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April 01
Selected by Ralina from Oakland, California
Ralina won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Caucasia
Caucasia
by Danzy Senna

"Caucasia stands as the sole contemporary novel to feature a Blackwhite protagonist and eschew the tragic mulatta stereotype. This novel skillfully balances sometimes mutating notions of race, gender, and sexuality with the lived realities of these subjective positions." Ralina (read more)

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April 02
Selected by Tony from Alameda, California
The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America
The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America
by Ernesto Guevara

"This is a sketchbook, not a finished work of literaure. But there is pathos in these pages ? the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges....[I]t is possible to read these diaries and to weep for Che Guevara, and it is possible to weep for the many people who were brave enough to be his followers and who may have harbored a thousand delusions about Communism but who can never be accused of having chosen a less than noble soul as their revolutionary hero." Paul Berman, The New Yorker (read more)

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April 03
Selected by Ajit from Austin, Texas
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Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy (Berkeley Signature Edition)
Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy (Berkeley Signature Edition)
by Jostein Gaarder

"This is an excellent introduction to human thought as it evolved through the ages. The author presents it through a mysterious stranger who keeps challenging Sophie, the protagonist of this novel, with questions about life and existence and then uses ideas of different thinkers to provide clues that lead to the answers. Although the author has missed a couple of important thinkers, he has created with this book an overview of philosophy that is at once accessible, entertaining, and intriguing. So is the story!" Ajit's comments (read more)

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April 04
Selected by Lisa from Brooklyn, New York
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World
Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World
by Jan Goodwin

"[Goodwin's] findings are profoundly disturbing and center on the enormous influence of radical Islamic fundamentalists, who have created a system of 'gender apartheid' that has turned women into virtual prisoners....This tragic state of affairs is all the more maddening given the fact than none of the more flagrant abuses have any basis in the Koran, which teaches respect for women as equal and invaluable partners in Muslim society. Goodwin takes pains to present balanced and well-documented information, making her revelations all the more alarming." Donna Seaman, Booklist (read more)

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April 05
Selected by Lynda from Brunswick, Maine
Lynda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Bonesetter's Daughter
by Amy Tan

"In its rich character portrayals and sensitivity to the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, Tan's new novel is the real successor to, and equal of, The Joy Luck Club....The novel exhibits a poignant clarity as it investigates the dilemma of adult children who must become caretakers of their elderly parents, a situation Tan articulates with integrity and exemplary empathy for both generations." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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April 06
Selected by Kathryn from Pittsburg, Kansas
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The Mother Tongue
The Mother Tongue
by Bill Bryson

"Everything, it seems, is interesting to Bill Bryson. The marvel is that he can make it all interesting to us....Bryson's book, Mother Tongue...is the one that convinced me he could probably write informatively and with humor about anything. I mean, who ever heard of a Linguistics study with laughs on every page?" Dave Weich, Powells.com (read more)

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April 07
Selected by Leah from Portland, Oregon
Leah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)
Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)
by Voltaire

"I've read this book more than once and it only gets better and better. Voltaire has an uncanny grasp of life that is beautifully showcased with biting satire, elegant wit, and a great comedic talent." Leah's comments (read more)

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April 08
Selected by Leslie from Shreveport, Louisiana
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Nanny Diaries
The Nanny Diaries
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

"[A] comic yet affecting novel of manners, or serious lack thereof. The engaging, almost addictive book...has quickly become a phenomenon....The book is Mary Poppins meets Bonfire of the Vanities meets Sex in the City, without the sex but with all the Italian leather accessories." Karen Heller, The Philadelphia Inquirer (read more)

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April 09
Selected by Norma from Canon City, CO
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I'll Know It When I See It: A Daughter's Search for Home in Ireland
I'll Know It When I See It: A Daughter's Search for Home in Ireland
by Alice Carey

"A fascinating tale of a life honestly Irish. The vivid descriptions of Ireland and its people and houses are a joy. This delightful book leading from Fire Island to Ireland is a gift to each reader." Norma's Comments (read more)

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April 10
Selected by Raymond from Hillsboro, Oregon
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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
by Louis Menand

"A history of how Pragmatism grew out of the trauma of the American Civil War. Don't be put off by the dry-sounding subject. This is a fascinating book, worthy to stand beside Edmund Wilson's Patriotic Gore." Raymond's Comments (read more)

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April 11
Selected by Anne from San Francisco, California
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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World
Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World
by Donald Antrim

"A glorious piece of gallows humor...A mordent, morbid suburban gothic about the primitive animal seething and roaring just to meet the social skin...rendered with a flawlessly controlled irony that's black as midnight and dry as bone. A gorgeous full-frontal assault on 'family values' and all such camp." Patrick McGrath (read more)

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April 12
Selected by Janet from Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Olivia
Olivia
by Ian Falconer

"Falconer, whose work has appeared on New Yorker covers, has given her [Olivia] so much porcine panache that she would win over even the strictest parent. Most of the time." Richard Corliss, Time (read more)

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April 13
Selected by Amy from Beaverton, Oregon
Spilling Clarence
Spilling Clarence
by Anne Ursu

"Ursu's book is the first in a long time to so completely capture me with its exceptional prose and then to make me laugh and cry with its amazing characters and revelations. This was a wonderful read." Amy's Comments (read more)

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April 14
Selected by Marshall from Brooklyn, New York
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
by Edwin G Burrows

"I am a New Yorker and so have wanted to read this book ever since it was first published in 1998. But after September 11th, I decided it was finally time to get down to it. I have not been disappointed. This book is even better than the hype, a compelling read about a fascinating subject." Marshall's comments (read more)

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April 15
Selected by Jonathan from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Little Big Man
Little Big Man
by Thomas Berger

