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January 01
Selected by Lee from Portland, Oregon
Last Night at the Lobster: A Novel
Last Night at the Lobster: A Novel
by Stewart O'Nan

Lee's Comments:
"A well-crafted story about Manny Deleon, the manager of a Red Lobster on its last night of operation. Manny must walk the minefield of a winter storm, unreliable and difficult employees and customers, a pregnant girlfriend, and a failed relationship with one of his waitresses. O'Nan writes with a singular clarity and attention to detail....At just 145 pages, a short, but worthy read." (read more)

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January 02
Selected by Sarah from Valders, Wisconsin
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky
The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky
by Joe Garden and Janet Ginsburg and Chris Pauls and Anita Serwacki and Scott Sherman

Sarah's Comments:
"This is one of the funniest books about dogs that I have ever read. Written by Rex and Sparky for fellow canines, this book presents information and instruction for dogs everywhere. Dogs of the world will learn how to make toys out of household items, interpretations of chase dreams, and the proper etiquette of poop and butt sniffing. This book was definitely written by people who have lived with and loved many dogs. A must read for all dog people!" (read more)

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January 03
Selected by Laurie from Smyrna, Tennessee
Dmitri Esterhaats
Dmitri Esterhaats
by Russell Hardin

Laurie's Comments:
"Hardin, a well-known political theorist, has written short fiction before, but this novel about a pianist sustains a full-length narrative that wryly and slyly encompasses a wealth of observation about musicians, relationships, Europeans in America, and art itself. Challenging and very compelling." (read more)


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January 04
Selected by Martha from San Jose, California
Martha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship
Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship
by Diane Schoemperlen

Martha's Comments:
"This book is delightful. The basic situation is presented with humor, whimsy and respect. The author explores all sorts of things besides the Virgin Mary, including physics and poetry....[K]eeping you both entertained and enlightened." (read more)

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January 05
Selected by Karl from Ventura, California
Karl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
by Josh Goldfaden

Karl's Comments:
"Human Resources is an enchanting, humorous, witty, sophisticated and sexy collection of short stories that will have you laughing with every page turn." (read more)

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January 06
Selected by Courtney from Portland, Oregon
Courtney won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Day Watch
Day Watch
by Sergei Lukyanenko

Courtney's Comments:
"'Amazing' is the only way to describe this fantasy book....A must for any Tolkien, Gaiman or Rowling lover!" (read more)

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January 07
Selected by Nicholas from Carmel, New York
Dead Head
Dead Head
by Allen Wyler

Nicholas's Comments:
"Medical thriller interspersed with terrorists of unknown origin with unknown motives. The book is very well-written, provides clues at each chapter, but never lets you forget that anything can happen with the turn of a page. An excellent read." (read more)


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January 08
Selected by Katy from San Mateo, California
Katy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
by Chuck Thompson

Katy's Comments:
"Delightful accounts of REAL travels — instead of puff pieces that most travel magazines publish in order not to offend their advertisers or readers. Lots of chuckles and even laugh-out-louds." (read more)

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January 09
Selected by April from Annapolis, Maryland
April won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dogface
Dogface
by Jeff Garigliano

April's Comments:
"I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. Amazingly entertaining and fun." (read more)


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January 10
Selected by Terry from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Canada
Terry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
by Mario Vargas Llosa

Terry's Comments:
"This novel could stand on its own as a comic masterpiece, but is also fascinating for being based on the author's own experience and the ensuing family scandal." (read more)

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January 11
Selected by Janet from New Orleans, Louisiana
Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
by Michael Chabon

Janet's Comments:
"Enormous swashbuckling fun, with a bit of history. Chabon's working title for the book was 'Jews With Swords' — an indication of both the subject and the humor. The prose is right tasty, too." (read more)

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January 12
Selected by Nathan from Portland, Oregon
Nathan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories
The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories
by Nicholas Gurewitch

Nathan's Comments:
"Apart from being hilarious-to-the-maximum, the artwork is as beautiful as golden diamonds shining, gleaming and sparkling like stars amongst dozens and dozens of rainbows. These ideas don't go stale. These comics don't disappoint. These colors don't run." (read more)

