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June 01
Selected by Helen from Steilacoom, Washington
Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her
Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her
by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson

Helen's Comments:
"This is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, story of a family coming to grips with a member with a mental illness, and especially with Linea's strength and determination to be well. Alternately written in the first person by each, not only does it chronicle the family's struggles with the illness, but it offers their experiences with finding competent health-care professionals and their ongoing never-ending battles with their insurance company to cover the needed treatments....This book is deeply personal, but it provides so much insight for others who face a mental health challenge or for families that have a loved one with a mental illness. Their goal is to help remove the stigma of mental illness and to provide some hope and strength for all those who are affected by it. There is an omission in the story in that the father is not portrayed as the ever-present stalwart rock that he is and has been throughout this ordeal. He is an unsung hero." (read more)

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June 02
Selected by Angelique from Mukilteo, Washington
Angelique won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Masque of the Red Death
Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin

Angelique's Comments:
"So much more the steampunk. So much more than romance. So much more than YA. While this book did have all that -- and an airship -- it was great literature. The conflicted emotions of the characters made this much more like the Poe short story it was inspired by than the genre it is relegated to. No one is perfect and no one is safe. And, happily for us, the ending isn't sappy." (read more)

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June 03
Selected by Adya from Portland, Oregon
Adya won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
I'll Walk Alone
I'll Walk Alone
by Mary Higgins Clark

Adya's Comments:
"Mary Higgins continues to weave her magic. The book is so gripping I had to finish it in one marathon reading session. Keeps you guessing at every turn. Though when the mystery unravels, you feel like you guessed it (a little), but the journey is totally worth it (my nails might not agree)!" (read more)

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June 04
Selected by Rachel from Portland, Oregon
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Barbarian Nurseries
The Barbarian Nurseries
by Hector Tobar

Rachel's Comments:
"I was afraid I had become too cynical a reader to enjoy fiction anymore. This book restored my faith in fiction and in just about everything else. It's one of those reading experiences that makes you feel like you've emerged from a cocoon. Hector Tobar is my new hero. Absolutely amazing." (read more)

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June 05
Selected by Christopher from Redlands, California
Christopher won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Listeners
The Listeners
by Leni Zumas

Christopher's Comments:
"I love this book. Leni Zumas's masterful command of language makes for an engrossing, entertaining read. The minimal use of conventional exposition lets the story unfold on its own, unencumbered by strictures of chronology, logic, or tradition. This is one of the most powerfully written books I've read in a long time." (read more)

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June 06
Selected by Aimee from La Center, Washington
Aimee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Senator's Wife (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Senator's Wife (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Sue Miller

Aimee's Comments:
"The Senator's Wife is one of the most amazing stories that I have read (and, I have read MANY!), in that it was written with clarity, depth, and gentle directness. It was easy to read, but, difficult to put down. It is one of the few books that will go into my library to be read again...and, again, to rethink what I have read...to further understand the story told about the connection between two women. The climax, the finale, and, what led up to it, was...well...disgusting to me when I realized what was happening. I had to put the book down and I had to force myself to pick it up again. I couldn't believe what was happening, not that these things don't happen in real lives, but, that it was actually written by a person, an author. It was created by the author. What a creative and thougfhtful mind had created this story, this horrible event. Sue Miller, you are an amazing author. Congrats! I will read more of your books." (read more)

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June 07
Selected by Ashley from Onalaska , Washington
The Door to December
The Door to December
by Dean R. Koontz

Ashley 's Comments:
"Hard to put down. Mr. Koontz makes this story of father's obsession into your own personal obsession to read. Great book!" (read more)

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June 08
Selected by Prentise from Makawao, Hawaii
The Probable Future
The Probable Future
by Alice Hoffman

Prentise's Comments:
"I was stunned by the deep insight into the minds of both men and women in this book, and I loved the way the author makes the current teen with her special power a very modern and realistic teenager. The way Hoffman explores the challenging relationships between grandmother, mother, daughter, and the men in their lives, is quite moving and sometimes sad, especially when it isn't expressed until the end of someone's life....I thought it was wonderful, and it made me want to heal the female relationships in my family, as well as nurture and express my own unique insights and abilities." (read more)

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June 09
Selected by Mike from Portland, Oregon
Rot & Ruin
Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry

Mike's Comments:
"Young adult lit has made so many advancements since I was a teenager. While the cover and title would suggest a more grisly subject matter, Rot & Ruin isn't that at all. There are plenty of zombies, but the main focus is on the relationship between the Imura brothers. One a teenager disillusioned with this new world of danger and zombies - he really just wants to hang out with his school buddies and maybe get a girlfriend. His brother, on the other hand, is immersed in the life outside of the town they live in referred to as ''the ruin''. He is a bounty hunter who gets paid by families in town to end their family member's misery of those who have turned. In the vein of ''hunger games'' he does this to help support he and his brother Bennie and keep them in rations which are limited....I found it hard to put this book down, and was happy to find out there are currently two other books in the Imura brothers as they venture further out into ''the ruin''." (read more)

