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February 01
Selected by Sebastien from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, , Canada
The Terror: A Novel
The Terror: A Novel
by Dan Simmons

Sebastien's Comments:
"Sebastien's comments:
"Dan Simmons is a great writer who's able to aptly write in any genre. He's written great science fiction, great mysteries, some comic novels and, especially, great horror....I just wish Simmons will finally get the recognition he deserves with this extraoridinary book."" (read more)

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February 02
Selected by Carol from Asheville, North Carolina
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins

Carol's Comments:
"Carol's comments:
"Mentioned by Nora Ephron in I Feel Bad About My Neck and Diane Setterfield in The 13th Tale, The Woman in White comes with good recommendation -- and is a great read. It is, perhaps, the first 'page turner.' A wonderful discovery for anyone who enjoys being transported to another time and place to become totally caught up in mystery and melodrama. It's no wonder the book has been in print continuously for 145 years."" (read more)

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February 03
Selected by Topper from Elizabethtown, Tennessee
Willful Creatures: Stories
Willful Creatures: Stories
by Aimee Bender

Topper's Comments:
"Topper's comments:
"Reading Aimee Bender is like taking small trips into your dreams while wide awake. It's something along the lines of organized spontaneous chaos. You think, 'I could have written that if only I had thought it!'"" (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Selma from Bishop, California
Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition 1742-2004
Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition 1742-2004
by Tracy Campbell

Selma's Comments:
"Selma's comments:
"Tracy Campbell has written the most important book on our gradual disenfranchisement....His thoughtful research into past elections is fresh and very readable, and his account of the election of 2000 reveals the importance of the overseas military ballots for the first time ? to my knowledge. It might even explain the President's insistance on sending 20,000 more of our young people into harm's way."" (read more)

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February 05
Selected by Coni from San Francisco, CA
Coni won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Little Children
Little Children
by Tom Perrotta

Coni's Comments:
"Coni's comments:
"It covers people in their early thirties in suburbia who have become trapped by their lives and come to find they don't know the people they are married to. While the affair storyline isn't really anything new, it was completely interesting to read. I could not put this book down once I started....All the secondary characters are well-written and ones that you might hate at first, you sympathize with later on."" (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Jana from Bradley Beach, New Jersey
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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
by Rob Sheffield

Jana's Comments:
"Jana;s comments:
"This book had me from the first sentence. I had laughed out loud and shed tears by the end of the first chapter. I started reading it on a Friday evening and by Friday night when I was out with my friends, after hearing a song that zoomed me back to high school, I was trying to explain to a 22 year-old new acquaintance (I am well over 22), what a mix tape was and the beauty of them. I told her to read this book. It was an inspiring piece of writing that makes me appreciate my loves (my husband and music) all the more."" (read more)

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February 07
Selected by Valeria from Ethridge, Tennessee
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
by Michael Lewis

Valeria 's Comments:
"Valeria's comments:
"Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down until I got to the end to see 'how it turned out.' It was exciting to get to the end and find that the story is still evolving....The author, Michael Lewis, is a very talented storyteller. He manages to balance compassion and objectivity."" (read more)

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February 08
Selected by Marlene from Sunland, California
Marlene won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul


Marlene's Comments:
"Marlene's comments:
"Edward Humes writes with sharp-witted skill about the people behind 'intelligent design' and their larger design of creating a Christian nation. Another wake-up call that belongs on the shelf right next to Chris Hedges's American Fascists."" (read more)


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February 09
Selected by Rachel from Chicago, Illinois
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

Rachel's Comments:
"Rachel's comments:
"While I was in school training to be a 3D animator one of my professors had us watch a documentary about Frank Thomas and his animation partner, Ollie Johnston. I thought I would be bored out of my gourd, but it was wonderful. I ran out and bought this book, which is beautifully laid out and filled with one motivation after another to keep this beautiful art of animation alive."" (read more)

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February 10
Selected by Kisha from Houston, Texas
Kisha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Diary of a Mistress
Diary of a Mistress
by Miasha

Kisha's Comments:
"Kisha's comments:
"I stayed up until 5am just to finish this book off. This was a GREAT read. And I could relate to so much of what she was saying in this book....Thank goodness I made the decision to move on to bigger and better things than to be a mistress."" (read more)


