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May 01
Selected by Heather from Boston, Massachusetts
Heather won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Theory of Clouds
The Theory of Clouds
by Stephane Audeguy

Heather's Comments:
"The simplicity of this novel's prose belies its complex layering of historical facts and fictions and the minor strangenesses that it weaves. It's as layered and engaging as the sky clouds about which its subjects obsess." (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Karl from Aiken, South Carolina
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A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
by Michael Stanley

Karl's Comments:
"Like Alexander McCall Smith's popular detective novels, this debut mystery is set in Botswana. It is much grittier and more realistic....The vivid descriptions of the cultural and political background give this page-turner an added dimension." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by David from Solvang, California
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Stories in the Worst Way
Stories in the Worst Way
by Gary Lutz

David's Comments:
"Lutz manages to tangle words into sentences that snort fear into syntax and then as the aroma of the language begins to curl the buds of the tongue it becomes clear that the reader is dining in a kind of lyrical greasy spoon, where even the pigs in a blanket are a mad capped ambrosia. If you ever really want to understand the sentence, read Lutz." (read more)


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May 04
Selected by Sharon from Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Salvage
Salvage
by Jane Kotapish

Sharon's Comments:
"I fell in love with Kotapish's stylish, lyrical phrasing and imagery....The book's plot weaves like a stage whisper throughout the novel -- the character's first-person musings and point of view reveal much more than any action, and the main theme of the novel emerges as a loose, haunting thread that reticulates her emotional quest: the redemption of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship....This is Jane Kotapish's first novel, and as an entranced reader, I consider myself a new fan." (read more)


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May 05
Selected by Debbi from Boise, Idaho
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The Girl with No Shadow
The Girl with No Shadow
by Joanne Harris

Debbi's Comments:
"I have just finished the most delicious book! Magic, Paris, folklore, chocolate....[A] wonderful story that will keep you wanting more. This sequel to Chocolat is even better than the original." (read more)


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May 06
Selected by Anne from Jacksonville, Florida
Second Lives: A Journey through Virtual Worlds
Second Lives: A Journey through Virtual Worlds
by Tim Guest

Anne's Comments:
"The book...explores a very interesting subject....[I]f you want a flavor of what's behind the immersive/avatar stuff, this book is a good resource and a pleasing read." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Prashanth from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Waiting for the Barbarians
Waiting for the Barbarians
by J. M. Coetzee

Prashanth's Comments:
"No other tale of crime against humanity has been told with such intensity. Every page is a heart-wrenching experience....A timeless masterpiece." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Beren from Portland, Oregon
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Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery)
Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery)
by Morgan Hunt

Beren's Comments:
"Morgan Hunt's follow up to Sticky Fingers was everything I hoped it would be: the lyric-related title, the unusual method of murder...and the complex capers of Tess Camillo, San Diego lesbian computer-jockey/math-lover/cancer survivor/lusty lady on the verge of menopause looking for love, justice and Italian food." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Fiona from Portland, Oregon
Ecotopia
Ecotopia
by Ernest Callenbach

Fiona's Comments:
"This is a wonderful book that begins to explore realities of America's impending environmental crisis. Washington, Oregon, and Northern California have annexed from the United States, creating Ecotopia. Ecotopia has minimal pollution, and once buried streams and rivers have been revived and now flow through the streets." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Chris from Evergreen, Colorado
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Maps and Legends
Maps and Legends
by Michael Chabon

Chris's Comments:
"This is what I imagine dinner conversation with Michael Chabon might be like....[A] book to savor....Fun to read, thought-provoking, inspirational." (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Kathleen from Buffalo, NY
Chester
Chester
by Ayano Imai

Kathleen's Comments:
"The layout, typeface and design of this book all complement the endearing story. The end papers are absolutely charming....[I]t is nice to see a book that is thoughtfully created, and one that you will want to read again and again." (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Katie from Portland, Oregon
Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw
Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw
by Ana Maria Spagna

Katie's Comments:
"Beautifully written essays about a life lived in the woods....[Ana Maria's] insights are not shocking or different but are closely observed. It's the combo of what she sees with how she reacts to it that makes this book a joy to read. Having a love for the NW woods helps too." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Judith from Seattle, Washington
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Love Falls (P.S.)
Love Falls (P.S.)
by Esther Freud

Judith's Comments:
"If you don't have time to go on vacation...this is your chance for an exciting holiday in Tuscany. Lara, eyes, ears and heart wide open, shares her observations of well-to-do aristocratic Brits....Once again Freud delves deep into her rich family vault to uncover a gem of a novel." (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Dick from Ventura, California
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The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue
The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue
by David Samuels

Dick's Comments:
"Samuels has expanded his piece about the petty thief and compulsive runner...into an amazing work -- short but stuffed with obviously hard-won details. Hogue first conned his way into Princeton University and became a top student. He then used his odd charms and talents to bedazzle (and defraud) many citizens of Telluride, Colorado....It's a sad and bitchily amusing story, told by a master." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Jason from Chicago, Illinois
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The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
by Frank Deford

