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January 01
Selected by Nick from Salinas, California
Nick won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

"[T]he juiciest treasure trove of backstage gossip, sex and drugs since The Andy Warhol Diaries....[S]terling anecdotes that are alternately hilarious, touching, upbeat and scathing....Scandals, infighting and plenty of showbiz dirt make this a guilty-pleasure page-turner from start to finish." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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January 02
Selected by Nancy from Forest Grove, Oregon
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Master & Margarita
Master & Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov

"[F]unny and frightening....Bulgakov...was writing it, without any hope or thought of publication, in a time and place where arbitrary arrests and disappearances were a common occurrence, and yet where people managed to devise for themselves...a fable of normality. Bulgakov confronts this fable with a further fable..." Michael Wood, London Review of Books (read more)

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January 03
Selected by John from Queens, New York
The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America
The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America
by Jeffrey Rosen

John's comments:
"This excellent book by peerless Jeffrey Rosen about our rapidly dwindling right to privacy has not yet reached the wide audience it deserves. You'll be very glad you read it, even though it might leave you depressed and angry." (read more)

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January 04
Selected by Stacy from San Diego, California
I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
by Allison Pearson

"A sparkling novel about juggling marriage, kids, and job (and getting some sleep)....Nearly every female lucky enough to have both a child and a byline...has strip-mined Pearson's theme: how to squeeze babies, marriage and a high-powered job into a day that cannot be stretched beyond 24 hours. But Pearson's Kate, a brisk, sardonic, loving world beater, has made it all fresh again." Margaret Carlson, Time (read more)

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January 05
Selected by Gretchen from Warrenton, Virginia
Gretchen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Censored 2003 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Ceensored Stories)
Censored 2003 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Ceensored Stories)
by Project Censored

Gretchen's comments:
"I've given this book to people who were skeptical at first, but then were finally impressed by the scholarship of Sonoma State University's Project Censored. This book/project is needed now more than ever, given the various pressures on the media today. There is a special section on stories after September 11th, which make this collection even more valuable than in previous years. Plus, the cartoons by Tom Tomorrow give some welcome comic relief." (read more)

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January 06
Selected by Carolyn from Madison, Mississippi
Carolyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
by Daniel Philippe Mason

Carolyn's comments:
"Excellent. Great atmosphere in this book. So much to learn: music, history, geography... What a terrific first novel. I hope there are more to come from Daniel Mason." (read more)

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January 07
Selected by Randy from Los Angeles, California
A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life among the Baboons
A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life among the Baboons
by Robert M. Sapolsky

"What Jane Goodall did for chimpanzees, Birute Galdikas for orangutans, and Diane Fossey for gorillas, Sapolsky does in spades for baboons." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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January 08
Selected by Romayne from Bloomington, Indiana
Romayne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The House of the Scorpion
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

Romayne's comments:
"A rarity among young adult fantasy fiction: strong characters, satisfying literary allusions Wuthering Heights meets Frankenstein, and a terrific page-turner of a plot. Not just for kids!" (read more)

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January 09
Selected by Andy from Mountain View, California
Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy
Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy
by Andro Linklater

Andy's comments:
"A meticulously researched history of how things, most importantly land, have shaped our entire world, from how we buy our food to how we buy our electricity. Everything you ever wanted to know about measurement but didn't know where to ask." (read more)

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January 10
Selected by Louis from Brooklyn, New York
Louis won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Book of Illusions
The Book of Illusions
by Paul Auster

"Through all its dark and delightful twists and turns The Book of Illusions is suffused with warmth and illuminated by its narrator's hard-won wisdom. This artful and elegant novel may be Auster's best ever." Peter Carey, author of True History of the Kelly Gang (read more)

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January 11
Selected by Susan from Roanoke, Virginia
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
London: The Biography
London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd

"This magnificent evocation of all that London has meant down the centuries....I cannot begin to describe the richness with which Ackroyd pursues his theme....A blend of virtuosity and deep affection that is truly bewitching. Ackroyd has performed a noble public service in preserving in these pages so many centuries of marvels, and secrecies." Jan Morris (read more)

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January 12
Selected by Christine from Tucson, Arizona
Christine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Almanac of the Dead
Almanac of the Dead
by Leslie Marmon Silko

"A brilliant, haunting, and tragic novel of ruin and resistance in the Americas. In a long dialectic, tinted with genius and compelled by a just anger, Silko dramatizes the often desperate struggle of native peoples in the Americas to keep, at all costs, the core of their culture: their way of seeing, their way of believing, their way of being. If Karl Marx had chosen to make Das Kapital a novel set in the Americas, he might have come out with a book something like this." Larry McMurtry (read more)

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January 13
Selected by Michael from Nelson, British Columbia
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (Books to Build a New Society)
Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (Books to Build a New Society)
by Guy Dauncey

Michael's comments:
"This book is packed with information, resources, and solutions that can be undertaken by communities, businesses, and individuals to reduce global warming and other environmental problems. It is my source of inspiration." (read more)

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January 14
Selected by Ted from Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Ted won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield

"Steven Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain." Pat Conroy (read more)

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January 15
Selected by Hafoc from Seattle, Washington
Hafoc won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Beauty of the Husband (01 Edition)
Beauty of the Husband (01 Edition)
by Anne Carson

"In a few swiftly cut lines, her 29 tangos, Ms. Carson tells what might be seen as a pedestrian love story: a marriage, a divorce, a sad life left behind. But there is nothing pedestrian about the way her verse pierces the mind with a laserlike light." Richard Bernstein, New York Times (read more)

