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February 01
Selected by Joan from Winnipeg, Manitoba
Joan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Eva's Cousin
Eva's Cousin
by Sibylle Knauss

"Sibylle Knauss's hallucinatory novel shows how people might sleepwalk into complicity in the worst crimes of the twentieth century. It extends the scope of human understanding in a deeply disturbing way. I was hugely impressed by it." Jill Paton Walsh, author of Knowledge of Angels (read more)

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February 02
Selected by Caitlyn from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Caitlyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living
by Fritjof Capra

Caitlyn's comments:
"This book is especially great for those of us who do not have a real understanding of modern biology's philosophical implications. It is a wonderful survey of modern science and how it should be changing our worldviews." (read more)

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February 03
Selected by Alison from New Orleans, Louisiana
Alison won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Classics)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Classics)
by Ken Kesey

Alison's comments:
"One Few over the Cuckoo's Nest is a classic, worth reading again or introducing to others." (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Sue from Vancouver, Canada
Sue won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art


"[Lewis-Williams] describes the shock of descending deep underground and finding art work thirty-five thousand years old: 'Muddied and exhausted, the explorer will be gazing at the limitless terra incognita of the human mind.'" Lauren Porcaro, The New Yorker (read more)


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February 05
Selected by Rod from Oakland, California
Rod won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P Jones

Rod's comments:
"Jones makes a complete universe of 19th-century Manchester County, Virginia. It's a world where all of its inhabitants are enslaved by the very institution of slavery. Jones gives a rich humanity to these black and white slaveowners, their henchmen, and their slaves and you recognize them as whole flawed people just trying to make the best of their lives in a cruel, immoral culture." (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Josh from Newport, Rhode Island
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
by George Crile

Josh's comments:
"An extraordinary story of a wild congressman's imprint on a covert operation no one paid attention to. Simply amazing." (read more)

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February 07
Selected by Marty from Los Angeles, California
Marty won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
by Louise Rennison

Marty's comments:
"Bridget Jones for teens! Honest, funny and a page-turner." (read more)

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February 08
Selected by Liz from Silver Spring, Maryland
Liz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend
Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend


Liz's comments:
"This gorgeous star of the 1930s was limited to playing Asian femme fatales despite being a native Californian. The film censorship of the time forbade romance between Asian and white actors, limiting the talented Wong. Her private life was conflicted as well as she was judged too Western for Asian men and too Oriental for Caucasians. She was denied playing the lead in The Good Earth, with the role going to a white actress! This super biography explores her long career and struggle with finding happiness." (read more)


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February 09
Selected by Anneline from Cuernavaca, Mexico
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race....Mr. García Márquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life." William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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February 10
Selected by Bonnie from Muskegon, Michigan
An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
by James Carroll

"In this stunning memoir, the author attempts to determine how his daddy, his worshiped 'Abba,' became simply 'dad.'...a magnificent portrayal of two noble men who broke each other's hearts." Patricia Hassler, Booklist (read more)

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February 11
Selected by Mimi from Berlin, Germany
Armadillo
Armadillo
by William Boyd

"The storytelling talents that marked Mr. Boyd's earlier books are fully in evidence in this entertaining novel." The New York Times (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Vaidya from Brooklyn, New York
Vaidya won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Globalization and Its Discontents
Globalization and Its Discontents
by Joseph E Stiglitz

Vaidya's comments:
"Stiglitz reminds us throughout this book that the point of economic policies is to better peoples lives. It's toward this goal that he grades the decisions of the IMF and other global financial institutions. In his analysis, the IMF has done globalization and the world which it is meant to serve a huge disservice by ignoring the masses whose poverty and hunger continues." (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Marilyn from St. Louis, Missouri
Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)
Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)
by E B White

Marilyn's commments:
"One of the best things about becoming a parent is getting to go back and reread all the books you loved as a child. Charlotte's Web was my favorite then, and, to my surprise, it's still my favorite." (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Joe from Vancouver, Washington
Joe won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
by Todd Balf

Joe's comments:
"A fascinating and little-known prehistory to the building of the Panama Canal. A smashing adventure read that's better than fiction." (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Sandra from Chatham, Canada
Absolute Friends
Absolute Friends
by John le Carré

"Le Carré relates all this with his accustomed skill....History can decide whether le Carré is right or wrong...but no one can deny that for the world's leading spy novelist...to take on the White House with such ferocity is a political event of note." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Sam from St. Catharines, Ontario
Sam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
by Martin Amis

