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June 01
Selected by Mona from New Hartford, New York
Mona won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
by Steve Almond

"I got a real sugar rush and a cluster headache reading this bittersweet book by Steve Almond-joy, the sugar daddy himself. I won't sugar coat it ? this book is one sweet treat." Amy Sedaris (read more)

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June 02
Selected by Lauren from Vancouver, Washington
Lauren won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Grass Harp: Including a Tree of Night and Other Stories
The Grass Harp: Including a Tree of Night and Other Stories
by Truman Capote

Lauren's comments:
"Capote is an amazing author. I would highly recommend reading this book. The language is beautiful and the story is absolutely wonderful. It is a book that you will want to read several times throughout your life." (read more)

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June 03
Selected by Katrina from Galesburg, Illinois
Katrina won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux

"A genius of the witty insult...Theroux regales us with the humor of ill humor, maintaining a tricky balance of crankiness, curiosity and charm." New York Times Book Review (read more)

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June 04
Selected by Nephele from Sherman Oaks, California
Nephele won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Of Love and Shadows
Of Love and Shadows
by Isabel Allende

Nephele's comments:
"An upper-class journalist and a photographer with Marxist ties discover a horrible crime while attempting to live under the yoke of a military dictatorship. This book is as engrossing and thought-provoking as any of Allende's more well-known works." (read more)

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June 05
Selected by Kathy from Santa Cruz, California
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson

Kathy's comments:
"It's summer season and time to get outside. Beware, however, for dangers lurk! That is, if you are Bill Bryson. This book is hilarious and a fun read to kick off the summer beach or sunny corner reading season." (read more)

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June 06
Selected by Alex from Poultney, Vermont
Alex won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Sometimes a Great Notion
Sometimes a Great Notion
by Ken Kesey

"[Kesey is] an exuberant storyteller....The words flow...in a slangy, spermy, belt-of-bourbon surge, intimate and muscular." Esquire (read more)

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June 07
Selected by Joyce from Washington, DC
Joyce won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams
Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams
by Alfred Lubrano

Joyce's comments:
"For anybody born to the working class and now in the college educated white-collar world, this book is like therapy." (read more)

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June 08
Selected by Mindy from Las Vegas, Nevada
Mindy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris

Mindy's comments:
"Bought this book yesterday, started reading, and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Sedaris is in classic form as he gently pokes fun at his family with quirky humor. This could be his best book ever. Brilliant!" (read more)

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June 09
Selected by Susan from Roanoke, Virginia
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fourteen: Growing Up Alone in a Crowd
Fourteen: Growing Up Alone in a Crowd
by Stephen Zanichkowsky

"Incorporating voices of various brothers and sisters, [Zanichkowsky's] journey is meditative and absorbing, as he confronts the deepest fear of every child: what if Mom and Dad do not or cannot really love me...? He is effective at balancing the unhappy narrative with insights into the family's functioning as a whole, and his contested place in it." Greg Gestner, Ruminator Review (read more)

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June 10
Selected by Wendy from Arlington, Virginia
Wendy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Kings of Infinite Space: A Novel
Kings of Infinite Space: A Novel
by James Hynes

"[A]n immensely witty writer....[A] thoroughly entertaining novel....[A] fast, funny ride through pretty peculiar territory....Its parallels to The Time Machine are obvious and deliberate, and Hynes pursues them with Wellsian glee." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World (read more)


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June 11
Selected by Beth from Sewell, New Jersey
Beth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Kid Stays in the Picture
The Kid Stays in the Picture
by Robert Evans

Beth's comments:
"The autobiography of film producer Robert Evans. Fascinating story for those interested in Hollywood lore. Very entertaining ! Evans describes his ups and downs in Hollywood as a producer with lots of name dropping on the way." (read more)

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June 12
Selected by Sarah from Brooklyn, New York
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Super Flat Times: Stories
Super Flat Times: Stories
by Matthew Derby

Sarah's comments:
Super Flat Times is a disquieting book, an over-familiar dystopia drawn with gruesome sensual exactness. It's the kind of read that makes you feel dirty just for being born human. It is also very very good. Derby bends the language to his will, with skin-crawling results. (read more)

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June 13
Selected by John from Seattle, Washington
All the Beautiful Sinners
All the Beautiful Sinners
by Stephen Graham Jones

"Jones'?s first novel roars into the literary landscape like a 1970s muscle car hell-bent on nothing less than genius....A hallucinatory, beguiling ride through a world both painfully real and utterly hypnotic." The Houston Chronicle (read more)


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June 14
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Los Angeles
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Madame Bovary: Provincial Lives (Penguin Classics)
Madame Bovary: Provincial Lives (Penguin Classics)
by Gustave Flaubert

"What is remarkable in Madame Bovary is that its mediocre beings, with their earthbound ambitions and pedestrian problems, impress us, by virtue of the structure and the writing that create them, as beings who are out of the ordinary within their ordinary manner of being." Mario Vargas Llosa, in The Perpetual Orgy (read more)