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January 16
Selected by Stephanie from Lindenwold, New Jersey
Stephanie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Look at Me
Look at Me
by Jennifer Egan

"Egan's insightfulness and finesse were obvious in her first novel, The Invisible Circus (1994), and she now ascends to an even higher plane in this prodigious tale of the conflict between self and image, life and spin....This is a masterfully plotted, unceasingly dramatic novel whose thrilling and provocative power lies in its hard-edged mirroring of our franchised, online, and wildly decadent world." Booklist (read more)

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January 17
Selected by Lisa from Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Consolations of Philosophy
The Consolations of Philosophy
by Alain de Botton

"The book wickedly veers between sagacity and silliness, mixing diagrams of what the utilitarians called a 'felicific calculus' with snapshots of de Botton's private objects of desire....The wry manner is essential to de Botton's undertaking, which attempts, 'a task at once profound and laughable: to become wise through philosophy.'" Peter Conrad, Guardian (London) (read more)

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January 18
Selected by Sam from Moonee Ponds, Australia
Bliss
Bliss
by Peter Carey

"Poses the biggest questions about life, death and the twilight state of existence in the weirdest way. Bliss fulminates on the toxic dangers of technology and moral compromise [and] has big, randy dreams about its hero's search for a bucolic heaven on earth." Time (read more)

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January 19
Selected by Kristine from New York, New York
Kristine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
by Pema Chodron

"As one of Pema Chödrön's grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lessons of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart." Alice Walker (read more)

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January 20
Selected by Elisa from Silver Spring, Maryland
Elisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Middle Age: A Romance
Middle Age: A Romance
by Joyce Carol Oates

Elisa's comments:
"With tenderness and a sardonic eye, Joyce Carol Oates wrote this very funny and serious story about the death of a mysterious man and its effects on the denizens of a small, affluent community. This book was a present to herself after the draining experience of writing about Marilyn Monroe in Blonde and is a present to the rest of us as well." (read more)

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January 21
Selected by Malik from St.Catharines, Canada
Malik won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Ibm and the Holocaust : the Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation (01 Edition)
Ibm and the Holocaust : the Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation (01 Edition)
by Edwin Black

Malik's comments:
"This is a shocking piece documenting the shady past of one of America's biggest corporations. A very thoroughly done piece of work, and well written." (read more)

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January 22
Selected by Robyn from Ashland, Oregon
Robyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Third Policeman (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series)
The Third Policeman (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series)
by Flann Obrien

Robyn's comments:
"I read this book with my reluctant eleventh graders. Some of them said it was the first book they actually could not put down, and it is my personal absolute favorite." (read more)

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January 23
Selected by Michelle from Tampa, FLorida
Michelle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
by Francine Du Plessix Gray

Michelle's comments:
"This book is wonderful. It speaks mostly of the women in de Sade's life. Those that inspired him and stood by him through hard times. It's a good way to get to know de Sade in other ways...aside from his writting." (read more)


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January 24
Selected by Jenna from Springboro, Ohio
Dating Big Bird
Dating Big Bird
by Laura Zigman

Jenna's comments:
"This great book is about coming to terms with wanting to continue a career or stop and have a baby. The problem is, the main character and her best friend have boyfriends that are drifters and want nothing to do with this baby stuff. The book explores how these two friends' choices, or lack of them, change the course of their careers." (read more)

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January 25
Selected by Anne from Aloha, Oregon
Anne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
by Howard Zinn

Anne's comments:
"As a Masters candidate in US History, I have had to read a lot of books on the subject, and this is by far the best. Anyone who wants to further understand what America is all about should read this book." (read more)

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January 26
Selected by Cole from Glasgow, Scotland
Cole won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Manhattan Transfer
Manhattan Transfer
by John Dos Passos

"A novel of the very first importance; a book which the idle reader can devour yet which the literary analyst must take as possibly inaugurating, at long last, the vast and blazing dawn we have awaited. It may be the foundation of a whole new school of novel-writing." Sinclair Lewis (read more)

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January 27
Selected by Jenn from Portland, Oregon
Jenn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Jenn's comments:
"What a fantastic book! A fun and informative read. By the end you'll be wanting to hear more about Masson's five cats!" (read more)

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January 28
Selected by Renee from Charlottesville, Virginia
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Sijie Dai

"Few if any books that are mailed to me strike me as worth recommending. I recommend this book highly. I myself was also secretly introduced to Western cutlure through literature during the Cultural Revolution when I first read a hand copied Chinese translation of 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte. Dai Sijie does an excellent job showing this experience. Anyone who wants to understand how Western art and literature influences the Chinese mindset should read this book." Anchee Min, author of Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao (read more)

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January 29
Selected by Jean from Milwaukie, Oregon
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Bringing the Heat
Bringing the Heat
by Mark Bowden

Jean's comments:
"Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden uses a similiar style in an earlier work on the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, which exposes a different kind of war in the same engrossing manner." (read more)

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January 30
Selected by Sandra from Portland, Oregon
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Thinks...
Thinks...
by David Lodge

Sandra's comments:
"British writing at its best. David Lodge deserves to be more widly known in this country. His novels are funny, thoughtful, and well-written all at the same time. Delicious!" (read more)

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January 31
Selected by Kimberly from Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Catherine the Great: Life and Legend
Catherine the Great: Life and Legend
by John T Alexander

Kimberly's comments:
"This book is a very naughty historical read. He stretches the facts of historical context to fit his own psychological interpretation but it certainly makes for some interesting theory." (read more)

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