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May 01
Selected by Amy from Dacono, Colorado
Possum Living: How to Live Well without a Job and with (Almost) No Money
Possum Living: How to Live Well without a Job and with (Almost) No Money
by Dolly Freed

Amy's Comments:
"This book is so popular in our library that I am adding a second copy. My patrons tell me that it is the single best demonstration of the disparity of want and need that they have ever seen. I wish that I could give a first hand review but the waiting list for this book is 5 patrons long, so it may be awhile before I get a turn." (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Charese from Anchorage, Alaska
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

Charese's Comments:
"One doesn't often associate "corpses" with "laugh-out-loud funny" (at least in non-fiction) but Mary Roach combines the two in this enlightening and strangely delightful book. The subject -- the uses and disposal of dead bodies -- may be the definition of macabre, but Roach treats it with goofy wit and, at the same time, respect." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Elizabeth from Austin, Texas
This Wicked World
This Wicked World
by Richard Lange

Elizabeth's Comments:
"This noir-ish first novel is an unusually well-written piece of genre fiction. I especially enjoyed the author's nuanced approach to characterization; there is dimension even to some of the more ancillary figures in the story....I'd say this is probably the best mystery novel I've read this year, and the author is absolutely going on my watch list." (read more)


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May 04
Selected by Jennifer from Los Angeles, California
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $100.
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
by Jasper Fforde

Jennifer's Comments:
"Jasper Fforde's writing defies any one genre and the result is brilliant. I so enjoyed this journey through a world where color means everything and I can't wait for the next one. I was a fan of the Thursday Next series, but I love this one more!" (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Barbara from Portland, Oregon
How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking about It
How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking about It
by Patricia Love and Steven Stosny

Barbara's Comments:
"This book absolutely hits the nail on the head! Read it before you start thinking about lawyers, preferably on your honeymoon! If you've been married 30 years like me, it will still help you understand why we behave the way we do, and how to change those old patterns. This book is not about 'changing yourself for him/her' it is about each of us becoming the person we really want to be." (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Cecilia from Augusta, Kansas
Cecilia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Pygmy
Pygmy
by Chuck Palahniuk

Cecilia's Comments:
"This book had me from the start; intriguing in the viewpoints of all the characters of the 'American way of life' plus laugh out loud funny....I admit I have not read a Palahniuk book before this one but I'm glad to have picked this as one of his books to read. It is a short book written as a diary and once I started reading it I had a hard time stopping until the end...and a surprise ending it was indeed....Highly recommended." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Maggie from Mound, Minnesota
Maggie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

Maggie's Comments:
"A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, evolves as a tragic story that can occur unpredictably in a boy's life. Gene and Phineas are best friends who stick by each other no matter what. However, as World War I continues on, the war becomes a part of their lives, turning them against each other and then uniting them once again. The book serves as a reminder that one tends to hurt those closest to him, like Gene does to Phineas. For this reason, I will not forget about A Separate Peace." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by b from Portland, Oregon
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King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
by King Arthur Flour Company

b's Comments:
"My husband who never used to cook (except once in awhile from Joy of Cooking) has a passion for this cookbook. He has to have it where he can find it at all times. Cute. :) I keep it on display just for him. (I have many, many cookbooks in my house...so this is really saying something!!)...Out of all the books I have and love (cookbook addict here) this is the ONE book I think EVERYBODY should own! No doubt about it! Start here. Actually COOK from it. You will not be sorry." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Ashleigh from Houston, Texas
Ashleigh won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
by Elif Batuman

Ashleigh's Comments:
"A tremendously entertaining and insightful personal reflection on Russian literature, grad school and everything in between. You will laugh loudly and conspicuously if you read this book in public. You haven been warned." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Judith from Burbank, California
The Early Stories: 1953-1975
The Early Stories: 1953-1975
by John Updike

Judith's Comments:
"I've returned to reading this great author after a few years absence and I realize what a loss we suffered in his recent death. These early stories are brilliant, delightful and every other superlative one could think of about an American literary giant. I am simply awe-struck by his ability to turn the everyday into such shining jewels. You are much missed, Mr. Updike." (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Anisa from West Haven, Connecticut
Eggs
Eggs
by Jerry Spinelli

Anisa's Comments:
"Eggs is a very good book for those who love to read, and also those who don't. This book connects life and friends, family and love, and a lot more! The title does relate to the story... Eggs are like hearts; they are very fragile and can be broken easily." (read more)

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May 12
Selected by L George from Portland, Oregon
L George won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Glass Room
The Glass Room
by Simon Mawer

