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January 01
Selected by Waney from Beaverton, Oregon
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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
by Catherynne M. Valente

Waney's Comments:
"An absolutely spectacular read. I love Valente's creativity, beautiful writing, and unpredictable twists and turns. You never know what spectacular new thing each page will hold....Highly recommended to those who love fantasies written in a beautiful and lyrical way." (read more)

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January 02
Selected by Paul from Vancouver, Washington
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss

Paul's Comments:
"The book went far beyond just telling how General Alex Dumas provided an example for his son's writing. It was a great insight to the French Revolution by telling the story of someone who lived close to the center of the action before, during and after." (read more)

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January 03
Selected by Jessica from Charlotte, North Carolina
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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley

Jessica's Comments:
"I purchased this not realizing it was part of a series. However, reading them in order is not necessarily a requirement (I didn't feel lost regarding character back stories, etc). Flavia is delightful and I really enjoyed this book. She is clever and made me smile; wonderful role model for young readers. The story did not drag and I look forward to reading the other books in the series." (read more)

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January 04
Selected by Lars Adam from Boise, Idaho
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Railsea
Railsea
by China Mieville

Lars Adam's Comments:
"China Mieville's all-ages sci-fi meditation on the 'Moby Dick' story serves as a great intro to the concepts of Melville's novel for younger readers (along with Jeff Smith's 'Bone'). It is also a great take for adults and welcomes all to a fully realized imaginary world." (read more)

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January 05
Selected by Barbara from Copper Center, Alaska
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Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi

Barbara's Comments:
"Several new cookbooks came my way this Christmas, but when it came time to make something for a holiday potluck, I ended up passing the other books by and making a couple of different dishes from 'Plenty.'...The dishes have interesting combinations of flavors and textures, such as the pomegranate seeds in the Burnt Eggplant with Tahini. The recipe and chapter introductions along with many colorful photographs...makes good reading as well as good eating." (read more)

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January 06
Selected by Lynette from San Mateo, California
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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

Lynette's Comments:
"Fascinating, well-written, informative, and unexpectedly inspiring. To follow the wisdom of Epicurus from several centuries BC, through the life and experience of a scribe from the Middle Ages, to fruition in the art of the Renaissance, was a pure joy....I loved this book, have bought it for others and loaned mine out to friends. When I get it back, I'll read it again." (read more)

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January 07
Selected by Heather from Portland, Oregon
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Shout Her Lovely Name
Shout Her Lovely Name
by Natalie Serber

Heather's Comments:
"Natalie Serber's 'Shout Her Lovely Name' is such a delight that I read it twice in 2012. With so much to read, it is rare that I ever read anything a second time, but this is truly worth it. Serber's characters are raw and real and beautiful....She treats her characters, troubled and challenged as they are, with such compassion that even the most painful stories will fill you with hope." (read more)

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January 08
Selected by Randall from Portland, Oregon
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Randall's Comments:
"Thought provoking and challenging work by a a groundbreaking researcher. Kahneman provides a framework for understanding how we relate to our world. His ability to devise ingenious experiments to test his hypotheses is astounding and makes for fun reading of what might otherwise be a dry topic." (read more)

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January 09
Selected by Thomas from Vashon, Washington
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The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Thomas's Comments:
"It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a novel, but I've fallen hard for this one. Not only does it tell an extraordinary love story, it does so in luminous, radiant prose. You can hear how deeply Miller's study of Homer has imbued her language with elegance and power. Not a single word is out of place. I'm going to be reading and rereading this book for many years to come." (read more)

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January 10
Selected by Dawna from Los Angeles, California
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This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz

Dawna's Comments:
"So remarkable! Of course, Diaz's dialogue alone is compelling, but this collection of interwoven stories seems to me to end up being a celebration of all kinds of love. The way we fail miserably at it, the way we keep trying, and the way it saves us. Best book I've read this year." (read more)

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January 11
Selected by Jessica from Hillsboro, Oregon
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Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art (P.S.)
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art (P.S.)
by Christopher Moore

