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March 01
Selected by Thalea from Oaklyn, New Jersey
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Eleni
Eleni
by Nicholas Gage

"(This) is a remarkably successful work of 'faction,' that marriage of fact and fiction literary purists are always trying to put asunder. Mr. Gage uses fictional techniques — inventing dialogue, thoughts, and feelings — to bring out the full truth of this book's terrible and novel facts. The bulk of Eleni is a novelistic re-creation of his mother's experience during nine hard years. This narrative surface is broken only very occasionally by passages recording Mr. Gage's memories of specific events, and by introductions to the many chapters which fill in the larger historical and political picture. Some readers may distrust Mr. Gage's fictional touches, but I found they enhanced my sense that this was a true story....I can think of no higher praise of this book than to say that it is fit to stand as a monument to Eleni Gatzoyiannis." Jack Beatty, The New Republic (read more)

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March 02
Selected by Martha from Mobile, Alabama
Manchild in the Promised Land
Manchild in the Promised Land
by Claude Brown

What more convincing recommendation is there than Martha's for Manchild in a Promised Land. After reading this "angry, poignant" memoir in school, she was so moved by Claude Brown's powerful use of the written word, she vowed to one day became a writer herself. (read more)

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March 03
Selected by Steve from Tualatin, Oregon
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
by Cormac McCarthy

According to Steve, to get an idea of Cormac McCarthy's "stylish look at the violence of the Old West," imagine dropping "Moby-Dick, Heart of Darkness, and a handful of cowboys into a blender." We might put it another way: Imagine William Faulkner leaving sultry Mississipi for the primeval landscapes of the savage West ? and forgetting his meds. Even so, "Blood Meridian" is without question one of the great works of fiction of the past quarter century. (read more)

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March 04
Selected by Miss Gretchen from Somewhere, Virginia
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Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995
Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995
by Joe Sacco

The most dramatic phase of the war in Afghanitstan may be over, but the war itself is not. According to Gretchen, though the action is thousands of miles away, we ought to remain aware of war's consequences: "Whether in Bosnia or Afghanistan, the illustrations in Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde show us the ravages of war in a way that reading 1000 books on the subject can't." (read more)

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March 05
Selected by Michele from Chandler, Arizona
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The Whitechapel Conspiracy
The Whitechapel Conspiracy
by Anne Perry

"For policeman Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte, life in the Victorian age is not as cozy as one might think — especially when, thanks to Anne Perry, you're constantly involved in murder most foul. This is the first Pitt book I read, and I loved it!" Michele (read more)

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March 06
Selected by Susan from Providence, Rhode Island
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Them: Adventures with Extremists
Them: Adventures with Extremists


Given the headlines of the past few months, Susan's recommendation seems particularly timely: "Them is an hilarious ? and scary ? look at fanatics around the world." (read more)


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March 07
Selected by Rosemarie from Glendora, California
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)
by Kim Stanley Robinson

"Red Mars is one of those rare moments when a science fiction and a mainstream novel meet and coincide, without either one losing its gratification: you can read it either way. It is Robinson's most ambitious work by far, in which all his varied literary and descriptive gifts finally come together: collective delirium and personal lyric experience, the epic of sport and physical exhertion, the language and exotic landscape, a vivid characterization of memorable individuals ? all this now struck and illuminated by history, by a lightening bolt." Fredric Jameson (read more)

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March 08
Selected by Bonnie from Vancouver, Washington
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Intimate Nature : the Bond Between Women and Animals (98 Edition)
Intimate Nature : the Bond Between Women and Animals (98 Edition)
by Linda (ed.) Hogan

"The editors...have ardently and successfully conjoined panels of individual texture and vibrancy into another, larger work, a quilt remarkably harmonious despite, or because of, the differing qualities each piece brings to the work as a whole." Julie Mayeda, Bloomsbury Review (read more)

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March 09
Selected by Randy from Tokyo, Japan
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
by Michael P Macdonald