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February 11
Selected by Erynne from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Erynne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom (Potting-Bench Reference Books)
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom (Potting-Bench Reference Books)
by Eileen Powell

Erynne's Comments:
"Erynne's cooments:
"This is a 'must have' book for novice and experienced gardeners alike. A great variety of plants are profiled in this book with regards to germination and care. The author has even listed companion plants which is great for those who are a little challenged in the design department. I found the photo section to be very helpful as well as the charts in the back of the book. I feel confident that anyone who is considering buying this book will not be disappointed. Go for it! You'll be glad you did!"" (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Brian from Cincinnati, Ohio
Brian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book
by Deirdre Dolan

Brian's Comments:
"Brian's comments:
"Larry David, creator and star of the HBO series, explains why we love to watch him kvetch so much. It has scripts and notes from the episodes, but the real meat is in the behind the scenes stuff. You can find out where Larry came from, how the series is put together, and learn about the cast. Of course, the big question is also addressed: is Larry really as neurotic as he seems in the show? Check out what his real wife has to say. David also shares interesting thoughts about his work on Seinfeld and explains what's going on with his teeth. Get this book if you laugh at Larry and especially if you secretly think you might be just a little like him."" (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Tina from Harrison, Idaho
All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families
All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families
by Rene Denfeld

Tina's Comments:
"Tina's comments:
"Thank you to Rene Denfeld for her extensive research on the facts of this late woman's murder. In the process, she is exposing a culture that we as a society are not hearing about from the media. I pray this book gets plenty of exposure, Portland is a beautiful, green and clean city, we owe it to our residents and vistors to understand all of the dangers that lurk on the streets. Rene is a brave women to expose this subject."" (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Abbia from Abuja, Nigeria, Nigeria
Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets)
Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets)
by Claudia Emerson

Abbia's Comments:
"Abbia's comments:
"I am drawn to subtle lines -- the labyrinth between obscurantism and simplicity of poems like the ones in this collection. This is a fascinating experiment -- a mixture of history, afterlife, exploration of the inner self and valences that add up the maze and webs of life. Claudia brilliantly quells apprehensions of poetryphobics with her luxuriantly beautiful lines, sonnets and elegies."" (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Kimberly from Kingston, New York
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
by Kevin O'Malley and Carol Heyer and Scott Goto

Kimberly's Comments:
"Kimberly's comments:
"My 5 year old son's favorite book by far. He has a different story read to him each and every night so we frequent the library to stock up on books for the week. This little gem is not only a treat for his ears (using different voices for the characters) but he also loves the illustrations. He loves the story of the disagreement between the boy and girl and how it comes to a peaceful resolution, no need for mom to interpret, it's pretty self-explanatory. Great book for boy or girl of all ages!"" (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Kjirstin from Mapleton, California
Kjirstin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Fablehaven
Fablehaven


Kjirstin's Comments:
"Kjirstin's comments:
"As a huge fan of Children's Literature, I approached Fablehaven without much hope. It was written by an American (not usually a good thing) and he is young (usually a terrible thing) and it is his first book (three strikes against it before I opened the first page.) I couldn't have been more wrong. Fablehaven is a treat from the start. Characters are believable and present day to the point you feel you've met them in line at the supermarket. I won't ruin it for you by telling the tale, but you WILL be swept away. I am eager for the next book to come out, and absolutely thrilled that my sons loved it, read it themselves, and claimed to like it better than the previous family favorite, Harry Potter! Five stars are not enough for this wonderful, multi-generational book."" (read more)


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February 17
Selected by C. from Portland, Oregon
C. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire
Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire
by Sarah Katherine Lewis

C.'s Comments:
"C. Foley's comments:
"Sarah Katherine Lewis is wickedly funny and whip-smart....Sure, you get to learn about all of the mundane details of what it is like to work in the sex industry, but more importantly you get to laugh along with her about some of her seedier adventures, cringe along with her when she's repulsed by the work itself, and cheer along with her when she describes the strength and nobility of several of her fellow sex workers that she holds in esteem....Much like David Sedaris' writing, it isn't the subject matter that makes the reading so compelling -- it is her voice, humor, smarts, and unique way of looking at the world which shapes her storytelling in such a way that feels so comfortably familiar yet completely refreshing."" (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Lynda from Bloomington, Minnesota
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Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True
Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True
by Elizabeth Berg

