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December 01
Selected by Jodi from Monticello, Arkansas
Jodi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Flight Behavior
Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

Jodi's Comments:
"Barbara Kingsolver has done it again. I love the way her books depict the complexities of everyday life. This novel brings together the complicated ways in which people view and interact with the environment as well as rural poverty, education, and love." (read more)

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December 02
Selected by Susan from Sheridan, Wyoming
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Beginner's Goodbye
The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler

Susan's Comments:
"Here is another great book from author Anne Tyler! The first sentence in 'The Beginner's Goodbye' attracts one's attention immediately. What follows is an intricate story that held me captive to the last page! Reading this book is like talking to someone who has experienced a great and sudden loss and being a witness to their journey through grief and subsequent healing." (read more)

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December 03
Selected by Nik from Glendale, Wisconsin
Nik won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone's Favorite Anytime Meal
Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone's Favorite Anytime Meal
by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen

Nik's Comments:
"Superfabulous book! The recipes would sway the most hardcore carnivore to the vegan side. These are 'meaty' sandwiches in that they are dense with satisfying flavorful layers of delicious ingredients. There are pockets, paninis, wraps and waffle sandwiches alongside traditional favorites like reubens and po' boys, and many cuisines are covered from Jamaica to Japan." (read more)

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December 04
Selected by Ann from Portland, Oregon
Ann won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection
Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection
by Simon Winchester and Nick Mann

Ann's Comments:
"This hardcover is a beautiful collection of Nick Mann's photos of skulls that were prepared by a private collector, Alan Dudley....The photos are interspersed with text about skulls in art, history, human evolution, etc. These are interesting, written for a non-technical audience, but this is primarily a visual book and a beautiful addition to the natural history library." (read more)

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December 05
Selected by Samira from Vancouver, Washington
The Giver
The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Samira's Comments:
"Yes this book is an easy read, but the themes are provocative and make you think. I remember reading this book many years ago in elementary school and it made an incredible impression on me. I would recommend this title and look forward to the time when my own child is old enough to read it." (read more)

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December 06
Selected by Richard from Portland, Oregon
How Few Remain
How Few Remain
by Harry Turtledove

Richard's Comments:
"A page-turner for history buffs and lovers of things military. Real-lfe characters (Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, Stonewall Jackson, George Custer, etc.) cast in roles they never played. Good escapist entertainment." (read more)

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December 07
Selected by Kim from St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Dark Star
Dark Star
by Bethany Frenette

Kim's Comments:
"I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction, so 'Dark Star' was a great pick for me....I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new series (yes, it's a trilogy!!! Yay!) to dive into. I'd imagine this would make a great movie!" (read more)

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December 08
Selected by Lucy from Sunnyvale, California
Lucy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco
The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco
by Cecilia Chiang and Lisa Weiss

Lucy's Comments:
"This book was a wonderful read....The book alternates chapters that tell the story of a fascinating life with chapters of recipes....As I read I found myself not only fascinated with her life but eager to get home and try recipes from the book....The recipes are clear, easy to follow, and have great commentary that go along with them." (read more)

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December 09
Selected by Rachel from Red Bank, New Jersey
Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money
Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money
by Jo Piazza

Rachel's Comments:
"As an avid reader of celebrity gossip magazines, websites and memoirs, I thought I knew a bit about how celebrity works. At the very least, I knew celebs often court the press and get paid for photo ops. But from reading Jo Piazza's excellent expose 'Celebrity, Inc.,' I learned so many more ways celebrities can and do earn money and position their brands in what she calls the Hollywood Industrial Complex....Definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the inner workings of the financing of celebrity, persona and fame." (read more)

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December 10
Selected by Christina from Goleta, California
Christina won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Alabama Studio Sewing and Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe
Alabama Studio Sewing and Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe
by Natalie Chanin

Christina's Comments:
"This is one of, if not the most, inspiring hand craft books that I own. It is fascinating to read about the process Natalie Chanin uses to create her signature wardrobe look. The pictures are stunning with tons of examples of the variations of design that can be implemented with their techniques. I enjoy flipping through the pages on days when I need a jolt of inspiration. The patterns are also awesome for building your own wardrobe -- which you can make as basic or complicated as you'd like....Even if you are not interested in making your own clothing, this book is worth picking up for the pictures alone." (read more)

