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April 01
Selected by Mandy from Louisville, Kentucky
Porno
Porno
by Irvine Welsh

"It's easy to see why some readers ? the ones not green enough to thrill to the notion of a profanity-choked novel about junkies ? might be inclined to write off the fiction of Irvine Welsh on reputation alone. That would be a mistake, because Welsh writes some of the nimblest comedies around....In its middle register, Porno is an expertly executed ensemble farce....Basically, much of Porno is Seinfeld in Scotland and on hard drugs ? and often it's just as funny....It's amusing to see Sick Boy's coke-fueled delusions of grandeur run aground on his own selfishness, but it's the tragedy of Spud that sticks with you. It's also what makes Welsh more than a bitter satirist ? and certainly more than just another bad boy made good." Laura Miller, Salon.com (read more)

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April 02
Selected by Mona from New Hartford, New York
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Appetite
Appetite


Mona's comments:
"Nigel Slater has such an uncomplicated approach to food. It is very refreshing. And his writing is both eductaional an funny. He is a real gift to anyone interested in food." (read more)


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April 03
Selected by Laura from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Hazards of Good Breeding
The Hazards of Good Breeding
by Jessica Shattuck

"An excellent novel....The author avoids contrivance in presenting sensitive issues experienced by totally credible, thoughtful people and comes up with a new understanding of American life every bit as affecting as Richard Yates's magnificent Revolutionary Road." Ann Beattie (read more)

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April 04
Selected by Vicki from Chicago, Illinois
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Dispatches
Dispatches
by Michael Herr

"What a passionate, compassionate, brilliant book this is. With uncanny precision it summons up the very essence of that war ? its space diction, its surreal psychology, its bitter humor ? the dope, the Dexedrine, the body bags, the rot, all of it....I believe it may be the best personal journal about war, any war, that any writer has ever accomplished." Robert Stone, Chicago Tribune (read more)

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April 05
Selected by Stacy from San Diego, California
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
by Dan Brown

"Sometime in the next few weeks, someone you know is going to tell you they've read this fantastic new thriller called The Da Vinci Code, and before you can stop them they will have launched into a breathless description of the plot....When that happens, you should cut them off quickly — and then dash right out to the bookstore and buy it." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read more)

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April 06
Selected by Maura from Roxbury, Connecticut
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Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's and Mine
Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's and Mine
by Noelle Howey

Maura's comments:
"Very touching and funny. A remarkable look into the very private lives of the writer and her family. Important for anyone who wants to understand more about these very special people and about people in general. Valuable at a time like this when we all could learn to be more accepting of those who are different than us, in all sorts of wonderful ways." (read more)

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April 07
Selected by Anne from Thousand Oaks, California
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Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends
by Maeve Binchy

"There is nothing fancy about [this novel]. There is no torrid sex, no profound philosophy. There are no stunning metaphors. There is just a wonderfully absorbing story about people worth caring about. And that is a rare pleasure." Susan Isaacs, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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April 08
Selected by Randall from Eugene, Oregon
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Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm
Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm
by Dilip Hiro

"A scrupulous and discerning vest-pocket contemporary history of Iraq from a writer with a well-earned reputation for evenhandedness....Under Hiro's steady and searching light, no political interest emerges from Iraq's recent history without blood on its hands or egg on its face, while, it seems, interest in the Iraqi people has fallen off the radar." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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April 09
Selected by Alan from West Bend, Wisconsin
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Alan's comments:
"I first read Forever War in the mid-seventies. Ever since, during every conflict, every new war-to-end-all-wars, I am reminded of its endless war against unknowable enemies. And I think of the tendency for one war to breed the next." (read more)


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April 10
Selected by Liz from Chevy Chase, Maryland
Liz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Costume Designer
Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood's Celebrated Costume Designer


"Sometimes gossipy, at other times straightforward, this biography of movie costume designer Edith Head is best for its sympathetic portrait of an insecure talent trying hard to survive in a den of thieves ? Hollywood." Booklist (read more)


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April 11
Selected by Andrea from Nashville, Indiana
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Disturbance of the Inner Ear
Disturbance of the Inner Ear


"[S]trange and intermittently lovely....The novel is breathless, opaque and hard to track; it is also singular and sometimes haunting." Jennifer Marie Reese, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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April 12
Selected by Boris from Closter, New Jersey
Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier
Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier
by Matthew Brzezinski

Boris's comments:
"Brzezinski served as a Wall Street Journal stringer in Russia during the country's turbulent years in the early 1990s. He truly captures the spirit of those times: the rampant greed, social decay, and disparity between rich and poor. Excellent observations and journalistic writing is punctuated by very lively and often hilarious prose. If you are in any way interested in contemporary Russia, this is the book you must read first." (read more)

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April 13
Selected by Nick from Salinas, California
Nick won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
by J R R Tolkien

Nick's comments:
"The much-overshadowed and oft-forgotten precursor to The Lord Of The Rings, this tale of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his long adventure (and, of course, one cannot forget the ring) is where it all begins. As a meet-n-greet of characters, The Hobbit lays an excellent foundation for enjoying the sequel via either screen or written word...or as I prefer it, both!" (read more)

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April 14
Selected by Sondra from Chicago, Illinois
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
by Valerie Boyd

Sondra's comments:
"Zora Neale Hurston is my favorite author, so I was excited to get my hands on this book. And I was not disappointed. It's almost as good as Hurston's own books, and made me love her even more." (read more)

