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June 01
Selected by Ron from Burbank, California
Ron won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
by Michael Scott

Ron's Comments:
"Ron's comments:
"You can't go wrong with this one. A fun, fast, and thoroughly enjoyable read. My 12 year old son is deep into the book right now and my daughter is next in line. A perfect summer read for you and your kids. I can't wait for the next book."" (read more)

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June 02
Selected by Peter from Port Washington, New York
Infection: The Uninvited Universe
Infection: The Uninvited Universe
by Gerald N. Callahan

Peter's Comments:
"Peter's comments:
"You will never look at the world, or yourself, or your loved ones, quite the same, after reading this book. Instead of thinking of germs and viruses as things which occasionally invade us when we are sick, Gerald N. Callahan...explains how the evolution of every living thing on earth is intertwined with the evolution of bacteria....Truly fascinating reading."" (read more)

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June 03
Selected by Jennifer from Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Infants First
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Infants First


Jennifer's Comments:
"Jennifer's comments:
"This book is sad and terrifying and utterly engrossing. As a nursing student with a strong interest in maternity (I plan to go on to be a midwife), I found this book to be an excellent and informative read. I would highly recommend it to anyone planning to have a baby. If doctors aren't going to follow their Hippocratic oath, it's important for consumers to educate themselves, and this book is a great place to start."" (read more)


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June 04
Selected by Andrew from Austin, Texas
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Blindness
Blindness
by Jose Saramago

Andrew's Comments:
"Andrew's comments:
"A remarkable text demonstrating the effects of our placement of vision as the most informative sense of them all. We read, watch, drive, pick mates, etc. all with vision, and Saramago explores the possibility of vision being lost within everyone, thus equalizing society, in a very strange way. A very powerful read that is sure to be equally as memorable."" (read more)

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June 05
Selected by Joe from Washington, Michigan
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
by Kurt Vonnegut

Joe's Comments:
"Joe's comments:
"A chaotic and thoughtful story inundated with detail both necessary and superfluous. It's Vonnegut at his wildest....God Bless you Mr. Rosewater is a satirical look at society, class, privilege, sexuality, humanity, and really just about everything else....[A] model for satire writers. On the whole it is unique cover to cover and while it fails to follow the traditional novel prose it is wildly successful in its ultimate goal to critique, spoof and above all else entertain."" (read more)

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June 06
Selected by John from San Francisco, California
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The Closing of the American Mind
The Closing of the American Mind
by Allan Bloom

John's Comments:
"John's comments:
"This was one of the most influential books of its time and it is eminently deserving of being read today. Unfortunately it is questionable whether the average college graduate is sufficiently educated to comprehend even a tenth of what Bloom has written. One need only look at the current facts to comprehend the abysmal state of the America mind that Bloom so presciently predicted....Instead of educated Americans trained to think for themselves we can witness a flock of parrots trained to squawk whatever brainless propaganda is fed into their empty vapid heads. Allan Bloom, roll over in your grave!"" (read more)

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June 07
Selected by Victoria from Union, Kentucky
The Bloomsday Dead
The Bloomsday Dead
by Adrian McKinty

Victoria's Comments:
"Victoria's comments:
"Best book I've read this year...with a smart, guileful, deadly Michael Forsythe back in Belfast....Great third novel in the series of Dead books. Wish there were more."" (read more)


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June 08
Selected by Jason from Luling, Louisiana
Jason won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Historical Atlas of the United States
Historical Atlas of the United States
by Derek Hayes

Jason's Comments:
"Jason's comment:
"Derek Hayes has created a beautiful and unique portrait of American history. By utilizing nearly 500 maps from various periods American history from colonization to the modern world is presented. Haye's wide and careful selection of maps and insightful comments makes this a useful and beautiful reference work. Highly recommended!"" (read more)

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June 09
Selected by Jon from Annapolis, Maryland
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Boomsday: A Novel
Boomsday: A Novel
by Christopher Buckley

Jon's Comments:
"Jon's comments:
"This is as funny, and as good, as Thank You For Smoking. Maybe even better. The big topics in the book -- Social Security, blogging, euthanasia, generational stereotypes, the cynicism of the political process, and a foundering presidential administration -- give Buckley plenty of opportunity for satire."" (read more)

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June 10
Selected by Shannon from Carson City, Nevada
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
by Lorna Landvik

Shannon's Comments:
"Shannon's comments:
"This is a fun novel. Great for summer reading. The bonds of friendship she creates through the book club make you wish you lived on Freesia Court so you could join the club."" (read more)

