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December 01
Selected by Peter from New York, New York
Peter won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Zippy
Zippy
by Bill Griffith

Peter's comments:
"Pinheads on the move, bi bi bi bi bi bi bi....San Franciscos Tuxedomoon, 1978 Zombies Rule Belgium! Buy this book!" (read more)

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December 02
Selected by Connie from Edmonton, Canada
Connie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)
by Thomas Cahill

Connie's comments:
"For those who always wanted to peer into the Dark Ages, Cahill shines a light on Ireland's role in preserving what was known about previous civilized societies." (read more)

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December 03
Selected by Benjamin from Portland, Oregon
Benjamin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Dream of Scipio
The Dream of Scipio
by Iain Pears

Benjamin's comments:
"Following up on the success of the stunning An Instance of the Fingerpost, Pears scores again with The Dream of Scipio. Pears has produced something that has rarely been seen in recent years: an engrossing novel of real philosophical depth." (read more)

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December 04
Selected by Karen from Hancock, Michigan
Karen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of Michael Servetus and One of the Rarest Books in the World
Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of Michael Servetus and One of the Rarest Books in the World
by Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone

Karen's comments:
"True story of a 16th century doctor who wrote a pioneering book on blood flow and the pulmunary system. However, in 1553 he infuriated John Calvin with his anonymously published book on the Restoration of Christianity. Calvin pressured a group of cowed politicians into bringing charges, and Servetus was burned at the stake. A very good historical read." (read more)

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December 05
Selected by Lynn from Rochester, Michigan
Lynn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
84, Charing Cross Road
84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff

"This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks and Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London. It is unmitigated delight from cover to cover." Daily Telegraph (read more)

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December 06
Selected by Jolynn from Petawawa, Ontario
Jolynn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It
3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It
by Sean Flynn

"Roaring pace and raw emotion...poignantly portrays the culture of firefighters, juxtaposing their understated heroism with their family-centered personal lives." The Boston Herald (read more)

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December 07
Selected by Adam from Seattle, Washington
Adam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Summerland
Summerland
by Michael Chabon

"A rollicking and fine tale, well told and with moments of real magic, peril, adventure, terror and triumph, not to mention what is, I am certain, the most delightful sound of a window breaking in all of fiction." Neil Gaiman, The Washington Post (read more)

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December 08
Selected by Stephanie from Lindenwold, New Jersey
Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir
Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir
by Joyce Johnson

Stephanie's comments:
"This is a great memoir by a woman who was involved with the Beat poets. Its a great coming of age story. She can make getting a cup of coffee in the Village sound hopelessly romantic." (read more)

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December 09
Selected by Babs from Portland, Oregon
Winter Wheat
Winter Wheat
by Mildred Walker

Babs's comments:
"A wonderful coming of age story set in Montana during the 1940s. It has appeal across the generations. My geriatric mother and edgy teen nieces have both given it strong marks. William Kittredge has cited Mildred Walker as his favorite Montana author." (read more)

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December 10
Selected by Jennifer from Indianapolis, Indiana
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
How to Be Alone: Essays
How to Be Alone: Essays
by Jonathan Franzen

"The author makes himself a colorful presence throughout these essays....This collection emphasizes his elegance, acumen and daring as an essayist....He's funny, too....How to Be Alone is a captivating but uneven collection. Some of its entries have clearly aged better than others....The more recent entries, less showy about their brilliance, tend to flow more smoothly." Janet Maslin, The New York Times (read more)

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December 11
Selected by John from Albany, Oregon
The Radetzky March
The Radetzky March
by Joseph Roth

"One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doblin, and Robert Musil. Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era." Harold Bloom (read more)

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December 12
Selected by Sarah from San Francisco, California
Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories
Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories
by Jincy Willett

"We can accept that Mtley Cre and Members Only have faded into obscurity, but some artifacts from the eighties are worth reviving. Exhibit A: Jincy Willett's exquisite volume of short stories, Jenny & the Jaws of Life." (read more)

