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December 01
Selected by Sailor from Portland, Oregon
Sailor won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Convalescent
The Convalescent
by Jessica Anthony

Sailor 's Comments:
"This is the book of the last couple years that haunts me. I've managed to have deja vu involving this book every week since I read it a few years ago. I just bought it to read it again. If you are into fiction that has doses of magical realism, read this book!" (read more)

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December 02
Selected by Deborah from Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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One Good Turn: A Novel
One Good Turn: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson

Deborah's Comments:
"Another fun read with the wonderful Jackson Brodie, Atkinson's intrepid, 'retired' investigator. Jackson is so likable; he's not slick, just a regular guy who's unlucky in love but keeps trying to make sense of life. The situations he's put into are funny, yet poignant....Atkinson's scenes can be gory but also hilarious. Her books take place in the United Kingdom so you learn many new expressions and words from this Scottish lassie." (read more)

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December 03
Selected by Kenny from Portland, Oregon
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
by Jesmyn Ward

Kenny's Comments:
"An excellent memoir by Jesmyn Ward. Her telling of these stories of hardship and loss growing up in southern Mississippi are powerful and eye-opening to the daily struggles suffered by people of color in the Southern United States and beyond. This was the first book I had any time or commitment to read all year, and whenever I got a chance to pull it out, I couldn't put it down." (read more)

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December 04
Selected by Laura from Portland, Oregon
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The Enchanted
The Enchanted
by Rene Denfeld

Laura's Comments:
"I loved this novel but have struggled to explain it to friends. It's about poverty and death row but it's not depressing or hopeless. The language is lyrical yet spare, dealing with harsh realities and brutal truths through the voice of a damaged narrator. As if by wild horses, you are pulled into an ugly story full of unexpected small beauties and I was very grateful for the ride." (read more)

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December 05
Selected by Cookie from Gypsum, Colorado
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Snow in August
Snow in August
by Pete Hamill

Cookie's Comments:
"I found this book for $1 at a Library book sale -- it turned out to be priceless. While set in Brooklyn post WWII, it is both a universal coming-of-age story (admittedly autobiographical by Hamill) and yet full of timeless and startlingly poignant and clear lessons about prejudice, friendship, disappointment, risk-taking to do the right thing, family bonds and all wrapped up in magical realism....I am so glad to have found this book and to have experienced Hamill's imagining of how life can be if we imagine how it should be." (read more)

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December 06
Selected by Maltaise from Costa Mesa, California
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
by David Lebovitz

Maltaise's Comments:
"'My Paris Kitchen' has been the perfect bedtime reading....Each of David's recipes comes with a story. This is what makes the book so fascinating....An added bonus is he will tell you what pan to use. For recipes made in the cast-iron skillet I consider this non-negotiable....Whether you want to dream of eating French for or strolling through Paris this is a book that any cook or Francophile will enjoy. It is a cookbook first, but also a story about his life in France and the food he has discovered." (read more)

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December 07
Selected by Megan from Davis, California
How to Build a Girl
How to Build a Girl
by Caitlin Moran

Megan's Comments:
"Being a teenage girl is horrible....It's a miserable few years full of awkward self exploration and pressure. Caitlin Moran's first novel, 'How to Build a Girl' captures this feeling with painful accuracy and a heaping helping of humor....Mostly self-deprecating, Moran has a keen eye for humor in all its many forms: dark, light, observation, and high concept....'How to Build a Girl' is a wonderful roller coaster of novel." (read more)

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December 08
Selected by Chris from Savannah, Georgia
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Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project)
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project)
by Nick Turse

Chris's Comments:
"This book is an important contribution to the canon on the Vietnam War. The author researched court martial records, internal military memos and conducted interviews with veterans and Vietnamese over the past 10 years. What he produced is an important reassessment of America's involvement in Vietnam. Before reading this book, I (and I think many Americans) thought that My Lai was more or less an isolated incident....I strongly recommend this book to those with either an interest in Vietnam or American military history in general." (read more)

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December 09
Selected by Rachel from Downers Grove, Illinois
Afterworlds
Afterworlds
by Scott Westerfeld

Rachel's Comments:
"'Afterworlds' is one of those rare books that defies the norm completely. It has two completely separate stories in two separate genres -- one story is contemporary about a girl who got a YA book deal and the other is her fantasy manuscript....Somehow, it manages not to lose the heart of either story and it retains an ease that allows you to follow along with both stories and never once get confused." (read more)

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December 10
Selected by Ellen from New Rochelle, New York
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The Martian
The Martian
by Andy Weir

Ellen's Comments:
"Well-paced sci-fi thrillers don't come by too often and sci-fi aficionados and other thriller fans will definitely enjoy the creative problem solving and determinism exhibited by the ever-so-pragmatic astronaut, who becomes -- by way of accidental residence -- the Martian. Don't go looking for character development, romance, mature relationships, moments of despair; in fact the astronaut appears to be a shoot from the hip type, steady as cement guy, likely to annoy technocrats and bumbling fools who get in his way. You will enjoy his ingenuity and the responding home front activities when they realize that they have left a live body behind." (read more)

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December 11
Selected by Amanda from Berkeley, California
Animalium
Animalium
by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom