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June 10
Selected by Jennifer from Aberdeen, Washington
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
A Severe Mercy
A Severe Mercy
by Sheldon Vanauken

Jennifer's Comments:
"A severe mercy is a fantastic book. Sheldon VanAuken sucks you into the book in a way that you are really in Glenmerle, you are feeling his feelings and experiencing his emotions. You'll fall in love with Davy!! A real life love story I read over and over again. I get to experience different parts of the world I've never been to in his book. Incredible. My favorite book by far. Impatiently awaiting to read his sequel, Under the Mercy." (read more)

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June 11
Selected by Sabena from Eugene, Oregon
Sabena won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love
Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love
by Debra Gwartney

Sabena's Comments:
"With powerful storytelling and unrelenting honesty, Gwartney tells the story of her battle to bring her runaway daughters home and out of harm's way. She doesn't make herself the hero of her narrative but has written a compelling book that stayed with me long after the ending." (read more)

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June 12
Selected by Gloria from Portland, Oregon
Gloria won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Monsters of Templeton
The Monsters of Templeton
by Lauren Groff

Gloria's Comments:
"I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the bits of family history fit in so well with the character's current lives. I also like the bit of mystery with the lake monster." (read more)

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June 13
Selected by Scott from Aurora, Oregon
Scott won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Descendants
The Descendants
by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Scott's Comments:
"It is a rare treat to find a book that tackles marriage, infidelity, death, and parenting in one ambitious story. Rarer still to find a novel that does so with humor, grace, and wisdom. But, that is exactly what Kaui Hart Hemmings provides in The Descendants....The sparse writing matches the character perfectly, and the observational humor keeps the characters (and story) from taking itself too seriously. Over too soon, I could not put this book down. Hemmings is a fresh voice and a genuine pleasure to read." (read more)

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June 14
Selected by Gretchen from West Linn, Oregon
Gretchen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Flying Troutmans
The Flying Troutmans
by Miriam Toews

Gretchen's Comments:
"This was a great book! The characters are interesting and varied, full of issues but great together. It's a fairly quick read, but I definitely recommend it!" (read more)

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June 15
Selected by Ailana from Napa, California
Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page
Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page
by Matt Kish

Ailana's Comments:
"If you love Moby Dick (or even if you don't), this is a must-buy book. Matt Kish created a drawing to illustrate one phrase on every SINGLE page of MD. The art is amazingly creative and varied...in a wide range of mediums. This is a keeper and something you will never want to purchase as an e-book. You won't believe how fantastic this book is." (read more)

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June 16
Selected by Holly from Gearhart, Oregon
Holly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Holly's Comments:
"This book is an absolutely riveting read. Even when you are expecting twists and turns, you are still surprised by where it takes you. Great development of characters and a definite must-read for any book lover." (read more)

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June 17
Selected by Stephen from Langley, WA
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
by Mitchell Zuckoff

Stephen's Comments:
"Historical writing at its finest, this book combines a a suspenseful tale of "will they survive" with an enlightening and ironic portrait of modern civilization (American forces during World War II trying to rescue survivors from a plane crash in New Guinea mountain jungles) meeting "primitive" stone age warriors. Engineering ingenuity, anthropological insight -- this yarn covers a lot of bases." (read more)

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June 18
Selected by Snotra from Portland, OR
Common Birds and Their Songs
Common Birds and Their Songs
by Lang Elliott and Marie Read

Snotra's Comments:
"This book and CD combination is a treasure for bird lovers, especially lovers of song birds native to North America. The full page photos of 50 native birds, with one page description of each of the birds' calls and habits, plus the accompanying Audio CD with his gentle voice and unassuming tone, Lang Elliott introduces us to the world of beautiful music in nature, made by the commonly identifiable North American birds." (read more)

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June 19
Selected by Carrie from Missoula, Montana
Carrie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
by Mark Kurlansky

Carrie's Comments:
"A strong entry from Kurlansky, who uses an obscure subject and an unconventional structure to create a book that is satisfyingly focused while still communicating a vast amount of information on topics from cod fishing to the Spanish Civil War." (read more)

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June 20
Selected by Jennifer from Gloversville, New York
Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide
Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide
by Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker

Jennifer's Comments:
"The descriptions of the way that the author suggests brewing your own coffee are very helpful. I enjoyed reading this book and implementing the lessons it taught me. I feel that this book would be good for anyone who wants to gain a better appreciation of coffee." (read more)

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June 21
Selected by Michele from Beaverton, Oregon
Michele won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Michele's Comments:
"A delightfully written book. A sensitively written account of a very dark period of world history peppered with humourous anecdotes and fun stories of life on Guernsey during and after WWII. I laughed and cried from beginning to end. A must read work of fiction!" (read more)

