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December 01
Selected by Ashley from Antioch, California
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Double Duce
Double Duce
by Aaron Cometbus

Ashley's Comments:
"An open, rollicking look at the life of Bay Area punk rockers, anarchists, artists...and other misfits. Cometbus, a pioneer of the Berkeley, CA, punk and zine scenes, brings freshness and vividness to his story, his characters and the confusing filth they live in." (read more)


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December 02
Selected by Sharon from Portland, Oregon
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And She Was
And She Was
by Cindy Dyson

Sharon's Comments:
"This book caught my eye at first with the winning title from the well known Talking Heads song.The book has little to do with the Talking Heads, but is about one woman's dark journey of healing set in the Aleutians. It blends the past history of women who have lived there with the main characters gritty journey to self discovery. It's not an easy read but is well worth spending time with." (read more)

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December 03
Selected by stephanie from Kenner, LA
People of the Book
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks

stephanie's Comments:
"I've read a good bit of historical fiction, and this is by far the best. I loved this book. I recommend it to everyone...beautiful prose, a lovely way of showing how Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religions all have to work together to preserve religion. I loved it. I will read it again." (read more)

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December 04
Selected by Chase from Norman , Oklahoma
My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

Chase's Comments:
"It's a very well written novel. Anna who is thirteen puts her foot down and tells her parents in a lawsuit that she is done helping her sister and doesn't want to anymore....[I]t's just crazy to think you could genetically mutate stem cells to be a perfect match in every way for another sibling....Very, Very good book. I would recommend it to everyone." (read more)

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December 05
Selected by Rhonda from Argos, Indiana
The Real Witches' Kitchen: Spells, Recipes, Oils, Lotions and Potions from the Witches' Hearth
The Real Witches' Kitchen: Spells, Recipes, Oils, Lotions and Potions from the Witches' Hearth
by Kate West

Rhonda's Comments:
"Great book! Well organized. Lots of practical information. I will purchase her other titles." (read more)


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December 06
Selected by Ashley from Orlando, Florida
The Complete Guide to Wikis: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends
The Complete Guide to Wikis: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends
by T. Brian Chatfield

Ashley's Comments:
"[A]n easy read, and will allow readers to create their own wikis right away - a true benefit for business people....concludes with chapters that cover security and management strategies that will be excellent references to readers throughout their experience with wikis." (read more)

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December 07
Selected by Bill from Portland, Oregon
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Christine
Christine
by Stephen King

Bill's Comments:
"One of the classics. This is the book that got me hooked on Stephen King. Now I've read them all thanks to Powell's unending supply of titles." (read more)

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December 08
Selected by Jeanie from Monte Rio, California
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Stick Man
Stick Man
by Julia Donaldson

Jeanie's Comments:
"This book is wonderful....I can't help but say to my son every now and again, "I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman it's ME!!!!" He laughs so hard! This book is one you could read to your family every year at Christmas time, or any other time for that matter." (read more)

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December 09
Selected by Ken from Victoria, British Columbia, , Canada
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Diamond Dust
Diamond Dust
by Peter Lovesey

Ken's Comments:
"Although a long-time fan of British detective books and movies, I have just discovered my first Peter Lovesey book: Diamond Dust. After starting it I stayed up half the night to finish it. Interesting plot which kept me guessing right up to the end. Now I have a whole new series to read over the long winter nights ahead." (read more)

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December 10
Selected by David from Brush Prairie, Washington
The Guns of August
The Guns of August
by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

David's Comments:
"A FABULOUS book by one of my favorite historians. Easily on my "Lifetime Top 20 Books" list. Very important in helping to understand not just the roots of World War I, but for how and why nations go to war in general. I read it perhaps 30 years ago and find myself at Powell's Online buying another copy so I can read it again." (read more)

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December 11
Selected by Mary from Oregon City, Oregon
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Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories
Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories
by Joseph Mitchell

