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July 01
Selected by Larry from Saint Louis, Missouri
Larry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
by Fareed Zakaria

Larry's comment:
"A great book that explores the dangers in democratization not built on a strong position of law and rights." (read more)

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July 02
Selected by Lindsey from Prosper, Texas
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (Harvest Book)
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (Harvest Book)


Lindsey's comments:
"This is an amazing book about a man's path to redemption, and I highly recommend it!" (read more)


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July 03
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
by Christopher Phillips

"Like a Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree, Phillips has gallivanted black and forth across America, to cafe's and coffee shops, senior centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, libraries, day-care centers, elementary and high schools, and churches, forming lasting communities of inquiry" Utne Reader (read more)

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July 04
Selected by Nicole from Seneca, South Carolina
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Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
by Patrick McGrath

Nicole's comments:
"A lush, haunting historical novel set during the time of the American Revolution...a must read, modern classic in my opinion!" (read more)

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July 05
Selected by Mariko from Kremmling, Colorado
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (99 Edition)
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (99 Edition)
by Janisse Ray

"Suffused with the same history-haunted sense of loss that imprints so much of the South and its literature. What sets Ecology of a Cracker Childhood apart is the ambitious and arresting mission implied in its title....Heartfelt and refreshing." The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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July 06
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
Creature Tech
Creature Tech
by Doug TenNapel

Michael's comments:
"Are we in the midst of a golden age of comics? I get that distinct feeling after reading books like Blankets, Y: The Last Man and my recommendation today, Creature Tech. This graphic novel is funny, thought provoking, and surprisingly touching while at the same time action packed and thoroughly enjoyable: the perfect summer read. I could recommend it on the artwork alone amazing what can be done with black and white, but I can't diminish the story at all. If you are a fan of good vs. evil, monsters, sci-fi or just a good fun story, pick up this book." (read more)

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July 07
Selected by Lisa from Los Angeles, California
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry
by Kenneth Koch

"I wish every grade school teacher would run out and read Kenneth Koch's Wishes, Lies, and Dreams. If many of them took Koch's advice seriously we would have at the very least a poetry revolution, not to mention the possibility that a lot of kids would start having a good time in school." Allen Wiggins, Cleveland Plain Dealer (read more)

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July 08
Selected by Jean from Boston, Massachusetts
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

"One of the greatest love stories in world literature." Vladimir Nabokov (read more)

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July 09
Selected by Dave from Lexington Park, Maryland
Dave won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Colossus: The Price of America's Empire
Colossus: The Price of America's Empire
by Niall Ferguson

"There is much to admire in Colossus: reasoned historical analysis (showing more knowledge of obscure bits of U.S. imperial history than most Americans possess), firm command of economic statistics, pleasing literary cadences.....Ferguson's central point is important and indisputable ? that the United States resembles a global empire far more than most Americans, still living in L. Frank Baum's prelapsarian Kansas, take the time to understand." Ted Widmer, Salon.com (read more)

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July 10
Selected by Kay from Brighton, UK
Kay won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Careful!
Careful!
by Richard Madelin

"The name of the book is Careful!, but the risks it takes are not. In a phenomenal literary performance, Madelin creates and sustains a difficult narrative voice with the virtuoso control of a tightrope walker." Andrew Lewis Conn, Author, P: A Novel (read more)

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July 11
Selected by Doug from Riceville, Tennessee
Doug won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
by Brian Greene

Doug's comments:
"Einstein, quantum physics, superstring theory explained in a way that a layman can understand without seeming condescending." (read more)

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July 12
Selected by Daphne from Geneva, New York
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
by Dawn Prince Hughes

"An excellent addition to any library's collection about autism, this will also resonate with all who understand the human-animal connection." Booklist (read more)

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July 13
Selected by Miko from Fort Myers, Florida
Miko won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut

Miko's comments:
"Wickedly funny, outrageously adventurous, great for a quick summer read." (read more)

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July 14
Selected by Bethanie from St. Louis, Missouri
Degunking Windows
Degunking Windows
by Joli Ballew

"I once wrote a four-part series in InfoWorld about correcting what I called 'Windows arthritis.' This is the lethargy that seems to overtake the operating system as little as six months after it's installed.... Now Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann have compiled an entire book on the subject, and it's a good one." Brian's Buzz (read more)

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July 15
Selected by Cathy from Tucson, Arizona
Cathy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Due Preparations for the Plague
Due Preparations for the Plague
by Janette Tu Hospital

Cathy's comments:
"A timely and very scary look at the war on terrorism " (read more)

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July 16
Selected by Mary from Warsaw, New York
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After Long Silence
After Long Silence
by Helen Fremont

Mary's comments:
"Helen writes of finding out her family history as an adult. She was raised in the USA as a Roman Catholic, only to discover as an adult that she was Jewish and her family had mostly been killed during the holocaust. The family secrets shaped her growing up years. This memoir explores the family secrets, and Helen's and her sister's attempts to discover the truth of their family history." (read more)

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July 17
Selected by Carol from New Castle, Pennsylvania
Floating in My Mother's Palm (90 Edition)
Floating in My Mother's Palm (90 Edition)
by Ursula Hegi

Carol's comments:
"Oprah picked a Hegi novel early on in the life of her book club. But this book, written before Stones from the River, but set in the decade after, is even better. It's joined my list of all-time favorites." (read more)

