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July 01
Selected by Marilyn from Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Marilyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides)
Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides)
by Petersons Guide

"The habits, habitats, migratory patterns, physical traits, diet, mating practices, where to find them in short, all the information that a good wildlife guide offers are the stuff of Williamson's book. Clear, engaging prose and 180 full color photographs make this a natural for birdwatchers everywhere." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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July 02
Selected by Pam from Erie, Pennsylvania
Pam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

Pam's Comments:
"I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's the unique story of a murdered teenager who talks of the circumstances of her death and the effect it had on her family, all from her perspective from heaven. An excellent, excellent story!" (read more)

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July 03
Selected by Renee from Charlottesville, Virginia
Renee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
by Tony Horwitz

Renee's Comments:
"In the very well written and engaging book, Horwitz meets and interviews a host of interesting people about the Civil War. What they reveal about themselves is sometimes surprising and other times endearing. An altogether amazing portrait of a subculture that is still very much alive in the South." (read more)

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July 04
Selected by Cindy from Albany, Oregon
Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M Pirsig

Cindy's Comments:
"This book has been around so long that no one seems to remember it. It is one of the books that I reread every once in awhile for perspective. Superficially, the book revolves around the changing of a father and son relationship and the author's journey to rediscover himself after electroconvulsive shock therapy. Really it is a book about caring and the value that technology has taken in our society. A classic good read." (read more)

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July 05
Selected by Jim from Houghton, Michigan
Jim won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food
Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food


Jim's Comments:
"This book reveals that almost sixty percent of processed food sold in America contains genetically modified ingredients, while consumers in Europe and Japan are not subject to experimentation with their food supply. It is time to read this book, and wake up America." (read more)


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July 06
Selected by Joan from Winnipeg, Manitoba
Joan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Adios Muchachos
Adios Muchachos
by Daniel Chavarria

"Out of the mystery wrapped in an enigma that, over the last forty years, has been Cuba for the US, comes a Uruguayan voice so cheerful, a face so laughing, and a mind so deviously optimistic that we can only hope this is but the beginning of a flood of Latin America's indomitable novelists, playwrights, storytellers. Welcome, Daniel Chavarría." Donald E. Westlake, author of Trust Me on This and The Hook (read more)

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July 07
Selected by Vinod from Washington, DC
Vinod won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Tiger Ladies: A Memoir of Kashmir
Tiger Ladies: A Memoir of Kashmir
by Sudha Koul

"...not merely elegant, and luminously so, but painfully timely....The Tiger Ladies is immensely gracefully sad, an elegy for the customs and the courtliness of an irrecoverable civilization. Yet there is a sensuality running through her story that ensures that it is never mawkish or plaintive....there is great beauty in Ms. Koul's narrative stoicism....To say that some passages of her book are genuinely mouthwatering would be no exaggeration." The Wall Street Journal (read more)

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July 08
Selected by Pauline from Duluth, Minnesota
Pauline won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Dream of You
My Dream of You
by Nuala Ofaolain

"What a pleasure it is to be able to open a book and relax into the flow of a beautifully written narrative....With an ambling, intimate candor, O'Faolain tells Kathleen's story, present and past....And always of course, behind everything is Ireland itself ? beautiful, maddening Ireland." Lynn Freed, The Washington Post Book World (read more)

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July 09
Selected by Jim from Bethesda, Maryland
Le Ton Beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language
Le Ton Beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language
by Douglas Hofstadter

Jim's comments:
"A remarkable book that explores the nature of language and communication from the context of a short french poem. In many ways, Hofstadter brings together the strands woven in Godel, Escher, Bach, The Mind's Eye, and other writings on artificial intelligence in a way that is far more accessible than some of his earlier work. There is still the renaissance approach, drawing on various sources, but there is also a lightness and joy in the examination of each of the varied translations or attempts at translation. Underneath it all, and what makes this so remarkable, is that the book itself is a love poem to his late wife." (read more)

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July 10
Selected by Bonnie from Muskegon, Michigan
Bonnie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Morte D'Urban
Morte D'Urban
by J. F. Powers

"[Powers] has etched curates and monsignors dueling for the favors of a bishop; old pastors outfoxing young assistants; bored bishops made uncomfortable by the zeal of young priests. His theme is almost always the conflict between the true religious spirit and a not exactly religious commercial practice, and his heroes are men ? not saints or devils." Pete Hamill (read more)

