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April 01
Selected by Sam from Portland, Oregon
Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir
Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir
by Wendy Burden

Sam's Comments:
"If you liked Frank Mccourt's classic memoir Angela's Ashes, you will love Wendy Burden's Dead End Gene Pool, also destined to be a classic. It's that good. ....Beginning with the book's Dedication: "To My Mother Goddammit", Burden turns on the seat belt sign, and prepares you for a turbulent but spell binding ride through a fascinating life told by a masterful storyteller....Burden's story, like Mccourt's, is a survivor's tale, and an equally great read about being born around the edges." (read more)

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April 02
Selected by Claire from Aberdeen, Washington
Claire won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Long Way Down: A Novel
A Long Way Down: A Novel
by Nick Hornby

Claire's Comments:
"It's the story of life, literally. The journey from the top of the building, to the ground is one of sacrifice, and the true meaning of looking out for one another. By taking the long way, the reader personally gets to know each of the four characters like a friend. You're so drawn in to what brought each of them to the top of that building on new years eve you can't put it down. Will they ever jump, or will the four of them find solutions to their problems, and learn to use the stairs forever?" (read more)

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April 03
Selected by Chip from Ventura, California
Bright Shiny Morning: A Novel
Bright Shiny Morning: A Novel
by James Frey

Chip's Comments:
"I do not hesitate in calling this novel, or whatever it is, a masterpiece. It is brilliant, indescribable, page-turning, anxious, and so forceful you feel like you've been slammed by a truck! I have not "checked the facts" but I really don't care because I believe it captures LA and it's energy." (read more)

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April 04
Selected by Nupur from Austin, Texas
Cyanide and Happiness
Cyanide and Happiness
by Rob Denbleyker and Kris Wilson and Matt Melvin and Dave McElfatric

Nupur's Comments:
"Love it! And love the comics online. I read them everyday, it makes my day!" (read more)

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April 05
Selected by Garrett from Eddington, Maine
Garrett won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
His Majesty's Dragon
His Majesty's Dragon
by Naomi Novik

Garrett's Comments:
"Since I was into Anne McCaffrey when I was younger, and into Patrick O'Brien more recently, there was no way I was going to pass this one up....Novik puts a fair degree of science behind her dragons, rather than McCaffrey's they-fly-because-they think-they-can attitude. The characters have realistic conflicts with each other, and when they work them out (or don't), I never got a deus-ex-machina feeling about it." (read more)

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April 06
Selected by Jane from New York, New York
Jane won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Let the Great World Spin
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann

Jane's Comments:
"Beautifully written and intricately woven, this book definitely tops my list for 2009." (read more)

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April 07
Selected by Jan from Battle Ground, Washington
Jan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
by Molly Wizenberg

Jan's Comments:
"Molly Wizenberg loves to cook as much as she loves to write. In A Homemade Life she showcases both....I decided to flag the recipes I wanted to go back and try. By the end of the book, the little flags had grown into a forest of neon sticking out of the top of the book. ...Molly may have lost her Dad but she found her passion and the love of a good man along the way. The story is as much fun as the recipes." (read more)

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April 08
Selected by Janet from Portland, Oregon
Pinion
Pinion
by Jay Lake

Janet's Comments:
"The third ...to the Mainspring series. I adore Jay's Clockwork Earth, and the characters. This one introduces the stoic, loyal, and dangerous Bernard Forthright Kitchens. ... I love the strong women in these books. In addition to the monk, Paolina Barthes and Emily McHenry Childress are both back -- the teenager and the older librarian who are changing the world. ...BTW, these books have the most beautiful damn covers out there. Of course, the artist had good material to work with. Cliffs! Dirigibles! Robots!" (read more)


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April 09
Selected by Debbi from Niles, Ohio
Debbi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Jake & Mimi
Jake & Mimi
by Frank Baldwin

Debbi's Comments:
"WOW! WOW! WOW! This book made me sweat it was so intense. Twisting turning, all the things for an excellent spellbinding read. Have let all of my reading friends borrow it." (read more)

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April 10
Selected by Michele from Saint Helens, Oregon
Michele won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
by Erin Bried

Michele's Comments:
"Wonderful book for our times. Everyone needs to remember that past generations got along just fine with a lot less than what we have now, and take for granted. Society doesn't have to be so disposable, and this book can help you see that." (read more)

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April 11
Selected by Kirsten from Castle Rock, Colorado
On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood (P.S.)
On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood (P.S.)
by Irmgard A Hunt