Jason's Comments:
"In typical Deford fashion, The Old Ball Game was meticulously researched....It is an enjoyable read providing insight to the unlikely bond between the gruff and hard driven McGraw and the All-American, Bucknell educated Mathewson." (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Amy from Machias, Maine
The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
by Gioconda Belli

Amy's Comments:
"A beautifully written, compelling memoir about Gioconda Belli's experiences during the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, and its aftermath. This is a poetic and moving narrative, and a portrait of a strong woman and committed activist." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Sheri from Roseville, Minnesota
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Murder in Amsterdam
Murder in Amsterdam
by A. C. Baantjer

Sheri's Comments:
"For readers who love Amsterdam, or are planning a trip there, DeKok...will give you a sense of the character of the people and the city. Baantjer is an extremely popular author in the Netherlands. A relatively undemanding, but entertaining police procedural with the added pleasure of giving one a short trip to this wonderfully unique and eccentric city." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Jessica from Silver Spring, Maryland
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What It Is
What It Is
by Lynda Barry

Jessica's Comments:
"Lynda Barry shares her creative process with you in a book full of great drawings and insights. This is the same stuff she teaches at courses around the country, and it works. Memory and images make fiction, right? And you can start in ten minutes. What It Is is great." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Ellen from Troy, New York
The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ellen's Comments:
"Quintessential LeGuin. Quintessential reading for the failed, frustrated, dead-ended, but still dreaming revolutionary in you. Don't be afraid of failure. Dig in." (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Rosemary from Ocala, Florida
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What's So Funny?
What's So Funny?
by Donald E. Westlake

Rosemary's Comments:
"This book was light reading with humorous characters. John Dortmunder is sly in his thefts....I plan to find the other books in this series to read." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Andrea from Burlington, Vermont
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
by Lee Siegel

Andrea's Comments:
"Siegel tells it like no one else has yet — and I hope he is not the last to write about this topic. He points out that knowledge is different than information (information being what the Internet serves up and knowledge being what contributes to wisdom) and he offers up much due criticism of the 24/7 news cycle....I recommend this book as a counterpoint and voice of reason for anyone who's had the sneaking suspicion that information overkill isn't necessarily a positive cultural development." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Joelo from New York, New York
The Book of Getting Even
The Book of Getting Even
by Benjamin Taylor

Joelo's Comments:
"When I finished the extraordinarily moving final paragraphs I simply turned to the beginning and started to read again. It's a book that should be savored slowly, sentence by gorgeously crafted sentence. In every way, a brilliant work of art." (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Marcia from Portland, Oregon
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The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits
The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits
by Stitchy McYarnpants

Marcia's Comments:
"This book is hysterical and a must-read for anyone in your 'stitch and bitch' group. Not only are the pictures entertaining, but the author's commentary beats anything Joan Rivers can dish on Oscar Night." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Josh from Portland, Oregon
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Alone
Alone
by Lisa Gardner

Josh's Comments:
"I couldn't put this book down. The story starts out strong on the very first page and doesn't let up until the end....I challenge you to figure out who the bad guys are in this one. This was my first experience with Lisa Gardner but it definitely won't be my last!" (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Jorge from San Ysidro, California
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson

Jorge's Comments:
"An instant classic. A yellow submarine, Howard the talking dolphin, Haggbard Celine, and the Illuminati, and a host of characters from all dimensions, take you on a wild ride through space, time, and mind." (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Susan from Portland, Oregon
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Amulet
Amulet
by Roberto Bolano

Susan's Comments:
"This is a wonderful book to read slowly. The author paints wonderful pictures with rich language. I became fond of the main character...and was drawn into her story." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Krista from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,
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Love in Idleness
Love in Idleness
by Amanda Craig

Krista's Comments:
"This social comedy is a great read for your beach bag. Amanda Craig's witty, sharp dialogue is perfect." (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Debbie from San Diego, California
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

Debbie's Comments:
"[E]xcellent and very provocative....One step in the opposite direction or one minute early or late can have an impact. Very interesting." (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Rigzin from Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
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Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land (Vintage Departures)
Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land (Vintage Departures)
by Patrick French

Rigzin's Comments:
"This book stands out from the rest of books on Tibet...it is very honest and as a result succeeds in unraveling the myth of Tibet. So if you want to see Tibet as it is, then this one deserves a place in your bookshelf." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Matthew from Corning, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend
by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Matthew's Comments:
"As I read this remarkable story, I delighted in the well-written account of the search for a genealogy...and savored the rich detail found by the author and her husband through great research....The process is as fascinating as the story is real." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Veronica from Port Ludlow, WA
This Dame for Hire
This Dame for Hire
by Sandra Scoppettone

Veronica's Comments:
"Faye Quick in 1940's New York is one of thousands of women who stepped into men's shoes during WWII, in this case as a private detective....A good mystery with engaging characters, especially for WWII buffs or female detective fans." (read more)

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