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July 11
Selected by Anne from Trenton, New Jersey
Anne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Stuffed: The Story of a Restaurant Family
Stuffed: The Story of a Restaurant Family
by Patricia Volk

"Every once in a while I like something better than anything. This once, this while, it is this book. No, not book, but heart. Right this minute this is what I like better than anything ? Volk's Nobel-prize-winning heart." Gordon Lish (read more)

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July 12
Selected by Rebecca from Yardley, Pennsylvania
The Family Orchard (Vintage International)
The Family Orchard (Vintage International)
by Nomi Eve

Rebecca's comments:
"This book is a wonderful mixture of fact, fiction, and magic realism. What is real, and what is just imagined? You never know. And that thought keeps you turning the pages of this amazing book." (read more)

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July 13
Selected by Misa from Yokohama, Japan
Misa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century
Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century
by Stephen B. Goddard

Misa's comments:
"If you've ever spent an idle afternoon on the expressway wondering how we all got there and why there isn't a better way to get us to where we're going, Stephen Goddard has some very enlightening answers to offer. The author takes an in-depth look at the reasons for how we get around in America that go beyond our love affair with the car. Goddard draws a detailed map of the growth of our current transportation system and how the forces behind its engineering helped drive rail transportation out of business and foster an American dependency on the automobile, and all its trappings." (read more)

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July 14
Selected by Anne from Aloha, Oregon
Lady Chatterleys Lover
Lady Chatterleys Lover
by D H Lawrence

"I always labour at the same thing, to make the sex relation valid and precious, instead of shameful. And this novel is the furthest I've gone. To me it is beautiful and tender and frail as the naked self is." D. H. Lawrence (read more)

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July 15
Selected by Marilyn from Langley, USA
Marilyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan
by Jamie Zeppa

"I am almost afraid to talk about how much I loved this book. Praise Jamie Zeppa for putting language to a landscape that is beautiful beyond description. Praise her for her courage, honesty, and mindfulness in finding words for an experience that goes beyond words." Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness (read more)

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July 16
Selected by Anamika from Chevy Chase, Maryland
Anamika won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Impressionist
The Impressionist
by Hari Kunzru

"A grand, sprawling, extravagant, intensely lyrical first novel by a gifted young English writer....The prose here is lofty, often to the point of outrageousness....but Kunzru is clearly a writer of such massive talents, and his novel is so impressive in a way that few first novels are, that his maximalist tendencies are forgiven. A work so rich, vibrant, and richly imagined that you can smell the incense." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read more)

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July 17
Selected by Janet from Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors
Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors
by Wendy Holden

"Holden, the author of Bad Heir Day, delivers another sharp and witty romance featuring British manners, money, and an entertaining mix of diverse characters converging in unlikely places....Holden's wry wit will appeal to fans of Bridget Jones's Diary and other lightweight British chick books." Diana Tixier Herald, Booklist (read more)

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July 18
Selected by Carol from Vancouver, Washington
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled
Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled
by Joe Kurmaskie

Carol's comments:
"Many of us have bicycle stories, like memories of that first bike, or of the time you and your best friend crashed into each other popping wheelies while showing off. Kurmaskie's stories of biking across America and foreign lands, bring back the childhood joy of riding around the neighborhood just to ride. He reminds his readers of the freedom that comes with cycling, of the delight in making friends on the road, and of the happy anticipation that comes with wondering what is on the far side of the next hill." (read more)

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July 19
Selected by Emily from Indianapolis, Indiana
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Dear Exile: The Story of a Friendship Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean (Vintage Departures)
Dear Exile: The Story of a Friendship Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean (Vintage Departures)
by Hilary Liftin

Emily's comments:
"A true story in letters of two best friends trying to maintain their connection while separated by geography and more. I found this book shortly after moving 2,500 miles from my 4 best girlfriends. I fell in love with the book and immediately passed it along to my friends. We cried, we laughed, and we related to these women." (read more)

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July 20
Selected by Dyan from Spring Hill, Florida
Dyan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Shape of Snakes
The Shape of Snakes
by Minette Walters

"This is a bold psychological thriller that practically revels in unpleasant, unsettling themes, and yet it is almost impossible to put down....Walters succeeds where many a literary novelist has failed by grounding her complex rumination on the nature of contemporary society within the structure of a gripping crime novel." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist (read more)

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July 21
Selected by Deborah from Issaquah, Washington
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Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich
Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich
by Kevin Phillips