Kirsten's Comments:
"Fantastic book - you feel like you are there! Easy to read, engaging, and wonderfully, historically, mesmerizing. I would like to give it to everyone I know to read." (read more)

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April 12
Selected by Jane from Portland, Oregon
Jane won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Trees of Greater Portland
Trees of Greater Portland
by Phyllis C. Reynolds and Elizabeth F. Dimon

Jane's Comments:
"One of my favorite reference books because it is enjoyable on several levels: I love it for its examples of actual, mature trees I'm interested in seeing. But the peeks into Portland's history and growth, and the suggested tree walks are delightful additions. I think anyone interested in trees, walking, or Portland history will find reasons to use and enjoy this book." (read more)

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April 13
Selected by Doug from Beaverton, OR
Doug won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini

Doug's Comments:
"Seminal work by the master persuader Dr. Cialdini. Incorporated much of this book into a class I was teaching. It's accessible, conclusive and draws from appropriate anecdotal evidence. If you want to understand why people do what they do, buy this book and read it." (read more)

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April 14
Selected by Ruth from Langley, Washington
Ruth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Rowing to Latitude
Rowing to Latitude
by Jill Fredston

Ruth's Comments:
"This book took me on a journey unlike any book I have read. Filled with discovery, intense moments, vivid descriptions, and a total appreciation for nature the author takes the reader with her on this unusual journey. I would highly recommend this to anybody who enjoys rowing, kayaking or outdoor adventure, but additionally would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an extremely well written story." (read more)

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April 15
Selected by Wendy from Bellevue, Washington
Wendy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Trilogy #1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Trilogy #1)
by Stieg Larsson

Wendy's Comments:
"A fast read with a very complex plot. Loved the character of Lisbeth. Looking forward to the next one. I wouldn't call it a literary thriller but a fun book. I only read about one book a year in the genre of mystery/thrillers and think this was a good pick." (read more)

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April 16
Selected by Luz from Oak Park, Michigan
Luz won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Spiral Staircase
The Spiral Staircase
by Karen Armstrong

Luz's Comments:
"I found this book so compelling that I read its 300 pages in two days. People who have struggled with unfair dismissals, disappointment in religion as it is taught and practiced, disbelief, doubt and low self-esteem will find much to think about and to inspire." (read more)

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April 17
Selected by Laura from Sterling, Alaska
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-Round
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-Round
by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard

Laura's Comments:
"I love this book. The recipes are easy to follow and basic so anyone can preserve foods at their peek. And best of all it does not require large amounts of fresh produce. Whether you have a home garden or buy produce from the store, you can use the recipes in this book. I would suggest this book to everyone who home preserves already or want to try it." (read more)

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April 18
Selected by Cynthia from Portland, Oregon
Cynthia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker
Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker
by Matt Love

Cynthia's Comments:
"You should read this book. You will be highly entertained. Matt gives you a lot in his writing. Never a dull moment and that is what I like. I think if you read this book you may be inspired to take that chance that comes along. This is a beautiful story. I highly recommend it!" (read more)

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April 19
Selected by Diana from West Linn, Oregon
Diana won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF
Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF
by April Winchell

Diana's Comments:
"This book far surpassed my expectations, and I expected quite a lot. I believed it would be funny, and it was hysterical. I assumed it would be interesting, and in fact I could not put it down. What I had not anticipated was the extent to which this book would be moving. And -- in all actuality -- inspirational....I seriously doubt anyone could read this book without guffawing. It's that funny. Whether you're familiar with or passionate about Etsy, DIY, arts and crafts, or Regretsy, this book stands on its own and keeps you laughing. And, by the time you get through the Epilogue, chances are you'll be passionate about it all." (read more)

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April 20
Selected by Courtney from Elkhart, Indiana
Await Your Reply
Await Your Reply
by Dan Chaon

Courtney's Comments:
"Dan Chaon's Await Your Reply is a well written novel that almost anyone can relate to; it contains three unique stories of lost individuals trying to discover their purpose in life....With every turn of the page you are left guessing about what is to happen next....Dan Chaon does an extremely well job of drawing out the suspense in the plot involved with the three characters; Lucy, Ryan, and Miles....Will their lifestyles of deceit and crime finally catch up with them?" (read more)

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April 21
Selected by Kate from Vancouver, Washington
Kate won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Steampunk-Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings
Steampunk-Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings
by Jean Campbell