Amanda's Comments:
"Well written and gorgeously illustrated -- an excellent gift for the young naturalist in your life. My son loves the images and information, and sketches from the drawings." (read more)

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December 12
Selected by Sherry from Seattle, Washington
Sherry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen
Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen
by Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb

Sherry's Comments:
"This is so much more than just a cookbook!...Zoe Nathan has such an engaging way of writing that I found myself skipping over the recipes to continue on with her narratives at the beginning of each chapter....The recipes are well-written with clear directions and measurements in both volume and metric....All in all, this book is a great read on its own with some delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and definitely worth checking out." (read more)

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December 13
Selected by Ed from Newton, Massachusetts
Eye of the Raven
Eye of the Raven
by Eliot Pattison

Ed's Comments:
"The French and Indian War has never had the drama associated with it as do other wars -- until this book. Pattison has a unique perspective, the French and Indian War as it affected the boundaries of Virginia and Pennsylvania....Through many twists and turns that bring both major characters close to death, Pattison tells this story that is unique, spellbinding, and satisfying. You'll want to read other Pattison books soon." (read more)

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December 14
Selected by Peggy from Oakland, California
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Nora Webster
Nora Webster
by Colm Toibin

Peggy's Comments:
"Just in time for holiday giving -- a new book from Colm Toibin! I know I'd be happy to find among my gifts -- except I already have it and have read it. Although -- it's good enough to read twice. Buy one for yourself while you're at it. You'll want to loan it to family and friends. If you have not read Toibin yet you are in for a treat." (read more)

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December 15
Selected by Beverly from Portland, Oregon
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The Glass Sentence
The Glass Sentence
by S. E. Grove

Beverly's Comments:
"Middle grade readers will love 'The Glass Sentence' even if they are new to the genre. S.E. Grove has a delightfully quirky imagination and great descriptive style that makes events come alive and characters seem like friends....What makes 'The Glass Sentence' better than most books in this genre for middle grade readers is the wonderful characters. All of them are smart, sassy, determined and loyal. From the runaway juvenile delinquent to the pirates, the cartographer and the protagonist, Sophia, each one could easily be a memorable protagonist in one of the sequels." (read more)

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December 16
Selected by Evelina from Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones

Evelina's Comments:
"'Howl's Moving Castle' is a wonderfully amusing and quirky story. The world in which it is based is filled with magic and has such clever stories surrounding it and within it that it makes you doubt your disbeliefs in magic." (read more)

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December 17
Selected by Lynn from Asheville, North Carolina
Lynn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Shantaram
Shantaram
by Gregory David Roberts

Lynn's Comments:
"Wow! What a thoroughly engrossing yarn. Aside from being a wonderfully rich, layered story, the prose itself is so well-written, so lyrical, that I find myself re-reading sentences just to enjoying their poetry. Haven't read something this rich since 'Ahab's Wife.' If you want to get lost in characters and plot, I recommend this book." (read more)

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December 18
Selected by Amy from Arlington, Virginia
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All the Birds, Singing
All the Birds, Singing
by Evie Wyld

Amy's Comments:
"This is the best book I read in 2014 (out of a field of at least 40). If you like authors who play with form, if spare but thoughtful diction thrills you, and if you luxuriate in a slowly building sense of dread, this might be your favorite book, too....Just enough strings are left loose at the end to create a bit of negative space where what you imagine is more compelling than whatever explanation Wyld could have written." (read more)

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December 19
Selected by Diana from Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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Sins of Our Fathers
Sins of Our Fathers
by Shawn Lawrence Otto

Diana's Comments:
"This intriguing and important novel begins with America's everyman, therein known as JW, taking big risks with his finances and his place within his family. Story and history unfold to reveal increasingly dangerous risks and increasingly larger stakes, taken on to some degree by various characters. When is the risk worth the reward? Otto's perfect-pitched yet unforced plotting toy with the deal of a lifetime, eloquently guiding readers through the machinations of consumer lending practices and back room deals, the beauty of the ancient art of Native wild rice farming, and the complexities of a father's love and his grief....Ultimately, 'Sins of Our Fathers' is a rich and satisfying read... not to be missed!" (read more)

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December 20
Selected by Linda from Cut Bank, Montana
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Real Santa
Real Santa
by William Hazelgrove

Linda's Comments:
"Is Santa Claus real? George Krononfeldt comes up with a plan to prove to his nine-year old somewhat skeptical but wanting to believe daughter Megan that Santa does exist, and Megan in turn will share the proof positive truth with a YouTube posting to prove that her Bah Humbug! teacher is just plain wrong. Follow the adventure and see for yourself. Heartwarming and down to earth you'll cheer George on, as a cast of characters, with no less than Kris Kringgle himself, is geared to capture the soot-laden moment." (read more)

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December 21
Selected by Maria from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Maria won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been
Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been
by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate

Maria's Comments:
"One question... is Marcel single? I am in love with this l'il guy with all his worldly insights! Became the coffee table favorite! The title is like a Pandora's box... everyone wants to open it to find out how this little guy was most surprised....My surprise was how such a little fellow like that can be an ice-breaker sensation at any occasion and for all ages!" (read more)

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