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January 01
Selected by John from Albany, New York
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

"A brilliantly told tale....Michael Lewis's beautiful obsession with the idea of value has once again yielded gold." Garry Trudeau (read more)

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January 02
Selected by Daniel from Medford, Oregon
The Once and Future King
The Once and Future King
by T. H. White

"[W]oven together with literary genius, archeological authority, and a freshness which is as bright as the dawn and the memories we associate with a golden age. It is hard to say at which level White's greatness is most special." Erwin D. Canham, Christian Science Monitor (read more)

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January 03
Selected by Brian from Brooklyn, New York
Brian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $100.
How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Roller Coaster of Suspense
How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Roller Coaster of Suspense
by Carolyn Wheat

"Wheat exposes the blood, sinews, and bones of the books we love to read and want to write. It's an elegant and fascinating How-To, written with dash and verve by a master storyteller. Simply grand." Carolyn G. Hart, winner of the Anthony and Agatha Awards (read more)


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January 04
Selected by Sylvia from Atlanta, Georgie
The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell

"[A] great deal of what makes [Rendell] a major novelist is her implicit moral vision. There's a principled disgust at work in her books, a disgust that expresses itself in reserved and piercing perception rather than outrage. She may not like what she sees, but you feel she has given it her full consideration. Another reason for the pleasure of reading Rendell may be less reputable ? there's a certain relief in admitting, for a couple hundred pages or so every year, that people are often appalling." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read more)

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January 05
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
Alyssa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Lathe of Heaven
The Lathe of Heaven
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Alyssa's comments:
"This book is great science fiction on any terms, but what I loved most about it was its warm, humanist heart. And ya just gotta love a scifi book in which the aliens appear to speak out of their elbows." (read more)

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January 06
Selected by Liz from Oakland, California
Liz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
1968: The Year That Rocked the World
1968: The Year That Rocked the World
by Mark Kurlansky

"In this highly opinionated and highly readable history, Kurlansky makes a case for why 1968 has lasting relevance in the United States and around the world. Whether you agree or disagree with its points, you'll find it makes for fascinating reading." Dan Rather, CBS News (read more)

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January 07
Selected by Donna from Portland, Oregon
Donna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Jesus' Son: Stories
Jesus' Son: Stories
by Denis Johnson

Donna's comments:
"It's amazing that Denis Johnson isn't a better known author. Discovering his writing is like tripping over treasure. It's lovely." (read more)

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January 08
Selected by Richard from Jackson Heights, New York
Richard won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork
Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork
by Etty Hillesum

Richard's comments:
"A Holocaust diary different from almost any other one that I've read: A woman struggling to keep love, in its deepest human meaning, at the center of her life, while the Nazis are trying to take away everything that's meaningful about her life." (read more)

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January 09
Selected by Mary from Washington, D.C.
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Book of Bunny Suicides
The Book of Bunny Suicides
by Andy Riley

Mary's comments:
"Rabbits on the edge! What drives a bunny to self destruction — besides Glenn Close? I got this book for Christmas from a slightly warped loved one and it's hilarious." (read more)

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January 10
Selected by Michael from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Broken Vessels
Broken Vessels
by Andre Dubus

Michael's comments:
"A moving and masterful collection of essays on family, writing, love, loss, and most of all, hope." (read more)

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January 11
Selected by Tove from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tove won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Ex-Libris
Ex-Libris
by Ross King

"It's every bookworm's forbidden fantasy...an outrageously convoluted descent into the world of codebreaking, disguises, poisons, potions, cemeteries, ancient wisdom, and forbidden magic, all drawn through King's extraordinary knowledge of the 17th century....Despite the dizzying level of historical and scientific detail...King never loses the scent of high adventure or even the whiff of macabre camp....Bookworms who yearn for thrills beyond the shelves will eat this up." Christian Science Monitor (read more)

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January 12
Selected by Erin from Middletown, Maryland
Erin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
by Adeline Yen Mah

"I read for two nights, sleepless, my heart pierced by Adeline Yen Mah's account of her terrible childhood. Falling Leaves is a potent psychological drama pitting a stubborn little girl against the most merciless of adversaries and rivals: her own family. I am still haunted by Mah's memoir." Ay Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (read more)

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January 13
Selected by Sandy from Boise, Idaho
The Little Friend
The Little Friend
by Donna Tartt

"Her book is a ruthlessly precise reckoning of the world as it is ? drab, ugly, scary, inconclusive ? filtered through the bright colors and impossible demands of childhood perception. It grips you like a fairy tale, but denies you the consoling assurance that it's all just make-believe." A.O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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January 14
Selected by Kaye from Qualicum Beach, Canada
Kaye won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Mountains beyond Mountains
Mountains beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder

Kaye's comments:
"A truly fascinating man: Dr. Paul Farmer. Reading this book opens vistas on the possible behavior of human beings and warms the soul, particularly in the current environment of corporate and political greed. A wonderful book." (read more)

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January 15
Selected by William from Albany, New York
Master and Commander
Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian

