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May 01
Selected by Annette from Aurora, Oregon
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Scrapbooking Digitally: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Your Memories Digitally
Scrapbooking Digitally: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Your Memories Digitally
by Darlene D'Agostino and Kerry Arquette and Andrea Zocchi and Susha Roberts

Annette's Comments:
"I've found the step-by-step instructions and illustrations so helpful in this borrowed library book that I don't want to return it. I think it is time to buy my own copy :)" (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Kayla from Beaverton, Oregon
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The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien

Kayla's Comments:
"I finished this book within a day or two and I can't really explain how it left me feeling. It kind of reminds me of when I was in history class with the lights off back in high school and you can hear the voice-over of someone talking about war footage and inside there's just kind of a hush, like everything is holding its breath. This book is one of the reasons I love reading; there is no other way a story like this could be told and still have the same impact." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Sydney from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell

Sydney's Comments:
"Years ago when I lived in Alaska, Carla at Powell's recommended this book. My husband read it first, laughing through the pages, then my son (age 11) read it, laughing too, then I read it, laughing as well. Through the years, we've all re-read the book many times and it is a favorite. It's about a family living in England who temporarily move to Corfu....The story is told so vividly that you think you are there on the island and the antics that occur within this family make you laugh till you cry. We have recommended this book to many people through the years. It is a must read. In 2008 my husband suffered a massive brain hemorrhage (he survived and is fine now!). When he was in the ICU near death I read this book to him for hours not knowing if he could hear me. He survived against poor odds and many people attribute my reading to him as one of the connections that brought him back from the brink. Thank you Carla for recommending this book to our family! You never know what a book might be called upon to do!!" (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Larkin from Eugene, Oregon
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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
by Rita Golden Gelman

Larkin's Comments:
"This book is Eat, Pray, Love on steroids. Like Gilbert, Rita Gelman is catapulted into the life of a world traveler by a marriage gone wrong. She also falls in love, after eating amazing foods around the world and tasting some wild and woolly (trance dancing anyone?) spiritual experiences. But there, the sameness stops. Instead of one man, Gelman falls in love with the world and all its people as she makes her way through eight countries in addition to the United States: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand....I salute this author's gumption, curiosity and ability to pull her readers right into the middle of whatever it is she is experiencing." (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Morris from New York, New York
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Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice)
Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice)
by Katie Arnold-Ratliff

Morris's Comments:
"Bright before Us is a first novel by Katie Arnold-Ratliff, published by the literary house, Tin House. With this novel, Arnold-Ratliff, an assistant editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, forcefully enters the literary world....While Arnold-Ratliff uses simple and approachable language, there is nothing simplistic about this novel. Arnold-Ratliff paints a vivid and believable portrait of San Francisco (an excellent choice of back drop for this novel) and paranoia....Throughout the novel, Arnold-Ratliff maintains authorial command and convincingly propels the narrative forward. I approached this novel with an open mind, was immediately engaged and could not put it down....Bright before Us is a thoughtful and worthwhile book, which I would recommend reading." (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Casey from Smalltown, Oregon
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Over the Edge
Over the Edge
by Brandilyn Collins

Casey's Comments:
""Seatbelt Suspense -- Don't Forget to Breathe" -- the tag line ain't a joke folks! I think I lost air several times while reading this book. I have never come into contact with Lyme disease, but I had heard of it prior to reading the novel....The author lived through this disease, knows what she is talking about, and it shows on the page. Not only was the writing vivid, it was paired with a mystery that left me short of breath on several occasions. Cover to cover -- great book, highly recommended to suspense fans and it won't be my last Brandilyn book." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Mike from Portland , Oregon
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This Is Not the Story You Think It Is...: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
This Is Not the Story You Think It Is...: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
by Laura Munson

Mike's Comments:
"Delightfully upbeat, Laura Munson's memoir is a pleasant read and makes a powerful case for the benefits of a positive attitude to life." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Joanne from Portland, Oregon
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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes

Joanne's Comments:
"A great, nuanced history of science, concentrating on an era of breathtaking discovery and correlative literary genius (1769 - 1840). My criticism, not original to me, is that there is no insight into the capacity, or analysis of this wonder exhibited by scientists of this remarkable era. My shot at this: scientists of this era were still able to be generalists of inquiry, and, as members of an educated elite, found it conventional to write poetry, perform music, etc. This engagement with the Whole of experience easily gives rise to Wonder -- aesthetic perception -- itself an intuition of the Whole, in the language of John Dewey." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Heather from Harrisonburg, Virginia
The Tree of Bells
The Tree of Bells
by Jean Thesman

