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March 01
Selected by Andrew from Brooklyn, New York
Andrew won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Wanderlust: A History of Walking
by Rebecca Solnit

Andrew's Comments:
"Andrew's comments:
"Solnit's book is a masterpiece in sustained mediatation on a single, seemingly inconsequential topic: walking. Beginning with recent discussions among primatologists and anthropologists that the bipedal walking is not only typical of, but fundamental to what it means to be human, Solnit launches into a cultural and political history of walking....This book was unfairly lost in the crowd of micro-microhistories that flooded shelves a few years ago " of salt, of cod, etc. " but it stands above the rest as Solnit blends personal account, literary history, and political passion into a fascinating and compelling homage and plea for ambulatory culture and ethics. Read this book as the precursor to her more recent A Field Guide to Getting Lost."" (read more)

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March 02
Selected by Matthew from Brunswick, Maine
Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Then We Came to the End: A Novel
by Joshua Ferris

Matthew's Comments:
"Matthew's comments:
"Sharp, sharp writing on office 'life' and how it unravels. Remarkably assured for a debut. Great read."" (read more)

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March 03
Selected by Elyse from Creswell, Oregon
Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
by Suzanne Clothier

Elyse's Comments:
""I loved this book " read it twice already. It is more about emotions than behavior, as compared to The Other Side of the Leash by Patricia McConell. A very personal account, it really points out that dogs DO have feelings, and how these emotions color their behavior."" (read more)

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March 04
Selected by K. from Madison Lake, Minnesota
K. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
My Little Yellow Taxi
My Little Yellow Taxi


K.'s Comments:
"K.'s comments:
"What a wonderful book for toddlers. Since I received it my daughter has not put it down yet. This is the perfect book for the 'hands-on' learning type of a child or with a minimal attention span. Since my daughter and I read this book for the first time, she is more aware of what I am doing when I get out of the van to put gas in or what I am doing when I readjust the mirrors. The way that the author, Stephen T. Johnson, illustrates with the many very durable take-out pieces for the reader to mimic the actions is great way of keeping the child's interest and attention. I would say this is a must have book for all children."" (read more)


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March 05
Selected by Julia from Somerville, Massachusetts
Julia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights
No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights
by Amy R Singer

Julia's Comments:
"Julia's comments:
"I have problems knitting with wool (a combination of various allergies and skin sensitivities) but I've have been frustrated getting other yarn to work....Singer starts out by describing the properties of various types of non-animal fibers (her one exception is silk)....She has tables which let you know the relative weight, elasticity, strength, etc. of various yarns. Singer also has a long section on using swatches (or 'geeky things') to help figure out if your non-wool fiber will work in a particular pattern....This is a great addition to any knitting library."" (read more)

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March 06
Selected by Mike from Portland, Oregon
Mike won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival
The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival
by Stanley N. Alpert

Mike's Comments:
"Mike's comments:
"Stanley Alpert's memoir of his ordeal is compelling and refreshing. Compelling because it is a story of survival and well deserved closure. Refreshing because it is written in a very human voice....Though the crime remembered was heinous, the story is told with compassion for all the circumstances before and after, that complete the story. Humorous, exciting, dramatic, and well worth the time!"" (read more)

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March 07
Selected by A. from Ketchikan, Alaska
A. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Peter Pan in Scarlet
Peter Pan in Scarlet
by Geraldin McCaughrean and Scott M. Fischer

A.'s Comments:
"A.'s comments:
"If you think that Peter Pan was an exciting story, then run do not walk to read this new sequel to J. M. Barrie's original....It's wonderful to know what happened to Neverland and the Boys...a surprise awaits you with every chapter."" (read more)

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March 08
Selected by Pam from Mesquite, Texas
Pam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Strangler
The Strangler
by William Landay

