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February 01
Selected by Max from St. Louis, Missouri
Walden (Concord Library)
Walden (Concord Library)
by Henry David Thoreau

Max's comments:
"After reading your recent interview with Jared Diamond, I pulled my old copy of Walden off the shelf and reread it. Enjoyed it far more than I did when I read it in my twenties." (read more)

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February 02
Selected by Lucas from Birmingham, Alabama
Lucas won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Counterlife
The Counterlife
by Philip Roth

Lucas's comments:
"This book is about the choices we make and the repercussions of those choices. A great read." (read more)

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February 03
Selected by Debra from North Haven, Connecticut
Debra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere
My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere
by Susan Orlean

Debra's comments:
"Orlean writes about her subjects in plain prose, and through the accumulation of ostensibly mundane details she brings her chosen slice of society alive for readers." (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Danielle from Seattle, Washington
Danielle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (02 Edition)
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (02 Edition)
by Jon Mcgregor

Danielle's comments:
"This book describes the events that take place in a British neighborhood over the course of a single day. Its a bit of a mystery, and though you may think you've got everything figured out you'll likely be surprised by the ending." (read more)

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February 05
Selected by John from Maple Ridge, British Columbia
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Slave: My True Story
Slave: My True Story
by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis

John's comments:
"People need to be become more aware of what is going on in this part of the world." (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Chris from Los Angeles, California
Chris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Actual Air
Actual Air
by David Berman

Chris's comments:
"I keep going back to this book of poetry. I don't know how many poems I've reread in the few months I've had it. I even used excerpts in my Christmas cards this past year, and it's not at all a warm and fuzzy collection. The work is sneaky, and I just find myself chewing over lines and stanzas. Great cadence, great imagery ? one of the best reads I've had in the past few years." (read more)

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February 07
Selected by Wyatt from Shelburne, Vermont
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wyatt's comments:
"Personal reflection of a time when communities were more of a natural part of life, when the Brooklyn Dodgers were more a part of the regular neighborhood." (read more)

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February 08
Selected by Amy from Buffalo, New York
Amy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Dollmaker (71 Edition)
Dollmaker (71 Edition)
by Harriette Arnow

Amy's comments:
"Fall in love with a character who holds on to her self and her values through the toughest adversities life can throw at her." (read more)

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February 09
Selected by Elizabeth from Northampton, Massachusetts
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Blue Fire: Selected Writings
A Blue Fire: Selected Writings
by James Hillman

Elizabeth's comments:
"The writings of this idiosyncratic Jungian are lively, accessible, and inspiring. I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs to break out of a spell of writers block. Hillman's way of thinking outside the box will provide the perceptual shift necessary to get creative juices flowing." (read more)

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February 10
Selected by William from Lake Worth, Florida
William won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
By Order of the President
By Order of the President
by W E B Griffin

William's comments:
"A new romp from an established series. W.E.B. writes anew what many hope our government is doing. You can't put it down." (read more)

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February 11
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Louisiana
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge
Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge
by Laren Stover

"Reading Laren Stover is not simply an engagement of the senses. It is a seduction of the senses ? transporting you to the magical and siftly illuminating place whence she writes. The book in your hand is a rare ticket out of here, to where people live and breathe and play with fire." Nick Tosches (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Rebecca from Oakdale, Minnesota
Between Sisters
Between Sisters
by Kristin Hannah

Rebecca's comments:
"I was initially disheartened by the feel good look of this book. But, to my surprise, it enthralled me enough to stay up until 3:30 a.m. on a work night to finish it!" (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Sarah from Northfield, Minnesota
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
by Wislawa Szymborska

Sarah's comments:
"A fabulous book of poetry. See the world through a different perspective for a change." (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Katie from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Katie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Quartet (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Quartet (Norton Paperback Fiction)
by Jean Rhys

"This is a short novel. The word 'slight' cannot be used of a work in which so much talent is displayed. Miss Rhys tells her story with the miraculous spontaneity of all her writing, and in the tone of one who keeps calm while reporting a catastrophe." Shirley Hazzard, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Chiara from Montecchio Emilia, Italy
Chiara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe
by Simon Singh

"An expert but friendly guide to help you decode the mysteries [of the universe] with crisp, clear running commentary." Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Michele from Reisterstown, Maryland
Michele won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories
A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories
by John Murray

Michele's comment:
"A collection of stories that wonderfully unfold. A terrific read!" (read more)

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February 17
Selected by Carol from Concord, Massachusetts
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
by Gary Paul Nabhan

Carol's comments:
"This book is one man's experiments with eating only foods native to his Arizona bioregion. It reminds us how easy it is to wander away from a complex ecosystem that can sustain us in favor of large grocery stores ? and how rewarding it is to seek out and and support those food systems again." (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Pat from Eugene, Oregon
Pat won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Bittersweet
Bittersweet
by Nevada Barr

Pat's comments:
"Two gay women in 1870s Nevada! A great read: funny, mysterious, enlightening." (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Susan from Vancouver, Canada
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion


"A remarkable achievement. Life After Death is that rare book that offers an enormous range of learning ? ranging from the ancint Egyptian and Babylonian sources through Jewish, Christian, and Muslim ones ? in a lively, enjoyable style that immediately engages the reader." Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (read more)


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February 20
Selected by Liz from Clackamas, Oregon
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Liz's comments:
"A coming of age story of friendship and finding yourself. A must read book if you feel lost and need a push." (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Colette from Busan, South Korea
Colette won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
by Adam Hochschild

"King Leopold's Ghost is a remarkable achievement, hugely satisfying on many levels. It overwhelmed me in the way Heart of Darkness did when I first read it." Paul Theroux (read more)

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February 22
Selected by Lisa from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst

Lisa's comments:
"My work is suffering because I can't put this amazing read down. Reminiscent of Brideshead Revisted, this book reads like the best British classics along with providing a fascinating look into Margaret Thatcher's England." (read more)


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February 23
Selected by Elizabeth from Watsonville, California
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team


Elizabeth's comments:
The Miracle on Ice thrills 25 years later, but it's the stories of the people involved that make this book so wonderful. The USA hockey players, their Soviet opponents, the coaches, and their families and friends are illuminated with real insight, empathy, and grace. (read more)


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February 24
Selected by Kay from Brooklyn, New York
Kay won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Snobs
Snobs
by Julian Fellowes

Kay's comments:
"A witty and pointed send-up of the English upper classes disguised as a novel of manners. As funny as his screenplay for Gosford Park." (read more)

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February 25
Selected by Joel from Los Angeles, California
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris

Joel's comments:
"Regardless of your views on Western religious faith, Mr. Harris will stir your pot with his provocative ideas." (read more)

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February 26
Selected by Sam from St.Catharines, Canada
Sam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Lolita
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov

Sam's comments:
"If you want a real analysis of what love truly is, read this book." (read more)

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February 27
Selected by Karen from Mililani, Hawaii
Karen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost

"When Troost followed his wife to a small island nation he expected Bali Hai. Instead he found an isolated, polluted, boiling hot hellhole. His wonderful tale is both hilarious and thrilling. This original adventure offers enjoyment and also allows renewed appreciation for your morning cup of coffee and warm shower." Kathi, Powells.com (read more)

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February 28
Selected by Susmita from Chevy Chase, MD
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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

Susmita's comments:
"Nancy Milford's biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay is incredibly well written and extraordinarily well researched, with extensive endnotes citing sources for virtually every page. Milford leaves nothing out here about Millay's early life, her years in Greenwich Village, and her later years as one of the most famous women in America." (read more)

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