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December 13
Selected by Gaye from St Peters, Missouri
Gaye won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
1916 (Irish Century)
1916 (Irish Century)
by Morgan Llywelyn

Gaye's comments:
"Historical fiction telling the story of the Irish Rebellion. Ms. Llywelyn makes her characters come alive, and the reader wish s/he had been there to participate." (read more)

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December 14
Selected by Phil from Leesburg, Virginia
Phil won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
It's Still the Economy, Stupid: George W. Bush, the GOP's CEO
It's Still the Economy, Stupid: George W. Bush, the GOP's CEO
by Paul Begala

"Paul Begala is one Texan who really understands the economy. It's Still the Economy, Stupid is a good read that makes great sense." Tom Daschle, United States Senator (read more)

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December 15
Selected by Marika from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Nowhere Man
Nowhere Man
by Aleksandar Hemon

"Now here's reason to get excited: a true work of art that's as vast and mysterious as life itself. Hemon, in just two books, and in just two years (if you haven't read The Question of Bruno, do), has quickly become essential in the way that, say, Nabokov is essential....This tender, devastating book is evidence indeed that Hemon is a writer of rare artistry and depth." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read more)

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December 16
Selected by Susan from Westmoreland, USA
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Beware of the Night
Beware of the Night
by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool

Susan's comments:
"You will not want to put this powerful book down! Ralph Sarchie allows you a glimpse into his real-life encounters with demonic forces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With the turn of each page, things you have only seen in horror movies and your worst nightmares become more and more factual. I found this book to be chillingly educational. I feel like I was looking over the author's shoulder at things I never wanted to see face to face. One of the best nonfiction books on the shelves. A must read!" (read more)


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December 17
Selected by Jennifer from Elmira, United States
Joined at the Heart
Joined at the Heart
by Albert Gore

"When politicians speak of family values, I'm often discouraged by how drastically they've missed the boat regarding the real problems American families face: conflicts between the demands of work and home, intolerance of family groups that don't fit the standard mold, and a frightening scarcity of such crucial resources as time, money, housing and good child care. This book is different. It addresses the concerns that truly matter to healthy family life, and is honest about our culture's strengths and weaknesses in supporting our children's rearing. This book makes you want to go hug your kids and possibly reorganize your life a little ? and then maybe even reorganize your world." Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible (read more)

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December 18
Selected by Jonice from Emeryville, California
Salt: A World History
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

"Salt is the fascinating, indispensable history of an indispensable ingredient. Like Kurlansky's earlier work, Cod, it's a must-have book for any serious cook or foodie." Anthony Bourdain author of the best-selling Kitchen Confidential (read more)

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December 19
Selected by Mick from Needham, Massachusetts
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The Poet
The Poet
by Michael Connelly

"An intriguing new protagonist....Connelly doesn't just talk about poets, he writes like one, with a spare, elegiac tone that is the perfect voice for the haunting tale he has to tell." People Magazine (read more)

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December 20
Selected by Jill from Indianapolis, Indiana
Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family
Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family
by Ina Garten

"Practically every recipe is a lesson in how to coax intense flavors out of everyday ingredients....A harried family cook can turn to the Barefoot Contessa and find comfort, generosity, and a sympathetic ear." T. Susan Chang, Boston Globe Correspondent (read more)

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December 21
Selected by Stephanie from Lindenwold, New Jersey
Stephanie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
No Human Involved
No Human Involved
by Barbara Seranella

Stephanie's comments:
"Recovering heroine addict, former prostitute and crack auto mechanic, Miranda Munch Mancini is no genteel amateur sleuth solving crime to invigorate an otherwise boring life. As she struggles with whether or not to trust a detective who wants to find her feckless father's murderer, she is doing nothing less that trying to redeem her life, which seems hoplessly screwed up. This is a heroine for whom that hoplessly hackneyed adjective 'unique' is appropriate." (read more)