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April 15
Selected by Craig from North Riverside, Illinois
Craig won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Crow Lake
Crow Lake
by Mary Lawson

"Lawson delivers a potent combination of powerful character writing and gorgeous description of the land. Her sense of pace and timing is impeccable throughout....This is a vibrant, resonant novel by a talented writer whose lyrical, evocative writing invites comparisons to Rick Bass and Richard Ford." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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April 16
Selected by Jennifer from St. Louis, Missouri
The Company of Strangers
The Company of Strangers
by Robert Wilson

"Wilson writes a gripping espionage thriller that will keep readers guessing from beginning to end....Wilson's latest has all the right ingredients ? danger, death, violence, sex, patriotism, and war ? plus intriguingly complex characters and a keep-'em-guessing plot that starts slowly but quickly picks up speed. Fans of Wilson's highly regarded Small Death in Lisbon will find much to admire here." Emily Melton, Booklist (read more)

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April 17
Selected by Sandra from Christiansted, US Virgin Islands
Sandra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami

Sandra's comments:
"If Kafka had been raised in Japan, he might have written a novel like this. This book has one of the most surreal plotlines I've ever read, yet it contains an undeniably realistic emotional core." (read more)

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April 18
Selected by Holly from Brockway, Pennsylvania
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Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead
Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead
by Christine Wicker

"[Wicker] arrived as a skeptic and left still somewhat doubtful but with a surprisingly open mind. Whether or not one accepts the existence of the supernatural, the resulting book is a very good read. Residents are often portrayed with humor but are never condescended to or ridiculed." Library Journal (read more)

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April 19
Selected by Lisa from Brooklyn, New York
My Year of Meats
My Year of Meats
by Ruth L. Ozeki

Lisa's comments:
"Wow! Reading that Ruth has a new book reminded me of how good her first novel was! This is one of my most often recommended/passed around books." (read more)

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April 20
Selected by Matt from Portland, Oregon
Tomorrow Now Envisioning the Next Fifty
Tomorrow Now Envisioning the Next Fifty
by Bruce Sterling

Matt's comments: "Understanding the future makes you more nimble in your ability to plan ahead and act. Because knowledge is power, there is really no such thing as having too much information. This book is a peek into a keyhole in the door that separates the known from the unknown." (read more)

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April 21
Selected by Al from Del Mar, California
Al won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates

Al's comments:
"This is a classic and a must read from a little known author. He gives an honest spin on the American dream and what life has amounted to for us suburbanites." (read more)

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April 22
Selected by Deborah from Issaquah, Washington
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The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
by Barry Glassner

Deborah's comments:
"At a time when Americans are bombarded with round-the-clock news about possible terror attacks, new potential enemies, and exotic diseases, this is required reading. Americans need to know how to distinguish between legitimate concern and paranoia, real threats and media manipulation. Glassner does an admirable job of sorting through the confusion." (read more)

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April 23
Selected by Carol from Northville, Michigan
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Children of God
Children of God
by Mary Doria Russell

"Firmly grounded in science, yet informed and illuminated by an inherent spirituality, this sequel to Russell's highly praised The Sparrow examines the problem of faith under fire with insight and clarity. Powerful prose and memorable characters." Library Journal (read more)

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April 24
Selected by Shelley from Des Moines, Iowa
On Writing
On Writing
by Stephen King

"The best book on writing. Ever." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (read more)

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April 25
Selected by Renee from Lynden, Washington
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Being Dead
Being Dead
by Jim Crace

Renee's comments:
"Crace is a rare writer. He brings Joseph and Celice to life in their deaths. Something only an extraordinary writer would even try, much less succeed at." (read more)

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April 26
Selected by Mona from New Hartford, New York
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food
by Nigella Lawson

"Who is Nigella Lawson, and where has she been all my life? The last book I read that made me want to hug the author was Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris, a collection of essays for bookish people. But Lawson's How to Eat is even better, because it's for people who love to cook, eat, and read about doing both." Irene Sax, Epicurious (read more)

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April 27
Selected by Joan from Winnipeg, Manitoba
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A Patchwork Planet
A Patchwork Planet
by Anne Tyler

"If we believe that serious novels are about the search for a true home, then 'A Patchwork Planet' is a novel that repays our always delighted attention." Carol Shields, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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April 28
Selected by Pablo from Portland, Oregon
Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do
Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do
by Studs Terkel

"I cannot find words to express sufficiently my admiration for Studs Terkel's Working. This is a powerful, original, indescribable, and incredible book. Over a hundred identifiable people have created it by word of mouth, and only an interviewer of genius, exploiting the tape recorder as hardly anyone else has done, could possibly have brought it forth....One cannot put down this book without wanting to take a long hard look at one's own life and daily work." Lewis Mumford (read more)

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April 29
Selected by Jonathan from Anchorage, Alaska
Our Fathers
Our Fathers
by Andrew O'hagan

"In this Booker Prize-nominated first novel, Andrew O'Hagan proves himself an original prose stylist, a lord of the language worthy of a place alongside his cantankerous and talented Scottish contemporaries: James Kelman, Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh." Wall Street Journal (read more)

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April 30
Selected by Donna from Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

"Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Azar Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped. The ayatollahs don't know it, but Nafisi is one of the heroes of the Islamic Republic." Geraldine Brooks, author of Nine Parts of Desire (read more)

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