Lynda's Comments:
"Lynda's comments:
"Anyone who wants to write fiction (or non-fiction, or poetry, or anything) professionally, or just loves to write, should read this book....Elizabeth Berg doles out gentle and encouraging advice for writers."" (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Lynda from Bloomington, Minnesota
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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
by Chris Van Allsburg

Lynda's Comments:
"Lynda's comments:
"So many readers turn up their noses at literature aimed at the younger set, but by doing so they're missing a lot! This book looks simple the first time you leaf through it, but for anyone with an imagination (whether you're a child or an adult, or somewhere in between), it holds great treasures."" (read more)

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February 20
Selected by Edward from Portland, Oregon
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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Edward's Comments:
"Edward's comments:
"If you have never thought of travelling, don't read this book. If you have never wanted to help your neighbor or shed one ounce of kindness to strangers, don't read this book. If you are uncompassionate, unsupportive, unreliable, and believe that no matter what good you do you will never help anything; then stop reading this comment and go to bed! This book is intelligently written and it's prose flows like honey tea. This eloquently designed memoir is a must read for educators, students, and anyone who still believes in the heartbeat of humanity."" (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Shirley from Johnstown, New York
Shirley won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Hard Candy (Widescreen)
Hard Candy (Widescreen)


Shirley's Comments:
"Shirley's comments:
"This movie totally threw me off guard. 15 minutes into the movie, you think you know what is going to happen,then that goes right out the window. I thought the movie was very good and the young actress who plays Hayley is an excellent actress, her part could not have been played better."" (read more)

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February 22
Selected by Frank from Clifton, New Jersey
Mini Kite Kit: Just Add Wind! with Mini Book and Other (Mini Kits)
Mini Kite Kit: Just Add Wind! with Mini Book and Other (Mini Kits)


Frank's Comments:
"Frank's comments:
"I left this neat little item in the glove box of my car so that I'll never be without a kite in an emergency!"" (read more)


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February 23
Selected by Christopher from Beaverton, Oregon
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Gravity's Rainbow  (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)
by Thomas Pynchon

Christopher's Comments:
"Christopher's comments:
"A supremely encyclopedic, wildly cinematic work of singular prose and plot, Pynchon's playful novel showcases literature as a weapon, and a terrifyingly robust one at that. Has a more brilliant study of nature, control, struggle, paranoia, and love ever been written (and in a manner so equally profane and profound)?"" (read more)

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February 24
Selected by Cassandra from Riverside, California
Dance Dance Dance
Dance Dance Dance
by Haruki Murakami

Cassandra's Comments:
"Cassandra's comments:
"I LOVE Haruki Murakami, that's all I can say. His books are addicting, his style is unparalleled and the imagination is amazing. I couldn't put it down until I was done; then I read it again. If you are looking for something totally engaging or just something that will make you think, I would suggest this book. Wonderful."" (read more)

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February 25
Selected by Sara from New York City, New York
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A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder -- How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-The-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder -- How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-The-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
by Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Sara's Comments:
"Sara's comments:
"A wonderful innovative way to look at those of us who live with stacks of things, piles of books, papers, layers of clothing " I used to worry that I was becoming a Collyer Brother, but this is a wonderful way to look at life, its messes, its ramifications."" (read more)

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February 26
Selected by Adeleye from Mission Hills, California
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
by Daniel Tammet

Adeleye's Comments:
"Adeleye's comments:
"I thought autism was a disease or at best a disadvantage, but Tammets' story makes you unsure what's the difference between gifted and disabled " less than a hairline if you ask me. After reading Tammet's story I realize that I have no 'weaknesses' or 'gifts,' just attitude and support " or the lack of it. A very touching story."" (read more)

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February 27
Selected by Lisa from Portland, Oregon
The Empty Pot
The Empty Pot
by Demi

Lisa's Comments:
"Lisa's comments:
"A wonderful, beautiful story book. A great lesson learned about honesty and doing your best! A must-have book for your child."" (read more)

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February 28
Selected by Kimberly from Shoreline, Washington
Down the Garden Path
Down the Garden Path
by Beverley Nichols

Kimberly's Comments:
"Kimberly's comments:
"This may be a classic in gardening circles, but I'd never heard of the author before stumbling across this book in the library. It is delightful and funny even if you are only a casual gardener like me."" (read more)

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