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May 01
Selected by Laurie from Lakewood, Ohio
Laurie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Moral Disorder: And Other Stories
Moral Disorder: And Other Stories
by Margaret Atwood

Laurie's Comments:
"Lurie's comments:
"Dry, witty, quietly hilarious, deep, true and sad. I didn't want to finish these perfectly crafted short stories. Just amazing. Atwood at her best!"" (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Karen from Vancouver, BC,
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Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform a T-Shirt
Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform a T-Shirt
by Megan Nicolay

Karen's Comments:
"Karen's comments:
"Are you like me, with a motley collection of t-shirts wadded up in the back of your closet that you can't bring yourself to throw away? Wad no more...with the help of this book you too can transform your homely t's into something much, much cuter " stuff you will actually be proud to wear! Many of these projects do not require a sewing machine and skill levels are indicated for each one, so you really can't go wrong."" (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Sid from Ludington, Michigan
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
by Michelle Goldberg

Sid's Comments:
"Sid's comments:
"It is odd that Ms. Goldberg is so very concerned about Fundamentalist Christianity and not the ongoing terror of radical Islam. Where the latter has very overtly proclaimed their intent to bring this nation and all Western culture under the hand of Muslim extremism, we do not see this same proclamation from the Christian community. What Ms. Goldberg demonstrates in her book is the very intolerance she wishes to condemn. Indeed perhaps what grassroots America needs to do is take back this nation from liberal journalism."" (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Sherry from New York, New York
Sherry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Josie and Jack
Josie and Jack
by Kelly Braffet

Sherry's Comments:
"Sherry's comments:
"I found myself immediately drawn into this story. The unconventional relationship of Josie and Jack is fascinating, and very complex. The author's style is illustrative and lyrical, even in the most twisted and cutting scenes. This is a book that is full of original characters and plot twists that you never see coming. A great read that will stay with you."" (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Zak from Boulder, Colorado
Zak won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Wild Sheep Chase
A Wild Sheep Chase
by Haruki Murakami

Zak's Comments:
"Zak's comments:
"One of my favorite books....The writing style has a magical way about it that really makes strange things happen in your head."" (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Jennie from Los Angeles, California
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California Transit: Stories and a Novella
California Transit: Stories and a Novella
by Diane Lefer

Jennie's Comments:
"Jennie's comments:
"Who knows these women? At first glance, the women in Diane Lefer's short fiction collection, California Transit, aren't at all the kind of people we meet in our day-to-day comings and goings. But then again, there is something familiar about them. Aren't they the women on the outskirts of our purposeful paths, who sometimes get in our way? Or maybe it's something else. Well, whoever they are, one thing's clear: they don't particularly know themselves, as much as they'd like us to believe that they do."" (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Deanna from Olympia, Washington
Deanna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds
The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds
by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Deanna's Comments:
"Deanna's comments:
"Clouds will never be just 'background' for a beautiful day again. In addition to explaining everything you need to know about clouds, the author adds fascinating stories that involve clouds...of some type or another. You can even join the Cloudspotter's Society...membership open to everyone!"" (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Efrona from Kefar Tavor, Israel
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Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home (Barefoot Contessa)
Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home (Barefoot Contessa)
by Ina Garten

Efrona's Comments:
"Efrona's comments:
"Ina Garten has put together a choice collection of French classics that fit the American palate. In an easy cooking format, she's modified recipes to fit busy schedules, but seriously the dishes hold their flavor and are well thought-out....Barefoot In Paris shows what's really going on in home kitchens set out over the beautiful countryside of France, and that simply put; is great cooking!"" (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Sarah from Portland, Oregon
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
by Atul Gawande

Sarah's Comments:
"Sarah's comments:
"It is not often I have found a surgeon who is so open about his profession....If just some of the ideals Dr.Gawande dicusses are put into practice, we would all be better off for it."" (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Linda from Santa Monica, California
Linda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Bartlett's Poems for Occasions
Bartlett's Poems for Occasions
by Geoffrey O'Brien

Linda's Comments:
"Linda's comments:
"This collection, with a humble, intriguing forward by Billy Collins, delights with its breadth and time depth and oh, yes, there is emotional amplitude....One finds Chinese, Japanese and ancient Greek poets as well as Aphra Behn, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop, Cavafy and Langston Hughes....As a beautiful, insightful basic collection, this is a prize."" (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Vicki from Lexington, Kentucky
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Ace of Spades: A Memoir
Ace of Spades: A Memoir
by David Matthews