Heather 's Comments:
"I absolutely LOVED this book. I wish she would write a sequel to it so I would know how Mr.Younger's and Claire's relationship went. I also would like to see how Bonnie does. Anyway... I personally recommend this book to young teens who like a little bit of romance and like books that take place in the late 1800's to the early 1900's." (read more)


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May 10
Selected by Kathleen from Milwaukie, Oregon
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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
by Timothy Egan

Kathleen's Comments:
"An amazing combination of stories about the The Big Burn (forest fire) in the Montana/Idaho region in 1910, Teddy Roosevelt's involvement, Gifford Pinchot's role and the beginning of the US Forest Forest Service. Somehow Timothy Egan made this book very readable and not "history-dry." He followed several characters throughout the years and you find yourself wondering whether each lives through the fire and how it affected his life. The hour-by hour narrative of the fiercest few days of the fire as it ran over towns in Montana are riveting. This was the fire that is most likely responsible for much of the USFS future growth and importance in our country. Equally as fascinating is the book's account of how our reaction to forest fires has changed over the past 100 years: are they beneficial to forests or should they be stopped at all times and at all costs?" And, the descriptions of the vast mountains and streams viewed by Roosevelt, Pinchot and John Muir's travels and hikes over the years capture beautifully the wilderness in the west." (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Kevin from Manchester, New Hampshire
The Atrocity Archives
The Atrocity Archives
by Charles Stross

Kevin's Comments:
"First Stross book I've read, not a macabre tales fan, and was almost turned off by the back cover comments... NEVER judge a book by its cover(s)!! A thoroughly enjoyable read. His concept of the Web/'Net being esoterically "Reality hacked" to other dimensions/realms is very neat. Any computer geek who has not read Stross' tales dealing with the concept cannot truly call themselves a geek!" (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Carmiel from Portland, Oregon
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Army Cats
Army Cats
by Tom Sleigh

Carmiel's Comments:
"This book is quietly moving, which is how you know it's going to last. If you are a writer, this collection will make you write. If you have followed Tom Sleigh's career, this fits perfectly into his repertoire, but is does not turn any tired tricks. If you are new to poetry, he is accessible and open as any living poet today. This collection will challenge you, forcing you to rewire words and images you thought you knew by heart. Read and reread this book." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Elaine from Joliet, Illinois
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Coyote Blue
Coyote Blue
by Christopher Moore

Elaine's Comments:
"I found this on my daughter's book shelf when I went to help her with her new child....Another great book from Christopher Moore. His blend of fantasy and reality is engaging. One of those books you stay up late reading because you want to see where it leads." (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Chris from Benton, Arkansas
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Big Red Tequila
Big Red Tequila
by Rick Riordan

Chris's Comments:
"Big Red Tequila is one of the funniest, smartest, slickest books I've read in a long time. Riordan does a fabulous job of imbuing his work with the sights, smells and sounds of San Antonio, and his characters seem incredibly real and multi-dimensional (even the bad guys!). The dialog crackles with wit and little details like the enchilada-eating cat and the half-brother with a passion for Jimmy Buffet's music just add to the entertainment. While the actual "mystery" in this book is perfectly adequate, to me it was almost secondary. I found the real fun was tagging along with Tres as he criss-crossed the city of San Antonio from La Villita to Monte Verde to the most exclusive neighborhoods with their gated entrances (which, of course, he always managed to talk his way into). I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommended!" (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Ana from Othello, Washington
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Starclimber
Starclimber
by Kenneth Oppel

Ana's Comments:
"I LOVED this book. The twists and turns in this book made me never want it to end, but even the ending was great! I recommended this book to everyone I know!" (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Casey from Canby, Oregon
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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
by Wells Tower

Casey's Comments:
"I cannot recommend this collection highly enough. Tower has such a way with words that you end up loving characters you should be hating. That's talent! These stories are lovely, colorful, dark, and memorable. There are moments in them I will remember forever. Hoping that Tower writes a full-length novel soon, because I am eager to see what he will do with a higher word count." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Wayne from Salem, Illinois
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The Secret of Rover
The Secret of Rover
by Rachel Wildavsky