Jessica's Comments:
"Christopher Moore has done it again....Not only is this book fun to read, but I felt like I learned things along the way. You have to know enough about the truth to make your fiction believable, and he has this formula down. I loved jumping into his version of the artists' worlds....Such a great concept, and carried through beautifully." (read more)

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January 12
Selected by Nieyda from Fresno, California
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How to Stay Sane (School of Life)
How to Stay Sane (School of Life)
by Philippa Perry

Nieyda's Comments:
"Much more than a self-help book, 'How to Stay Sane' is an insightful look at the workings of the human psyche, what makes it soar, and what makes it crash. I loved how the author talks about her own experiences in the book and includes exercises that can help us face life's challenges. It's a great reference for anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health and how to improve it." (read more)

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January 13
Selected by Barbara from East Boston, Massachusetts
Live by Night
Live by Night
by Dennis Lehane

Barbara's Comments:
"Dennis Lehane has the talent to make each book he writes read like a movie. This one is yet another of his masterpieces -- fabulous character and plot development -- a compelling book." (read more)

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January 14
Selected by Leslie from Brookville, Pennsylvania
Joseph Anton
Joseph Anton
by Salman Rushdie

Leslie's Comments:
"The story of Salman Rushdie's life during his years of hiding during the fatwa is intriging reading on many levels. The firestorm of political, personal and national upheaval is detailed and thoughtful. The surprising joy of this book is its juicy literary gossip and descriptions of Rushdie's writing process." (read more)

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January 15
Selected by Myron from Keokuk, Iowa
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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
by Jonathan Evison

Myron's Comments:
"Evison continues to work his magic. This book is another must-read! Great storyline and characters." (read more)

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January 16
Selected by Amy from Santa Cruz, California
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
by Jenny Lawson

Amy's Comments:
"I honestly don't remember the last time I read a book that had me laughing out loud so much and so often....And yet, along with the hilarity, this book has a ton of heart, and I am in awe of Jenny's ability to merge humor with heartbreak. This is a two thumbs up, no holds barred, A+ recommendation." (read more)

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January 17
Selected by Nicole from New Brunswick, New Jersey
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The Middlesteins
The Middlesteins
by Jami Attenberg

Nicole's Comments:
"Author Jami Attenberg pulled off one of those rare feats; poignant and heartbreaking while still funny and relevant. Think 'Juno' in a laugh while you cry kinda way....I was fascinated by the characters, especially Edie and the dynamic with her husband. This was one of those books that I stayed up all night to finish; as the years go by this has become a rare occurrence so I highly recommend this one!" (read more)

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January 18
Selected by Amanda from Portland, Oregon
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Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
by Thor Hanson

Amanda's Comments:
"One biologist's curiosity and obsession, brings this well-researched book about the extraordinary uniqueness and diversity of feathers....Thor Hanson's writing style is humorous and informative without being dull. He uses hard science in theory but presents it simply and passionately. His anecdotes throughout the book, spark a connection with the reader. Who isn't fascinated by a bird's flight and has wondered how it is possible? If that is you, you need to read this book." (read more)

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January 19
Selected by Mike from Bend, Oregon
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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson

Mike's Comments:
"A very interesting account of pre-WW2 Berlin as told through the eyes of the US ambassador to Germany and his daughter. I thought it was going to be dry and a bit of a chore to plow through, but was pleasantly surprised....Highly recommended." (read more)

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January 20
Selected by Lindy from Hoboken, New Jersey
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
by Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

Lindy's Comments:
"How many times have you read 'A Wrinkle in Time?' If you're like me, it's too many to count, so when I heard the graphic novel was being published I was excited to see it. We all have pictures in our mind of how the characters and scenery look, and these images won't replace those. They will confirm and complement all good feelings you have about the original!" (read more)

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January 21
Selected by Sara from Portland, Oregon
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The Orchardist
The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

Sara's Comments:
"People don't write like this anymore — long and slow and languid, with beautiful descriptions of everything. For this reason...this book really moved me. I'm still thinking about it months later." (read more)

