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June 01
Selected by Robin from Pinellas Park, Florida
Robin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone
by Daniel Woodrell

Robin's Comments:
"Winter's Bone is a finely written book that transports the reader to the Ozarks to walk beside Ree Dolly as she tries to save her family's home after her father, Jessup, disappears. Woodrell writes in such a way that every word counts. If I were to come up with a list of 10 "must-read" books, this would make the list." (read more)

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June 02
Selected by Nayeli from Los Angeles, California
Nayeli won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Across a Hundred Mountains
Across a Hundred Mountains
by Reyna Grande

Nayeli's Comments:
"[T]his book is thrilling, I didn't want to put it down. There were parts that made me want to cry, laugh and smile. I gasped many times, at very shocking and unexpected parts! I yelled out "what?!" quite a few times -- a must read." (read more)

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June 03
Selected by E from Newburyport, Massachusetts
E won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures)
by John Vaillant

E's Comments:
"This was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. I was truly sorry when it ended, I was left craving more information on the Siberian people and the tiger. The book itself reads like a fiction thriller, but it's non-fiction and actually happened less than ten years ago." (read more)

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June 04
Selected by Den from Portland, Oregon
Den won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
by Michael Nordskog

Den's Comments:
"At last, a book that is as warm in presenting the culture of the sauna as the sauna itself is healthy both for the body, mind and spirit as well as nurturing a community of friends. A wonderful read that should help advance the benefits of this meditation in heat (the western sweat lodge) into the 21st century where coming together in harmony my be the only remaining means of hope and survival." (read more)

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June 05
Selected by Deborah from Kingman, Arizona
Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery)
Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery)
by Lois Lowry

Deborah's Comments:
"This is the story of the Johansen family told from the point of view of ten year old Annemarie. Through her eyes we see how Denmark fought the Nazis in their own quiet way. In the 137 pages of this book we grow with Annemarie learning about what it means to be brave and loyal and a true friend. This book should be required reading the year before Anne Frank's story is read." (read more)

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June 06
Selected by Sara from Beaverton, Oregon
Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes
Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes
by Ani Phyo

Sara's Comments:
"Anyone who is familiar with Ani's raw recipes will not be disappointed in her latest offering. You will find great ideas that will add new dimensions to your raw food experience. Ani herself embodies all the reasons I aspire to eat a high raw diet." (read more)

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June 07
Selected by James from North Truro, Massachusetts
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
by Colin Woodard

James's Comments:
"Having read myriad books on pirates and piracy of the Golden Age, Woodard's The Republic of Pirates is by far the most comprehensive and well-told pirateological book...weaving together the true stories of the pirates, as real and breathing people, with the world history that was unfolding around them, relating them to one another in a full picture of the Old World's explosive collision with the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who desires to have a more complete understanding of piracy and the drive for freedom and liberty against monarchical and corporate tyranny that sparked the ideals that would one day culminate in the creation of the United States." (read more)


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June 08
Selected by Nancy from Portland, Oregon
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Half a Life: A Memoir
Half a Life: A Memoir
by Darin Strauss

Nancy's Comments:
"Darin Strauss feels guilty, although he did nothing wrong. He also grieves for nearly two decades, although he didn't really know the girl who died. In "Half A Life", Strauss describes his experience after driving a car that collided with a bicyclist, who also attended his high school, and who did not survive the crash. It is a compelling read. Strauss' writes using matter-of-fact language, yet his descriptions of his feelings and the effect the accident had on his life are poignant and thought-provoking." (read more)

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June 09
Selected by Rick from Portland, Oregon
Rick won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Usual Game: Adventures in Golf
My Usual Game: Adventures in Golf
by David Owen

Rick's Comments:
"David Owen has given us a literate, droll, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny look at the game of golf as we "hackers" play it. The title comes from an old saying (Scottish, I believe) that says "I wish that just once I would play my usual game". That kind of sums up golf for me. I look forward to reading it again soon." (read more)

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June 10
Selected by Ruth from Plantation, Florida
The Story Sisters
The Story Sisters
by Alice Hoffman

Ruth's Comments:
"Unforgettable relationship between a trio of sisters, so very different, but so fiercely united as young girls that they create their own language. As the girls mature, Elv, the eldest who made up their fairy world, spirals out of control, Claire blindly supports her wayward sibling, and Meg attempts to protect Claire from Elv. You will laugh and cry over the life experiences of the sisters and their mother while the writer in all of us sighs in longing that we could write passages as eloquent as those of Alice Hoffman. Hoffman is a master at magical realism." (read more)

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June 11
Selected by Sarah from Richmond, Indiana
Daughter of Prophecy
Daughter of Prophecy
by Miles Owens

Sarah's Comments:
"This book brings the best of fantasy and religion. You can't put it down once you start. Miles Owens created great characters and a wonderful world. By far it has been one of the best books I have ever read." (read more)

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June 12
Selected by Lisa from Granite Falls, North Carolina
Crave (Crave)
Crave (Crave)
by Laura J. Burns