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December 11
Selected by Carol from Carmi, Illinois
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan

Carol's Comments:
"I was spellbound by this book. I'm very interested in all the new brain research going on now, but this was not just scientific research. It was about a real person whose body attacked her brain, and all she went through in her month-long hospital stay before doctors came up with an answer and a treatment plan. Amazing story!" (read more)


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December 12
Selected by Melinda from Bend, Oregon
Melinda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters
by Charles Finn

Melinda's Comments:
"This small delicate book is a pleasure to read alone or aloud....Charles Finn's stories about his brief and descriptively attentive encounters with all different types of wildlife lend themselves perfectly to a moment of meditation and amazement. This will be a perfect gift for several of our friends and family members, too." (read more)

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December 13
Selected by Giovanna from Dallesport, Washington
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Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
by Anna Dewdney

Giovanna's Comments:
"Best holiday book ever. I've been reading it to my son for over a year now, and it's always an exciting moment when we finish the Thanksgiving dinner and break out the 'Llama Llama.' We have all the 'Llama Llama' books, but this one hits a special note....Wonderful story, wonderful message." (read more)

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December 14
Selected by Karen from Gresham, Oregon
Karen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
by Deb Perelman

Karen's Comments:
"Deb Perelman is not just talented at cooking and photography, she has made a personal connection with the legions of avid readers on her blog. She is also a good storyteller, which sets her apart from those who are just publishing to extend their brand or sell a message. She takes you along with her on a regular path of discovery about creating good food at home, and having fun with it, as it should be." (read more)

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December 15
Selected by Pauline from Dallas, Texas
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All of Us: The Collected Poems
All of Us: The Collected Poems
by Raymond Carver

Pauline's Comments:
"One of my favorite poetry books. Despite all the bad parts of Carver's life and how near to disaster it often was, reading his poems makes me feel as if life, in the end, will be full, rich, and wonderful." (read more)


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December 16
Selected by Rebecca from Bellingham, Washington
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Rebecca's Comments:
"An enduring love story that bears re-reading. I am a different person each time I come to the book, and each time it renders a new meaning, reveals a new perspective....As much as I read, no book has managed to replace 'The Time Traveler's Wife' as my very favorite." (read more)

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December 17
Selected by Douglas from Portland, Oregon
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away...
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away...
by Chris Alexander

Douglas's Comments:
"I bought this for my ten year old nephew and started making the figures with him. I had to go out and buy another copy so I could have one for myself, which my fifteen-year-old quickly took from me! Fun for anyone, 'Star Wars' fan or not -- and you will get hooked on origami." (read more)

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December 18
Selected by Zulaikha from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Zulaikha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories
Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories
by Tobias Wolff

Zulaikha's Comments:
"Tobias Wolff is worthy to be mentioned among the greats of short story writing. Like Hemingway, his stories often begin in action, immediately capturing the attention. Like Chekhov, his endings break the flow of life and cast a reflection on our own weaknesses and strength. He has a fluid style and voice embedded in the rhythms of 21st American life." (read more)

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December 19
Selected by Elliza from Portland, Oregon
The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery
The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery
by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson

Elliza's Comments:
"My best friend and I are avid bakers and both own many many cookbooks, but this is one of our favorites. Everything we have collectively baked from this book has been not just good but fantastic. If I am planning to make muffins or cookies I check this book first." (read more)

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December 20
Selected by John from Hollywood, California
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
by Jacob Tomsky

John 's Comments:
"I really enjoyed this book: It's funny and you get an exclusive insight in the hospitality industry. Some anecdotes, especially in section of housekeeping, are quite disgusting and should be running under the heading: 'What you never wanted to know.'...Besides funny stories, you get to know the quirks of bellmen, doormen, front desk agents and housekeeping staff, and also a little on the terminology used in the hotel industry, which is quite interesting. Definitely a good read for everyone who wants to know more about hotels and especially about the people who work there and how to work with them in a way that makes you both happy." (read more)

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December 21
Selected by Edward from Brooklyn, New York
Edward won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Eight Girls Taking Pictures
Eight Girls Taking Pictures
by Whitney Otto

Edward's Comments:
"I loved this novel, each chapter exploring the life of a different woman photographer. Inspired by actual photographers but reimagined by this talented author....The women in this novel explore their art while fighting convention in order to live their lives authentically. Highly recommended, would be an ideal book club choice!" (read more)