Vicki's Comments:
"Vicki's comments:
"Filled with both humorous and tragic personal anecdotes about growing up biracial in 1980s Baltimore when 'black' and 'white' were the only categories allowed, David chose at a very young age, and before he could even be aware of the implications of his decision, to pass for white. I read the entire book in one sitting and slept through my alarm clock's ringing the next morning as a consequence, but it was so worth it."" (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Janice from Cumberland, Rhode Island
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

Janice's Comments:
"Janice's comments:
"I've been reading many biographies of those involved in creating the US. Chernow's Alexander Hamilton is the best and certainly most compelling. Apart from the overall excellence of the presentation, I was astonished at Hamilton's drive, intellect and accomplishments. There should be a physical monument to this dedicated servant of the Revolutionary cause."" (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Paul from Portland, Oregon
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Sacred Games: A Novel
Sacred Games: A Novel
by Vikram Chandra

Paul's Comments:
"Paul's comments:
"Chandra has written a huge, churning tale that combines detective mystery, international thriller and religious pilgrimage " with a fascinating view into current life in India."" (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Jolie from Portland, Oregon
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A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen: Easy Seasonal Dishes for Family and Friends
A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen: Easy Seasonal Dishes for Family and Friends
by Jack Bishop and Richard Jung

Jolie's Comments:
"Jolie's comments:
"I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years and an avid cook for the past 10 years. A lot of vegetarian cookbooks have a lot of the same old stuff. Bishop's cookbook had just what I was looking for. I've switched to seasonal cooking with my family the past year. It's a much healthier alternative knowing you are getting your food locally and in season. Great for the environment too!"" (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Mindy from Las Vegas, Nevada
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My War: Killing Time in Iraq
My War: Killing Time in Iraq
by Colby Buzzell

Mindy's Comments:
"Melinda's comments:
"Colby Buzzell, an American soldier deployed in Iraq, started an online journal while serving as a machine-gunner. The blog ran for just eight weeks before being shut down by the U.S. military. Thankfully, his blog entries and emails were picked up by a publisher. My War: Killing Time In Iraq is Buzzell's compelling narrative of his day-to-day life in Mosul. Buzzell's candid descriptions of his experiences on the front lines of the war in Iraq are blunt, funny, honest, surreal, but mostly extraordinary."" (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Lavinia from Golden, Colorado
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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
by Paul Hawken

Lavinia's Comments:
"Lavinia's comments:
"This movement has set the foundation from which small groups of people are changing the world so all people can live in it with the best possibility to breathe clean air, be healthy, and have what they need in the context of the culture they live in " wherever they live. By acknowledging that this movement exists and investing in it, it will be possible to see this change sooner rather than later."" (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Ayodeji from Ife, Osun, Nigeria
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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ayodeji's Comments:
"Ayodeji's comments:
"Leafing through Half of a Yellow Sun on the shelf of our University bookshop, I almost didn't take it. But after settling down on a sofa at home to turn the first page, I just couldn't drop the novel. What I would have missed!....Half of a Yellow Sun is much more than just an enjoyable novel, it carries promise and stature. It is written by a Nigerian, about a Nigerian setting. But its quality will be appreciated by any eyes that encounter it " black or white, Nigerian or foreign. It is indeed a classic."" (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Toni from New Hartford, Connecticut
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Desiring Italy: Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture
Desiring Italy: Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture
by Susan Cahill

Toni's Comments:
"Toni's comments:
"Crossing the dark waters from Venice en route to the Lido, I watch a woman so intent upon her reading that she seems oblivious to the haunting beauty visible in all directions....I ask what she is reading. It is Desiring Italy....I record it in my journal....Written by a group of women writers, it is a joyous celebration of all things Italian. It evokes cultural traditions, artistic impressions and history as it lyrically describes the glories of Italian locales. How fortunate the person who has this book as a traveling companion....The autobiographical slant resonates with how Italy has imprinted itself in the hearts and souls of the women who write about it and all who visit there."" (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir
Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir
by Franz Wisner

Michael's Comments:
"Michael's comments:
"Franz Wisner's Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir...was the final kick in driving me over the edge in how I travel....[F]unny and often poignant. It is insightful and re-readable. It is a book to loan only with the promise of return, and it is a great book to give to anyone infected by wanderlust."" (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Bill from Somerville, New Jersey
The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming
The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming
by Frank Stack

Bill's Comments:
"Bill's comments:
"I remember these stories were mindblowing in the vernacular of the time....I got to read some...by pulling issues out of a largely-ignored spinner rack of comics in a 'boutique' (a.k.a. head shop) in a New Jersey mall....Anyone who picked up a random issue in the decade they were published would want a copy of this collection just to see the amazing remainder of what one missed."" (read more)


