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December 01
Selected by Ruth from Los Angeles, California
Peaches & Daddy: A Story of the Roaring Twenties, the Birth of Tabloid Media, and the Courtship That Captured the Heart and Imagination
Peaches & Daddy: A Story of the Roaring Twenties, the Birth of Tabloid Media, and the Courtship That Captured the Heart and Imagination
by Michael M. Greenburg

Ruth's Comments:
"[A] good read for people that love whack-jobs and American history." (read more)

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December 02
Selected by Michael from Harpenden, Herts, United Kingdom
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Pledge
The Pledge
by Friedrich Durrenmatt

Michael's Comments:
"[W]ithout doubt the best detective story I have ever read!" (read more)

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December 03
Selected by Ruth from Lake Oswego, Oregon
Ruth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken
Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken
by Kate DiCamillo

Ruth's Comments:
"I fell in love with this book when I saw the illustration of the pirates boarding the ship, and it just got better from there. Don't miss it!" (read more)

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December 04
Selected by Kay from Ellicott City, Maryland
Kay won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Theory of Clouds
The Theory of Clouds
by Stephane Audeguy

Kay's Comments:
"[An] outstanding book....[Y]ou can never look at a fluffy cloud the same way." (read more)

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December 05
Selected by Victoria from Portland, Oregon
Victoria won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures
Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures
by Bill Schutt

Victoria's Comments:
"While this is a titillating book, Bill Schutt does a great job of explaining the hard science behind those that feed on blood." (read more)

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December 06
Selected by Tiffany from Framingham, Massachusetts
Tiffany won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cupboard
Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cupboard
by W. Somerset Maugham

Tiffany's Comments:
"'Cakes and Ale' is supposed to be based on the author's early childhood and his relationship with Thomas Hardy and their consecutive rise in the literary world....Like all of Maugham's works you feel as if you have walked in his shoes and conquered all of life's real human issues." (read more)

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December 07
Selected by Mario from Baldwin Park, California
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
by Richard Dawkins

Mario's Comments:
"Let's go to clarify our doubts about the origin of life and of our own existence in 'The Ancestor's Tale Book.' Thanks, Mr. Dawkins" (read more)

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December 08
Selected by Christine from Centereach, New York
Christine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Scarpetta
Scarpetta
by Patricia Cornwell

Christine's Comments:
"[A] fast paced novel....If you are like me, who prefers the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, then you won't be disappointed." (read more)

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December 09
Selected by Ashley from Surprise, Arizona
Ashley won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Freak Show
Freak Show
by James St. James

Ashley's Comments:
"James St. James has annihilated the stereotypes we use to mold who we are....Anyone who feels like they just don't belong, read this book — it will change your life." (read more)

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December 10
Selected by Teresa from Portland, Oregon
Teresa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Turquoise: A Chef's Travels in Turkey
Turquoise: A Chef's Travels in Turkey
by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf and Lisa Cohen and William Meppem

Teresa's Comments:
"Terrific addition to any cookbook collection and a gorgeous book to give...as much travelogue as cookbook." (read more)

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December 11
Selected by Terry from Eagle River, Ontario , Canada
Terry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Secret Teachings of All Ages
The Secret Teachings of All Ages
by Manly P. Hall

Terry's Comments:
"[A] must have for anyone researching the connectedness and history of the religions [and] philosophies of the world." (read more)

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December 12
Selected by Sydne from Madison, Wisconsin
Miles from Nowhere
Miles from Nowhere
by Nami Mun

Sydne's Comments:
"[A] stark story of a girl choosing life on the streets instead of life with an absent father and non-responsive mother....[Q]uite gripping and original." (read more)

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December 13
Selected by Randi from Big Stone Gap, Virginia
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
by Lisa Schroeder

Randi's Comments:
"I absolutely LOVED this book! Lisa is a wonderful writer. It really shined some light on how life is sometimes." (read more)

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December 14
Selected by Jon from Annapolis, Maryland
Jon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
by Barton Gellman

Jon's Comments:
"Gellman's reporting is astonishing, compiling the bits and pieces of Vice President Cheney's actions and writings into a coherent portrait of a man driven by a deep devotion to secrecy and loyalty, a philosophical attachment to extensive executive power, and a fear of catastrophe so great that he is willing to sacrifice law and peace to defend against it." (read more)

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December 15
Selected by Stacy from Portland, Oregon
Stacy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum
How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum
by Keri Smith

Stacy's Comments:
"A fantastic book to encourage focus, free-thinking, creativity, and intense observation on a deeply individual level....A book meant to be used, written in, carried around." (read more)

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December 16
Selected by Cindy from Denver, Colorado
Cindy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence -- And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence -- And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
by Irene Pepperberg

Cindy's Comments:
"[T]he story of a scientist's long association with Alex, the African Grey parrot....Alex did not just 'parrot' an amazing vocabulary. He demonstrated an ability to think, feel, and yes, even love." (read more)

