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May 01
Selected by Fay from Portland, Oregon
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A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive
A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive
by Robert Taylor

Fay's Comments:
"This book is one of the most energizing reads I have experienced. Very elegant, poetic writing! Taylor has a wonderful gift for expressing the Holy in a new way, going to the heart of that which is divine in all of us. He invites the reader to conscious living from inside out; the breath of life fueling our every moment. Becoming aware of each moment and how we are in the world for ourselves and for others." (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Bethany from Plymouth, Michigan
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One Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
One Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
by David Nicholls

Bethany's Comments:
"I loved the way that this book captured a snapshot of each person on the same day each year. In a strange way, it made the book more relateable. While stories normally focus on the big events (weddings, birthday, major struggles) this book simply focused on the day to day of life surrounding those events. One Day is an excellent character study. To spend twenty years with Dexter and Emma makes you feel as if you know them by the time the book is over." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Paul from Lake Oswego, Oregon
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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library)
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library)
by Cormac McCarthy

Paul's Comments:
"If the mark of a great book or author is being enveloped by a different reality, then Blood Meridian is one of the best books I have ever read and Cormac McCarthy is one of the greats. Based in a time that was and a place that is this books pulls you into it's story as few others have. Ostensibly a story about The Kid it is a moving panorama, dark and apochryphal. One rides with these men as silent witness, struggling to survive as they do. Dark, dirty and dismal, one is loath to acknowledge the truth at the core of the story. The truth paints this reality with a patina that roots it in our world while we hope that it is not so." (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Nancy from Houston, Texas
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
by Simone St. James

Nancy's Comments:
"I just finished reading the Haunting of Maddy Clare, in 2 days. Very well written and it will pull you in. Though this is a debut, it reads with an established voice, in fact I didn't remember it was a debut until I went looking for more by this author. Hopefully she will write more, either with these characters or others. A good feel for the period and felt knowledgeable about the people of the time." (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Kristina from Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Kristina's Comments:
"Wild is one of the best, if not the best, memoir I have ever read -- and I've read a lot of memoirs. It does what a memoir should do -- immerses the reader in the experiences of the writer. In the memoir, Strayed relates her experiences as a woman in her early twenties as she travels the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and the end of her marriage -- but also does so much more than that, in that the story is written from the perspective of an older and wiser narrator, who is much more self-aware than the "younger self" that is written about. This is a wonderful memoir about surviving the darkest days of grief, but more importantly, I think, about the necessity of time alone, to learn how to rely on oneself, as well as time with a community of people, who will be there to help when we can't help ourselves. Marvelous!" (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Audrey from Bainbridge Island, Washington
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

Audrey's Comments:
"Our book club read this, and at our meeting, we couldn't stop talking about the issues: the Dr/family miscommunications, what could the Dr's have done differently, what if our town had gotten a 10% population influx of Hmong immigrants on welfare, how would we have dealt with it? What was happening now in these hospitals? Have the Hmong integrated into the local culture any more? The little girl from the story, Lia, is still alive more than 20 years later in a persistent vegetative state, what would that be like? How could the Child Protective Service intervention been prevented? We wanted to know more about the Hmong migration and how their culture in the US is doing now? Anne Fadiman captured the personal and the cultural in this story, and it was dense with detail, history and emotion." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Kelly from Weston, Connecticut
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
by A. J. Jacobs

Kelly's Comments:
"This book is filled with interesting facts about working out (the body and the brain), interwoven into one man's journey to be fit. He imployed some crazy tactics, like a treadmill desk, but the book is fun to read and relatable as well. I've read so many "serious" books about fitness, yet I'm learning about things I had never heard of in this book!" (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Eric from Crystal Lake, Illinois
Tales from Earthsea
Tales from Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Eric's Comments:
"If you like fantasy - actually, if you enjoy thoughtful stories with substance and depth - consider picking up a copy of Tales from Earthsea. Tales from Earthsea is comprised of five short stories, all excellent and each unique in its own way. My personal two favorites are "The Finder" and "On the High Marsh." Tales from Earthsea is a rare gem and is worth a place on your reading list." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Giovanna from Dallesport, Washington
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Perfect
Perfect
by Ellen Hopkins