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January 13
Selected by Victoria from Garden Grove, California
Victoria won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blue Heron Marsh: A Webb Sawyer Mystery
Blue Heron Marsh: A Webb Sawyer Mystery
by Douglas Quinn

Victoria's Comments:
"Forty years ago a black man is lynched in North Carolina. Today, people who were connected to that murder through a boarding school, are dying. Douglas Quinn weaves the history into an excellent adventure. Quinn is a dynamic storyteller and keeps his readers riveted." (read more)

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January 14
Selected by Todd from Portland, Oregon
Todd won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
by David Mamet

Todd's Comments:
"[O]ne of those books I keep having to find again and again. I lend it to people with no intention of getting it back....The usual Mamet common sense is used throughout. It is in many cases truly sublime. If you miss this, you may be chomping through this too quickly. Chew it slow. It's all there....A slim, beautiful work." (read more)

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January 15
Selected by Andrew from Simcoe, Ontario, , , Canada
Andrew won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
An Equal Music
An Equal Music
by Vikram Seth

Andrew's Comments:
"In this masterful celebration of love, music, relationships and loss, a great romance between a violinist and a pianist unfolds in London, Vienna and Venice. Vikram Seth plays his readers as only a great virtuoso can, delivering a nuanced narrative of passion and the life of professional musicians. This sensitively told love story will give pleasure to all attuned to great writing and music." (read more)

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January 16
Selected by Pat from Sacramento, California
Pat won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Austenland
Austenland
by Shannon Hale

Pat's Comments:
"I'm not much for chick-lit, but am a reader of Jane Austen. So I went into this book with a skeptical eye, wondering if Hale would trash Austen or make fun of the millions who love her books. What I found was a highly enjoyable tale with an understandable heroine, two virile heroes, humorous minor characters, and a plot more firmly seated in a modernized Austen landscape than any of the others I've read....I think other Austen readers will be tickled with this delightful novel." (read more)

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January 17
Selected by Herbert from Seattle, Washington
Herbert won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
And Quiet Flows the Don (Vintage International)
And Quiet Flows the Don (Vintage International)
by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

Herbert's Comments:
"A mighty novel about the members of a Don Cossack village during the terrible days of the First World War and the Russian Civil War which followed. The characters are vividly drawn and engrossing. Deservedly a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature." (read more)

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January 18
Selected by Pam from Mesquite, Texas
Popeye #02: "Well Blow Me Down!"
Popeye #02: "Well Blow Me Down!"
by E. C. Segar

Pam's Comments:
"Want to know how Wimpy, excuse me, J. Wellington Wimpy came into being? He's one of America's best loved comic strip characters and now you can discover how the brilliant mind of E.C. Segar created this lovable and annoying freeloader. This book covers from 1930 to 1932 and is one of six in a series. This is volume two and I read wait to read them all." (read more)

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January 19
Selected by Leslie from San Diego, California
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal about Us
To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal about Us
by Sasha Cagen

Leslie's Comments:
"From the ordinary to the amusing, Cagen had us quickly sharing our own to-do lists....Maybe not for everyone's tastes, but a definite buy for any list-maker in the family." (read more)

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January 20
Selected by Kelly from Washington, DC
Kelly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Scandal of the Season
The Scandal of the Season
by Sophie Gee

Kelly's Comments:
"An interesting...hybrid of serious scholarship, historical biography, and, yes, chick lit. Princeton professor Sophie Gee imagines the real-life story behind Alexander Pope's poetic masterpiece, 'The Rape of the Lock.' You'll find the story of the affair behind the poem either deliciously sexy or eye-rollingly over-the-top. But the portraits of ambition in various forms...are, without doubt, full of insight." (read more)


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January 21
Selected by Bonnie from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bonnie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Rules for Old Men Waiting
Rules for Old Men Waiting
by Peter Pouncey