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January 22
Selected by Bonnie from Lexington, IL
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Origin
Origin
by Jessica Khoury

Bonnie's Comments:
"In the last two years I've been focusing on reading Young Adult titles in the paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction genres....I like 'Origin' better than all....I loved the world-building, the characters, the dialogue, and found it a mesmerizing story....I vote this author as one to watch and can't wait until the next in the series." (read more)

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January 23
Selected by Donna from Missoula, Montana
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Dear Life: Stories
Dear Life: Stories
by Alice Munro

Donna's Comments:
"I had read some of these stories in the 'New Yorker,' but it was very good to read the whole volume's stories together for their cumulative significance and impact. Munro introduces the last four pieces in the book by saying that they are 'the first and last -- and the closest -- things [she has] to say about [her] own life.' I find that they, in addition, have a great deal to say to me about my own life and the human condition." (read more)

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January 24
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does
by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Michael's Comments:
"Only in recent decades have researchers been paying systematic attention to actual emotions, not least of which is the prize of happiness, which everybody wants to maximize. Lyubomirsky is an insider in this unfolding effort and also a skilled tour guide. This is real self-help material....The best aspect here is the emphasis on detailed knowledge of how emotions actually happen and evolve." (read more)

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January 25
Selected by Domi from Portland, Oregon
Dora: A Headcase
Dora: A Headcase
by Lidia Yuknavitch

Domi's Comments:
"Yuknavitch successfully uses farce as a construct to pull off serious cultural criticism by poking fun and using outrageous exaggeration as a device. Her storytelling is deliberate and she is an expert at weaving multiple meanings into her work that teach, inform and transform the reader....I would seriously suggest this book as a teaching tool in various courses, from Psychology to Philosophy and Women's studies to Literature, just as a start." (read more)

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January 26
Selected by Bob from Manchester, California
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Reamde
Reamde
by Neal Stephenson

Bob's Comments:
"A tour de force, Neal Stephenson does it again, as he tackles the thriller genre. A relatively quick read, but thoroughly engaging and well thought out....His knowledge is encyclopedic, a true polymath. One of the few authors writing who I will buy immediately in hardcover, as soon as a new book appears." (read more)

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January 27
Selected by Julia from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
by Carmen Aguirre

Julia's Comments:
"The winning title of Canada Reads 2012, Carmen Aguirre's memoir deftly describes her struggles growing up with revolutionary parents and in fear, while also dealing with more common (but still troubling) issues of adolescence. It is honest, often conflicted, and very well written." (read more)

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January 28
Selected by Reggie from San Francisco, California
Never Let Me Go: A Novel
Never Let Me Go: A Novel
by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reggie's Comments:
"The most disturbing premise of this book is all the more significant because it is not revealed until more than half way through the book, and because it is presented with such a rational basis that the horror of the story is not immediately evident. The writing is clean and sparse, yet the author manages to convey a true sense of place throughout. A haunting book." (read more)

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January 29
Selected by Rian from Acworth, Georgia
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A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14)
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14)
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Rian's Comments:
"What a finish!...Sanderson does a masterful job here of working with and fleshing out Jordan's final notes....Sanderson keeps a brisk pace as plot line after plot line and character after character receives their final scene. And then to get to the final chapter, knowing that they are strictly Jordan's own words... a fitting end to a beloved series. Well done." (read more)

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January 30
Selected by Jessica from Portland, Oregon
The Liar's Club
The Liar's Club
by Mary Karr

Jessica's Comments:
"This book is a wonderful blend of sadness and hilarity. Karr's writing is sharp, witty, beautiful. I bet she could write about anything and make it interesting. 'The Liar's Club' is by far, my favorite book that I read in 2012." (read more)

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January 31
Selected by Timothy from University Park, Pennsylvania
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The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
by Ann Vanderhoof

Timothy's Comments:
"Quick, interesting read that captures your appetite from the get-go. Part travelogue, part cookbook, that follows a couple bouncing around the Caribbean exploring the culture and cuisine of the various islands. You will quickly develop a serious case of 'those lucky ducks' while reading this." (read more)

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