Giovanna's Comments:
"Absolutely amazing. The way that Hopkins explains what is going on through the characters' minds leaves me breathless -- I couldn't put it down. Reading their struggles to find perfection was so addicting, I finished the book within a day. It is very interesting to watch the character's minds whir, and you can view the emotions they feel. Cara's point of view on her brother -- who is picked apart in Impulse -- was very mesmerizing and had me reconsider how I had previously perceived her. This book was incredible, and it inspired me to fall in love with Hopkins' writing all over again." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Adena from Dunwoody, Georgia
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The Passage
The Passage
by Justin Cronin

Adena's Comments:
"This book was heartbreaking and stunningly beautiful. I became obsessed and was much sleep-deprived. One of the best books I've ever read." (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Carolyn from Maryville, Tennessee
Simply Sublime Bags: 30 No-Sew, Low-Sew Projects
Simply Sublime Bags: 30 No-Sew, Low-Sew Projects
by Jodi Kahn

Carolyn's Comments:
"I love this book. The projects look so simple that even a non-crafter could do them. You could also use recyclable material for a lot of the bags." (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Marybeth from Mesquite, Texas
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Marybeth's Comments:
"I first heard about this book on Andersen Cooper's talk show when he interviewed the author. I just had to go out and buy it. As hard as it is, this is most definitely a MUST READ book. Although I live in Texas, my memory of September 11, 2001 is crystal clear, and it holds sadness for me on a personal level because I went to the top of Tower 2 back in the mid-1990s. Those were beautiful buildings and they were destroyed by hatred and intolerance. That attack caused broken lives which is the central theme of this book. The brokeness actually begins in World War II. The story kind of jumps around but stay with it. The ending is heartwrenching as everything is explained and story elements are tied together." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Judy from Norman, Oklahoma
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Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
by Lyndall Gordon

Judy's Comments:
"If you haven't read much about Emily Dickinson in a long time, this book will give you information that is new to you, at least it was to me. Biographer Lyndall Gordon posits that a major reason for Dickinson's reclusiveness was that she suffered from epilepsy, and the family's reserved natures and pride would never permit this illness to ever be made public. Gordon presents a fairly good case for this possibility, but I want to have more information before I accept this as truth. Gordon lays out the background leading up to the affair between Dickinson's brother Austin and Mabel Loomis Todd, whose jealousy of Austin's wife Susan becomes a driving force throughout her life. This information is not new, but Gordon provides what seems to be an objective analysis of the feud between the two families. Among the descriptions of the Dickinson family lie many of Dickinson's poems, and Gordon weaves them through some of her arguments in support of the epilepsy theory. It is scholarly written but can be read relatively quickly considering its length." (read more)

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May 14
Selected by K from Portland, Oregon
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

K's Comments:
"It's a story. A well told story that makes just about everyone cry. Art of Racing in the Rain came highly recommended by several people so I thought why not? After the first couple chapters I begged them to tell me why they recommended this book. Just finish they would say. They were right. It is a very good book. Just read it. Though you don't have to be a dog lover to love this book if you are a pet owner, you will never look at your pet the same again." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Sarah from Portland, Oregon
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Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (2nd Edition)
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (2nd Edition)
by Toby Hemenway

Sarah's Comments:
"Gaia's Garden is a fantastic guide to making gardening 'easier'- in other words, how to make your garden produce the most food for the least amount of effort. It guides you to set up natural systems that provide everything plants need on site. The amount of information in the book is astounding, and best of all, the author lives in Portland, so all of the plant lists and growing suggestions are appropriate for our growing seasons. Not that it wouldn't be helpful in other climates, but it's perfect for Portland! I am hoping that my first year efforts at permaculture lead to a great front yard farm." (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Caroline from Seattle, Washington
The Villain's Guide to Better Living
The Villain's Guide to Better Living
by Neil Zawacki

Caroline's Comments:
"Since I always figured I'd grow up to be a Mad Scientist or an evil Sorceress, this was a must buy book. I already knew how to be a villain, but I didn't have the finer points down. Such as how to deal with coworkers, you know, the ones you don't turn into zombie minions. Or villain health tips -- why exercise is important (one reason: to chase wounded heroes down). The book is divided into six evil sections, covering everything a villain needs to create a fulfilling life. Tongue-in-cheek, deliciously dark humor, perfect for anyone who enjoys the darker side of life." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Esme from Costa Mesa, California
How to Eat a Cupcake
How to Eat a Cupcake
by Meg Donohue

