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April 01
Selected by Lydia from Portland, Oregon
Lisey's Story: A Novel
Lisey's Story: A Novel
by Stephen King

Lydia's Comments:
"Lydia's comments:
"Stephen King's latest is a touching and creepy love story in the same spirit as Bag of Bones, my personal King favorite. King's stories have gone downhill in the past decade but I felt this story made up for it. This novel made me laugh, cry and be afraid to go to sleep. I could not put down this intensely horrifying yet sweet tale of the love between a man who is haunted by his past and the woman who stood by him."" (read more)

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April 02
Selected by Ealasaid from San Jose, California
Ealasaid won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
How to Succeed in Murder
How to Succeed in Murder
by Margaret Dumas

Ealasaid's Comments:
"Ealasaid's comments:
"The second book in the series. I whipped through this one even faster than the first, and was ecstatic to see the return of my favorite character, Flank. Flank is representative of everything I like about these books: He's a bit of a stereotype (bodyguard, super-hairy, built like a tank, mafioso-looking) but he's just plain fun. He can only speak clearly when he's holding a gun (or something equally macho and phallic, like the gearshift of a Hummer). He's nigh-unstoppable when the person he's supposed to be protecting (usually Charley, the series heroine) is in danger. He's a source of much tension-relieving comedy, and generally a lot of fun to have in a scene. This is a fun little mystery, and I highly recommend it!"" (read more)


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April 03
Selected by Brad from McMinnville, Oregon
Brad won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Sister Mine
Sister Mine
by Tawni O'Dell

Brad's Comments:
"Brad's comments:
"Simply stunning. An author of great ability maturing into an important and engaging voice."" (read more)

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April 04
Selected by Cathy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Brookland: A Novel
Brookland: A Novel
by Emily Barton

Cathy's Comments:
"Cathy's comments:
"At one point while reading Brookland, I was so enjoying it, I realized I may have a new favorite author....Emily Barton's narrative style, attention to historical detail, and plot complexity make for a totally engaging and compelling read."" (read more)


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April 05
Selected by Blake from Albany , California
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub
by Stanislaw Lem

Blake's Comments:
"Blake's comments:
"Despite its sci-fi prologue, this book shares more than a little with the writing of Thomas Pynchon in its frenetic parody of the American Military Industrial Complex. Lem's hearty mockery of bureaucracy, and all its absurd trappings, makes for good reading. And unlike Pynchon (excepting Crying of Lot 49) you won't be hurting your back lifting it, as it weighs in at a compact 204 pages."" (read more)

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April 06
Selected by Laura from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Highest Tide
The Highest Tide
by Jim Lynch

Laura's Comments:
"Laura's comments:
"I love coming-of-age novels, and this one hit the spot; the powerful juxtaposition of the mysteries of the ocean and the mysteries of adolescence has left me in greater awe of both. I closed this book with a wistful smile on the my face, and some Rachel Carson on my reading list."" (read more)

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April 07
Selected by Jena from Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, , Canada, , , , Canada, , , Canada, , Canada, Canada, , Canada, Canada, , Canada, , Canada, Canada, , Canada, , Canada, Canada, Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , Canada, Canada
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott

Jena's Comments:
"Jena's comments:
"Excellent. I've read chapters with my students (middle school, high school, and college freshman) to encourage them to develop their own writing processes, instead of doing the usual student process (handing in the first draft). Lamott is very funny, upbeat, and motivating about writing, a subject that makes other writers who write about it seem condescending."" (read more)

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April 08
Selected by Christiana from Beaverton, Oregon
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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom)
by Don Miguel Ruiz

Christiana's Comments:
"Christiana's comments:
"Same principles as The Secret, but I believe in a better and more usable format. I have given several of them as gifts and will continue to do so. It is one of the best."" (read more)

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April 09
Selected by Melissa from Eugene, Oregon
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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell

Melissa's Comments:
"Melissa's comments:
"This is a fascinating and hilarious book, filled with intriguing coincidences and interesting side notes regarding the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. A very light and fun, yet educational read. Highly recommended!"" (read more)

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April 10
Selected by Mimi from Portland, Maine
Without a Map: A Memoir
Without a Map: A Memoir
by Meredith Hall

Mimi's Comments:
"Mimi's comments:
"Meredith Hall faced life without a map. However, she's drawing a map for her sons! She's giving to her sons what her parents could not give her: encompassing, unconditional love and compassion. This powerful memoir leads us from abandonment and shame, through years of emptiness and struggle for comprehension, to examination, reflection and love. Her story is brave and honest; her writing is strong, evocative and elegant. Her path to understanding and acceptance of her parents and herself provides her sons a map for life. A beautiful gift!"" (read more)