L George's Comments:
"This is a good read. The sentence structure, cadence and pace are natural, leaving the reader without distraction and free to concentrate on the well developed story. It takes place in Pre WWII Eastern Europe, principally in Czechoslovakia and Austria, in an upper-middle class Jewish/Gentile marriage wherein the development and impact of the Third Reich are dramatised. I liked reading about the third Reich without dwelling on detailed descriptions of the atrocities that send one to bed in despair. Speaking of bed, the story is not devoid of lust, also not with anatomical detail, but in a natural way. Modern architecture is a main element of the context, and I learned a lot. The house itself is the only thing in the story that isn't fiction. The end, as the story, was satisfying - I was loathe to put it down." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Chris from Sandy Springs, Georgia
She's My Dad
She's My Dad
by Iolanthe Woulff

Chris's Comments:
"Woulff has written nothing short of the most amazing GLBT novel this reviewer has read....The plot is flawless and intriguing. The characters are engaging and very real. The social issues addressed range from homophobia to lesbian bias and right through to transgendered prejudice....This [book] is point-on about issues being dealt with on a national level but, also, on a local level as well with a passionate intensity." (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Andrea from Nashville, Indiana
Andrea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
by Nancy Pickard

Andrea's Comments:
"As in the equally good Virgin of Small Plains, Nancy Pickard uses her finely crafted writing to move her well-developed characters through a strong narrative and a Kansas landscape that is as vivid as the characters inhabiting it." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Yao-Hsin from Addison, Texas
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
by Peter Hessler

Yao-Hsin's Comments:
"Peter Hessler's description about China exactly match my experience as a business person working with Chinese manufacturers. His writing bring the China experiences to live. This is a book I definitely recommend!" (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Jason from Beaverton, Oregon
Jason won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
by Jen Lancaster

Jason's Comments:
"How could you NOT want to read this book?...[B]efore we get started, to the male readers out there, no worries, you will likely enjoy this. Jen Lancaster is like the sarcastic best friend you had in high-school...she would be the friend that drank you under the table, mocked you, stole the bacon from your burger, and in the end, you were pleased to let her do it all....[T]his is NOT a chick book, it is a golden humorous godsend.... [F]antastic work all the way around. Love the cover art (on all her books), format is spot on. Keep up the good job and give the person who finalized the layout a big fat raise." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Richard from Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Canada
Richard won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lean on Pete (P.S.)
Lean on Pete (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin

Richard's Comments:
"Lean on Pete was recommended in a book review on Powell's website....I thought at first it read a little like The Art of Racing in the Rain, but as I read more I soon learned I was wrong, it's nothing like any book I've read.... the story gets harder and harder to read, but read you will, because you won't believe what Charlie and a horse called Lean on Pete go through to find safety and happiness. This story will drag you along until you either get sick or start crying your eyes out. Either way you will finish this story....Love it or hate it...you'll think about it for along time." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Kimberly from Poulsbo, Washington
Kimberly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba

Kimberly's Comments:
"This book should be required reading in every school in America, starting in middle school....[It] deals with so many subjects - family, poverty, governmental corruption, creativity, hope, AIDS, overcoming incredible hardship, ingenuity, perseverance, but it is not preachy. I highly recommend it for everyone 12 and older." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Erin from Praha, Praha, , Czech Republic
Erin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Leave It to Psmith
Leave It to Psmith
by P G Wodehouse

Erin's Comments:
"This is the best novel of Wodehouse's startlingly large output....Wodehouse has created one of the funniest and most eccentric characters in English literature; Psmith might be called the comic version of Sherlock Holmes. This is Wodehouse in peak form!" (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Mara from Hartford, Connecticut
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The Age of Shiva
The Age of Shiva
by Manil Suri

Mara's Comments:
"I have rarely read such a real female character written by a man. This is a stunning book, with all the jealousies, affection and frictions laid bare in two Indian families." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Christopher from Eugene, Oregon
Supreme Courtship
Supreme Courtship
by Christopher Buckley

Christopher's Comments:
"A brisk read full of funny send-ups of the political elite of present day America. My favorite bits of the book involve the in-fighting amongst the fictional justices of the Supreme Court and the almost unbearably accurate depiction of pompous Senators." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Spike from Clawson, Michigan
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter

Spike's Comments:
"We first found Novella via an article in the NY Times, about a rabbit butchery class that she held in Brooklyn....Her compassion, humor, pragmatism, and thoughtful musings about her urban farm efforts are a delight to read, and so completely relevant to anyone who is attempting to better understand our place on the food chain. And the of joy and pleasure that food can offer -- raising, growing, eating, sharing -- is certainly not lost on her, but truly enhanced by understanding where it all comes from." (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Cinnamon from Pullman, Washington
Cinnamon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
In the Shadow of the Cypress
In the Shadow of the Cypress
by Thomas Steinbeck

Cinnamon's Comments:
"In the Shadow of the Cypress by Thomas Steinbeck was certainly an interesting read....readers are taken through a whirlwind of events that leave the mind excited and energized....If there is one thing I can say about Mr. Steinbeck's writing, it's that he really does seem to have a way of instilling life into this book....[I]t's like this story woke me up and made me want to learn more. Perhaps that was Mr. Steinbeck's purpose; perhaps he just wanted to write a really good piece of fiction. Either way, I think he accomplished his goals....Fully capturing the mind, I think I can guarantee that this story will provide a great escape." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Sandra from Benson, North Carolina
Sandra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

Sandra's Comments:
"I adored this book and could barely put it down. A new Australian author has opened a new world to me and I can only hope she doesn't stop writing. If you love multi-generational sagas full of mysteries and secrets that mold people and the lives they live, you will love this. There were so many wonderfully worded passages from the past that I wanted to remember. The past melding with the current, back and forth! What a read! I felt I was on a lyrical roller coaster!" (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Scot from Brooklyn, New York
Scot won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Stolen Child: A Novel
The Stolen Child: A Novel
by Keith Donohue

Scot's Comments:
"I picked the book up recently and began reading it with some skepticism. By the end of the first few paragraphs, I fell in, became engrossed...until I finally finished reading, closed the book, looked up, and realized that I'd finished it in a matter of hours. I'm a slow reader, but I flew through The Stolen Child....Donohue's writing is lovely, sweetened by a kind heart and bright imagination....The story drips with grief over the cruelty of humankind and of the damaging affects of ego on ourselves, the people around us, and the world we live in....It's heartbreaking, but it ends on the dearest, purest note. All of the sadness is not for nothing. Hang in there and give it a read." (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Carole from Sacramento, CA
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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage)
by Stieg Larsson

Carole's Comments:
"I don't usually pick up books classified as "thrillers" but after discovering "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I HAD to run out and get "The Girl Who Played with Fire." Larsson does an amazing job of twisting and turning the plot--every time I thought I had figured something out, I was wrong. Larsson is a fantastic storyteller and his complex characters keep you turning the page." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Elizabeth from Newport News, VA
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How to Paint a Dead Man (P.S.)
How to Paint a Dead Man (P.S.)
by Sarah Hall

Elizabeth's Comments:
""How to Paint a Dead Man" was amazing on so many levels. Sarah Hall skillfully connects disparate characters across continents and times, using her handle on point of view as the breadcrumbs that keep the reader from getting lost. I'm still amazed at how easily she brings you into a scene, as if you are not reading a description but looking around yourself only find you've fallen into present-day London or post World War II Italy. Her tale of loss and death, and the way humans cope with those life moments, was one of the best books of 2009, of the decade and, quite possibly, of my life as a reader." (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Patricia from Wilmette, Illinois
Patricia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur
Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur
by Sy Montgomery

Patricia's Comments:
"Sy Montgomery entertains with her fascinating stories and well-researched facts about a wide variety of birds. Her passion engages you; you are with her as she stares into the eyes of a hawk. This is the first non-fiction book that I carry around with me so that I can read it at every available moment." (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Katherine from Studio City, California
Katherine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
by Michael Chabon

Katherine's Comments:
"An endearing compilation of personal essays from a man who is nothing but earnest, honest, thoughtful, and a creative genius. A great gift for the writers, readers, baseball players, Jews, Californians, liberals, or anyone of either gender in your life with good taste." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Jon from Seattle, Washington
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

Jon's Comments:
"A harrowing read that carries the reader deep into the worst aspects of humanity, challenging the limits of cruelty and the lows to which we will stoop to serve our self interests. In the end, however, the story is inspiring. One is led to the understanding that as great as our capacity for cruelty is our ability to change and to express compassion. If we can be this bad and still come back, how good could we be if we just gave ourselves the chance?" (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Kathy from Idanha, Oregon
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The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern)
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern)
by Anne Mccaffrey

Kathy's Comments:
"A great must have for the Dragon Riders of Pern and Anne McCaffrey fans! It really fills in some of those questions regarding certain names and histories mentioned through the other books in the series. You also get some new tales to keep you intrigued and leave you wanting more!" (read more)

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