Esme's Comments:
"It only seems fitting that I would read How to Eat a Cupcake as I was on my way to France. The French are apparently obsessed with cupcakes as we are obsessed with their macarons. Why not read a book about the love of baking as I was headed over to the pastry capital of the world?....If How to Eat a Cupcake is any indication of Donohue's talents I hope that she comes out with another book soon, maybe about a woman who runs a chocolate store perhaps." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Gary from Olney, Maryland
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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Gary's Comments:
"An amazing narrative about a turning point in American History. Even though I know the story of the killing by heart, I found myself eagerly turning to the next sentence to find out what happened next. I found myself yelling out loud "No Abe, don't go to the theater". While I don't always agree with Mr. Riley's political position, i applaud him for doing such a great job with such a well known moment in history. If you love mystery, crime, history or adventure, you'll love this book." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Debbie from Portage des Sioux, Missouri
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The Cottage at Glass Beach
The Cottage at Glass Beach
by Heather Barbieri

Debbie's Comments:
"As a small girl of five Nora's life changed forever when her mother disappeared and her father took her away from the only home she ever knew on Burke's Island and the Cottage at Glass Beach. Now she finds herself running back to avoid the publicity from the scandal that rocked her world and her marriage and to find sanctuary and refuge for her and her two daughters at least for the summer....Heather Barbieri took me on a trip of a lifetime with this intuitive, imaginative and beautifully narrated novel....Her characters were amazing and while some were real flesh and blood she made me wonder if others stepped out of the sea and out of an Irish legend. The main thing the novel made me want was to see where else this talented storyteller could take me. Thank you Ms. Barbieri for a beautiful journey." (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Michelle from Mason City, Iowa
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Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress
Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress
by Lee Woodruff

Michelle's Comments:
"Reading this book made me feel like I was sitting across from a very good friend who had story after story to share with me about her life. Lee Woodruff's book, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, is full of essays about different aspects of what it's like to be a mother of four, a wife of Bob Woodruff, news correspondent who almost died on assignment, and a woman who is trying her best at keeping sane through it all. Her sense of humor about the mundane to the extraordinary made me laugh out loud while her poignant heartbreaking stories about her aging father made me sob as I can so very well relate to her. I love the blurb from Liz Smith on the book's cover, which states: "Nora Epron + Erma Bombeck = Lee Woodruff. This is the book for all the women in your lives!" Read the book and hope for more stories from Lee Woodruff in the future!" (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Colleen Erin from Portland, Oregon
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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

Colleen Erin's Comments:
"As a health practitioner, this is a wonderful addition to my resources for my patients. The synthesis of information from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard Nutritionist, Dr. Lilian Cheung provides a pleasant read that is not over saturated with philosophy or facts, but rather just enough to support their ideas. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to deepen their relationship with food and the process of eating, whether there are weight struggles or not." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Cynthia from Winamac, Indiana
Before and After
Before and After
by Rosellen Brown

Cynthia's Comments:
"The story starts with a girl found dead on the side of the road, and then a family has to deal with their son being suspect. It's written so each chapter is a different family member dealing with their feelings and trying to decide if Jacob is guilty/innocent or does it even matter. It kept my interest with some surprises." (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Melanie from Medford, Oregon
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Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage
Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage
by Kody Brown and Christine Brown and Meri Brown and Robyn Brown and Janelle Brown

Melanie's Comments:
"This family's story really opened my eyes to the world of religious, legal polygamy. I was surprised at how "normal" this polygamous family really is. If we can accept others because of their race or sexual orientations, why can we not accept them for who they choose to marry? I consider myself to be a fairly conservative person, yet I do recommend this book to anyone who has uncertainty or curiosity surrounding polygamy, the religion behind it and just how they make it work. This was a great read." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by S from Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
Spook Country
Spook Country
by William Gibson