"I am thousands of miles from my hometown in Massachusetts (and light-years from South Boston, the terrain of this book), yet All Souls gave me an odd feeling. It made me homesick for all things American. Yet it also reminded me to feel grateful to be far, far away. A great book." Randy (read more)

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March 10
Selected by Rachel from Helena, Montana
Postman Always Rings Twice (34 Edition)
Postman Always Rings Twice (34 Edition)
by James M. Cain

"Who wouldn't want more after reading such a wicked little book? No wonder it helped inspire a new genre." Rachel (read more)

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March 11
Selected by Jennifer from Ottawa, Canada
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Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady
by Florence King

"Stylistically the book employs a winning combination of the best in soap opera melodrama and the hot-timing, ding-dong dialogue usually found in Abbott and Costello movies. All this plus a sense of syntax strong enough to make Dr Johnson look like a beginner....I've never read so many perfect one-liners ('Like charity, schizophrenia begins at home') and it's a long time since I've laughed out loud through nearly 300 pages....This book is dynamite, don't miss it." Jeanette Winterson, The New Statesman (read more)

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March 12
Selected by M. from Toronto, Canada
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Art and Lies
Art and Lies
by Jeanette Winterson

"As Winterson spins the intriguing, dramatic, and significant tales of each of her characters, she satisfies our craving for story but accomplishes so much more, articulating the meaning of time, art, passion, and hypocrisy in prose charged with the pulse and imagery of poetry." Donna Seaman, Booklist (read more)

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March 13
Selected by Bryan from Portland, Oregon
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The BBC Reports
The BBC Reports
by Bbc Editors

"If I could, I would buy a copy for every friend, acquaintance, and foe. I truly hope that the American media establishment can move towards this level of honesty and integrity before I die." Bryan (read more)

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March 14
Selected by Liz from Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Sophie's Choice
Sophie's Choice
by William Styron

"No reader of Sophie's Choice can doubt that Styron has put immense energy into trying to understand and deal justly with the evils in American history and the European holocaust, to say nothing of the evil (as well as the good) in his characters....Scene after scene comes back now, long after I last read the book, with astonishing vividness ? perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece." John Gardner (read more)

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March 15
Selected by Alice from Toronto, Canada
The Night Gardener: A Search for Home
The Night Gardener: A Search for Home
by Marjorie Sandor

"These essays are intelligent and charming. They are also insightful about what it means to be both a woman and a human being on planet earth at this strange point in time." Alice (read more)

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March 16
Selected by Jerri from Indianapolis, Indiana
The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
by Caroline Kennedy

"I have never been one to fawn over the Kennedys. But I do love poetry, and so received this book as a gift. I must say, it is a lively, thoughtful selection, and gave me new appreciation for the warmth and depth of this remarkable woman, and for the care she put into raising her children. I've since given it as a gift myself." Jerri (read more)

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March 17
Selected by Sue from Newton, Massachusetts
Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs
Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs
by John Bowe and Marisa Bowe

"Moving, fascinating, first person pieces by people in a wide variety of jobs and professions. Makes you feel you know your country and humanity better." Sue (read more)

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March 18
Selected by Jason from Tucson, Arizona
Radiance
Radiance


"Radiance is an ingenious and at times a brilliant novel....Scholz may remind readers of Thomas Pynchon at some moments and J.G. Ballard at others....If the plot of Radiance is a tangled knot of deception, self-deception and conspiracy leading only to exhaustion and despair, it's Scholz's extraordinary language ? his ear for befuddled dialogue and scientific obfuscation, his resonant, haunted landscapes ? that crack the book open and allow its light to blaze forth." Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com (read more)


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March 19
Selected by Susan from Westmoreland, USA
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Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
by Ann Rule

"This is a book not to be put down once you pick it up. It is one of Ann Rule's finest books. You will not find another true crime book where the victim knew about her death in advance, and even asked that Ann Rule be contacted to write the story in the event of her death. A must read for any true crime fan!" Susan (read more)