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June 11
Selected by Tom from Oakland, California
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A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places
A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places
by Thomas Reed Petersen

Tom's Comments:
"Tom's Comments:
"This is a delightful and useful anthology of essays put together by Wildlands CPR out of Missoula, Montana, a group devoted to restoring wildness to public lands ('rewilding,' they call it), curbing off-road vehicle abuse, and removing unused and decaying roads. Contributors include Barry Lopez, David Quammen, William Kittredge, Peter Matthiessen, Ed Abbey, and two dozen others. More thoughtful than polemical."" (read more)

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June 12
Selected by Maggie Perla from Alphabet City, NY
Maggie Perla won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived
Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived
by Daniel H. Wilson and Richard Horne

Maggie Perla's Comments:
"Miss Gretchen's comments:
"A great gift book! I picked this up as a birthday present after reading the author interview here at Powell's. The recipient, an engineer, got a big kick out of it and all of us at the party read out loud from the book our favorite childhood predictions of the space age future (bemoaning the fact that none of us were wearing a unitard or silver flight suit.)"" (read more)

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June 13
Selected by Ty from Brooklyn, New York
Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product
Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product
by Dave Praeger

Ty's Comments:
"Ty's comments:
"Believe it or not, this is actually a very serious -- and very fascinating -- book. Yes, it's about poop. But what else does every single person relate to more? From that sense, there is no more important book for our times. You will learn a lot from this book. Yes, it has its share of poop jokes. But where other books would make the jokes and move on, this makes the joke and plunges deeper. Sorry. Couldn't resist."" (read more)

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June 14
Selected by Yolande from Covington, Kentucky
Yolande won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond

Yolande's Comments:
"Yolande's comments:
"A very gratifying read. Collapse allows us to understand the needs and structures necessary for society to flourish and, using multiple examples around the globe and throughout history, illustrates how societies, even complex civilizations, may collapse. This is a book rich in ecological understanding and imparts to the reader a wealth of knowledge regarding the environment and the choices humans make (for good or ill) in impacting the ecological foundation of social stability."" (read more)

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June 15
Selected by Sharon from Bothell, Washington
Sharon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
by Laurie Notaro

Sharon's Comments:
"Sharon's comments:
"I started reading this book on the commuter bus and was laughing so hard I had to explain to the person sitting next to me why traffic congestion was so funny. I have recommended this book to all of my friends that need to have a laugh. All of Laurie Notaro's books are must reads and this is no exception."" (read more)

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June 16
Selected by Cedate from Portland, Oregon
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Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird
Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird
by Andrew D Blechman

Cedate's Comments:
"Cedate's comments:
"What an educational and entertaining book! The author's experiences definitely make one think about the roles that pigeons have always played (and will continue to play) in the everyday lives of the human race. Whether you love them or hate them, this insightful look at pigeons is definitely a must read!"" (read more)

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June 17
Selected by Michael from Matthews, North Carolina
Jitterbug Perfume
Jitterbug Perfume
by Tom Robbins

Michael's Comments:
"Michael's comments:
"First time reading this author " very good mix of genuine emotion, wit, humor, sexuality. It spans thousands of years, thus technically qualifying it as an epic about...beets."" (read more)

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June 18
Selected by Rachel from Lima, New York
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

Rachel's Comments:
"Rachel's comments:
"This book is the thing to have to survive your work place enviornment! My fav scenario is catching a lunch stealer. This book is a must-have for office employees."" (read more)

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June 19
Selected by Peter from Port Washington, New York
Peter won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities
Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities
by Alex Marshall and David Emblidge

Peter's Comments:
"Peter's comments:
"If, like me, you are a resident of a city, you have probably wondered just what lies under our feet in major cities. Alex Marshall's Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, looks at eight major cities, and examines the infrastructure below street level. Breezily written, yet full of information, you will learn about Moscow's astounding secret subway, Paris' underground library, how Chicago reversed the flow of a river, Mexico City's extremely modern and clean subway, and Sydney's bunkers. Enjoyable reading for those who like popularized science and history."" (read more)


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June 20
Selected by Colleen from Boston, Massachusetts
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The Teahouse Fire
The Teahouse Fire
by Ellis Avery

Colleen's Comments:
"Colleen's comments:
"The Teahouse Fire is a wide-ranging, smart and sexy tale that weaves a compelling personal journey through political changes and upheaval in late 19th century Japan. Avery's novel is a coming of age story, a fascinating lesson in the art of tea ceremony, and the story of how one family is changed by the arrival in Japan of the western world."" (read more)