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December 22
Selected by Kim from Ashland, Oregon
Kim won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Kobo Mini eReader
Kobo Mini eReader
by Kobo

Kim's Comments:
"As anyone who knows me could tell you... I am a fan of 'real' books and not this whole electronic book trend. The Kobo Mini finally changed my mind. I'm from Portland, (and obviously a Powell's Books girl,) and I am a HUGE fan of supporting my local stores. I feel like this eReader finally allows me to do that." (read more)


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December 23
Selected by Rachelle from Beaverton, Oregon
Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Classic Board Books)
Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Classic Board Books)
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Rachelle's Comments:
"Sweet story of friendship and holiday cheer. Adorable illustrations, fun rhyming, and a good book to start learning to read with. A must have for your holiday book collection." (read more)

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December 24
Selected by Elinor from Milwaukie, Oregon
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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer

Elinor's Comments:
"This is a fascinating book. Besides learning how to memorize incredible amounts of anything, this book is also a commentary on the weaknesses of our current education system and a history of memory techniques. I would recommend it to educators and students everywhere. And for everyone else it is an interesting read." (read more)

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December 25
Selected by Sierra from Portland, Oregon
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The Secret Keeper 1st Edition
The Secret Keeper 1st Edition
by Kate Morton

Sierra's Comments:
"May require extremely late night reading as it is impossible to put down until every little secret is uncovered in Kate Morton's finest and most gripping mystery to date....With roots in the London blitz this is a suspenseful story of secrets, and how the keeping of them colors our lives and has far reaching and permanent impacts on those around us." (read more)

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December 26
Selected by Kai Wen from Hollywood, California
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Hallucinations Signed Edition
Hallucinations Signed Edition
by Oliver Sacks

Kai Wen's Comments:
"Really interesting book. An account of various forms of hallucinations from delirium to self-induced altered states. It not only reports on visual forms, but also delves into auditory hallucinations and phantom smells. It felt very complete and covered many common misconceptions about the variety of hallucinations....Oliver Sacks has a way of writing...that feels very conversational, but doesn't underestimate his reader either. I really enjoyed this book." (read more)

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December 27
Selected by Melissa from Pasadena, California
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Almost Home
Almost Home
by Joan Bauer

Melissa's Comments:
"I personally have been a Joan Bauer fan since I was a kid, and even though I'm well into adulthood, I love reading all her books. She has a unique way of capturing the young adult experience through hardship, especially when it comes to parental relationships....Her main character, Sugar, shows a remarkable amount of human strength as she not only has to care for herself during her time of homelessness but also for her mother who falls into a mental breakdown from the experience....It is a tale of healing, redemption, and family that is profound for the adult to read, but written well enough for younger children to understand the character growth and experience." (read more)

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December 28
Selected by Cherish from Yucaipa, California
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Under Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #2)
Under Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #2)
by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Cherish's Comments:
"Every bit as charming as the first. We get a lot more character development in this book....A good read, for anyone really. I found the ending very well done....Can't wait for the third." (read more)

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December 29
Selected by Katsuya from Oakland, California
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A Reliable Wife
A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

Katsuya's Comments:
"Goolrick has an almost poetic way with the language and builds suspense beautifully in this, his first, novel. It is a very gothic tale....The book also reminded me of younger (much younger) days when I used to devour the novels of Daphne du Maurier and the Bronte' sisters. This book would be right at home on a shelf with those ladies' works." (read more)

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December 30
Selected by Jeff from Tigard, Oregon
The Rook
The Rook
by Daniel O'Malley

Jeff's Comments:
"I'm an avid reader and usually go through a book every week so. I like fiction with a taste of the bizarre. I thoroughly enjoyed this book....The story was clever, the writing very good, the characters excellent and plenty of humor as well. I was hooked after the first chapter and am now sad to have finished it....Well Done!" (read more)

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December 31
Selected by David from Seattle, Washington
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
by Steven Solomon

David's Comments:
"As a grocery clerk commented to me, noticing this book on the counter as I was checking out, 'Whole book about water? Just 2H and 1O right?' This book takes that question and explores with wonderful detail the historical, anthropological and biological significance of this most critical compound, which is central to life on Earth. This is a book worth having, to send you exploring references and deserves to be read and re-read." (read more)

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