Mary's Comments:
"Quite simply, one of my favorite books ever. I have given away a half-dozen copies of this book to friends, demanding that they read it. Diamond-brilliant essays about everyday life in a New York that has long since vanished....I think this book belongs in every collection. Get your hands on it!" (read more)

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December 12
Selected by Janet from Bronx, New York
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How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Janet's Comments:
"This book was invaluable to me as a parent and as a teacher and director of a childcare center. I recommend it again and again....The techniques take practice, but help develop relationships that promote self-discipline in children." (read more)

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December 13
Selected by Judy from Lancaster, Wisconsin
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Walk Two Moons
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech

Judy's Comments:
"This is Sharon Creech's best book by far. The characters are so well-developed, the plot is layered and there's a great surprise ending. I've read this several times, and it just gets better." (read more)


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December 14
Selected by Terri from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Awakening the Tiger Within: 9 Paths to Healing and Empowerment
Awakening the Tiger Within: 9 Paths to Healing and Empowerment
by Joy Heartsong

Terri's Comments:
"This was a profoundly spiritual book for me. Unlike other self-help books, it is realistic, insightful, meaningful, and moving. I have used it over and over again. Do not lend it to someone, as I did, you will never get it back!" (read more)

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December 15
Selected by June from Canton, Illinoise
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
by Mike Bubel and Nancy Bubel

June's Comments:
"I bought a copy of Root Cellaring when it was first published. My husband and I had polished our fruit and vegetable growing techniques enough to be worried about winter storage. We knew nothing. The book was soon full of book marks, its pages dog-eared and penciled. It covered everything....Now, I am alone in another state and in totally different circumstances. I had left Root Cellaring behind, certain I would never need it again. I was wrong. I am ordering another copy. Nothing else will do." (read more)

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December 16
Selected by Bill from Seattle, Washington
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson

Bill's Comments:
"If you own just one book this one should be it. Bill Bryson does an excellent job of taking absolutely everything into account and explaining it all in a way that is fascinating, funny and thorough. I have already purchased this book for many of my friends." (read more)


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December 17
Selected by Michael from Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore

Michael's Comments:
"One of my favourite books -- an hilarious account of the life of Christ, told by his best friend -- which is a welcome antidote to the sometimes excessive "religious correctness" appearing at this time each year. Notable for making you laugh at an otherwise often humourless topic! HIGHLY recommended!" (read more)

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December 18
Selected by Annie from Azle , Texas
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When Rabbit Howls
When Rabbit Howls
by Truddi Chase

Annie's Comments:
"I read this book as a young teenager. I want to say I will never forget it. It reached so many places within my heart, it stirred up so many emotions, and pain that needed to be dealt with, and on many levels I still deal with today. Thank you for being brave enough to write this story. I am going to read it again as an adult." (read more)

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December 19
Selected by Elaine from Vancouver, Washington
The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition
The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition
by Gary Chapman

Elaine's Comments:
"Giving this as a Christmas gift. I'm frequently frustrated with the one that I love because he's almost solely "acts of service" and I'm a blend of all five! I read the original book years ago and really believe it stands the test of time. A real keeper!" (read more)

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December 20
Selected by Sarena from Carson City, Nevada
Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
by Susan Fraser King

Sarena's Comments:
"Forget what you learned about Macbeth from Shakespeare; read this book for the characters and human drama. Read the book because it is one of those rare books that remind us readers why we spend so much time curled around our couches. I have to warn you, once finish this book finding your next good read will be a challenge." (read more)

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December 21
Selected by Mark from Great Falls, Montana
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The Swan Thieves
The Swan Thieves
by Elizabeth Kostova

Mark's Comments:
"Elizabeth Kostova has captured my heart and mind again. The Swan Thieves is an intriguing blend of art, history, and obsession. It is rich in detail and language that puts you into the narrator's mind as he observes every detail with an artist's eye and also with a psychiatrist's trained eye looking for the manifestations of a troubled mind. I highly recommend it." (read more)