Pam's Comments:
"Pam's comments:
"What is it about books like these we just can't pass up? On my way home with this book I thought, 'what did I do?' I was around then, I lived through this like so many other Americans and read all the books. To my delight William Landay has put his own special spin on this tired old subject with a freshness and appeal in the form of three brothers and their lives that revolve around this real life event. I am truly glad I picked this book up."" (read more)

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March 09
Selected by Marie from Baytown, Texas
Marie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Ahab's Wife (P.S.)
Ahab's Wife (P.S.)
by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie's Comments:
"Marie's comments:
"Naslund has taken the notion of this character, this unknown woman who we would presume is merely waiting and watching for the fabled whaler Ahab to return, and fleshed her into an amazing person in her own right, living in a fully formed world of hardy survivors....What has stayed with me most about this novel is the inspiration of people who are fulfilling their potential despite harsh circumstances and societal pressures."" (read more)

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March 10
Selected by Marissa from Barrigada, Guam
Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan
Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan
by Junichi Saga

Marissa's Comments:
"Marissa's comments:
"Once you start reading the first page, I bet you that you will not put the book down. Its true, heart-touching stories of different types of social groups keeps a reader interested. If you've visited Japan, you'll scarcely believe that Japan at this time ever existed. One of the best books about pre-war Japan."" (read more)

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March 11
Selected by Jasom from Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
My Side of the Mountain
My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George

Jasom's Comments:
"Jasom's comments:
"I am 37 years old and I read this book when I was only a young child....Through the years I have read hundreds of books, but this one I will hold dear to my heart forever...and I remember every detail as if it was only yesturday. I am now about to purchase this book again for my little boy to read (but not until I have read it again myself of course) and I know, with his natural craving for adventure, he will climb into the pages, one after the other and live the dream with Sam as I did."" (read more)

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March 12
Selected by Rosemary W. from Sumter, South Carolina
Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes
Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes
by Mich Gringeri Brown

Rosemary W.'s Comments:
"Rosemary W.'s comments:
"Having grown up in a built-from-stockplans ranch circa 1956...the germ of the idea is sometimes amazing and always exciting for me to see. Open, livable, but pretty bland and still going its own 50's way, I wonder if my childhood home would even recognize its more exotic parents."" (read more)

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March 13
Selected by Helen from Las Vegas, Nevada
Helen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence
Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence
by Richard Halpern

Helen's Comments:
"Helen's comments:
"Maybe you think those Norman Rockwell paintings are wholesome slices of Americana. Think again. According to Halpern, they are full of sinister and distinctly unwholesome images. Agree with him or not, you will never look at Norman Rockwell illustrations the same way again. I won't. (Shudder.)"" (read more)

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March 14
Selected by Margaret from Keystone Heights, Florida
Margaret won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Double Bind
The Double Bind
by Chris Bohjalian

Margaret's Comments:
"Margaret's comments:
"Wow! This is not a fast-paced thriller, but a week later I am still making storyline connections. From the very surprising (and rewarding ending) the reader will be lead back into the story again and again. Talk about a double bind! Fascinating!"" (read more)

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March 15
Selected by John C. from Portland, Oregon
John C. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of the Ancient China that Never Was
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of the Ancient China that Never Was
by Barry Hughart

John C.'s Comments:
"John C.'s comments:
"Many people will tell you this book is exceptionally funny " and they will be right. Many people will tell you that this book is exceptionally breathtaking " and they will *also* be right. This is a novel that's one part old-fashioned bedtime story, one part utterly authentic Chinese folk tale, one part Saturday afternoon movie serial (think Indiana Jones crossed with Jackie Chan crossed with Lord of the Rings crossed with The Sting), and about nine parts sheer genius."" (read more)

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March 16
Selected by Sue from Brooklyn, New York
Sue won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Arlington Park: A Novel
Arlington Park: A Novel
by Rachel Cusk