Wayne's Comments:
"I must admit that [this] is one of the most exciting, suspenseful thrillers for young people that I have read in a long time....[T]here is almost nothing objectionable in it. Lisa and David do steal a few things along the way to their uncle's house, mostly food for survival, but they have been brought up to know that stealing is wrong and they talk about somehow repaying what they have taken. There is some bickering between the siblings, but they learn to work together and also grow in their appreciation for one another. A strong sense of family pervades the plot. Pre-teens and teenagers who like spy stories with a lot of intrigue and action will enjoy this book." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Abriel from Vancouver, Washington
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Abriel's Comments:
"I thought that this book was a fantastic read because it was humorous, with unique characters, a good message, and a wonderfully fast paced plot with many twists and turns. I'm very excited for the sequel, and highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a strong main character and supporting cast, tons of laughs, and an original storyline. The language is clean, and the humor is clever and witty. An uplifting novel that I really enjoyed." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Rus from Aspen, Colorado
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Faithful Place
Faithful Place
by Tana French

Rus's Comments:
"This was an amazingly good read, and another book that I picked up because of its being on the Tournament of Books list. The book is ostensibly a murder mystery however, it's much more a portrait of an modern Irish family in conflict. Gorgeous writing propels the story forward. I will now most definitely be seeking out other books by Ms French. Highly recommended!" (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Louisiana
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Sing You Home
Sing You Home
by Jodi Picoult

Leslie's Comments:
"Sing You Home is just a beautifully written story. It encompasses multiple viewpoints and reflects each with compassion and sincerity, despite the fact that the characters are warring over major ideological and emotional issues. The story is believable and touching while also being challenging and informative." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Lily from Portland, Oregon
Evermore
Evermore
by Alyson Noel

Lily's Comments:
"I really liked this book. I rarely wanted to put it down....It was very unpredictable at the end.....I would defiantly recommend this to a friend." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Mala from San Jose, California
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Left Neglected
Left Neglected
by Lisa Genova

Mala's Comments:
"Anybody who has read Lisa Genova's Still Alice, knows to expect the best. Having said that, Genova has excelled even her own standards in Left Neglected. Starting from the play on words in the title, she has shown that she is not only a Master of her Science but also a master of the craft of writing. The tale she spins, though following an expected path, tugs at our heartstrings. Some expressions such as "we all share a life experience," and "I make a lot less money now, but what I lost in Dollars I gained in time," are indeed thought provoking. Oh that we could all simplify our lives without having to do so after a "wake-up-call."" (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Jim from Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
by Christine Sneed

Jim's Comments:
"In this sharply written, perceptive collection of ten stories set in the Chicago area including small, insular towns, the author does nothing to dispel the impression that human connections are never easy, especially when turning sexual, and are fraught with expectations, naivete, self-doubts, social pressures, and advantages and disadvantages based on age, money, social position, etc.....All of the stories are told from a female's perspective, though that hardly limits their applicability. The stories, in addition to flowing well, have any number of short, insightful observations. They are not particularly depressing or optimistic; for the most part, they are well within the tell-it-like-it-is genre." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Tamla from Fort Collins, Colorado
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The Lacuna
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

Tamla's Comments:
"Another triumph for Barbara Kingsolver. Brought to Mexico from the U.S. as a young child by his mother, staying in Mexico through his formative years, returning to the U.S. as an adult and ultimately returning to Mexico, Ms. Kingsolver expertly weaves her story which includes factual people, events and places in Mr. Shepherd's fictional life. The history was fascinating and I often listened with anticipation and trepidation. A most enjoyable tome that at times made me regret certain events of our nation's history." (read more)


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May 25
Selected by Shannon from Wilsonville, Oregon
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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #01)
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #01)
by Veronica Roth

Shannon's Comments:
"This book was recommended to me as a cross between the Hunger Games and The Giver (which are two of my favorite books of all time). What I find so intriguing is the main character's vulnerability....[F]rom the start of Divergent we see the vulnerability of Beatrice and later as she transforms herself into Tris. Her vulnerability and her past are what make her so strong compared to the other characters. The fact that she has her background is what helps shape her into one of the strongest people. I kept thinking that the book was moving slow however I couldn't put it down and I was riveted by the character. Veronica Roth shows an amazing amount of promise for her first novel." (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Ann from Portland, Oregon
News from the World: Stories and Essays
News from the World: Stories and Essays
by Paula Fox

