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May 01
Selected by Christine from New Westminster, Canada
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Fall on Your Knees
Fall on Your Knees
by Ann-Marie MacDonald

"Beautiful...this big, bold, epic shocker of a novel reads as if John Irving met Joyce Carol Oates. It is history told with a thumping, complex narrative...a host of colourful characters and a great big bow to psychology....Fall On Your Knees is the work of a big talent. It's a wild ride." Chicago Tribune (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Cathie from Oshkosh, Wisconsin
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
by Daniel J. Boorstin

"A ravishing book...[with] a verve, an audacity and a grasp of every sort of knowledge that is outrageous and wonderful...I can't think of any other living writer who could have attempted, let alone accomplished it." Alistair Cooke (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Karen from San Francisco, California
Fool on the Hill
Fool on the Hill
by Matt Ruff

Karen's comments:
"Stupendously imaginative and entertaining. I picked this book up at San Francisco International Airport and read it straight through until Boston. I then proceeded to ignore family and friends until I finished it the next day." (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Carol from Napa, California
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
by Brenda Maddox

Carol's comments:
"This month marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick. Discover for yourself that this finding was made possible through the tireless efforts of a gifted, brilliant female scientist, who remained largely uncredited for her contribution, in part due to her untimely death at 37 from ovarian cancer." (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Barbara from Suffern, New York
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I'm Not Scared
I'm Not Scared


"I'm Not Scared is an exquisite parable. Ammaniti's short staccato sentences effectively describe the isolation and simplicity of rural subsistence, while long passages of direct dialogue touchingly portray the children's nave perceptions." David Issacson, Daily Telegraph (read more)


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May 06
Selected by Joe from Portland, Oregon
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Paris in the Fifties
Paris in the Fifties
by Stanley Karnow

"Strong reporting and storytelling skills combine to make this remembrance of Paris past a fine read....Even the most jaded Francophile will find much stimulation here — indeed, so will any fan of punchy prose and intelligent observation and reflection." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Jim from Astoria, New York
Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
by Robert Stone

Jim's comments:
"Although very little of this novel actually takes place in Vietnam, it is probably one of the best novels about that war ? and what it did to our country ? ever written. Funny, dark, frightening, exhilarating." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Janet from Bowling Green, Kentucky
Janet won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Desert Queen
Desert Queen
by Janet Wallach

Janet's comments:
"A very interesting read and very timely: learn more about the development of Iraq and the Englishwoman who was very instrumental in the early days of the country." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by David from Lexington, Kentucky
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Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

"Set in a future some two generations hence, Oryx and Crake can hold its own against any of the 20th century's most potent dystopias ? Brave New World, 1984, The Space Merchants ? with regard to both dramatic impact and fertility of invention, while it leaves such lesser recent contenders as Paul Theroux and Doris Lessing in the dust." Thomas M. Disch, The Washington Post (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Steven from Bloomington, Minnesota
Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

"Into the Wild is an investigation into [the] need to forsake a life of wealth and privilege in order to wander amongst the destitute....It is a fascinating story expertly researched, with Krakauer puzzling out just how McCandless came to his end. In so doing, it becomes the truth behind so many wilderness fantasies." Literary Review (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Betty from Tucson, Arizona
Betty won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Derailed
Derailed
by James Siegel

Betty's comments:
"A seemingly innocent train commute into The Big Apple turns the life of one male commuter upside down and inside out! If you like James Patterson's books, you'll love this one. The protagonist just keeps digging his hole deeper, very unintentionally and naive to the forces that put him into this treacherous situation in the first place. You won't want to put this one down it has everything!" (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Trista from Forest Grove, Oregon
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
by Antonia Fraser

"Antonia Fraser's absorbing new biography reveals how much we did not know. Fraser...has produced a book to be savored, beautifully written and thoroughly researched. Above all, she provides a well-rounded picture with sensitive and fresh insights into the life and times of this unhappy queen." Selwa Roosevelt, Washington Post Book World (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Naghma from Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Dancer
Dancer
by Colum McCann

"Only a novelist as deep, intelligent, and intuitive as Colum McCann could have written such a book. His tour de force about the Russian ballet star/international celebrity Rudolf Nureyev is so good, in fact, that it's guaranteed to send multitudes of lesser writers into fits of hand-wringing 'I Can't Do That!' despair." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Randy from Alexandria, Virginia
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

Randy's comments:
"What happens to a body that is donated to science? Is composting a viable or desirable alternative to burial or cremation? How do plastic surgeons practice the latest techniques? How do bodies tell the tale of a plane crash? All this and more is explored in this short and lively book." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Kevin from Raleigh, North Carolina
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Murphy
Murphy


"Samuel Beckett is one of the great controversial playwrights of our age....As a novelist he is just as important. His novels, like all important works of art, has the stamp of the inevitable on them: they had to be written and, though we suffer reading them, we are glad that they have been written." Anthony Burgess (read more)