Sam's commments:
"A tragic and quite personal account of one of the 20th century's worst tyrants." (read more)

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February 17
Selected by Laura from Owego, New York
The Bookshop
The Bookshop
by Penelope Fitzgerald

Laura's comments:
"This book is ideal for the existentialist reader. A woman with the best intentions uses all she has in the world to open a bookshop in a small town with smaller inhabitants. She is trying to entice and educate the unwilling. Even the smallest of actions have reactions, cumulative effects and repercussions...A great book." (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Linda from Simi Valley, California
Linda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
by Lynne Cox

Linda's comments:
"This book not only gives insight into the world of competetive swimming but also Ms. Cox's unique determination in reaching her goals and her part in world-changing events." (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Tracy from San Mateo, California
Tracy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Center of Everything
The Center of Everything
by Laura Moriarty

Tracy's comments:
"This novel is narrated by a young girl growing up in Kansas. It's an easy read, but simply engrossing for any young-at-heart adult reader." (read more)

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February 20
Selected by Jo from Wasilla, Alaska
Jo won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K. Shipler

Jo's comments:
"David K. Shipler picks up where Barbara Ehrenreich left off with Nickel and Dimed." (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Mark from Billings, Montana
Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War
by Steve Yarbrough

Mark's comments:
"Steve Yarbrough's writing is so fine, his characters so well developed, and the overall effect he achieves so powerful, it's time he received the wide readership he deserves. And this is his best yet." (read more)


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February 22
Selected by Susan from Bainbridge Island, Washington
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard Phillips Feynman

"Books like this are temptations ? to give up reading and devote life to rereading....The book is a litmus paper: anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is bad crazy." Los Angeles Times Book Review (read more)

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February 23
Selected by Murray from Portland, Maine
The Magician's Assistant
The Magician's Assistant
by Ann Patchett

"[T]he kindliness of The Magician's Assistant is beguiling, and Patchett is an adroit, graceful writer who knows enough tricks to keep her story entertaining....The real appeal...lies in the small, accumulating ways in which Sabine and the Fetters family assist one another out of isolation and sorrow. By the end, they have all been somewhat transformed — yes, by the magic of love." Suzanne Berne, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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February 24
Selected by June from Nashville, Tennessee
June won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Miles from Nowhere
Miles from Nowhere
by Barbara Savage

"I'm usually not a fan of travelogues, but Barbara Savage has an honest way of writing, without fluff or fanfare or waxing poetic, that appealed to me immediately." girlbike.com (read more)

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February 25
Selected by Richard from Victoria, British Columbia
Richard won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
King Rat
King Rat
by China Mieville

Richard's comments:
"The New Weird. Is it science fiction? Is it fantasy? Is it horror? Yes, all of the above. And it's weird." (read more)

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February 26
Selected by John from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection
Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection
by John Anderson

John's comments:
"Six billion dollars in art held in a suburban Philadelphia museum; never seen by most people; no endownment to protect them; the largest collection of Cezannes in the world; incompetent trustees; infighting; lawyers sucking fees from the foundation like it was a soda ? you couldn't make up this story. But, sadly, it is true. Free the chains from these paintings now!" (read more)

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February 27
Selected by Joe from Vancouver, Washington
Joe won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Epicure's Lament
The Epicure's Lament
by Kate Christensen

"What a wonderfully monstrous voice Kate Christensen has created in Hugo Whittier, trust-fund misanthrope, chain-smoking foodie, confirmed cad. His narration is as rich and textured as his Lobster Newburg, which I can almost taste. May we all simmer in the dark with such humor and gusto." Sam Lipsyte, author of The Subject Steve (read more)


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February 28
Selected by Scott from Cookstown, Canada
Scott won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
by Bjorn Lomborg

"The Skeptical Environmentalist should be read by every environmentalist, so that the appalling errors of fact the environmental movement has made in the past are not repeated. A brilliant and powerful book." Matt Ridley, author of Genome (read more)

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February 29
Selected by Michelle from Portland, Oregon
Michelle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Prague
Prague
by Arthur Phillips

"[A] story of devastating emotional accuracy, striking intelligence, and irrepressible wit....This is one of the most sophisticated and profound novels I've read in years, a witty, humane tale of a generation stumbling in a dim glow that could be dawn or twilight." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read more)

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