Ann's Comments:
"This book is a gem, in its spareness and exactness close to poetry. As Robert Frost said of poetry, it's "a momentary stay against confusion." An extremely moving, varied and witty collection, it sometimes seems strikingly prophetic as in the title story, "News From the World." The pieces range far in both time and location, from memoirs of Fox's experiences in New Mexico and Poland in the 1940s to narratives of present-day New York City....Each short piece in this wonderful collection has more wisdom than commonly found in a dozen novels. Fox's acute and liberating attention to how we humans really are -- often horrifying, but also funny in our pretensions and poignant in our loneliness -- leads the reader to feelings of joy and transcendence." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Sarah from Berkeley, California
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Annabel
Annabel
by Kathleen Winter

Sarah's Comments:
"This book is both the most moving and the most page-turning book I read this year. I tried not to read it too fast so that I could savor the lush use of language in the form of gorgeous descriptions of both the harsh Labrador environment, its communities and customs, and most of all the inner workings of the minds of the main characters. The subject matter, which takes on the phenomenon of true hermaphroditism, was dealt with extremely sensitively, but also honestly....This book not only stands alone as a contribution to great literature; it also is a profound teaching tool for high school or college level classes exploring gender and sexual identity issues. It should also bring recognition and hope to other trans-gendered individuals who must create their own gender identities in the face of our either/or cultural framework. Again, a superb achievement -- entertaining, thought-provoking, subtle, and daring all rolled into one." (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Elizabeth from Chicago, Illinois
Skippy Dies
Skippy Dies
by Paul Murray

Elizabeth's Comments:
"At its most basic, this novel chronicles the declension (and, unfortunate, sacralization) of an all-boys Irish (obviously Catholic) boarding school in a contemporary time and place where even suggesting the existence of such a space seems anachronistic. But, at its most epic, this novel is much more. It's a parable of science versus religion, traditional versus contemporary. In a somewhat predictable way (particularly in an Irish setting) it is the twinned virtues -- love and humor -- that transcend the otherwise insurmountable dichotomies the book sets into play, emerging triumphantly from the embers of all else that has been destroyed. Beyond such abstractions...the book is a page-turner. It envelops the reader wholly into the glory that is existence and the agony that inevitably travels alongside it....To raise one final dichotomy, from the earliest pages in the novel (wherein Skippy, as the title announces, dies), this is a novel about life." (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Stephanie from Madison, Wisconsin
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Townie: A Memoir
Townie: A Memoir
by Andre Dubus III

Stephanie's Comments:
"Townie is a moving meditation on what matters. Dubus explores the meaning we find not only in our relationships with others but also in our relationship with ourselves, how who we were remains a foundational piece of who we are. The road to self-awareness is through experience, and Dubus delivers the details. The narrative is not necessarily linear; rather, the story moves the way memory works, drawn toward that which is indelible." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Laurel from Portland, Oregon
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Pompeii
Pompeii
by Robert Harris

Laurel's Comments:
"This is a compelling and interesting read. I was saving it to read before a trip to Pompeii, planned for later this year, but it called to me as my first book of summer. We all know the end of the story, but Harris involves the reader in the daily lives of the characters: their wishes and dreams and plans, untarnished by the inescapable and unknown (to them) outcome. The science is tempered with history and characters propelling the story forward quickly. A must read for anyone who will -- or has -- visited the archeological site." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Terry from Upper Black Eddy, PA
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Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel
Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel
by Armistead Maupin

Terry's Comments:
"Armistead Maupin's latest book lets us revisit with many of the familiar characters we have come to know and love in the Tales of The City Novels. As per the title, this one focuses on Mary Ann Singleton, the once-naive girl from Cleveland. Mary Ann is now a successful, mature woman, but faces some difficult circumstances. In spite of the subject at hand, Maupin weaves his typical, sharp-witted humor throughout the story. Former Land lady of Barbary Lane, Anna Madrigal, and tenant Michael Tolliver (Mouse), have central parts in this latest tale. Truly a fun book to read." (read more)

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