Lisa's Comments:
"As a lover of paranormal romance, this was an awesome book. As a lover of YA novels, I felt it hit the nail on the head consistently. You would think by know I'd be burnt out on vampire books but the authors have taken the oldest, most used, paranormal creature -- the vampire -- and penned a fresh new tale that will keep me and others up all night reading just one more chapter. I can definitely recommend this for middle school and up, though I (an adult reader) was just as hooked by this great story." (read more)

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June 13
Selected by Naomi from Provo, Utah
Go the F**k to Sleep
Go the F**k to Sleep
by Adam Mansbach

Naomi's Comments:
"Hillarious! I have a 4 month old daughter who still sleeps like an angel -- but I CLEARLY remember being this annoying to my own mother :)" (read more)

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June 14
Selected by Brook from Danbury, Connecticut
Brook won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $100.
13 Words
13 Words
by Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman

Brook's Comments:
"If I got married for the Kitchen Aid, then I had a kid so we could share Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman's 13 Words. 13 Words is funny, smart and kind of close to perfect. We love it all -- the unlucky number, the amazing illustration of a goat in a spiffy jacket, and of course the best ever despondent blue bird. All of it, in the words of my almost three year old, is "SO Silly!" And there is nothing sillier nor sweeter than hearing him say some of those 13 words, especially "despondent" and "haberdashery". I could listen to him saying haberdashery all day. AND he now wants a birthday cake with "panache" and for that i am FOREVER in their debt. If not a bit despondent. Now my 2 year old and I share not only 13 words, but two favorite authors and one of the best books around." (read more)

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June 15
Selected by Claire from Vancouver, Washington
Claire won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
by Michael Chabon

Claire's Comments:
"Oy vei! A parallel imaginary universe with real people in it, a detective story, blinzes and Tlingits and exile. Love this book and have read it so many times that the covers are all bent." (read more)

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June 16
Selected by Kelly from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America
50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America
by Daniel Seddiqui

Kelly's Comments:
"Great commentary on the employment system in America! Entertaining too. Daniel's inspirational story has been featured on local, national, and international news, websites, and other media outlets since the very start of his journey. And having seen some of the videos and articles, I had no doubt that this kid had done something admirable. Daniel had stared right back into the eyes of rejection and said, 'You don't own me.' I'm glad I picked up a copy of his book, though. Because I thought I knew the story... I thought I knew all there was to know. It's basic: Like many graduates, Daniel can't find a job, so he gets 50. Take that unemployment rate! Good for him. Case closed. ...Turns out, I was wrong. I read 50 Jobs in 50 States just about a month after it came out. Not only was the book an entertaining read, but I was surprised at how little I really knew about his journey." (read more)

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June 17
Selected by Susan from Troy, Michigan
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead #01)
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead #01)
by Jesse Petersen

Susan's Comments:
"This book is hilarious! With all the new zombie books coming out, it is a breath of fresh air to find one with all the great elements of the classic zombie book and a bit of humor to go with it. You will want to continue with the series after reading this first book. The horror and gore in this book is not over the top but has just the right element for the zombie book lover. Highly recommended!" (read more)

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June 18
Selected by Claire from Vancouver, Washington
Claire won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Burr (American Chronicle)
Burr (American Chronicle)
by Gore Vidal

Claire's Comments:
"If you want your early American history told in a pleasurable and knowledgeable way Gore Vidal's your man. Using the figure of Aaron Burr as the basis of the novel, Vidal levels down such giants as Washington and Jefferson to human scale and also brings us a lively view of New York City in the early nineteenth century." (read more)

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June 19
Selected by Christin from Spokane, WA
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Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente

Christin's Comments:
"It's supposedly a YA book, but it's really for anyone who loves fairytales. Plus, Valente's use of language is so lush (she's also a poet, which is obvious) the prose feels a little more substantial than the usual YA fare (which I love, don't get me wrong), so I really think adults would love it, even if they don't usually go for YA. I loved everything about this book. I had a huge smile on my face when I finished it. It definitely incorporates a lot of familiar fairytale tropes, but Valente manages to keep things feeling fresh and innovative at the same time." (read more)

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June 20
Selected by Adam from Redcar, Cleveland
Mine
Mine
by Lin Sten

Adam's Comments:
"It's been a long time since I stayed up till 4am reading. At least, unless you count last night. You can probably tell from that that I enjoyed it, and I'm sure the author enjoyed writing it. It's a happy book, an uplifting one. One that it's easy to enjoy reading. But it's not easy to read. It's Technical, Hard Sci-Fi....I enjoyed the book....fascinating and has a nice message." (read more)

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June 21
Selected by Nancy from Bloomington, IN
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomintrolls)
Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomintrolls)
by Tove Jansson

