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April 01
Selected by Trudi from Portland, Oregon
Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
Songs in Ordinary Time (Oprah's Book Club)
by Mary McGarry Morris

Trudi's Comments:
"I could not put this book down. The author draws you in with details about each character, until you feel as though you live among them. The saddest hour was when I read the last page...because the book was no more. So now I am reading more of Mary Mcgarry Morris." (read more)

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April 02
Selected by Jackie from East Liverpool, Ohio
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell

Jackie's Comments:
"Thank you Julie, you are a true person, telling it like it is and isn't...I hope your life is better for you now, and for your husband sticking it out with you and helping you when you needed it." (read more)

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April 03
Selected by Elizabeth from Portland, Oregon
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
by George R. R. Martin

Elizabeth's Comments:
"An amazing beginning to this series which will suck in even the most adverse-to-fantasy readers such as myself. The character and story development is beyond reproach and more engrossing than the TV show which introduced me to the story. I don't want to count the hours of sleep this page turner cost me, nor what the next installments will." (read more)

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April 04
Selected by Iona from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Raging Quiet
The Raging Quiet
by Sherryl Jordan

Iona's Comments:
"This book has been my all time favourite, I read it when I was 11, and now, at 19, I still read it. The love story between Raven and Marnie really made my heart thump...it is hard for to find a believable love story like this....Marnie can relate to alot of other girls in the world, how head strong and willing she is to try to understand, to think of others before herself but for it to crumble down all around her really taught me the lesson of "it's good to be head strong and proud, but it'll be a hard life and sometimes it's ok to keep your mouth shut." This book has always been here for me, and I will love it untill the end of time." (read more)


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April 05
Selected by Vicki from Beaverton, OR
Vicki won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy #1)
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy #1)
by Robin La Fevers

Vicki's Comments:
"I found Grave Mercy a refreshing and intriguing start to what I can only imagine will be a wonderful series. I'd recommend it for those who love Historical Fiction and YA, but don't mind a little Fantasy and Romance thrown into the mix. There is a fair amount of violence and many references to sex, so I'd place this as appropriate for late high-school and older, despite the young characters and inconsiderable language. Daunting as the length may be, Grave Mercy is one book you surely don't want to miss. Approximate Reading Time: 9.5 hours" (read more)

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April 06
Selected by Lynn from Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Lynn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf
by Jodi Picoult

Lynn's Comments:
"Euthanasia is always a hot-button topic. In this tale of a man teetering on the brink of death Picoult provides the reader with the back-story and feelings of each family member as they deal with the situation. Luke, the character around whom the story revolves lies in a coma so while there is no present tense for him, the story of his past, living in a wolf pack was the most compelling part of the book for me. Lots of fascinating information, well told." (read more)

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April 07
Selected by Conrad from Menlo Park, California
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
by Rachel Maddow

Conrad's Comments:
"One could only hope that this brilliant woman had more political clout....Our electorate desperately needs Rachel Maddow's rational analyses. I wish that those who are supposed to govern us would listen to her constructively critical advice....Rachel Maddow would know how to negotiate peace with all assumed adversaries." (read more)

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April 08
Selected by Gabriel from Portland, Oregon
Legend
Legend
by Marie Lu

Gabriel's Comments:
"A teenage dystopian page-turner! Perfect. Lu manages to create suspense and movement, giving her readers all the reason they need to plow through her debut novel. My only qualm... well, 15 is a bit young for a country's most wanted criminal." (read more)

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April 09
Selected by Wendy from Cincinnati, Ohio
Freedom: A Novel
Freedom: A Novel
by Jonathan Franzen

Wendy's Comments:
"Freedom by Jonathan Franzen was nearly impossible for me to tear my eyes away from...His writing is mostly captivating, through all 562 pages of it." (read more)

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April 10
Selected by Kristina from Idaho Falls, Idaho
The Ok Book
The Ok Book
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Kristina's Comments:
"This book is terrific for the very young, those of us approaching older, and everyone in between. It's difficult to find what we're passionate about in life unless we try new things. For a variety of reasons, many of us are afraid to attempt new things. I use this book to remind my teen-aged students to try new experiences, to be creative, or devote time to talents until they find something they are more than "OK" at doing. We discuss the importance of finding things in life that we feel passionate about, and then students work on dream boards/goal setting. As an adult, The OK Book is a reminder to take my own advice and live a little!" (read more)