Kate's Comments:
"In the world of beginning crafts, most books tend to be heavy on the cutesy flowers and hearts. This book, geared to crafters of various levels, presents projects that are considerably more interesting. It also gives some history on the steampunk movement, and provides lots of inspiring photos of artwork and ephemera connected with the trend. Fun read, and likely to inspire creative projects of your own." (read more)

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April 22
Selected by Michelle from Hartland, Michigan
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli
by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra

Michelle's Comments:
"Kids who love OR hate veggies will fall in love with the monsters in this delightfully versed and illustrated picture book. The monsters, our protagonists, will eat anything so long as it is not broccoli. Trees, structures, and various other inedible objects are all among their favorites. In the end it turns out that they love trees and, of course, broccoli is tiny delicious green trees! My son is a fan of broccoli, therefore he is a fan of this book. With that said, it is funny enough for kids who are broccoli-shy and adults also. Highly recommended and fantastically entertaining kids book." (read more)

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April 23
Selected by Qui from Portland, Oregon
Lullaby
Lullaby
by Chuck Palahniuk

Qui's Comments:
"Lullaby is such an entertaining book. It keeps you reading and wanting more. I didn't put this book down once. I read it all in one sitting!" (read more)

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April 24
Selected by Cheryl from Tazewell, Tennessee
Cheryl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
One Good Dog
One Good Dog
by Susan Wilson

Cheryl's Comments:
"This is a book for dog lovers. I really enjoyed the way the author wove the story between the man who had a nervous breakdown and the pit bull mix dog that was bred to be a fighter. It is a highly emotional book that takes you from lows to highs several times. It was difficult to read the last 20 pages through the tears but worth it." (read more)

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April 25
Selected by Elliott from Gastonia, North Carolina
Elliott won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith

Elliott's Comments:
"This book made J.K. Rowling's, Nick Hornby's, and Kelly Link's lists of their favorite books and, having just finished it, I can see why....If you are looking for a book to fall in love with, choose this one." (read more)

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April 26
Selected by Jay from Vernon Hills, Illinois
How to Start and Make a Conversation: How to Talk to Anyone in 30 Seconds or Less
How to Start and Make a Conversation: How to Talk to Anyone in 30 Seconds or Less
by Chris Gottschalk

Jay's Comments:
"Judging by the cover you might dismiss this as a bit tawdry or tabloid. 30 seconds? Anyone? Anywhere? But wade through the chill clinical chapters on personality types mixed with Maslow's time-tested Priority of Needs. You soon realize this guy knows what he is talking about: Talk. Gottschalk's emphasis on "active listening" should be required reading for grade-schoolers and many boomer-age friends. ....packed with a friendly arsenal of icebreakers, attention grabbers, and graceful enter and exit moves that give old guru Dale Carnegie a much-needed update and may pave the way for your much needed next date." (read more)

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April 27
Selected by Michelle from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, , Canada, Canada
The Yellow Wall-Paper
The Yellow Wall-Paper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Michelle's Comments:
"A wonderful read-- this text is a prime example of the medicalization of female emotion. The concept of the "Resting Cure" was typical of the era in which Gilman writes. This 'cure' confined women prone to 'hysterics' to quiet and supposedly calm spaces within the Victorian household. Experiencing the text is an enlightening experience, for both men and women." (read more)

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April 28
Selected by Teresa from Mokelumne Hill, California
Teresa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Twin
The Twin
by Gerbrand Bakker

Teresa's Comments:
"Though some think this a sad, bleak tale, I disagree...[T]he deft way that Bakker weaves in the back story of the instigating tragedy that occurred is suspenseful storytelling at its best. And the slow yet inexorable journey of the main character, Helmer, as he moves toward and through a never anticipated transformation and redemption is exquisite. The final scenes are glorious." (read more)

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April 29
Selected by Jay from Hempstead, New York
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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee

Jay's Comments:
"I'm in the middle of this book now. Only half way and I can say it is a profound and important work on this subject. Must (though not in the OCD sense!) reading for anyone afflicted by, or dealing with, hoarding or clutter." (read more)

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April 30
Selected by Diana from Mountain View, California
The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep
The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep
by William C. Dement

Diana's Comments:
"This is the first book I ever read on sleeping disorders, and it's been invaluable in helping me discover and treat mine; I received my copy as a gift from a friend who was worried about how tired I was in spite of regularly sleeping 10 or more hours....It's fascinating to look through his eyes at how the field started and how much more we know (and can do) about sleep disorders today." (read more)

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