experiment takes, the necessary ingredients, warnings when applicable, and the “scientific excuse” to do the experiment. Sure, it’s a blast to send up a Soda Bottle Rocket, but it’s also worth doing because it illustrates Newton’s Third Law of Motion. And that messy and seemingly risky combination of ooze and electricity in the Static Electricity Slime? It demonstrates a fourth form of matter beyond solid, liquid, and gas—a colloid.

Packaged in the kit are four helpful instruments for young scientists: a lateral split-orb measuring spoon, a vacuumatic test tube, a matter-retaining measuring cup, and photon-refracting goggles. So go ahead: Encase a younger sibling in a giant soap bubble. Drop Mentos into a bottle of diet soda, and stand back as a geyser erupts. Shoot a bolt of lightning from your fingertip. Any curious kid would be irresponsible not to try these experiments. (Ages 9 and up)



Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

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Short books from the perspectives of Julian, Christopher and Charlotte. Themes include bullies, special needs, and overcoming social anxiety. Readers love these stories so much, they take the pledge to “choose kind”. The movie comes out in 2017. This collection is a thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming must-read.

Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder—the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement—and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.


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Fahrenheit 411

Fahrenheit 451

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This edition of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian story of a world without books includes new critical essays and an introduction by Neil Gaiman, along with a message that is more prescient than ever.

Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is regarded as one of Bradbury’s  best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The book is named after the assumed temperature at which paper combusts. (Wikipedia)

#1 Bestseller in Politics and Censored

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

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This GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Fiction is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves.

“It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems more reminiscent of a middle-school dance,” wrote Carol Memmott of The Washington Post.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

The Road

The Road

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road takes a bleak peek into a post-apocalyptic future through the eyes of a father and son. The result is as brutal as it is touching and as universal as it is American. It is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of.

National Bestseller
Pulitzer Prize Winner for  Fiction

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
New York Times  ‘One of the Best Books of the Year’


The Giver

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Before The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent series, there was The Giver. This seminal classic in Young Adult literature set the tone and paved the way for much of the dystopian fiction many teens devour today. 

The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide as of 2014. In Australia, Canada, and the United States, it is on many middle school reading lists,but it is also frequently challenged and it ranked number 11 on the American Library Association list of the most challenged books of the 1990s. A 2012 survey based in the U.S. designated it the fourth-best children’s novel of all time. (Wikipedia)

American Library Association listings for ‘Best Book for Young Adults’
ALA Notable Children’s Book
100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000

How Not to Die

How Not to Die

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Using groundbreaking scientific evidence and accessible, practical advice, internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of Dr. Michael Greger examines 15 of the top causes of premature death in America to empower readers to take control of their health and live longer lives. In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor’s orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

#1 Bestselling food counting book


Carry On Warrior

Carry On, Warrior

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In this revealing and poignant collection of essays, Glennon Doyle Melton discusses how to embrace the messiest, complicated aspects of our lives. Melton’s writing invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman’s trying to love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who shows that we can build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.

Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award
New York Times Bestseller


About Grassroots Books

73617_10151935921651419_408893600_nWe’re a medium-sized used and new bookstore in central Reno, about 1.5 blocks south of Costco and REI.  We’re both local and independent!  People are often elated when they come to our store–we have the lowest prices in town and a great selection of appealing books.  Most new books are 50-90% off list price, and we offer brand new bestsellers at 20% off list price.  Never again pay full price for new releases!
We Have Wallet-Friendly Prices:

  • Used Paperbacks: $1.99
  • Used Hard Covers: $3.99
  • Kids books: $1.99(up to grade level 6)
  • CDs: $1
  • DVDs: $3.99 or 3 for $9.99
  • Comic Books: $1
  • Video Games: $2.99
  • Audiobooks: $6.99

The Outside Sale is open almost all day, every day. We usually have 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records for $1 each. Kids books are priced at $1 and also 25¢.  On Sundays, it’s the Bag Sale. Fill bags with your favorites for just $5.

If you can’t find it in the store, we will be happy to order it for you. Just ask one of our friendly staff for assistance.

999079_4964894420015_1525803366_nIncredible Sales

Take our bag sale, for example.  Fill a grocery bag from thousands of sale items for just $4.99.  (Who else does that?)  Around here, there’s something happening every day, so be sure to check out our calendar and subscribe to our weekly e-mail newsletter so you won’t miss the sale du jour or events like author signings, story times, or Free Book Days!

Community Involvement

We love giving back to the community! We donate books to teachers and nonprofits, order brand new books for teachers at a discount, and hold school book fairs. We even have FREE Wi-Fi at our store! Click here for more local booksellers and literary resources.


To find out whether Grassroots Books is currently advertising a position, follow this link to search the jobs section of Craigslist: “Grassroots Books“.  Click here to view a sample employment add.

Even when we are not advertising a position, we sometimes hire people with a year of full-time experience shelving books or who are otherwise a great fit.  To apply, email to [email protected] rather than through Craigslist.