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April 11
Selected by Susan from Memphis, Tennessee
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $100.
The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life
The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life
by Dinty W. Moore

Susan's Comments:
"The Mindful Writer is so much more than a collection of great quotes by writers and artists. Moore's reflections on those quotes, and his application of this collective wisdom to our creative lives is spot on. I love the way he applies what he's learned from writing (and teaching writing) to his spiritual journey in Buddhism, and then cycles back from the spiritual to the practical with tenets for every day living. I read The Mindful Writer while in the throes of finishing my first novel, and it fueled my enthusiasm here at the end of the journey....A wonderful, short, readable book for writers, readers, artists, and anyone interested in enriching their life." (read more)

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April 12
Selected by Amie from Portland, Oregon
Amie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Disenchantments
The Disenchantments
by Nina Lacour

Amie's Comments:
"I felt a strange kinship with the Colby, as it brought out many long-buried facets of my own life. The road trip is metaphoric, leading the characters in a new phase of enlightenment. Anyone who reads it will find something familiar, something that will ring true in past and present experiences. I appreciated the honesty, the character flaws and attributes and more importantly, the phoenix rising from the flames of wrecked ideology." (read more)

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April 13
Selected by Erin from Winchester, Virginia
Erin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Book of Jonas Signed 1st Edition
The Book of Jonas Signed 1st Edition
by Stephen Dau

Erin's Comments:
"This was such a good book, and I'm so glad I got it through Indiespensable! It's extremely relevant to our times, and is also a quick read. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different perspective." (read more)

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April 14
Selected by Carmen from Portland, Oregon
Carmen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Pattern Magic
Pattern Magic
by Tomoko Nakamichi

Carmen's Comments:
"I have been drooling over this book since I first encountered it in Japanese, so when I bumped into it on the shelves at Powell's in an English translation, my heart literally began to race with happiness. While the written instruction does provide some guidance, I expect to spend a lot of time playing with the concepts to create a predictable result. That said, I can't recall a single book or magazine that has so inspired me to sew. The layout and photography are also fantastic and I love how clearly she demonstrates that these ideas are just a foundation for a thousand variations. I highly recommend this book, even if only for daydreaming and better understanding construction." (read more)

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April 15
Selected by Angela from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, , Canada, , Canada, Canada, , Canada, , Canada, , , Canada, , , , Canada,
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The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Angela's Comments:
"Following the life of a young, cancer-stricken girl and her friends as they struggle with disease and the world around them. This book is heart-wrenching, yet full of love and humour." (read more)

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April 16
Selected by Heather from Orlando, Florida
Heather won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Wife 22
Wife 22
by Melanie Gideon

Heather's Comments:
"Wife 22: A Novel by Melanie Gideon is a story about a woman, Alice Buckle, who is hitting middle age and is trying to figure out her life....This book had me from page one where the first thing I read is "GOOGLE SEARCH 'Eyelid Drooping'." When I opened to this page, I found myself so caught up in the story that I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Ms. Gideon tells the story of Alice Buckle through narrative, internet searches, Facebook, and texting. Alice became a very believable character and I felt myself being caught up in her emotions, her confusions, and her life....This is one of those rare books where I felt that I was literally looking into a magic ball and watching this other woman's life play out. At the end of the book, I even had tears because of what Alice was going through and how she was reacting to and handling everything that is going on in her life....I cannot envision it being [Ms. Gideon's] last. At least, I hope that it isn't her last. She has a way of connecting to the reader and I look forward to looking into another magic ball where I cannot look away until I know how it ends." (read more)

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April 17
Selected by Paula from Portland, Oregon
One More for the People
One More for the People
by Martha Grover

Paula's Comments:
"I laughed and I cried reading Martha Grover's book, One More for the People. Her writing skills are excellent, but more compelling is the honesty, attention to detail and awareness of the world around her as she recounts her upbringing, her illness and her relationships. I highly recommend this book and I have bought several copies as gifts. This young author has a bright future and I hope to read more from her." (read more)