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April 11
Selected by Theresa from El Granada, California
Theresa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Burning Bright
Burning Bright
by Tracy Chevalier

Theresa's Comments:
"Theresa's comments:
"Tracy Chevalier brings 18th century London to life through the eyes of a recently arrived family from the country. The sights, sounds, and smells that the author describes paint a picture of what living in Londont at that time must have been like. The inclusion of William Blake as a character is interesting but not really necessary to the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a lively and exciting historical read."" (read more)

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April 12
Selected by Sean from Seattle, Washington
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Mortals
Mortals
by Norman Rush

Sean's Comments:
"Sean's comments:
"You do not 'put this book down'...you crawl away from it at the end, enlarged, tumultuous, in pain and glory!"" (read more)

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April 13
Selected by Joe from Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Average American Male: A Novel
The Average American Male: A Novel
by Chad Kultgen

Joe's Comments:
"Joe's comments:
"Gentlemen, this book is one you'll purchase and give to your friends....I don't read books....But I saw the 'really want to know what he's thinking' ads for it and knew it simply had to be read. I read it in less than 24 hours (mostly at work, naturally) and you will too. It's simply ingenious....Just read it."" (read more)

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April 14
Selected by Teresa from Portland, Oregon
From the Corner of His Eye
From the Corner of His Eye
by Dean R. Koontz

Teresa's Comments:
"Teresa's comments:
"Having been a Koontz fan since the tender age of 12, I was quite taken with this book. The blind young boy we follow through the story is both tragic and inspiring. This is the first and only Koontz title that has made me cry " no small feat."" (read more)

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April 15
Selected by Amy from Melbourne, Victoria
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The Bride Stripped Bare (P.S.)
The Bride Stripped Bare (P.S.)
by Nikki Gemmell

Amy's Comments:
"Amy's comments:
"This book changed my life, and I'm not just saying that to be kind. The first time I read it, it was in my head for weeks. I could not stop thinking about it and the themes and issues it raises. I admire Nikki Gemmell so much for her candor and explicitness. This book never shies away from the hard-hitting issues faced by many young women. In short, this book is fantastic."" (read more)

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April 16
Selected by Benjamin from New York, New York
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I Am a Strange Loop
I Am a Strange Loop
by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Benjamin's Comments:
"Benjamin's comments:
"The nature of consciousness has been mulled over by a multitude of philosophers over the centuries, and Hofstadter's I am a Strange Loop is a well written, fun to read synthesis of these mullings."" (read more)

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April 17
Selected by Linda from Holyoke, Massachusetts
Scrapbook: Photographs 1932-1946
Scrapbook: Photographs 1932-1946
by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Agnès Sire and Michel Frizot and Martine Franck

Linda's Comments:
"Linda's comments:
"Amazing! If you are a fan of Cartier-Bresson, you will not be disappointed by this beautiful book. It is an especially rare treat...as the book contains a selection of images never shown before."" (read more)

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April 18
Selected by Cynthia from Anchorage, Alaska
The Zero
The Zero
by Jess Walter

Cynthia's Comments:
"Cynthia's comments:
"This is the most inspiring piece of work I have read in some time. It re-instigated my reading drive, and made me look at so many aspects of the novel....I dare you to read 100 pages and not finish it."" (read more)

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April 19
Selected by Robert from Columbus, Ohio
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Robert's Comments:
"Robert's comments:
"Great hat. Very comfortable, right out of the box. The bill is just right, not too straight and not too bent."" (read more)


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April 20
Selected by Betsy from New York, New York
Betsy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Christine Falls: A Novel
Christine Falls: A Novel
by Benjamin Black

Betsy's Comments:
"Betsy's comments:
"How often do you read a novel that not only works as a mystery, but is so well written that you frequently find yourself stopping to re-read a sentence just because it's so beautiful you want the pleasure of reading it again? Not often, but that's what John Banville (writing as Benjamin Black) has done in Christine Falls."" (read more)

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April 21
Selected by Erin from Portland, Oregon
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Brothers K (92 Edition)
Brothers K (92 Edition)
by David James Duncan

Erin's Comments:
"Erin's comments:
"This book made me laugh out loud but also cry at the heartbreak that occurs, and in spite of the length (close to 700 pages) I was really sad when it ended. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for amazing and moving characters. It will make you want to see a baseball game, read Buddhist scripture, draft-dodge up to Canada, go to church, and conduct scientific experiments all at once."" (read more)