Bonnie's Comments:
"A beautiful story with an ending you know is coming, but still takes you by surprise. Pouncey weaves three wars into a story of remembrance, honor...and dignity. There are wonderful references to classical music that spurred me to seek out specific recordings. The ending is perhaps a little too 'ghost in the machine,' but it doesn't diminish the book's charm." (read more)

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January 22
Selected by Richard from Victoria, BC,
Richard won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Accelerando
Accelerando
by Charles Stross

Richard's Comments:
"Certainly the most impressive book I've read which tackles the concept of the singularity. In a world characterized by progress accelerated to the nth degree, how do you describe a culture that's evolved beyond human comprehension? With incandescent prose — that's how. Even if you don't buy Stross's premise...it sure is fun to watch him describe it. His use of language is jaw-dropping." (read more)

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January 23
Selected by Stacey from Gladstone, Oregon
Stacey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette (P.S.)
Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette (P.S.)
by Sena Jeter Naslund

Stacey's Comments:
"This book is excellent! I thought it might be a bit of a bore, but the writing is really great. I am loving the author's style of getting the information to me using 'Toinette's personality and words. The movie left me wanting so much more, and this book really fills in all the blanks! I will be reading more by this author." (read more)

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January 24
Selected by Larry from Tomball, Texas
Larry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China
by Matthew Polly

Larry's Comments:
"Almost every martial artist has some wayward fantasy or frequent daydream about dropping out of life and dropping into the Shaolin Temple, to emerge some undetermined time later as a well-tuned, philosophy-spouting fighting machine. Matthew Polly did just that, leaving his junior year from college and heading to China in 1992. My expectation of this book was that this would be a martial arts, culture clash and personal transformation story. And it was certainly all three and more." (read more)


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January 25
Selected by Debbie from Bend, Oregon
Debbie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness
The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness
by Jeff Warren

Debbie's Comments:
"A very enjoyable tour through some varieties of experience....The author's humor makes the book light-hearted, but not at all lightweight, as he earnestly tries to understand the various states." (read more)

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January 26
Selected by Felicia from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Felicia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Beware of Cat: And Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier
Beware of Cat: And Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier
by Vincent Wyckoff

Felicia's Comments:
"This is a delightful collection of anecdotes from the long-time postal carrier of a South Minneapolis neighborhood. You might be surprised what your postal carrier knows about you and your family from your mail." (read more)

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January 27
Selected by S. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
S. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
by Don Borchert

S.'s Comments:
"If you're outside the library profession you might be tickled by some of his musings, but for those in the industry it's pretty run-of-the-mill stuff....[A] quick read...with lots of cute anecdotes." (read more)

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January 28
Selected by Michael from Champaign, Illinois
God's Demon
God's Demon
by Wayne Barlowe

Michael's Comments:
"The descriptions of Hell and its inhabitants are incredibly vivid....Biblical events from the various demons' perspectives are also interesting. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys fantasy or speculative fiction!" (read more)


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January 29
Selected by Jeffrey from Baltimore, Maryland
Before the Dawn
Before the Dawn
by Nicholas Wade

Jeffrey's Comments:
"An absolutely compelling read and fascinating stuff. I'm no scientist and I'm aware of the frequent speculation, but it's still a deep, thought-provoking tome that seems to awaken primal memories with each new chapter!" (read more)

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January 30
Selected by Julia from Los Angeles, California
Julia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
by Beth Lisick

Julia's Comments:
"I'm a huge fan of all of Beth's work, but this goes above and beyond. Of course it is completely hilarious and had me laughing out-loud on multiple occasions, but it also gives some good advice about how to choose who to take advice from....My favorite section was her experiences on Richard Simmons' 'Cruise to Lose,' — priceless!" (read more)

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January 31
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Crooked Little Vein: A Novel
Crooked Little Vein: A Novel
by Warren Ellis

Michael's Comments:
"This book is in fact hilarious so long as you find perverse, strange and perhaps even disgusting acts of sex and the people who perform them to be funny. But that's not all. There is an underlying theme of government's desire for ultimate power, and how one might fight against it. And If none of that interests you, you'll never look at Godzilla the same way again." (read more)


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