S's Comments:
"I think most folks come to know William Gibson's works through his cyberpunk books like Neuromancer. The Blue Ant Trilogy is some of his latest work and this is my second Gibson book. I have been mightily impressed and entertained by his writing so far that I have added all his works to my TBR mountain range. I keep it in the backyard, on the horizon, where the neighbors won't complain too much." (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Candace from Norfolk, Virginia
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The Peculiars
The Peculiars
by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Candace's Comments:
"Set in a steampunk 1800's, Lena Mattacascar's journey takes readers from her quiet home in the City to the wild lands of Scree. Lena, with her abnormal sized hands and feet, is on a mission to find her father, determining whether she is, in fact, a Peculiar. The mystery surrounding Peculiars starts from the very beginning of the story. Ms. McQuerry gives readers insight into Lena's childhood that generates an understanding for why Lena is so shaken up about her genetics. As the story progresses, more speculation about Peculiars comes to the fore....McQuerry does a wonderful job of taking this City girl and putting her through obstacles in which Lena prevails and makes something of her situation. The mix of fantasy and steampunk, with a little dash of romance, makes The Peculiars a spectacular read!" (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Lisa from Helena, Alabama
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer

Lisa's Comments:
"Our librarian read portions of Mirror, Mirror to our class today. The students were awed by it. It did take them a few minutes to understand that the poems were indeed reversed but they came away from the library wanting to try reverso poetry! This is a very good thing!" (read more)

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May 27
Selected by William from London, Greater London
So What: The Life of Miles Davis
So What: The Life of Miles Davis
by John Szwed

William's Comments:
"Miles went through experiences common to many of the jazz musicians of the time mentioned in this preview, the late 40's and early 50's, and continued to have problems with drugs through his life. But he nonetheless managed to accomplish unparalled creative endeavours and for the most part, surmounted his problems, only periodically succumbing to the habit and suffering from its consequences....His life story is an unparalled example of the artistic process in action, and the cost that such relentless pushing forward of the artistic boundaries demands on the self. But Miles had tremendous strength of character, and always kept his playing, of an instrument that is notoriously demanding, to the fore. There is much we can learn from the Miles Davis story, and it is always rewarding to have the opportunity to review the details in another well-researched perspective." (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Janna from Toledo, Oregon
Sometimes a Great Movie Signed Edition
Sometimes a Great Movie Signed Edition
by Matt Love

Janna's Comments:
"Matt is an excellent writer, he has such great interviewing skills which bring the truth to his story telling that is beyond all others. I was in the movie years ago and in reading portions of the book I felt that he had actually been there with us. It was amazing. He also wrote about the movie honestly and gave it one of the most honest reviews I have ever read. He did not cover any thing up to keep from making people angry. Everything is faithfully honest and to the point....Matt loves Oregon and he is true to his State and everything it stands for. I would read anything he has written about Oregon, he just gets it, and not many people do." (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Lilian from Honolulu, Hawaii
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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Trilogy #1)
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Trilogy #1)
by Moira Young

Lilian's Comments:
"Blood Red Road is a breath of fresh air in YA literature. Moira Young's writing style is definitely unique...written in a terse, phonetic style from the point of view of the protagonist, the fearless 18-year old, Saba. Despite her callous attitude towards -- well, pretty much every except her beloved twin brother -- Saba comes off as incredibly real. She is far from the perfect hero, and often has selfish intentions, but she is also a force to be reckoned with." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Sallie from Eugene, Oregon
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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson

Sallie's Comments:
"Here is an amazing book for every former child who has ever felt unwanted or not loved or even in the "wrong" family. My favorite Jeanette Winterson quote has always been, "Why is the measure of love loss?" from "Written on the Body", but this memoir incorporates and expands on those feelings, giving us a complex many-layered look into her life process. I am grateful for her honesty and her ability to hold onto conflicting and opposite feelings simultaneously." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Jane from Forest Grove, Oregon
What Comes After Money?: Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community
What Comes After Money?: Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community
by Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan

Jane's Comments:
"I got halfway through Sacred Economics and gave up. Liked the reexamination of economics but didn't think that his ideas of alternatives would work. This book, on the other hand, displays multiple viewpoints and approaches to changing our views/attitudes/uses of money and most of them are not just theoretical. I especially enjoyed the discussion of matriarchal gift economies. And, I liked that many of the essays were annotated so you can pursue more info on the topic discussed. Great book." (read more)

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