Sue's Comments:
"Sue's comments:
"Rachel Cusk illuminates the dignity and tragedy of the everyday lives of ordinary women in a bourgeois suburb. Given the seemingly banal subject matter and the absence of a high-stakes conflict, this book could easily have lapsed into dreariness or cliche, but Cusk's insight and evocative, immediate prose (reminiscent of Virginia Woolf's) instead make it clear why these characters warrant serious, concentrated attention."" (read more)

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March 17
Selected by BeeBee from Portland, Oregon
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The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Mary Doria Russell

BeeBee's Comments:
"BeeBee's comments:
"While reading this book I would often be stopped by other readers who wanted to tell me how much they enjoyed and loved this book. I have gone on to convince my hubby who is a hard core sci-fi fan to read it, along with my core group of reading fans. They have all loved it and we have gone on to read the sequel. I highly recommend The Sparrow for an engaging and thought provoking read."" (read more)

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March 18
Selected by Janet from Seattle, Washington
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-deficit Disorder (05 - Old Edition)
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-deficit Disorder (05 - Old Edition)
by Richard Louv

Janet's Comments:
"Janet's comments:
"As a 'muddy-boots' biology teacher, who followed NW naturalists Kozlov and Kruckenberg on field trips, I lament the trend away from the 'natural history' approach in new high school biology curricula to a more 'human centered' and molecular view. Our NW states include such a variety of ecosystems; marine, montane, desert, grasslands, etc. that it is a shame that more students (especially urban students) are not directly familiar with the organisms inhabiting these ecosystems. Richard Louv has a message for teachers, parents, lawyers, urban planners and theologians."" (read more)

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March 19
Selected by Lukas from Portland, Oregon
Lukas won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Devil and Daniel Johnston
Devil and Daniel Johnston


Lukas's Comments:
"Lukas's comments:
"For quiet a few, madness and artistic creation are still peas in a pod. This is mostly rubbish of course, so it is striking to come across an artist that is genuinely teetering on (and sometimes crashing over)the brink of madness. Such is the case with Daniel Johnston, a longtime cult fave and hipster touchstone. Far from being a garden variety eccentric, the Southern born and bred Johnston had some heavyweight mental problems and was in and out of institutions. This didn't stop him from creating lo-fi, Beatlesque songs (often about love or super heroes) and oddball art....Even if you have no interest in his music, Johnston is a truly fascinating figure."" (read more)

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March 20
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Another NASTYbook: The Curse of the Tweeties
Another NASTYbook: The Curse of the Tweeties
by Barry Yourgrau

Michael's Comments:
"Michael's comments:
"Having had the chance to see Barry on a couple of his book tours and readings at Powell's on Burnside, it's hard to read his stories and not hear him reading aloud in your head...his characters are unforgettable, and for once everyone pretty much gets what's coming to them in the end (some of them in the beginning!)."" (read more)


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March 21
Selected by Michele from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michele won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
by Judith Levine

Michele's Comments:
"Michele's comments:
"One must be a brave soul...to take on the challenge of not shopping for an entire year. Narrated in a personal and surprisingly non-dogmatic style, Levine recounts her adventure month by month, from the initial task of enlisting her partner's support (he insists that wine IS a necessity) to her frantic collapse when she thinks she might have lost her SmartWool socks and won't be able to replace them with another pair. In an era in which we know that consumerism is as bad for us as for the planet, but do not quite know what to do about it, Levine offers up the possiblity of a critical consumerism that begins with an awareness of our own habits."" (read more)

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March 22
Selected by Laura from Buffalo, New York
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
by Susan Sontag

Laura's Comments:
"Laura's comments:
"To read At the Same Time...is to realize what a bold mind and voice we have lost. But this collection...also reassures us that Sontag's writing, her wit, grace, and resolve, will continue to influence serious readers, curious minds, and the politically concerned for generations to come."" (read more)

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March 23
Selected by Peter from Sacramento, California
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Wholphin No. 3: DVD Magazine of Rare and Unseen Short Films
Wholphin No. 3: DVD Magazine of Rare and Unseen Short Films


