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February 01
Selected by Cathy from Sammamish, Washington
The March: A Novel
The March: A Novel
by E. L. Doctorow

In the last years of the Civil War, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman marched 60,000 Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, cutting a 60-mile wide swath of pillage and destruction. That event comes back in this magisterial novel. (read more)

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February 02
Selected by Dennis from Seattle, Washington
Dennis won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann
Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann
by Barbara Seaman

"Packed with anecdotes, larded with gossip, and dense with cultural complexity, Lovely Me will keep you laughing and pondering for a long time."
San Francisco Chronicle (read more)

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February 03
Selected by Elizabeth from Stevensville, Michigan
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

Elizabeth's comments:
"This is a beautiful memoir written from the perspective of a grieving widow. We follow her through the next year and its a candidly honest and insightful account." (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Laura from Brooklyn, New York
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Road Home
The Road Home
by Jim Harrison

Epic in scope, stretching from the close of the nineteenth century to the present day, The Road Home is a stunning and trenchant novel, written with the humor, humanity, and inimitable evocation of the American spirit that have delighted Jim Harrison's legion of fans. (read more)

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February 05
Selected by Anne from Arlington, Virginia
Anne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
His Excellency: George Washington
His Excellency: George Washington
by Joseph J Ellis

Anne's comments:
"A well-written, not overly long biography that focuses not on minutiae of incident but on why Washington is considered a great figure. Very accessible and interesting." (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Susan from Providence, Rhode Island
Skinner's Drift
Skinner's Drift
by Lisa Fugard

Susan's comments:
"A tragic story, vividly told. I could not put this book down. Wonderful debut by Lisa Fugard!" (read more)


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February 07
Selected by Kelly from Corvallis, Oregon
Kelly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Travels With My Chicken
Travels With My Chicken
by Martin Gurdon

Kelly's comments:
"Follow the hilarious adventures of Martin Gurdon and his traveling companion, Tikka the chicken!" (read more)


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February 08
Selected by Linda from Council, Idaho
Linda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Ordinary Wolves
Ordinary Wolves
by Seth Kantner

In the tradition of Jack London, Seth Kantner presents an Alaska far removed from majestic clichés of exotic travelogues and picture postcards. Kantner's vivid and poetic prose lets readers experience Cutuk Hawcly's life on the Alaskan plains through the character's own words ? feeling the pliers pinch of cold and hunkering in an igloo in blinding blizzards. (read more)

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February 09
Selected by Brian from Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Brian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
by Dean King

Brian's comments:
"The Commerce, a merchant ship from Middletown, Connecticut wrecked off the Western Sahara coast in 1815....It is believed that the Captain's book concerning his adventure, entitled Sufferings in Africa contributed to the abolition movement in the United States. Abraham Lincoln was to recall it as an important part of his childhood reading. Kings book will also make quite an impact on the reader as he accurately traces the captor/captee route through the brutal Saharan desert. Ideas about human suffering/bondage, the human soul, and human frienships as well as a glimpse of mother nature in western Africa make this book...very meaningful....A must buy title!" (read more)

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February 10
Selected by Petra from Lake Charles, Louisiana
Petra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Optimists
The Optimists


From the celebrated author of Ingenious Pain and Oxygen, this is a masterfully rendered novel that explores the perilously thin line between self-delusion and optimism. (read more)


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February 11
Selected by Irene from San Francisco, California
Irene won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Luncheonette: A Memoir
Luncheonette: A Memoir
by Steven Sorrentino

"[A] winsome memoir, likely to be compared to the work of David Sedaris....This loving, humorous portrait, resplendent with colorful diner characters and witty malapropisms, is highly recommended." Library Journal (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Jackie from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jackie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity. (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Terry from Waterloo, Canada
Terry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
by Chuck Klosterman

Terry's comments:
"Klosterman takes us on a breathless journey from childhood to adulthood, to a heavy metal soudtrack. He bounces between his youth as a farm kid in North Dakota in the 1980s and the pop culture influences and effects of headbangers like KISS, Motley Crue, and Judas Priest. Who knew how important heavy metal was? I didnt before I read this book." (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Lynette from Jackson, Mississippi
Lynette won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Four Spirits
Four Spirits
by Sena Jeter Naslund