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December 22
Selected by Jim from Pecatonica, Illinois
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The Giver
The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Jim's Comments:
"Set in the future, where there is no poverty, violence, hunger, or hate, there is also no free will. Lowry does an admirable job in creating a utopia that hovers on being dystopian. This is a good read, thought-provoking for teens and adults both.....excellent book that could provide something to talk about with your teenager." (read more)


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December 23
Selected by Sharon from Portland, Oregon
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
by Alison Bartlett

Sharon's Comments:
"Allison Hoover Bartlett's probe into the mysteries of collecting took her into the confidence of a man named John Gilkey, who has served many times in prison for book theft. In her research she discovered a world of crazed people willing to risk all just for the next best first edition. She explores collecting as a phenomenon, collectors as a genre of the human species, rare book sellers interested in protecting their own pocketbooks as well as the integrity of the trade, and the moral and ethical questions that plagued her as Gilkey began to confess increasingly recent crimes. Fascinating. I returned my library copy and am buying one for my shelf to read again." (read more)

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December 24
Selected by Zelda from Claysville, Pennsylvania
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The Good Journey
The Good Journey
by Micaela Gilchrist

Zelda's Comments:
"I have to say this is probably the best book I've read on 19th century America. The writing is so vivid and rich you see the prairie stretch out in front of you. It has an ability to be read over and over again and each time make you notice new things." (read more)

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December 25
Selected by Hubert from Longmont, Colorado
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The Last Chinese Chef
The Last Chinese Chef
by Nicole Mones

Hubert's Comments:
"A nicely woven story of the love developing between a chef and a writer, and love between the writer (a culinary journalist) and traditional Chinese food. The love story is light, if you're in love with a chef you'll recognize things. Recommended for food lovers." (read more)

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December 26
Selected by Hannah from Portland, Oregon
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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale
by Holly Black

Hannah's Comments:
"I have read the other books in this series, but this novel surpassed my expectations. I am definitely in favor of reading books in order, but read quickly; this one is the best." (read more)

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December 27
Selected by Katie from Flagstaff, Arizona
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Katie's Comments:
"I purposely did not buy this book because of all of the hype. Silly, I know. This is the same mentality that caused a ten year delay in my reading of Kingsolver. And it is with great humility that I recommend this book. After receiving Eat, Pray, Love, as a gift, and reading it, I can truly say that I am happy to have read it. I loved this book and highly recommend it in the new year!" (read more)

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December 28
Selected by Stephanie from Santa Cruz, California
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People of the Book: A Novel
People of the Book: A Novel
by Geraldine Brooks

Stephanie's Comments:
"I picked up this book because I was intrigued by a novel about the lengths people have gone to in order to save a book. Being a book lover, I couldn't think of a more perfect topic!" (read more)

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December 29
Selected by Shelly from Conroe, Texas
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The Paper Bag Christmas
The Paper Bag Christmas
by Kevin Alan Milne

Shelly's Comments:
"If you don't believe in Santa or Christmas miracles, you may change your mind after reading this! I laughed, I cried, my heart hurt and was filled with joy! This is just a sweet little story about how one boy's life was changed...when he was 9....It's amazing how one event can change your life. Maybe one little book could change yours..." (read more)

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December 30
Selected by E from Las Vegas, Nevada
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When the Emperor Was Divine
When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka

E's Comments:
"This short, spare novel about a Japanese-American family being sent to an internment camp during World War II packs a huge emotional punch. It makes you realize how horribly unfair the internment of Japanese citizens was and how it disrupted and affected their lives long after the war." (read more)

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December 31
Selected by Tracy from San Mateo, California
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Black Evening: Tales of Dark Suspense
Black Evening: Tales of Dark Suspense
by David Morrell

Tracy's Comments:
"A great collection of short horror genre stories. They are gripping and realistic (no crazy stuff like demons flying out of the characters noses). Just wonderfully creepy." (read more)

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