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June 22
Selected by Tinu from Portland, Oregon
Tinu won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
by P. D. James

Tinu's Comments:
"As a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley is a satisfying effort. As a mystery, it is not conventional and probably not what most of us expected when we first heard about the book. The way the story plays out is somewhat close to the time and place depicted and to Austen's style. As a connoisseur of Jane Austen books, I was happy to read it, revisiting the characters from Pride and Prejudice and seeing their later lives depicted in a way which conforms to the depth and complexity that Austen gave her characters. A good read for Jane Austen fans!" (read more)

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June 23
Selected by Gregory from Lakeland, Florida
Lord Jim: A Tale (Everyman's Library)
Lord Jim: A Tale (Everyman's Library)
by Joseph Conrad

Gregory's Comments:
"LORD JIM is a novel focused on the imperial zeitgeist of the age. The age is the years between 1876 to the beginning of world war one. Europe was beaming in its nationalism, imperialism, and as well as alliances between nation states. Europe could be seen as a cage where the main event in the WWE would be held, in this corner Germany and the Hapsburgs vs. London and France. We see explorers controlling new lands and new people. We find adventures awaiting....The book overall was imperially commanding." (read more)

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June 24
Selected by Sharlene from Boise, Idaho
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Pop-Up Book
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: A Pop-Up Book
by Stephen King

Sharlene's Comments:
"It is a great pop-up book, story line is a lot darker then you think a pop-up book would be. But it is Stephen King..." (read more)

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June 25
Selected by Shaher from Santa Monica, California
Shaher won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Indignation (Vintage International)
Indignation (Vintage International)
by Philip Roth

Shaher's Comments:
"This book is a quick read. I read it in one sitting. It's phenomenal. I'd highly recommend it to high school or college students as it forces the reader to question the importance of either taking a stand, or to go about business as usual, or go with the flow. It's a book that definitely makes you think. The author even quotes Bertrand Russell." (read more)

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June 26
Selected by David from Portland, Oregon
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The Kindly Ones
The Kindly Ones
by Jonathan Littell

David's Comments:
""Abandon hope all ye who enter here," reads the inscription Dante discovers over the gates of Hell. Good advice for all those who pick up Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, weighing in at 976 pages in its English translation. But if you have the stomach to traverse this Brughellian landscape, you will discover both a meticulously researched panorama of the Nazi state and a wonderfully realized portrait one of its loyal devils....[I]f you believe that in this world justice prevails, or that, at least in fiction, it should, you will find this book an unforgivable insult. However, if you find that questions about the nature of crime, genocide, and of evil itself lead to even more complex and confounding answers, this book will both edify and perversely delight you." (read more)

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June 27
Selected by Bruce from Portland, Oregon
Bruce won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Imagine: How Creativity Works
Imagine: How Creativity Works
by Jonah Lehrer

Bruce 's Comments:
"This book goes beyond scientific studies to consider creativity as it is experienced in the real world. It uses Bob Dylan's writing methods, the drug habits of poets, the inspiration of an autistic surfer who invented a new surfer move, and much more to consider the sources of inspiration and genius, and provides a fine analysis of thought processes with an eye to showing how these can be used more efficiently by everyone. The result is a lively survey of the sources of inspiration in us all, with keys to unlocking creative potential through exercises and adjustments" (read more)


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June 28
Selected by Harveen from Tarrytown, New York
Shooting Kabul
Shooting Kabul
by N. H. Senzai

Harveen's Comments:
"The book was selected as one of the reads for NPR's book club. It tells the poignant tale of how a family copes with the loss of member left behind while fleeing Afghanistan and the frustrating search from miles away. How each member bears the grief and the accompanying guilt while adjusting to life in America in 2001. The main character subsequently channels his grief and guilt into a hobby and the readers are assured of a happy ending!" (read more)

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June 29
Selected by Joel from Brunswick, Georgia
Joel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Notes from a Small Island
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson

Joel's Comments:
"If you've ever wanted to explore Britain through the eyes of your fussy, slightly curmudgeonly, but ultimately warm and lovable uncle, Bryson's book is a must own. His appreciation for the minutiae of British life comes through in his witty and detailed descriptions of everything from British naming conventions (visit fabulous Nether Wallop) to the eccentricities of the fifth Duke of Portland and his underground mansion. For better or worse Bryson will bring out the anglophile in you through this ode to the motherland, and about the time you finish reading you'll want to start planning your own cross country trek." (read more)

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June 30
Selected by Kathy from Milwaukie, Oregon
Kathy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Life is So Good
Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Kathy's Comments:
"I have never read a book which illustrated so clearly that it's not our circumstances, but our attitudes, that matter in life. George Dawson remains inspirational even after his death, and his story is especially appropriate for young people." (read more)

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