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June 15
Selected by Rachel from Boston, Massachusetts
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

"I cannot think of a book by a non-physician that is more understanding of the difficulties of caring for people...or of the conditions under which today's medicine is practiced." Sherwin B. Nuland, The New Republic (read more)

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June 16
Selected by Ali from Alexandria, Virginia
Ali won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Kate Vaiden
Kate Vaiden
by Reynolds Price

Ali's comments:
"The language Price uses, and the way he uses it, is incredible. The letters he writes from one character to another are full of feeling and beauty, and worthy of saving." (read more)

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June 17
Selected by Edmund from Oquossoc, Maine
Schott's Original Miscellany
Schott's Original Miscellany
by Ben Schott

"The best ever collection of essential trivia. Everybody should get one for Christmas. Bless you for Schott's Original Miscellany!" Stephen Fry, author of The Liar and Revenge (read more)

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June 18
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Killer Inside Me (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
The Killer Inside Me (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Jim Thompson

Kris's comments:
"Written in 1952, this creepy/campy melodrama, reprinted by Vintage Black Lizard Press, has aged...wonderfully! A first person account of the inner workings (such as they are!) of the mind of a serial killer, this story evokes both anxiety and hilarity from the reader. It's a real keeper, if you enjoy transgenre oddities, as I most certainly do!" (read more)

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June 19
Selected by John from Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
by Loung Ung

John's comments:
"A remarkable story from a survivor of Pol Pot's killing fields who is now a national spokesperson for the elimination of landmines." (read more)

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June 20
Selected by Jason from San Francisco, California
Jason won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Idiot (Vintage Classics)
The Idiot (Vintage Classics)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Jason's comments:
"The story of a man who has the unfortunate fate to have been afflicted with epilepsy. Regardless of the malicious and misguided treatment he receives from the society in which he habitates, the protagonist finds the will and resolve not to be thought of as simply the idiot but to win the affection of his peers and, ultimately, the object of his amourous passions. This is a wonderful and charming tale of resolve in the face of harsh and cruel injustice as effected by ignorance and willful stupidity." (read more)

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June 21
Selected by Martin from Bethesda, Maryland
Stranger than Fiction: True Stories
Stranger than Fiction: True Stories
by Chuck Palahniuk

"Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales about the creeping peril represented by almost everything." Time (read more)

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June 22
Selected by Jane from San Francisco, California
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
by Thi Diem Thuy Le

"An unerring eye for the seemingly mundane details of everyday life guides [L's] story, and a sly sense of humor graces an imagination busily occupied with the possibilities of metaphor." Paul Baumann, New York Times (read more)

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June 23
Selected by Marcie from Munich, Germany
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
by Ann Patchett

Marcie's comments:
"One of the best books about friendship I've ever read." (read more)

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June 24
Selected by Geoff from Germantown, Maryland
Geoff won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Watership Down
Watership Down
by Richard Adams

"Here is the Odyssey and Iliad of rabbits, for people of all ages ? a splendidly written adventure story." Charles McGrath, The New York Times Book of the Century (read more)

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June 25
Selected by Susan from Roanoke, Virginia
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
by Julie Gregory

"This story of unfathomable child abuse is told with remarkable wit, compassion, and courage. It's a work of beauty from a beast of a childhood." Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors (read more)

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June 26
Selected by Jereme from Santa Cruz, California
Persuader: A Jack Reacher Novel
Persuader: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child

If you don't read Reacher, you don't know Jack. So, dive headfirst into this taut and brutal tale of hero Jack Reacher ? a lone drifter, a trained killer, a man of justice ? as he rights wrongs and defends the helpless. It's author Lee Child's best action/thriller to date, and maybe the best page-turner of 2003 (finally in paperback). Don't miss it. Mike, Powells.com (read more)

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June 27
Selected by Edmund from Oquossoc, Maine
Edmund won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Great Feuds in History: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever
Great Feuds in History: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever
by Colin Evans

"Evans captures all the drama and controversy in these streamlined accounts brimming with invigorated, well-paced prose." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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June 28
Selected by Avinash from San Francisco, California
Avinash won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Translator
The Translator
by John Crowley

"Thrilling....[Crowley] succeeds with what no prudent novel ought to attempt." The New York Times (read more)

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June 29
Selected by Chris from Kenmore, New York
Chris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Story of My Father: A Memoir
The Story of My Father: A Memoir
by Sue Miller

Chris's comments:
"Sue Miller, the novelist, has written a poignant, deeply felt and instructive account of her father's decline and death due to Alzheimer's disease." (read more)

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June 30
Selected by Liana from Citrus Heights, California
Liana won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Clockwork Orange
Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

Liana's comments:
"I read this book as quickly as I could because I was just enthralled with it! Though it may be cliche, this book is even better than the well known movie adaptation. The brilliance of Burgess is in the invented slang he uses, which takes a little while to decipher but which makes the story all the richer. I highly recommend this short novel." (read more)

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