Deborah's comments:
"This highly readable, but sophisticated book by Kevin Phillips helped me move beyond the headlines and put today's corporate scandals into perspective. Though full of fascinating information about the concentration of wealth and extent of corruption in the US, the book's greatest asset is its insight into what it all means...and forbodes." (read more)

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July 22
Selected by Jennifer from Ottawa, Canada
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Funny Boy
Funny Boy
by Shyam Selvadurai

Jennifer's comments:
"This semi-autobiographical tale of a young boy from an eccentric extended Sri Lankan family coming to terms with his homosexuality during a time of political upheaval is both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. A reminder of just how strange and wondrous and confusing childhood can be." (read more)

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July 23
Selected by Jen from Portland, Oregon
Jen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
by Rita Golden Gelman

"This is a courageous, gentle, fascinating book, but be forewarned it's no idle armchair read. Like all of the best travel writing, Rita Golden Gelman's wanderings are likely to provoke powerful self-examination, which could easily catalyze your own wanderlust and curiosity." Alexander F. Lobrano, European correspondent, Gourmet, and author of Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Paris (read more)

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July 24
Selected by Lou from Middleburg, Florida
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Vintage Crime/Black Lizaed: Stay
Vintage Crime/Black Lizaed: Stay
by Nicola Griffith

"What makes Griffith's work especially satisfying and exciting is the way her extraordinary protagonist demolishes false human boundaries just as surely as she demolishes bad people. Aud is hugely complex and unique, and Griffith deserves a huge following." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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July 25
Selected by Jane from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Working People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (74 Edition)
Working People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (74 Edition)
by Studs Terkel

Jane's comments:
"This classic set of interviews of working people was an enormous bestseller when it was first published in the early seventies. Improbable though it sounds, it was later made into a Broadway play. Even more improbable, though, is how well it has withstood the test of time. Working remains a fascinating read, both a time capsule of the American culture at a particular point in time, and a testament to the timeless human spirit." (read more)

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July 26
Selected by Jamie from Cary, North Carolina
Jamie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Coraline
Coraline
by Neil Gaiman

"This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death. Unless you want to find yourself hiding under your bed, with your thumb in your mouth, trembling with fear and making terrible noises, I suggest that you step very slowly away from this book and go find another source of amusement, such as investigating an unsolved crime or making a small animal out of yarn." Lemony Snicket (read more)

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July 27
Selected by Hamid from St. Catharines, Canada
Hamid won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
by Naomi Klein

Hamid's comments:
"An amazing account of the effects of globalization and pop culture on people today. Klein's dissection of the corporate world and today's brand culture is an intriguing new outlook which must be taken into consideration." (read more)

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July 28
Selected by Antigone from Henderson, Nevada
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Slammerkin
Slammerkin
by Emma Donoghue

"Mary Saunders is Slammerkin's central jewel, a robust, vivid, unpredictable character, by turns sympathetic and exasperating, touching and infuriating, capable of odd tenderness and sudden violence, whose adventures we follow with a suspense that amounts at times almost to anguish as we watch her, repeatedly, act in her own worst interests. This suspense comes not entirely from wondering about Mary's ultimate fate...but from those more complex emotions that we bring to a story whose outcome we already know and dread." Margot Livesey (read more)

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July 29
Selected by Stewart from Richmond, Virginia
Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
by Jimmy Mcdonough

"McDonough's back talk...is the best thing about the book, but the rest is more than solid. Sketches of Young's parents and "quasi-criminal" associates are sharply drawn, accounts of early '70s drugs-'n'-wimmin salad days titillating, dish on David Crosby and Stephen Stills exemplary. And there's plenty enough biographical fact, wonkish guitar talk and bootleg analysis to satisfy persons of any reasonable curiosity." Brad Tyer, The Houston Chronicle (read more)

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July 30
Selected by Cathy from San Antonio, Texas
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Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer

Cathy's comments:
"Any book that kept an active ten year old boy reading for three hours nonstop has to be loaded with adventure, action, and a compelling plot. 'This book is awesome, Mom!' Artemis Fowl is for the ten and up set because of the complexity of the story." (read more)

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July 31
Selected by Karen from Vancouver, Canada
On Beauty and Being Just
On Beauty and Being Just
by Elaine Scarry

Karen't comments:
"For decades now there has been, believe it or not, a trend against beauty in many quarters. This trend has included various arguments that beauty itself somehow contributes to injustice. Why should you care? Because it has deeply and widely influenced architects and designers, among others, and therefore the environments in which we live. This little book very readably and engagingly outlines the arguments against beauty and then tackles them one by one." (read more)

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