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April 18
Selected by Heidi from Rohnert Park, California
The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes
The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes
by Pam Hoenig

Heidi's Comments:
"Iron cookery is trendy once again. Perhaps the changes of income and economy remind us that value is often reflected in length of use rather than throw-away products. Cast iron is perhaps the hallmark of this value and Lodge Logic is the rock star of cast iron. Most people know if you have any cast iron you probably love it!....The arrival of this cookbook is welcome and exciting. A variety of other cookbooks have come on the market at the same time. Don't despair! As trustworthy as their equipment, the Lodge Logic brand on this book does not disappoint." (read more)

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April 19
Selected by Lorna from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lorna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell

Lorna's Comments:
"This book is nothing you expect it to be. There are no stereotypes of Japanese or Asian culture, no dragon women and no sword swinging, gravity defying samurai. David Mitchell has created a wholly believable 18th Century Nagasaki in which characters act and talk as the time expects. The greatest surprise is that Mitchell has no qualms about making his characters face consequences for their actions, whether the consequence is just or not. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a must read for anyone who wants to become truly emerged in a story." (read more)

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April 20
Selected by Robyn from Ballston Lake, New York
The Dead Drop (Gilda Joyce)
The Dead Drop (Gilda Joyce)
by Jennifer Allison

Robyn's Comments:
"She's a physic investigator, fashion extraordinaire and a barrel of laughs. Need I say more? The Dead Drop, Jennifer Allison's fourth installment in the Gilda Joyce series, is refreshing and witty. When Gilda journeys to the nation's capital for a spy internship, she finds herself with more than she bargained for. Amid a whirl of peculiar events and ghostly sightings, Gilda's skills are put to the test as she battles to uncover the truth. With her trusty typewriter and an ample supply of wigs, Gilda Joyce will once again take the world by storm, and redefine the definition of intrepid." (read more)

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April 21
Selected by Gail from Sunnyvale, California
The King's Daughter
The King's Daughter
by Sandra Worth

Gail's Comments:
"As the beautiful and all important eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York is a dynastic pawn. She's just a teenager when her beloved father's death tears apart her world. Before her younger brother can be crowned, her parents' marriage is discovered to be bigamous, and all its offspring are declared illegitimate by Parliament....Hers is at once a sad and a triumphant story. It's sad because she gives up so much for others. It's triumphant, because despite her lack of political power, she retained her humanity and loved and was loved." (read more)

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April 22
Selected by Gail from Milford, Massechussets
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Stolen
Stolen
by Lucy Christopher

Gail's Comments:
"Stolen by Lucy Christopher is like no other book that I've read its a book that trumps everything that I've read so far this year....This is a book that I will become a champion for and Lucy Christopher is an author that I will be eagerly waiting to see what she comes up with next. Although I think that Stolen will be incredibly hard to surpass....And seriously folks, if you only pick up one book this year, then it should be this one. It's just that good." (read more)

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April 23
Selected by Susan from Eureka, California
The Grace of Silence: A Memoir
The Grace of Silence: A Memoir
by Michele Norris

Susan's Comments:
"As a long time fan of NPR and Michelle Norris I was deeply touched by the sensitity, love and compassion she expressed towards her family and her personal experiences. She challenges the reader to understand her perspectives as well as her family's on issues of race, discrimination and growing up in a bi-racial world. For anyone who would like a perspective on just how graceful and eloquent a memoir can be without the "me" of memoir Michelle Norris' is an outstanding example." (read more)

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April 24
Selected by Tina from Portland, Oregon
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The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

Tina's Comments:
"Very good read...very creepy...seriously, I did get a little paranoid at times. It was reminiscent of 1984, except for it was real. We all knew the Bush administration was bad, but I don't think any of us knew it was necessarily to the extent that Wolf talks about in this book. Although, not surprising at all. There is also a documentary that is based on this book, and I highly recommend that too, "End of America." She explains that this is not a conspiracy theory book, and she is not accusing anyone in the administration of using Hitler/Stalin/Mussolini tactics, but they are eerily similar. It's also a quick read, she is very to-the-point, and easy to understand." (read more)