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March 20
Selected by Samir from St. Catharines, Ontario
Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents
by Octavia E. Butler

"This book leaves little doubt that Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction ? period....A master storyteller with a voice that cradles and captivates, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature. Parable of the Talents may be her most powerful work yet." Washington Post Book World (read more)

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March 21
Selected by Susmita from Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Popular Culture and Philosophy #2: The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'Oh! of Homer
Popular Culture and Philosophy #2: The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'Oh! of Homer
by William Irwin

"A great gift for any die-hard Simpsons fan. Contributors include academic experts in philosophy and literature. This is not for lightweights, despite its title!" Susmita (read more)

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March 22
Selected by Daphne from Clemson, South Carolina
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Lying Awake (Vintage Contemporaries)
Lying Awake (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Mark Salzman

"This lyrical, spare novel about the inner life of a nun transcendes religious affiliation to explore the nature of belief and those times when we are forced to confront personal truths. Lovely." Daphne (read more)

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March 23
Selected by Amber from Escondido, California
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West with the Night
West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

"I knew [Beryl Markham] fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer....I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book." Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to Maxwell Perkins (read more)

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March 24
Selected by Cecelia from Reykjavik, Iceland
A Sin of Color: A Novel of Obsession
A Sin of Color: A Novel of Obsession
by Sunetra Gupta

"There is no more exciting literary phenomenon right now than the abundance of extraordinary literature being generate by Indian writers. Anyone who likes Arundhati Roy, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, etc. will likely also enjoy this one." Cecelia (read more)

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March 25
Selected by Judy from Milwaukie, Oregon
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The Cost of Discipleship
The Cost of Discipleship
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"It's amazing that the human spirit can survive and flourish in spite of some experiences. I keep a copy of this book always...which surprises friends who know me as agnostic." Judy (read more)

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March 26
Selected by Sebastien from Ottawa, Ontario
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A Winter Haunting
A Winter Haunting
by Dan Simmons

"A great, suspenseful, and thrilling sequel to one of the best horror novels of all time, Summer of Night, A Winter Haunting is a tour de force which takes you on a wild journey that doesn't stop until the very last page. Horror, suspense, and mysetery fans should be thrilled by this book." Sebastien (read more)


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March 27
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
by Alfred Habegger

"This is an excellent book for anyone who enjoy a first rate biography, or an insightful look into the creative process. But it is indispensible for anyone who loves Emily Dickinson. A great book about a great woman." Marilyn (read more)

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March 28
Selected by Michael from Nelson, British Columbia
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai
by Helen DeWitt

"'The Last Samurai' is in fact a triumph — a genuinely new story, a genuinely new form, which has more to offer on every reading but is gripping from the beginning....The Last Samurai' is funny and tragic and intriguing and over the top and perfectly controlled. But it is also — in an ordinary and undeniable way — very moving....It is exciting for the future of the novel that a writer can do all the basic things readers need...and do something new with the form of the tale itself." A. S. Byatt, The New Yorker (read more)

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March 29
Selected by Amy from Lawrence, Kansas
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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D Putnam

"Bowling Alone is a tour-de-force. Robert Putnam has amassed an impressive array of evidence for his original and powerful thesis on the decline of social capital and civic engagement in the past several decades. This thought-provoking book will stimulate huge academic and national public policy debates on the crisis of the American community." William Julius Wilson, Harvard University (read more)

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March 30
Selected by Stephanie from Montclair, New Jersey
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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
by Brady Udall

"The whole blessed/bloody roil of the human condition course through The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. If Dickens had been born in Arizona, he might have written a book like this." Tony Earley, author of Jim the Boy (read more)

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March 31
Selected by Hillary from Portland, Oregon
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Rebecca West

Anyone interested in the Balkans, the former Yugoslavia, Central Europe, or simply one of the most beautiful bodies of writing ever to appear in print should get hold of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia....every page has at least six sentences you'll want to underline and memorize for their sheer brilliance. What an extraordinary writer!" Brian Eno, Wired (read more)

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