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July 18
Selected by Susan from Roanoke, Virginia
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Them: Adventures with Extremists
Them: Adventures with Extremists
by Jon Ronson

"Jon Ronson is himself an extremist ? extremely funny, likable, and smart. He doesn't believe his subjects' loopy dogma, but his empathy has the curious effect that you come away cheered by the human capacity to like other people." Sarah Vowell, author of Take the Cannoli (read more)

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July 19
Selected by Don from Centralia, Washington
Don won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Train
Train
by Pete Dexter

Dexter's language is electric. I recommended this page-turning noir about a black caddy and his enigmatic benefactor to two coworkers; both were so impressed that they began stocking up on Dexter's earlier fiction before even reaching the last page. As bracing as a frozen lake, yet just as dark and dangerous, Train is an unforgettable novel. Georgie Lewis, Powells.com (read more)

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July 20
Selected by Nancy from Amherst, New Hampshire
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon
by Robert Whitaker

Nancy's comments:
"This is much more than the tale of the mapmaker's wife, although her story is riveting. She left her home in a silk dress on a sedan chair to join the husband from whom she had been separated for two decades. She emerged from the wilds of the Amazon after everyone else in the expedition had abandoned her or perished. This is also the story of a French scientific expedition to South America to determine whether Descartes or Newton was correct about the shape of the Earth. True men of the Enlightenment, they endured amazing hardships, political intrigue, and personal losses in the service of science. History, science, biography, and adventure all rolled into one." (read more)

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July 21
Selected by Liz from Los Angeles, California
Liz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lucky Girls: Stories
Lucky Girls: Stories
by Nell Freudenberger

Liz's comments:
"Each of the four stories in this book is a beautiful character study of a young woman traversing the transition to adulthood. All of the stories except one are set in Southeast Asia." (read more)

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July 22
Selected by Arnold from Tallahassee, Florida
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
by James McBride

"Told with humor and clear-eyed grace...a terrific story...The sheer strength of spirit, pain and humor of McBride and his mother as they wrestled with different aspects of race and identity is vividly told...I laughed and thrilled to her brood of twelve kids." The Nation (read more)

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July 23
Selected by Britt from Glastonbury, Connecticut
Britt won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
by Daniel Wallace

"An audacious, highly original debut....[A] vigorous updating of the purely American genre of the tall tale ? as well as an imaginative, and moving, record of a son's love for a charming, unknowable father." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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July 24
Selected by Julie from Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
by Alexandra Fuller

"As casually unadorned as rawhide, and just about as tough...The extremely personal and unguarded understatement of this memoir is far more powerful than any sociopolitical analysis or apologist interpretation could hope to be." The Boston Globe (read more)

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July 25
Selected by Ricki from St. Peters, Missouri
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Wonder When You'll Miss Me
Wonder When You'll Miss Me
by Amanda Davis

"This book is a circus Pygmalion ? a spectacular tale of injury, heartbreak, and metamorphosis. Our young heroine ? our fair lady ? exists in a strange chrysalis of her own invention, until she is ready to wake from her dreams and her nightmares. Amanda Davis's prose is gorgeous and lucid, and the pace of her story-telling is one of ever-increasing emotional velocity, causing the reader to fall in love with her characters, and with her book." Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man (read more)

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July 26
Selected by Sonda from St. Augustine, Florida
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by Jon Krakauer

"As Krakauer points out, the problem with a religion founded on the idea that its leaders get their marching orders straight from the Almighty is that members who quarrel with how things are being run have a tendency to start receiving their own contradictory commandments....The guys to fear aren't just the ones who believe in a god, but the ones who think they're entitled to act like one." Laura Miller, Salon.com (read more)

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July 27
Selected by Sheree from Eagle Point, Oregon
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Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger

"I'm urging this book on you because it is written in prose tart and crisp as a Minnesota Autumn. 'Peace Like a River' is seductive and chatty and deliciously American and there are passages so wondrous and wise you'll want to claw yourself with pleasure." Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis (read more)

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July 28
Selected by Maya from Dublin, California
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Over the Edge of the World Magellans Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Over the Edge of the World Magellans Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
by Laurence Bergreen

Maya's comments:
"A daring account of Francis Magellan's navigation around the world. Peppered with candid, firstperson accounts, this is a dramatic narrative of his amazing adventures." (read more)

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July 29
Selected by Tom from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish
Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish
by Richard Flanagan

"Remarkable...A serene, chilling vision of human life as comparable to the life of fish, 'swimming in vast coldness, alone.'" The New Yorker (read more)

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July 30
Selected by Shauna from Portland, Oregon
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

Shauna's comments:
"Never have I read a book and found that a hero or heroine could be a cadaver. It is amazing to know what someone's generosity of donating themselves to science can do for other people. It changed my perspective on being a donor." (read more)

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July 31
Selected by Kevin from San Francisco, California
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Fifth Sacred Thing (93 Edition)
Fifth Sacred Thing (93 Edition)
by Starhawk

Kevin's comments:
"A powerful and gripping read about the struggles of a society which strives to honor the four sacred things in life air, water, earth and fire, and striving to achieve the fifth sacred thing, spirit or love, and a society that seeks to overrun them with violence and force. Great read!" (read more)

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