Lynette's comments:
"As we approach the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I cannot think of a better book to read that puts the reader back in time, either bringing back memories of those turbulent and emotional years, or igniting curiousity to learn more in those too young and unfortuately often complacent." (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Basil from Los Angeles, California
Basil won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner

The story of the American West is the story of the relentless quest to control and allocate nature's most common, and the West's most precious, resource: water. Cadillac Desert recounts this dramatic saga. (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Cathy from Bellevue, Washington
The Highest Tide: A Novel
The Highest Tide: A Novel
by Jim Lynch

"Are you captivated by stories of rare creatures living beneath the surface of the ocean? Do you like the idea of an eccentric teenage narrator handing out startlingly detailed descriptions of these creatures and other aquatic mysteries? Are you a sucker for coming-of-age tales that take place in small coastal towns? Then, read this amazing book."
David H., Powells.com (read more)

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February 17
Selected by Laura from Los Angeles, California
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank
The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank
by David Plotz

Starting in 1980, millionaire inventor Robert Graham recruited Nobel Prize winners and other accomplished men as donors to his genius sperm bank, in hopes of breeding a cadre of brilliant scientists and leaders. The Nobel sperm bank fathered more than 200 children before it closed in 1999. David Plotz recounts the history of the bank, and also tells the remarkable stories of the bank's children and donors. (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Gene from Chicago, Illinois
Gene won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

"For years, my initial recommendation to Murakami virgins was The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. This sublime and mesmerizing novel has changed that."
Mike H., Powell's on Hawthorne (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Erica from Los Angeles, California
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
by George Packer

Packer's intimate first-person narrative navigates his journey through the landscapes of America and Iraq while tracing his own evolving views, bringing to the page the full range of ideas and emotions stirred up by America's most controversial foreign-policy venture since Vietnam. (read more)

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February 20
Selected by Donna from Hopkinton, Massachussetts
Donna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Open Secrets: Stories
Open Secrets: Stories
by Alice Munro

Donna's comments:
"The most amazing collection of short stories ever assembled." (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Myra from Honolulu, Hawaii
The City of Falling Angels
The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt

It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on the New York Times bestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice ? a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. (read more)

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February 22
Selected by Ray from Huntsville, Alabama
Ray won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Way We Die Now
The Way We Die Now
by Charles Ray Willeford

Ray's comments:
"This was my first Willeford read and I was so taken with his style and mood setting, that I went back and read all the Hoke Moseley books." (read more)

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February 23
Selected by Aleck from Hammond, Indiana
Aleck won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich
Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich
by Joachim Fest

Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world. (read more)

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February 24
Selected by Laura from Austin, Texas
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Prep: A Novel
Prep: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld

A perceptive, achingly funny first novel featuring a middle-class Midwestern teenager trying to fit in at an elite East Coast boarding school, Prep is also a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition. (read more)

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February 25
Selected by Christopher from Wilton, Connecticut
Christopher won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Stranger To Myself (05 Edition)
Stranger To Myself (05 Edition)
by Reese

Christopher's comments:
"Beautifully written account of an horrific time. A German foot soldiers story of war in Russia on the Eastern Front." (read more)

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February 26
Selected by Sharon from Albuquerque, New Mexico
A Thread of Grace
A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell

"[A]n emotionally wrenching experience. Russell has succeeded in vividly and memorably evoking the hardships, dangers, sufferings and sorrows of wartime life in Nazi-occupied Italy in a somber, profoundly moving book that engages the heights and depths of human experience."
Los Angeles Times (read more)

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February 27
Selected by J. from Fremont, California
Judgment of Paris: California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine
Judgment of Paris: California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine
by George M Taber

Told for the first time by the only reporter present, this is the true story of the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976 ? a blind tasting where French judges shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France's best ? and its revolutionary impact on the world of wine. (read more)

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February 28
Selected by Hattie from Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hattie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Poet of Tolstoy Park
The Poet of Tolstoy Park
by Sonny Brewer

Hattie's comments:
"Henry Stuart has been told by his doctor that he is going to die soon. Henry, a thinker, is not afraid of dying. He chooses to live life to the fullest. He leaves Idaho and goes to Alabama. He has never visited Alabama. He is not afraid because in his backpack he carries his old friend, Tolstoy." (read more)

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