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December 22
Selected by Jennifer from Ottawa, Canada
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

"To the grand pantheon of bent and disturbo American coming-of-age stories, we can now add Augusten Burroughs? heartfelt and hysterical Running With Scissors. Burroughs has mined his nightmare of a life for literary gold, and the result is a memoir packed with enough horrific, funny, starkly grotesque and weirdly beautiful moments to thrill even the most jaded reader. This is a book you have to love." Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight (read more)

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December 23
Selected by John from East Brunswick, New Jersey
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
You Are Not a Stranger Here
You Are Not a Stranger Here
by Adam Haslett

"Adam Haslett is a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent to say. Haslett's great gifts as a writer — his fearlessness in particular — are a great gift to the reader. You're likely not only to love his stories but to feel stronger for having read them." Jonathan Franzen (read more)

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December 24
Selected by Daniel from Redwood City, California
Mr. Ives' Christmas
Mr. Ives' Christmas
by Oscar Hijuelos

"He tells a story that is 2,000 years old and yet in so doing presents us with a book that is truly startling in its novelty....This is the best book Hijuelos has written. Which is saying something." Los Angeles Times (read more)

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December 25
Selected by Mary from Rome, Italy
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & the Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library)
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & the Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library)
by Truman Capote

"Capote, in a bright, fluttering, wheeling way, makes all the tinsel and confetti and embroidery that bind together such delicate emotions in nostalgia and sentimentality come vigorously to life." The New Yorker (read more)

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December 26
Selected by Michael from Halifax, Canada
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 5TH Edition 2 Volumes
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 5TH Edition 2 Volumes
by Oxford

"The selection of words and definitions is nothing short of impressive, ranging from obscure and trendy and including Americanisms....'User-friendly' is another newer word found here. Its definition, 'designed with the needs of users in mind,' describes this dictionary." Sunday Boston Herald (read more)

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December 27
Selected by Angela from Chicago, Illinois
Portrait in Sepia
Portrait in Sepia
by Isabel Allende

Angela's comments:
"Portrait in Sepia is set at the end of the nineteenth century in Chile and continues the story begun in Allende's novel Daughter of Fortune. The central character is the granddaughter of the heroine in the earlier novel. I highly recommend this and all other works by Isabel Allende." (read more)

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December 28
Selected by Michael from Brooklyn, New York
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
by David Thomson

Michael's comments:
"Despite the stuffy title, this book contains some of the most thoughtful, intruguing, and unconventional film criticism you'll ever come across. But beware: Thomson may convince you that your favorite director is a hack." (read more)

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December 29
Selected by Claudia from Napa, California
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Paradise Alley
Paradise Alley


"Baker's story is so rich in color and drama that here and there some readers may find their credulity strained. But a random check of several of the sources he obligingly provides shows that while he has often changed names and altered locations to suit the story, many of those scenes that seem least plausible turn out to be the most faithful to the recorded facts....As a convincing portrayal of how things were in our city that terrible summer and as a compelling fictional vision of how things might have been, as well, 'Paradise Alley' is twice a triumph." Geoffrey C. Ward, New York Times Book Review (read more)


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December 30
Selected by Caroline from Scottsville, New York
Fear of Wine: An Introductory Guide to the Grape
Fear of Wine: An Introductory Guide to the Grape
by Leslie Brenner

Caroline's comments:
"If you have ever been intimidated by a wine snob or daunted by the task of purchasing a bottle, this book is for you! Learn everything from tasting to serving wine with food in this witty, friendly guide." (read more)

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December 31
Selected by Jane from Colonial Heights, Virginia
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Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
by Elizabeth Berg

Jane's comments:
"Being in love with a gay man and wanting his baby is not something I can relate to, but Elizabeth Berg's narrative power is so strong that she drew me into this completely believable story." (read more)

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