"Little Big Man is simply one of the best books of Americana ever written. Outstanding writing, funny, thoroughly enjoyable." Jonathan's comments (read more)

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April 16
Selected by Eleanor from Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember
Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember
by Houston Jr League

"I love all cookbooks and have many, but once I discovered this one it became my favorite. I have given it many times as a gift, and it is always a hit." Eleanor's comments (read more)

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April 17
Selected by Janis from Longport, New Jersey
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Eva Moves the Furniture
Eva Moves the Furniture
by Margot Livesey

"A wonderfully inventive story with delightful, well-defined characters. The book takes place in Scotland during the mid 1900s, principally in the remote areas but with a touch of Glasgow. A charming book that whisks you away to another time and place." Janis's comments (read more)

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April 18
Selected by Randy from Duluth, Minnesota
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
by Ted Conover

"Journalist Ted Conover will go to remarkable lengths to get a story. When he wanted to write a story about Sing Sing, they wouldn't let him inside to interview the inmates. So he took another route. He became a prison guard, and got, lucky for us, more of a story than he bargained for. An excellent, important book." Randy's comments (read more)

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April 19
Selected by Michael from Washington, D.C.
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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie

"Rushdie's masterpiece won the Booker Prize the year it was published, and was later voted the Best of the Bookers (i.e., the best of all the Booker Prize winners so far). A sprawling masterpiece. Rushdie's use of language is still unique and unparalleled." Michael's comments (read more)

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April 20
Selected by Sandra from St. Paul, Minnesota
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
by Alexandra Fuller

I've always had an interest in Africa ? I spent several years in Tanzania as a teenager ? so I've read most of the books. This one is one of the best of the lot, just as good as West with the Night and almost as good as Out of Africa." Sandra's Comments (read more)

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April 21
Selected by Randi from Hailey, Idaho
Red Water
Red Water
by Judith Freeman

"Reading Aimee Bender's feverish, Loony Farms fiction, you can practically see her frantic fingers working over each sentence. At her best, Bender makes you root for her to keep furiously pressing down on the keyboard; you hope she'll make things so crazy that you'll turn the page and find all the words capitalized, or garbled, or bursting into fire. But Bender's prose, always beautiful, always original, stays contained in its typeface, where it might be even scarier." Mike Albo, Salon.com (read more)

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April 22
Selected by Lyne from Campbellton, Canada
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The New Way Things Work
The New Way Things Work
by David Macaulay

"The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures — mostly pictures — some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be." The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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April 23
Selected by Jenn from Hillsboro, Oregon
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Everything Is Illuminated
Everything Is Illuminated
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jenn's comments:
"What a captivating debut novel by this new author! He hooks you with humor, then having captured your attention, he twists your mind and emotions in all directions. An amazingly warm, witty, and deeply humanizing novel that you continue to play in your mind long after you've set aside the book." (read more)

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April 24
Selected by Tavishi from Decatur, Georgia
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing
by Margaret Atwood

"Consistently enlivening...Margaret Atwood's excellent book performs (that) vital function....Her audience...would have had no hesitation in according her the distinguished status thus implied." The Spectator (read more)

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April 25
Selected by Sarah from Washington, DC
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An Invisible Sign of My Own
An Invisible Sign of My Own
by Aimee Bender

"Reading Aimee Bender's feverish, Loony Farms fiction, you can practically see her frantic fingers working over each sentence. At her best, Bender makes you root for her to keep furiously pressing down on the keyboard; you hope she'll make things so crazy that you'll turn the page and find all the words capitalized, or garbled, or bursting into fire. But Bender's prose, always beautiful, always original, stays contained in its typeface, where it might be even scarier." Mike Albo, Salon.com (read more)

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April 26
Selected by Alan from West Bend, Wisconsin
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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
by Mike Davis

"An eye-opening account of the economic, political, intellectual, and architectural development of 20th-century Los Angeles, City of Quartz is a deeply troubling look at a city beset by environmental time bombs, vast inequities of wealth, and chronic, increasingly brutal racial violence....The city that takes shape in this elegantly argued book seems to be swiftly heading toward some Armageddon....Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future." Sara Frankel, The San Francisco Examiner (read more)

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April 27
Selected by Muriel from Atlanta, Georgia
Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
by Wallace Stegner

Muriel's comments:
"I love to read, and I consume a lot of books. But over the years this one has remained, in my memory, one of the very best reading experiences I have ever had. Rare among writers, Stegner was able to look human folly in the eye while remaining warm-hearted about humanity. I've never been able to manage it, but it's a pleasure to watch him pull it off." (read more)

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April 28
Selected by Darlene from Sharon, Pennsylvania
The Cloister Walk
The Cloister Walk
by Kathleen Norris

Darlene's comments:
"The Cloister Walk is a reminder of the richness inherent in the language and practice of the liturgy in a way that makes it relevant to the reader regardless of religious affiliation. This book was a reminder to me to not lose sight of the goodness at the heart of the Church during times of doctrinal and political distractions." (read more)

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April 29
Selected by Sylvie from Whitby, Ontario
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The Dress Lodger (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Dress Lodger (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Sheri Holman

Sylvie's comments:
"The book gives a fascinating view of the cholera plague in London in the early 19th century and the life in the city at that time. I strongly recommend it as it provides insight into the beginnings of medicine." (read more)

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April 30
Selected by Luke from Enumclaw, Washington
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The People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever You Go...There You Are!!
The People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever You Go...There You Are!!
by Carl Franz

Luke's comments:
"I spent a year in high school as an exchange student to Puebla, Mexico, and this was by far the best book on Mexican culture that I read before leaving. The information the book gave me was invaluable during my year abroad." (read more)

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