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December 17
Selected by Julie from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Julie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Lump of Coal
The Lump of Coal
by Lemony Snicket

Julie's Comments:
"Lemony Snicket tells the story of a lump of coal finding his way in the world....His adventures, and eventual success, are told in a sweet-tart manner that is enjoyable for both kids and parents." (read more)

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December 18
Selected by Susan from Stony Brook, New York
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft
Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft
by Tara Jon Manning

Susan's Comments:
"As a long-time knitter who has studied Buddhism for several years, I can truly say that Tara Jon Manning has melded the practice of the two beautifully." (read more)

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December 19
Selected by Melissa from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Melissa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Suicide Collectors
The Suicide Collectors
by David Oppegaard

Melissa's Comments:
"I loved the mix of humor and imagery....The main character, Norman, is tenacious and lovable, and I would not mind taking him out for a whiskey sometime." (read more)

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December 20
Selected by LeAnna from Glendale, Oregon
LeAnna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Thank You for Being You
Thank You for Being You
by Bradley Trevor Greive

LeAnna's Comments:
"I love all Bradley Trevor Greive books, but this one I especially love. It is perfect to give to anyone that just saying 'thank you' to would never be enough." (read more)

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December 21
Selected by Laura from Denver, Colorado
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist -- the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist -- the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
by Daniel Pool

Laura's Comments:
"Totally absorbing and enormously edifying...if you enjoy Victorian fiction...this highly readable and entertaining book deserves a place on your nightstand." (read more)

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December 22
Selected by Genevieve from Austin, Texas
Mating
Mating
by Norman Rush

Genevieve's Comments:
"Elegant in its prose, each layer demands specific and alert attention from the reader; which it then richly rewards. Passion and intellect intertwine in this dissertation on love, its making, undoing, and lasting consequence. Superb." (read more)

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December 23
Selected by Carole from Asheville, NC
Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors
Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors
by Andrea Nguyen

Carole's Comments:
"I've recently been drooling over this cookbook at my local bookstore, hoping that Santa will find me worthy of its substantial weight in his pack! I have two reliable Vietnamese cookbooks that I love, but this one goes above and beyond - both in the sheer number of recipes, plus great resources and gorgeous photography. One of those cookbooks you browse through and immediately find yourself thinking, "I want to make three-fourths of these recipes!" A must-have for every cook who enjoys learning about Vietnamese culture while cooking this country's fabulous food!" (read more)

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December 24
Selected by Lukas from Portland, Oregon
Lukas won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.




Lukas's Comments:
"Do you drink bottled water? Well, knock it off! This illuminating, even-handed, and non-preachy book by the author of "Garbageland" details the development of the bottled water industry and its huge environmental impact. It raises many questions, such as should water be a commodity or a human right? Either way, it should convince bottled water drinkers to switch to tap or to buy filters. A must read for our times." (read more)


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December 25
Selected by Nancy from Stronghurst, Illinois
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from Shakespeare
by Tina Packer

Nancy's Comments:
"I am a sixth grade teacher and I used this text to introduce my students to the bard. It is awesome and they loved it, even lower ability readers. The illustrations are superb! I am planning to recommend this book to my seventh and eighth grade colleagues." (read more)


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December 26
Selected by April from Silverton, OR
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf

April's Comments:
"Proust and the Squid is an exciting, readable mix of history, literature, archaeology, psychology, and linguistics. Wolf makes the case that reading is truly an unnatural and unlikely act." (read more)

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December 27
Selected by Terry from Covington, Louisiana
The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life
The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life
by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot

Terry's Comments:
"Heard the review on NPR this a.m., and nearly drove off the rode while I made myself a note to look it up once I got to work." (read more)

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December 28
Selected by James from Silsbee, Texas
James won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Going Solo
Going Solo
by Roald Dahl

James's Comments:
"Not ever dry or dull and some of it is even laugh out loud funny....It reads very fast and will leave you wanting more." (read more)

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December 29
Selected by Stephen from Pacific Grove, California
Stephen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies
Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies
by Donald Spoto

Stephen's Comments:
"The most intriguing thing I learned...was how the same collaborators behind the camera (writers, editors, production designers) were responsible for a 'Hitchcock' picture, from his very first films in England. This is ironic, since Hitchcock is often considered the ultimate 'auteur' filmmaker." (read more)

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December 30
Selected by Ruth from Portland, Maine
Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag
by Michael Tonello

Ruth's Comments:
"[An] engaging story about [the] author's escapades in Europe and on ebay. Loved it." (read more)


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December 31
Selected by Debbi from Boise, Idaho
Debbi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
by Sylvia Boorstein

Debbi's Comments:
"What better way to start a new year than with a new perspective? Sylvia Boorstein captures the essence with this hands-on introduction to Buddhism." (read more)

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