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June 21
Selected by Ryan from Milwaukie, Oregon
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A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
by Jack Kornfield

Ryan's Comments:
"Ryan's comments:
"A Path With Heart is the most accessible meditation guide that I have ever encountered. Kornfield goes into great detail about the integration of the mind, body, and heart....Through his experiences as a student and as a teacher, he describes the common difficulties and demons we face as we start listening to our body and heart with compassion. It is fantastic for those beginning meditation for the first time."" (read more)

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June 22
Selected by Karl from Ventura, California
Mixed : Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (06 Edition)
Mixed : Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (06 Edition)
by Chandra Prasad

Karl's Comments:
"Karl's comments:
"The diversity of ever-changing human relationships and the impact of multicultural perceptions are beautifully expressed and represented in this wonderful read."" (read more)

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June 23
Selected by Vanessa from Brooklyn , New York
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Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen
Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen
by Clotilde Dusoulier

Vanessa's Comments:
"Vanessa's comments:
"Of all the food blogs-turned-book deals, Dusoulier's was the one I most eagerly awaited. Her writing style is as delicious as the recipes she offers -- it's flowing, easy, humorous, and very informative and never fails to remind me why I love cooking, eating, exploring, and sharing food. The recipes come with straightforward wine pairings and entertaining anecdotes; the accompanying photos make me want to lick the pages."" (read more)

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June 24
Selected by Shoshana from Eugene, Oregon
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Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World
Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World
by Paul Collins

Shoshana's Comments:
"Shoshana's comments:
"An anthology of once-famous, once-infamous, or never famous men (with one exception) who were hot stuff at the time but now are obscure or entirely forgotten. Collins...has chosen an interesting assortment of scientists, scammers, and artists to profile. He has an engaging narrative voice and generally is successful in evoking each person and engaging the reader's empathy. I'd have wished for a few more women, but women's historical footprints are often fainter."" (read more)

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June 25
Selected by Betty from Carlinville, Illinois
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A Buffalo in the House Signed Edition
A Buffalo in the House Signed Edition
by Richard Dean Rosen

Betty's Comments:
"Betty's comments:
"Be prepared to be entertained and educated! This book is heartwarming in telling the story of Charlie, an orphaned buffalo taken in by Veryl Goodnight and Roger Brooks....The book tells of the strong bonds that sometimes form between animals and humans, and the sacrafices each will make to keep those bonds strong. I'm so glad that I read this book!"" (read more)

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June 26
Selected by Mark from Milwaukie, Oregon
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage

Mark's Comments:
"Mark's comments:
"Having been employed in the sales of beverages for the past 18 years I thought I had a pretty good handle on the history and etymology of beer and wine. Tom Standage enlightened me with the history that I did not know...from the dawn of early humans who discoverd beer to the age of American industrialization where Coke began its early reign."" (read more)

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June 27
Selected by Alan from Canby, Oregon
Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican
by Gustavo Arellano

Alan's Comments:
"Alan's comments:
"This is a book which may offend...just about everyone, but in doing so it also presents good insights."" (read more)

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June 28
Selected by Douglas from Fort Smith, Arkansas
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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)
by Norman Doidge

Douglas's Comments:
"Douglas's comments:
"Do you know someone who has had a stroke? How about someone with a learning disability? Or, are you interested in maintaining your intellect and mental facilities as you get older?...Far from being dry and boring, The Brain That Changes Itself is filled with engrossing information about advances being made in neuroplasticity " the idea that the brain is not some 'hardwired' type of machine, but is plastic, and one part can take over functions of another part that's been damaged. The information is made very pertinent and relevant by giving names and faces to many people who've been helped by neuroplasticians."" (read more)

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June 29
Selected by Douglas from Salem, Oregon
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Wicked Lovely
Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

Douglas's Comments:
"Douglas's comments:
"Wicked Lovely is a great summer read. My Goth daughter loved it and so did I. It has a fine message and some well-crafted and edgy characters, along with a nice blend of folklore."" (read more)

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June 30
Selected by Joe from Los Angeles, California
Mysteries of the Life Force: My Apprenticeship with a Chi Kung Master
Mysteries of the Life Force: My Apprenticeship with a Chi Kung Master
by Peter Meech

Joe's Comments:
"Joe's comments:
"This book is a spiritual odyssey written by a real prose stylist. Imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald writing The Way of a Peaceful Warrior and you'll' get the idea. The book is not only beautifully written, it's funny, suspenseful and full of mystery."" (read more)

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