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May 16
Selected by Barbara from San Francisco, California
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Small Wonder: Essays
Small Wonder: Essays
by Barbara Kingsolver

"This book of essays by Kingsolver is like a visit from a cherished old friend....Kingsolver has strong opinions, but has a gift for explaining what she thinks and how she arrived at her conclusions in a way that gives readers plenty of room to disagree comfortably....Respect for the intelligence of her audience is apparent everywhere in this outstanding collection." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Susan from San Francisco, California
Jennifer Government
Jennifer Government
by Max Barry

Susan's comments:
"Jennifer Government is great social satire. Barry has looked at the world around us and imagined an absurd, and yet completely logical, near future. The novel will make you laugh, but it will also make you think." (read more)


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May 18
Selected by Barbara from Suffern, New York
Barbara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
by Margaret Macmillan

"Without question, Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919 is the most honest and engaging history ever written about those fateful months after World War I when the maps of Europe were redrawn. Brimming with lucid analysis, elegant character sketches, and geopolitical pathos, Paris 1919 is essential reading — the perfect follow-up to Barbara Tuchman?s magisterial Guns of August." -- Douglas Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Kristen from Portland, Oregon
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Good omens
Good omens
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Kristen's comments:
"Your recent review of Lamb prompted me to put in a plea for another Douglas Adamsesque send up of the Bible. Easily my favourite funny book. And one I have to keep rebuying in paperback because people who borrow it refuse to ever give it back." (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Cory from Denver, Colorado
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Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Wanderlust: A History of Walking
by Rebecca Solnit

Cory's comments:
"This is a thoughtful and joyful history of a deceptively simple topic. The author excels at weaving together the vast history of walking and how this basic action informs a broad range of human identity." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Ashley from Chicago, Illinois
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi

Ashley's comments:
"Persepolis, maybe the best graphic novel since Maus, is a wonderful story about growing up female in Iran's theocracy. And, it provides a short history of Iran!" (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Lesley-Anne from Halifax, Canada
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester

"It is thrilling, comprehensive, literate, meticulously researched and scientifically accurate; it is one of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster." The New York Times (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Bruce from Wichita, Kansas
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Straight Man: A Novel
Straight Man: A Novel
by Richard Russo

Bruce's comments:
"I enjoyed this book to the hilt. I laughed out loud. It's about the absurdity and comedy of academic life and politics ? great characters great story line. I take that back: it's not absurd. It's real, and it's real funny." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Raymond from Los Angeles, California
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War Talk
War Talk
by Arundhati Roy

"The relentless beauty of Arundhati Roy's prose is becoming a problem. It made her 1997 novel The God of Small Things a sensation, but it has complicated the response to her essays. Roy's critics call her arguments too neat, too emotional, too pretty to be convincing, but she makes no apologies....Most essayists are content to make you think; Arundhati Roy wants you to believe." Jyoti Thottam, Village Voice (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Ronald from Wonga Park, Australia
The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher

"A lovely story, the best, really absorbing book I've read in a long time, the kind you hate to put down and especially hate to finish." The Atlanta Journal & Constitution (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Carol Ann from Brantford, Canada
Carol Ann won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson

Carol Ann's comments:
"Another clever book from noted humourist and traveler, Bill Bryson. Guaranteed to keep you in stitches!" (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Elizabeth from Philomath, Oregon
10th Grade
10th Grade
by Joseph Weisberg

"[10th Grade] is a sly, often hilarious novel featuring an absolutely credible fifteen-year-old narrator in a tale that is irresistibly readable, hugely winning, and resonates far beyond the adolescent world it portrays." Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Margaret from Westville, Illinois
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Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
by Bernard Goldberg

"Bernie Goldberg is dead on. The astonishing distrust of the news media is rooted in the daily clash of worldviews between reporters and their readers and viewers. 'Bias is the elephant in the living room,' said one critic of the news business. After Bernie Goldberg's book, it will be harder not to notice the elephant." John Leo, U.S. News & World Report (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Alan from King, United States
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What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News
What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News
by Eric Alterman

"[A] sobering reminder that TV long ago abandoned serious journalism and that watchdogs and skeptics are thin on the ground in all media ? bad news for those who believe a vibrant, informative press is one of the bedrocks of democracy." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Jessica from Georgetown, Texas
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel
by Isaac Babel

"A book that will last, that you will reread all your life and then pass on to your grandchildren. Or ask to be buried with." Michael Dirda, Washington Post (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Sue from Grover Beach, California
The Midwife's Tale
The Midwife's Tale
by Gretchen Moran Laskas

"Gretchen Laskas opens a door to a world so real it aches and thrills. I could not put down this story of complicated romance, hard wisdom, enduring loyalties, and the miracles one person can bring to another." Robert Morgan (read more)

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