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May 01
Selected by Larry from Nashville, Tennessee
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Erasure
Erasure


Larry's comments:
"This is, possibly, the best book I have read in years. It is the story of an African American university professor who writes high minded literature that no one reads. As he becomes more and more disgusted by the tripe he sees on the bestseller list purporting to tell the black experience, he rebels by writing one himself, crediting the book to Stagg R. Leigh. He becomes successful beyond his dreams, but the result doesn't necessarily lead to contentment." (read more)


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May 02
Selected by Eleanor from Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Find Me
Find Me
by Rosie Odonnell

"Find Me is a spellbinding read, as warmly intimate and confessional as an all-nighter with an old friend. O'Donnell leads us places you'd never expect, like that shadowy corner of the human heart where generosity and need are all but indistinguishable from each other." Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City and The Night Listener (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Mark from Pensacola, Florida
The Age of Innocence (Signet Classics)
The Age of Innocence (Signet Classics)
by Edith Wharton

Mark's comments:
"Though the reviewers seemed to love it, I was fairly disappointed with Scorsese's film of Edith Wharton's masterpiece. Winona Ryder in 19th-century New York? What was he thinking? So I picked up the book and it blew me away. Rarely have I enjoyed a book so much. This is one of the few genuine Great American Novels." (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Bryan from Angwin, California
Bryan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
by James W Loewen

Bryan's comments:
"Extensively researched, this book by James Loewen debunks a host of myths about American history that are being perpetuated by various historic sites. Very engaging!" (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Megan from Arlington, Virginia
Megan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Goodnight, Nebraska
Goodnight, Nebraska
by Tom Mcneal

Megan's comments:
"Goodnight, Nebraska is an excellent, absorbing story of the residents of a small town in Nebraska. You don?t realize your attachment to the characters building until near the end. Good, evocative writing." (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Robert from Ellensburg, Washington
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My Misspent Youth
My Misspent Youth
by Meghan Daum

"For several years now, I've kept copies of some of these essays in a manila folder by my desk. When friends or colleagues ask if I know of any especially interesting new writers, I pull out the folder and head for the photocopier. Meghan Daum's essay 'Variations on Grief' is one of the most stunningly honest things I've ever read. And throughout this book, there are a surprising number of moments when your jaw just drops in amazement at what she's saying. Even when she's being funny, her writing has a clarity and intensity that just makes you feel awake." Ira Glass, host of This American Life (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Ritu from Storrs, Connecticut
M Is for Malice
M Is for Malice
by Sue Grafton

Ritu's comments:
"Sue Grafton's newest Kinsey Millhone novel is a winner. Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery. So depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. It's important to read things besides detective novels, but its important to read a few detective novels, too. I recommend Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Emily from Indianapolis, Indiana
Emily won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
by Howard F Lyman

Emily's comments:
"Howard Lyman, the guest who unwittingly led Texas cattle ranchers to sue Oprah Winfrey, presents a total picture of meat production and consumption and its effects on the planet and the human body. Not intimidating, but well documented. Lyman was a fourth generation cattle rancher and his no nonsense approach is to give you the facts and let you do with the information what you will. I've been a vegetarian for 10 years, and nothing I've said could convince my family to give up animal products. This book will." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by John from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
by Thomas Keneally

John's comments:
"This book is about the man who got away with it all, in this case a union commander in the Civil War. Did he get away with murder? A great read about one of this country's rogue characters." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Jennifer from Sacramento, California
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Orchid Thief
The Orchid Thief
by Susan Orlean

"The collecting mania that Susan Orlean has so painstakingly described is, like the orchid, a small thing of grandeur, a passion with a pedigree...Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy for a person you might not have thought about empathetically...The Orchid Thief shows her gifts in full bloom." Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Mireille from Montreal, Quebec
Mireille won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fugitive Pieces
Fugitive Pieces
by Anne Michaels

Mireille's comments:
"This first novel by a Canadian poet won the Orange Prize for Fiction and several other awards. Poetry, history, tragedy, redeeming love, and unforgettable characters: all of this is given to the reader in one great story." (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Mara from San Juan Capistrano, CA
Mara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
by David Quammen