Nancy's Comments:
"This is one of the best kept secrets in children's literature. It is a magical, beautiful, and gentle book. I have read it many times and give it out to friends often. The Moomin family is a patched together and constantly changing group of odd creatures....They live in the middle of the forest, where they are surprisingly unsurprised by constant odd visitors and happenings....Tove Jansson's books gently and delightfully celebrate the extraordinary in ordinary life -- or maybe the ordinary in the extraordinary. At any rate, she was a creative, independent spirit and I'm extremely grateful that I discovered her books as a child." (read more)

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June 22
Selected by Jessica from Portland, Oregon
Jessica won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fingersmith: A Novel
Fingersmith: A Novel
by Sarah Waters

Jessica's Comments:
"Historical fiction at it's best and most enjoyable. I have not lost so much sleep for a book in a very long time. Thought it took me a little while to get into at first, once I did, I was totally hooked. Incredibly suspenseful and fascinating the particular way that she somewhat unexpectedly tells the story from both protagonists' point of view. This was one that stayed with me for quite a while after I finished it; I'd wake up wondering what became of the characters, Sue and Maud. I was sorry it was over, but glad I still have a few more of Sarah Waters' books to read." (read more)

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June 23
Selected by Ryan from Monterey, California
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Zazen
Zazen
by Vanessa Veselka

Ryan's Comments:
"[L]et me say upfront that the whole alternate-world thing isn't really relevant to the guts of this story. Doesn't hurt it either, but it's not at all what makes this story work so gorgeously. It's the voice, the voice of the narrator. It is so stunningly unique, diamond-hard and silk at the same time. This book's rhythms slide between pounding hot iron at a forge and sleepy, half-remembered dreams in a perfect, seamless weld....[O]n a weird whim, I bought an autographed copy. It's going on my shelves next to my autographed Vonnegut and my autographed Studs Terkel, two writers who also looked clear-eyed at our times and our species and found, despite it all, cause for hope." (read more)

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June 24
Selected by Ankita from New York, New York
Robopocalypse
Robopocalypse
by Daniel H. Wilson

Ankita's Comments:
"This book is 100% PURE awesomeness! The cover art is amazing and so is the book. I read it over the weekend after my friend recommended it to me....I want to read it again over and over again. I highly recommend this book to every person in the world!" (read more)

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June 25
Selected by Thomas from Mount Shasta, California
Shimmer
Shimmer
by Eric Barnes

Thomas's Comments:
"Excellent book. Barnes knows how to sketch out an engaging character, and his story -- about a fast-growing tech start-up that was based on a lie -- continually picks up steam. I'd buy another Barnes book." (read more)

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June 26
Selected by Iris from Lopez Island, Washington
Iris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
by Ana Maria Spagna

Iris's Comments:
"One time through this feast isn't enough. I look forward to lots more re-readings so I can get all of the juicy bits this "potluck" offers about community, place, and home. Spagna braids the rich threads of her life as well as LIFE into masterful, moving, thought-provoking essays. Potluck is a treasure." (read more)

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June 27
Selected by Jordan from New Hartford, New York
How Huge the Night
How Huge the Night
by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn

Jordan's Comments:
"I received a copy of How Huge the Night, by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn, from Kregel Publications....Instantly, I knew this was a book I could sink my teeth into, because I have a special admiration for historical stories....The authors, a mother-daughter team, kept an even balance between action, emotion, and description. I look forward to reading more of their work." (read more)

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June 28
Selected by Deb from Portland, Oregon
Deb won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
One Across, Two Down
One Across, Two Down
by Ruth Rendell

Deb's Comments:
"Though many readers don't consider this one of Rendell's best mysteries, I've always loved it....I was pleasantly surprised at the deftness with which she portrays the simple characters in this story of greed....As with all of Rendell's books, I am drawn more to the characters and her amazing ability to comprehend the psychology of what makes them who they are, than I am to mere plot. In this case the plot is simple, yet holds one's attention. You have a hunch of what waits around the corner, but you don't know how it will play out. This little novel is an easy read, but don't mistake easy for carelessly written. Here you will find Rendell's typical eye for detail, strong characterization, and a story told in her own unique style." (read more)

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June 29
Selected by Laura from Redlands, California
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling

Laura's Comments:
"I loved this book. I was aware of the situation (two journalists imprisoned in North Korea for crossing into Korean territory from China) while it was happening, but the book enriched my memory and my understanding of the intrigue and political maneuvering that was involved in arranging the release of the journalists. I found the book a real page turner. It is extremely well written (not surprising considering the authors are both journalists) and the format of going back and forth between the Korean experience and the home front was perfect." (read more)

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June 30
Selected by Judith from Winter Park, Florida
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Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
by Claire Dederer

Judith's Comments:
"I actually had tears in my eyes at the end of this book -- not because it was sad but because it was so poignant. Dederer relates the challenge of yoga poses to the challenges she is experiencing in her life as a new mother and sometimes frustrated wife in a "keep up with the Joneses" new mother Seattle environment. As a beginner Yogi myself, I realized how much my Yoga practice actually does reflect what is occurring in my life on any given day. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and found this book quite entertaining." (read more)

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