William's comments:
"Master and Commander has been one of my favorite books for many years. It's nice to see the movie ? excellent, by the way ? get the book some substantial attention. But do read the book. It's marvelous." (read more)

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January 16
Selected by Sara from Manila, Philippines
Sara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine
by Sue Monk Kidd

Sara's comments:
"A powerful and compelling tale of a woman's journey. I have already recommended it to several friends." (read more)

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January 17
Selected by Krista from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Krista won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fortune's Rocks
Fortune's Rocks
by Anita Shreve

Krista's comments:
"I did not want to put this book down and actually stayed up late into the night to finish it. Engrossing storyline, likeable characters, dramatic trail. All the makings of a classic." (read more)

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January 18
Selected by Elliott from Gastonia, North Carolina
Elliott won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Idiot (01 Edition)
Idiot (01 Edition)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Elliott's comments:
"One of the most beautifully moving books, even in its flaws. Certainly the best modern representation of man attempting to live like Christ in contemporary society. It also shows the true horror involved in condemning a man to death." (read more)

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January 19
Selected by Gerry from Kansas City, Missouri
Elizabeth Costello
Elizabeth Costello
by J. M. Coetzee

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience." Ann Ellenbecker, Powells.com (read more)

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January 20
Selected by George from Spokane, Washington
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
by Jean Yves Leloup

"One welcomes this solid telling of the story and meaning of a neglected text at the root of Christian wisdom." Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing (read more)

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January 21
Selected by Robin from Pinellas Park, Florida
Robin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Before Women Had Wings (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Before Women Had Wings (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Connie May Fowler

"So how does Ms. Fowler try to make readers care about the fate of yet another innocent victim?....[S]he has placed her trust in Bird's vigorous, if not always graceful, image-making....Before Women Had Wings emerges as a vivid reminder of the ability of storytelling to restore innocence and dignity." New York Times Book Review, (read more)

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January 22
Selected by James from Sparwood, British Columbia
James won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
by Cervantes and Edith Grossman

"Grossman might be called the Glenn Gould of translators, because she, too, articulates every note. Reading her amazing mode of finding equivalents in English for Cervantes's darkening vision is an entrance into a further understanding of why this great book contains within itself all the novels that have followed in its sublime wake." Harold Bloom, from the Introduction (read more)

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January 23
Selected by Emory from New York, New York
Emory won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Atlas
The Atlas
by William T Vollmann

"Vollmann loves to go too far; and this, after all, is a book about movement...He worships 'this mystery called motion' and asks the wind to carry him away. But he feels that he's used up every place. And then he begins to understand: The center is where we are; when we travel we merely change our peripheries." M. Mark, Washington Post Book World (read more)

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January 24
Selected by Anne from Kensington, New Hampshire
Anne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Distant Music
Distant Music


Anne's comments:
"Smart and beautifully written. But beyond that, the novel is pitch-perfect in its portrayal of that most tenacious of emotions, nostalgia." (read more)


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January 25
Selected by Pete from Joliet, Illinois
Pete won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Coal: A Human History
Coal: A Human History
by Barbara Freese

Pete's comments:
"This outstanding social history of coal thoroughly and clearly discusses both the fuel's enormous impact on the development of civilization and its staggering threat to the environment." (read more)

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January 26
Selected by Nancy from New York, New York
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier

Nancy's comments:
"I am just getting around to reading this book after seeing the movie, and I am amazed at the beautiful descriptions which move the story along in such a fluid way. A pleasure to read every word." (read more)

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January 27
Selected by Charles from Indianapolis, Indiana
America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay

Charles's comments:
"Of all the books about the current administration I've read, this one was the most balanced, insightful, and authorotative ? and, therefore, the most devastating." (read more)

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January 28
Selected by Diana from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Diana won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Mirror Mirror: A Novel
Mirror Mirror: A Novel
by Gregory Maguire

"Through this forest of wry, sometimes bawdy humor, Maguire leaves a trail of profound reflections on the nature of identity, the persistence of love, the self-destruction of evil. Observing the last unicorn in the forest, the narrator laments, 'There was no place for much mystery in the world anymore,' but Maguire is busy making room for it." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read more)

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January 29
Selected by Joe from Vancouver, Washington
Joe won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Evil: An Investigation
Evil: An Investigation
by Lance Morrow

Joe's comments:
"This is a book that will make you think and that sometimes challenges your beliefs." (read more)

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January 30
Selected by Burcu from Chico, California
Burcu won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Silmarillion 2ND Edition
Silmarillion 2ND Edition
by J R R Tolkien

Burcu's comments:
"Are you a fan of the elves of Tolkien? Check out the history of elves that Tolkien himself wrote, pretty amazing!" (read more)

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January 31
Selected by Jamie from Omaha, Nebraska
Modern Library Chronicles #14: The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945
Modern Library Chronicles #14: The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945
by Paul Fussell

"Throughout Fussell writes vividly and sardonically, sounding like the spiritual twin of Kurt Vonnegut at some points and an aggrieved Julius Caesar at others, and painting extraordinary scenes at every turn....A bracing corrective...and just right for a new season of war." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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