Mara's comments:
"David Quammen tells the fascinating story of various species and how the degree of isolation of their habitats has a direct effect on their possible survival. From such exotic places as the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, Guam, the Komodo Islands, and Tasmania, we learn about endangered and extinct species of plants and animals. I highly recommend this book." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Jonathan from Anchorage, Alaska
Libra
Libra
by Don DeLillo

Jonathan's comments:
"In Libra, Don DeLillo turned the single greatest event of the twentieth century — for Americans, anyway — into a very great work of art. Moody, ferocious, paranoid, and deeply sad, this fictionalized portrait of Lee Harvy Oswald and the shadowy forces that used him is one of the best novels of the past few decades. (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Suzanne from Boston, Massachusetts
The Guns of August
The Guns of August
by Barbara W. Tuchman

Suzanne's comments:
"Popular historian Barbara Tuchman's masterpiece is quite simply the best book ever written about World War I, the war that ended the Romantic era. It is also very illuminating about the decidedly less romantic century that was kicked off by that bloody war." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by David from Lexington, Kentucky
David won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville

"The most exciting, enthralling novel I have read in a long time. It is about everything important — love, work, hope, worlds we knew were out there but needed a writer like Mieville to show them to us. His imagination is vast, his talent volcanic. Read this book. It just might be a masterpiece." Jonathon Carroll (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Deborah from Issaquah, Washington
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The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes
The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes


"The Birds of Heaven is a collector's volume...a gorgeous, plangent work: a cri de coeur for the cranes' protection and a testament to Matthiessen's enduring high caliber as writer and world traveler. After 28 books and 74 peripatetic years, Matthiessen projects an undiminished passion for the specific creature, the distinctive landscape, the cultural oddity, the startling word. In The Birds of Heaven, he conveys that feeling through a serendipitous prose as elegant as the stately birds that inspire him." The New York Times Book Review (read more)


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May 17
Selected by John from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Lost Nation
Lost Nation
by Jeffrey Lent

John's comments:
"If you liked Cold Mountain, you'll feel right at home here. Frontier life was crude and unforgiving. Life was cheap, death commonplace and Nature unrelenting. The main character, a man named Blood, is at times both likable and despicable. I'm haunted by certain scenes that are so well written they come to me unbidden. Try this book if you want to return to post Civil War New England at a time when no one could easily say whether they lived in Vermont or Canada." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Michelle from Takoma Park, Maryland
Knitting for Dummies
Knitting for Dummies
by Pam Allen

Michelle's comments:
"I can't remember learning to knit. My mother is an accomplished knitter, so she probably taught us. I picked it up again when my friends started having babies. I've also begun 3 knitting groups in DC and a web page (bakey.com/dcknitters). I've been looking for the perfect Learn to Knit book to give people, and this one comes close. It's well written, organized and has simple beginners projects. I'd like to see more photos and a better appendix, but those are just quibbles." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Sandy from Nice, France
Ventriloquist's Tale (97 Edition)
Ventriloquist's Tale (97 Edition)
by Pauline Melville

"The Ventriloquist's Tale is told by a beguiling new voice. Pauline Melville writes with an unusually dispassionate lushness that is both intellectual and sensual. By taking a notably cool look at an extremely steamy story, she has created an eye-opening fiction. I believe her to be one of the few genuinely original writers to emerge in recent years." Salman Rushdie (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Jan from Murphys, California
Jan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
From Beirut to Jerusalem: Updated with a New Chapter
From Beirut to Jerusalem: Updated with a New Chapter
by Thomas L Friedman

Jan's comments:
"From Beirut to Jerusalem won the National Book Award when it was first published in 1989. It is, sadly, basically a preview of the current chaos between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Had all of us read it, especially those now in authority, I think that many, many lives could have been saved, and still might be." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by John from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blindness
Blindness
by Jose Saramago