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May 21
Selected by Karla from Rome, Georgia
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp

Karla's Comments:
"Karla's comments:
"If you are a 'Foodie'...someone who is interested in organic or healthy eating....worried about the petroleum problems this country is facing, I think you will find this book a great read. It is extremely entertaining and humorous, but makes a great point for a new food lifestyle movement known as being a 'Locavore.' Maybe it is because spring and summer are a time for renewed energy, interest in growing things, or simply the thoughts of hitting the local farmers' market and EATING all that wonderful, fresh food, but this book really struck a cord with me and I have enjoyed it and been inspired from the first page of the prologue! So far, if I had to recommend one book to read this summer -- this is it!"" (read more)

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May 22
Selected by John from Casco, Michigan
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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon
by Crystal Zevon

John 's Comments:
"John's comments:
"Crystal Zevon gives an intimate insiders view of the turbulent genius and career of Warren Zevon. The anecdotes are often hilarious and just as often rather sad. In the end it is a great read for established fans, and a wonderful introduction for those not familiar with the man and the experiences behind his music."" (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Karen from Bremerton, Washington
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The Prestige
The Prestige


Karen's Comments:
"Karen's comments:
"Drama, revenge, romance, a bit of history, a glimps of genius, and 'magic', this movie has something for everyone. It had those I watched it with guessing up till the end, and after it was over " a few were still guessing. David Bowie is great as Tesla; if I hadn't known beforehand I would not have known it was him."" (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Michelle from Portland, Oregon
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Flight: A Novel
Flight: A Novel
by Sherman Alexie

Michelle's Comments:
"Michelle's comments:
"As YA fiction, Flight succeeds on all levels. It is not the heady, intellectual pudding of yester-years, instead it is a proud and pithy piece, appealing to those of the younger generation....The entire premise of this book is...exactly the type of thing every red-blooded teen is dealing with today."" (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Jack from DeKalb, Illinois
Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism Into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show
Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism Into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show
by Geoffrey Nunberg

Jack's Comments:
"Jack's comments:
"Liberals have often not been adroit enough in the war of words....Partly this is because liberals are by nature more open-minded, more reasonable people, who do not stoop to the kind of ad-hominem, scorched-earth tactics of conservatives....Liberals must be on guard to respond to outrageous conservative attacks and give no quarter."" (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Carol from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
by Kris Radish

Carol's Comments:
"Carol's comments:
"Since I'm of that 'certain age', I can relate to much of what these eight women were experiencing and the depth of their friendship. Their wish to remain true to themselves and to each other and their recognition of their own worth was what many of us went through before finally 'settling down.' I loved the writing, the descriptions, and the language. A bit overdone...but a really great read."" (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Michelle from Portland, Oregon
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God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right
God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right
by David James Duncan

Michelle's Comments:
"Michelle's comments:
"Yes. This is a political book by David James Duncan. Duncan waxes angrily eloquent about current American events....At moments he is bursting with anger, others with love, sometimes he is bursting with both emotions at once. It is paradoxical. This book is opinionated and drives those opinions mainly on good writing and emotion. Further, and much more truly, it is a spiritual book."" (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Cathy from Price, Utah
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before
by Jean M. Twenge

Cathy's Comments:
"Cathy's comments:
"Why are today's kids so different from generations past? So discourteous, self-centered, short-sighted? Twenge conducted research that pretty much proves the answer: when you were born, and when you were 10 years old, has much more influence over your lifeview and behavior than any other factor....It proves that the 'you are special' generation has been badly served by its emphasis on the individual and proposes some interesting approaches to Generation Me behaviors."" (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Sophia from Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Four Ways To Forgiveness (04 Edition)
Four Ways To Forgiveness (04 Edition)
by Le Guin

Sophia's Comments:
"Sophia's comments:
"Ursula Le Guinn's talent is for writing books and stories that are life affirming, sacred teachings. This book is one of those books that gets under your skin, and painlessly heals what you didn't realize was not whole."" (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Carolyn from Portland, Oregon
Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
by Salman Rushdie

Carolyn's Comments:
"Carolyn's comments:
"Spanning the utopia of tribal, peaceful life to the dystopia of modernization, world war, genocide and terrorism, Shalimar the Clown is hynotizing, heartbreaking, and above all, impossible to put down."" (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Mela from Portland, Oregon
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Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground
Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground
by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Laura Allen and July Oskar Cole and Annie Danger

Mela's Comments:
"Mela's comments:
"I attended a workshop at the Village Building Convergence given by the Graywater Guerrillas and bought the book. It is an incredible resource with drawings, instructions, information, and history...for those concerned about our water resources."" (read more)

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