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April 25
Selected by Deborah from Sarasota, Florida
The Redbreast
The Redbreast
by Jo Nesbo

Deborah's Comments:
"Jo Nesbo is known for his crime novels about my new favorite Detective Harry Hole, of the Oslo Crime Squad. "Red Breast" isn't even his first novel, but it is the first Nesbo novel I've read. I loved Steig Larsson, and so, at the suggestion of my sister and following the Scandinavian theme, I started on the Harry Hole series....What makes Harry Hole so attractive? He's cut from a classic American (1930's) mold; a loner, with lots of flaws, including use of illegal substances, trouble with maintaining a relationship with women, insubordination, and the tendency toward depression one expects of tragic heroes. Like Stieg Larsson's hero Mikael Blomkvist he is fully committed to ending the activities of extremely bad men, but unlike Blomkvist, he struggles with his own personal demons as well as with the expectations of his career and subtle threads of corruption that are part of a continuing theme in the two books I've read. Nesbo is a brilliant plotter and everything comes together in the end of each of these books in a highly satisfying way." (read more)

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April 26
Selected by Jessie from Ozone Park, New York
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
by E. L. James

Jessie's Comments:
"I started with a free sample and was instantly hooked. I frantically searched for the app to download the book. I flew through all three books in a week and started reading it again! I just can't get enough..." (read more)

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April 27
Selected by Yvonne from Dry Fork, Virginia
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The Professionals
The Professionals
by Owen Laukkanen

Yvonne's Comments:
"Great reading entertainment with big screen potential. The Professionals was my book-of-the-week for my daily 30-60 minute stationary bike ride and was a great choice. The frequent scene changes (3-6 page chapters) kept my eyes off the clock and the story moving forward. The characters were believable and I wasn't sure who I liked more, the kidnappers or the cops. It would make a great take-on-vacation read and I'll be recommending it to friends." (read more)

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April 28
Selected by Beth from Portland, Oregon
The Reeducation of Cherry Truong
The Reeducation of Cherry Truong
by Aimee Phan

Beth's Comments:
"Aimee Phan has done it again! I love this novel as much as I loved "We Should Never Meet." Aimee Phan knows how to write about families - the love, the pain, the intimacy, the distance!!! Amazing. Every time I thought I knew which character I most sympathized and identified with, along came another well-rounded, thoughtful portrait of a seemingly real human being. Thanks to the complexities and stunning layers of plot, lineage and meaning, I was never, ever bored -- which is the number one reason I put books down. Not this one! I picked it up every chance I got, over and over again until it was done! Beautiful." (read more)

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April 29
Selected by Paula from Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund de Waal

Paula's Comments:
"I greatly enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, it's a fascinating story in its own right, and de Waal's choice to tell it the way he researched it means that we follow him every step of the way (including the surprises in his visit to Odessa). Second, it takes us down the fascinating byways of early 20th-century art through the history of Charles Ephrussi (collector, critic, and friend of artists); I'm reasonably knowledgeable about art history, but I learned a lot from the book. Third, the author (probably because he's an artist himself) has a facility for choosing telling details -- his account of the Anschluss is horrifying not because he piles up atrocities but because he focuses on how the minutiae of daily life were irrevocably altered. Finally, I lived in Vienna for a couple of years, knew many of the places he describes, and heard various versions of the history he recounts; but this was a far more personal "take" on the place and the people, and I feel it gave me a better perspective. Highly recommended." (read more)

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April 30
Selected by George from Seattle, Washington
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The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories (Africa List)
The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories (Africa List)
by Ivan Vladislavic and Sunandini Banerjee

George's Comments:
"These are eleven stories South African writer Ivan Vladislavic imagined but couldn't write, or he started to write and couldn't finish. He flushes those ideas out for the reader - some are quirky, some are very funny, and a couple of them are high concept. The Loss Library, the most complete story in the book, is a guided tour of a library of books that don't exit. Books that would have been written had their writers not died young, books that were never written because their authors lost faith in them, books that came to authors in their dreams but were forgotten in the light of day. Beautiful illustrations and design by Sunandini Banerjee make this a book for those who appreciate the touch, the feel of a physical book and words that can't be deleted, or lost." (read more)

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