John's comments:
"Can you imagine what life in your town would be like if everyone suddenly became blind? How would your government react? What would you do? In this stunning novel Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago paints a vivid portrait of chaos that unveils all the glories and perversions of human nature. I couldn't put it down once I had turned the first page." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Marilyn from Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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Breaking Clean
Breaking Clean
by Judy Blunt

"A memoir with the fierce narrative force of an eastern Montana blizzard, rich in story and character, filled with the bone-chilling details of Blunt?s childhood. She writes without bitterness, with an abiding love of the land and the work and her family and friends that she finally left behind, at great sacrifice, to begin to write. This is a magnificent achievement, a book for the ages. I?ve never read anything that compares with it." James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Mary from Madison, Wisconsin
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To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
by Connie Willis

"Though Willis salts her book with up-to-date details about chaos theory, she is a quite traditional writer, since her novel is a domestic comedy that concludes with a marriage. She ably handles her large cast of obsessed professors, stolid but decent butlers, demented aristocrats, flighty maids and fearsome aunts. To Say Nothing of the Dog is a sweet and honorable book that provides a great deal of pleasure." Washington Post Book World (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Bonnie from Muskegon, Michigan
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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
by Peter Hessler

"[Hessler] has written an old-fashioned book about [China]. I wish it were twice as long. I say 'old-fashioned' because books about China written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by missionaries were often like Hessler's: curiosity, pleasure in small things, wonder and keen observation contending with bafflement, anger and fear....If you read only one book about China, let it be this." Literary Review (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Gary from Lacey, Washington
A Gesture Life
A Gesture Life
by Chang-rae Lee

Gary's comments:
"Deceptively simple, A Gesture Life is a smoothly told tale that runs deep into the heart of a man who has done his best to wall it off from the rest of the world. Insightful and affecting." (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Samir from St.Catharines, Canada
Samir won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Chienne De Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya
Chienne De Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya
by Anne Nivat

Samir's comments:
"This is an absolutely excellent account of the conflict in Chechnya that people know little of. Nivat reports her encounters well and deserves the credit for this excellent book." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Jeremy from Madison, Wisconsin
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Down by the River
Down by the River
by Edna O'Brien

Jeremy's comments:
"A gut wrenching story about a young rural Irish girl seeking to leave Ireland in order to legally abort the baby she conceived after being raped by her father, and her confrontation with the petty bigotries, hypocrisies, and impersonal moral outrages of her society. A story that's sad, frustrating, and ultimately triumphant." (read more)


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May 28
Selected by Mark from Oakdale, Minnesota
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Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
by David H Bain

"Empire Express is one of those books that anyone with any interest in railroad history or the American West must acquire and keep close at hand. It is gargantuan, truly towering, and thanks to David Haward Bain's lengthy and painstaking research it is as complete as this subject can ever be. Bain uses the voices of the transcontinental railroad's builders to tell much of this epical tale. Furthermore, to enliven his narrative he brings in contemporary events relative to this great American endeavor." Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Tasia from Portland, Oregon
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The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
by Richard Yates

Tasia's comments:
"The characters in these stories are ourselves, and it is a frightening thrill to see how cruel we are, even in our best intentions. Yates will break your heart, open your eyes, force you to breathe and reconsider. When I started reading, I had never heard of Richard Yates. Now I am sure that no one should be without this book." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Marilyn from Fargo, North Dakota
How to Cook a Wolf
How to Cook a Wolf
by M F K Fisher

Marilyn's comments:
"This delicious tome, which has been the best book for food lovers for six decades, is for every reader who loves E. B. White but wishes he had written about food and the fascinating ways it enriches the life of any armchair sophisticate." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Cathy from Tucson, Arizona
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The Dive from Clausen's Pier (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Dive from Clausen's Pier (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Ann Packer

"Ann Packer's first novel has all the weight of reality, tooled with a jeweler's precision. The Dive from Clausen's Pier is a poignant and painstakingly rendered account of a woman in flight from catastrophe, in search of herself." Madison Smartt Bell (read more)

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