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April 22
Selected by Meridith from Portland, Oregon
The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir
The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir
by A. M. Homes

Meridith's Comments:
"Meridith's comments:
"A. M. Homes hits on so many of the ideas and feelings of what it can be like to be adopted....A wonderful read that had me page-turning all night."" (read more)

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April 23
Selected by Susan from Providence, Rhode Island
The Raw Shark Texts
The Raw Shark Texts
by Steven Hall

Susan's Comments:
"Susan's comments:
"Eric Sanderson awakens in an apartment, not knowing who he is or how he has come to be there. He finds a letter...that leads him on a dangerous path of discovery that includes lost memories, lost loves, lost identities and a conceptual shark that feeds on human memories. This is a stunning debut that will captivate you from page one."" (read more)

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April 24
Selected by Joel from Tigard, Oregon
Mediterranean Street Food: Stories, Soups, Snacks, Sandwiches, Barbecues, Sweets, and More from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East
Mediterranean Street Food: Stories, Soups, Snacks, Sandwiches, Barbecues, Sweets, and More from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East
by Anissa Helou

Joel's Comments:
"Joel's comments:
"My dog had to go potty at 2 AM and now it is 5 and all I have been doing is reading and getting hungry. Wish the wars in the middle east would die down so I could experience this food in person, but this is the most sensory thing I have read recently and we have nearly if not over 300 cookbooks."" (read more)

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April 25
Selected by Kelly from MONTPELIER, virginia
The Meaning of Night: A Confession
The Meaning of Night: A Confession
by Michael Cox

Kelly's Comments:
"Kelly's comments:
"There aren't many books where you empathize with a murderer, but after Edward Glyver kills an innocent stranger and you're drawn into his story, you find yourself strangely hoping he prevails in this Victorian whodunit. If ever there were a rational explanation for revenge, Glyver has it....Although the author says it took him 30 years to write this book, I hope he's more timely with his next endeavor."" (read more)

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April 26
Selected by Meghan from Portland, Oregon
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Hip: The History
Hip: The History
by John Leland

Meghan's Comments:
"Meghan's comments:
"After thinking a little too much about what is now considered cool...I was relieved to find this book, which explores the history not just of cool, but of what it means to be 'hip' (and if you didn't know, hip and cool are different)....From minstrel shows to jazz and beyond, this book examines how hip becomes hip and what happens after."" (read more)

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April 27
Selected by Mary from Warsaw, New York
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The Kommandant's Girl
The Kommandant's Girl
by Pam Jenoff

Mary's Comments:
"Mary's comments:
"Emma is faced with the horrors of the Nazi occupation, and with the help of the resistance movement escapes the ghetto and lives openly as a gentile. Her new life brings her to employment as the assistant to the Kommandant, a high-ranking Nazi official. Urged by the resistance, Emma uses her position to access classified information to help the resistance movement fight Nazi control. Fast moving, intensely emotionally charged situations, reveal the stresses Jews were forced to endure during the Nazi regime."" (read more)

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April 28
Selected by Katy from Portland, Oregon
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Birds of Oregon: Field Guide
Birds of Oregon: Field Guide
by Stan Tekiela

Katy's Comments:
"Katy's comments
"I decided after buying a bird feeder and seeing how many types of birds came to feed to start learning the names of them all since none of them were wearing their nametags. I tried one other book and online but found I had to know what kind of bird it was before I could see if I was right. With Birds of Oregon I can flip to the corresponding color marked on the outside pages with the birds at my feeder and easily identify them. With one bird I was still a bit unsure but the description of its flight pattern was so dead on I was able to differentiate it from another I thought it might have been. If I drop this copy into a birdbath I'll replace it with the same thing."" (read more)

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April 29
Selected by David from Memphis, Tennessee
Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour
Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour


David's Comments:
"David's comments:
"They should make this book available to everyone that visits Graceland! How else will you understand the King unless you've gazed through his gold glasses? With a foreward by Priscilla you come to understand Elvis' home as a creation out of a child's longing for comfort and security. Long live The King!"" (read more)


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April 30
Selected by Michael from Tucson, Arizona
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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens

Michael's Comments:
"Michael's comments:
"Hitchens has outdone Hitchens. This illuminating book is all I hoped for from this entertaining and educating writer. No one escapes Hitchen's penetrating gaze and insightful thinking....Religion's penchant for establishing holy and sacred places and things that serve as roadblocks to peace is revealed in Hitchen's usual great writing."" (read more)

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