Peter's Comments:
"Peter's comments:
"What a great idea " a digest of odd, interesting short films. Unless you are attending an esoteric film festival, these are films we never get to see in a theater. They seem to be chosen with the same thought and care as the fiction in McSweeney's. On the whole they are a great selection balanced between art, comedy and documentary."" (read more)


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March 24
Selected by Rachel from Brighton, Massachusetts
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
by Jonathan Kozol

Rachel's Comments:
"Rachels's comments:
"Yet another passionate and beautifully written book from Jonathan Kozol....A disturbing portrait of what is going on in America's schools and how many children we are leaving behind. This book should provoke us all to do more for our nation's children, so that our educational system can live up to its promises."" (read more)

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March 25
Selected by Melissa from Newbury Park, California
Melissa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Great and Terrible Beauty
A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray

Melissa's Comments:
"Melissa's comments:
"This is the kind of book to keep you awake at night reading under the covers. With thrilling twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. Libba Bray has masterfully created a breathtaking new world to be transported to! A must read."" (read more)

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March 26
Selected by Amy from Irvine, California
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Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India
by Madhur Jaffrey

Amy's Comments:
"Amy's comments:
"Two parts memoir, one part history, two parts cookbook, this is the perfect cookbook gift. For cookbook readers who don't cook much the book has a limited selection of the best family style recipes. After reading Madhur's memoirs even the most kitchen shy reader is sure to tie on an apron and fire up the oven."" (read more)

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March 27
Selected by Deb from Battle Ground, Washington
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Driving with Dead People: A Memoir
Driving with Dead People: A Memoir
by Monica Holloway

Deb's Comments:
"Deb's comments:
"Monica tells her story with humor, grace and unflinching honesty. Don't start the book unless you have time to finish it in a sitting. I could not put it down. This is a woman who is a hero of her own life, as is her sister. Powerful, empowering, amazing!"" (read more)

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March 28
Selected by Shaun from Tucson, Arizona
Winter's Bone: A Novel
Winter's Bone: A Novel
by Daniel Woodrell

Shaun's Comments:
"Shaun's comments:
"Outstanding, simply outstanding! Having lived in the Ozarks for a spell, I can clearly visualize Ree and tread the same heart wrenching secret path she walked. The operative word to describe Ree is courage. She's a character with a heart and the strength to follow it. Kudos to Woodrell for capturing the lonesome soul of the Ozarks."" (read more)

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March 29
Selected by Sonja from Indianapolis, Indiana
The Dirty Cowboy
The Dirty Cowboy
by Amy Timberlake and Adam Rex

Sonja's Comments:
"Sonja's comments:
"I am an elementary school librarian and came across this book. I and a few parents and teachers were skeptical about putting this book on the shelf due to the graphic nature of the pictures. The cowboy is basically naked the entire story, and this book -- however funny the story -- is inappropriate and far too explicit for children."" (read more)

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March 30
Selected by Jonathan from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jonathan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
You Don't Love Me Yet: A Novel
You Don't Love Me Yet: A Novel
by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan's Comments:
"Jonathan's comments:
"Another winner from Mr. Lethem. Wonderfully engaging novel about a struggling rock and roll band in LA. At times laugh out loud funny at other times bittersweet. Fans of Lethem will not be disappointed, a great novel to start with for those new to this talented writer. Put on your favorite alblum and enjoy."" (read more)

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March 31
Selected by Meriwether from Portland, Oregon
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Maya Running
Maya Running
by Anjali Banerjee

Meriwether's Comments:
"Meriwether's comments:
"Maya Running is the story of a 12-year-old girl of Indian descent who stands out at her all white middle school. While reading this young adult novel, I could feel her frustration caused by the lack of interest her classmates feel in trying to understand her culture....Readers will adore Maya's character and will be grateful for the ride through her imagination with Ganesh. I love this book because of the author's imaginative touch and her lively, likeable characters."" (read more)

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