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May 01
Selected by Holly from San Diego, California
Holly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into)
The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into)
by Kim O'Donnel

Holly's Comments:
"For those who don't eat meat, the holidays can be daunting: store-bought vegetarian 'roasts' don't quite cut it, but what kind of homemade entree can compare to the traditional platter of roast meat? Kim O'Donnel offers a plethora of solutions with 'The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations.' Whether you or a family member is vegetarian or you're simply trying to consume less of it, or even if you're just looking for alternatives to some of the traditional fare, you are bound to find something appealing here....If you love to eat, do yourself a favor and pick up this cookbook!" (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Anele from Durham, North Carolina
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When She Woke
When She Woke
by Hillary Jordan

Anele's Comments:
"Very interesting and enjoyable. The protagonist's relationship with God and her awakening independence lacked a thorough exploration but the book provides a good story and a chilling possible future for our country." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Cheryl from Tallahassee, Florida
Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods
Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods
by Christine Byl

Cheryl's Comments:
"Attention-grabbing, riveting descriptions; heartfelt laughter; a must read for every powerful woman and every man who wants to understand the heart of women everywhere." (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Kate from Portland, Oregon
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
by Winifred Watson

Kate's Comments:
"'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' will have you laughing aloud as Miss Pettigrew careens around from one adventure to another. The story is sweet, the characters loveable, and the prose exceptionally readable. Perfect to read curled up in an armchair with a cup of tea in hand, this fresh and funny classic is a reminder that it is never too late to start living." (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Donna from Kankakee, Illinois
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon

Donna's Comments:
"Beautifully written story about cousins Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. During the early 1940's they create a series of comic books -- one, 'The Escapist,' deals with a hero fighting against Hitler and his forces in Europe. The story follows these two lives through both tragic and beautiful circumstances. I fell in love with these characters and was unable to read anything for a month after I finished this book. I was still living in that world." (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Shanna from Vancouver, Washington
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

Shanna's Comments:
"This book was a recommendation from an elementary school teacher I highly respect and it exceeded all my expectations. There's a strong female protagonist (pure gold if you have a young daughter), the language is rich and beautiful, the plot compelling, the characters charming, the illustrations gorgeous. We read this aloud as a family and all ages found it engaging -- what a literary gem." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Dan from Cambridge, Massachusetts
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My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
by Nora Titone

Dan's Comments:
"This is an absorbing history of the Booths, the most famous theatrical family of their day, and how dynamics between the great Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth and his younger brother John Wilkes Booth helped shape the mindset of Lincoln's killer." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by Jacob from Portland, Oregon
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Eat Up: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture
Eat Up: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture
by Lauren Mandel

Jacob's Comments:
"This book is perfect for anyone who wants to bring farm fresh food to their own roof. If you have a small family or want to start a farm, this book has it all! Superbly written with excellent pictures, it is accessible to everyone from the novice to the farmer with expertise. This book is fantastic!" (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Barbara from Peshastin, Washington
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The Stockholm Octavo
The Stockholm Octavo
by Karen Engelmann

Barbara's Comments:
"Karen Engelmann has woven a mesmerizing tale of love, magic and political intrigue. How could we have imagined what sorcery a simple fan could create when handled by an expert in the art of entrapment. I am looking forward to reading whatever story emerges next from Ms. Englemann's fantastic imagination." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Elissa from St. Paul, Minnesota
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Kind One
Kind One
by Laird Hunt

Elissa's Comments:
"'Kind One' is very unique and unlike any novel I had previously read involving slavery, class, and injustice in the American south. It covers about 100 years of the happenings and tragedies, told from multiple perspectives. Laird Hunt's writing is dreamlike and poetic, yet also brutally honest in discussing the horrors and redemption of one particular family. Highly recommend!" (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Dorothy from Portland, Oregon
English Creek
English Creek
by Ivan Doig

Dorothy's Comments:
"I particularly enjoyed the attention that Ivan Doig gives to developing the characters, deftly detailing temperaments and unique personalities of the family and friends of this young man, Jick. Rarely does one read a book written from the perspective of a 14 year old boy. It is not only insightful and very believable, but nostalgically takes one back to their own teenage years....What a rich, wonderful, relaxing, and memorable read!" (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Bernard from Lynden, Washington
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Feed
Feed
by M. T. Anderson

Bernard's Comments:
"Twice during the non-stop reading of this book, I had to flip back to reaffirm the 2003 publishing date. Back then, I would've thought M.T. Anderson's satirical story of a consumeristic dystopia, both imaginative and amusing...I found this book to be frighteningly insightful and its author; mystically intuitive." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Danelle from Burlington, North Carolina
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Long Live the King
Long Live the King
by Fay Weldon

Danelle's Comments:
"This book is in the genre of 'Downton Abbey.' It follows the life and fortunes of an English uppercrust family. The author, having been an author of 'Upstairs, Downstairs' writes a fascinating plot with very real, easy to relate to characters....If you liked 'Upstairs, Downstairs' or 'Downton Abbey' on PBS, you will like this book." (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Alan from Portland, Oregon
Nutshell Library (4 Volumes)
Nutshell Library (4 Volumes)
by Maurice Sendak

Alan's Comments:
"When I was a first grade teacher, the children loved reading 'Pierre' (as did I). And 'Chicken Soup with Rice' was another favorite. Now that I read as a volunteer with the SMART program (Start Making a Reader Today), I have discovered the other two jewels in this collection. 'Alligators All Around' is a very clever alphabet book, and I found 'One Was Johnny' as entertaining as the kids did. I am going to buy this set for my grandson, even though we already own 'Pierre.' Maurice Sendak, we miss you." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Lynne from Wellington, Kansas
Pastors' Wives
Pastors' Wives
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Lynne's Comments:
"'Pastors' Wives' by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is an exceptional first novel that delves deeply into the private lives of three complex, fictional pastors' wives who are involved with a mega-church, Greenleaf, in Magnolia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia....If one wants to experience a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of a mega-church such as Greenleaf, then 'Pastors' Wives' is a good place to start." (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Jennifer from Bainbridge Island, Washington
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
by Valerie Young Ed.D.

Jennifer's Comments:
"In 'The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It,' Dr. Valerie Young honors those of us who have oodles of measurable evidence for our accomplishments but little conviction of our competence. Through years of experience and well-honed research, she's uncovered vital information for women (and the men who can relate to this phenomenon). This work helps those wondering what's stopping them professionally and why." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Susan from Marietta, GA
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Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight's Supper
Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight's Supper
by Jaden Hair

Susan's Comments:
"I bought this book because I noticed that the employees of my favorite Asian restaurant don't eat the same food they offer on their menu. Their bowls of broth-based noodles and veggies looked tastier and healthier than my fried, sauce-laden chicken over white rice. The recipes in this book live up to the promise -- they taste authentic, are easy to prepare and taste wonderful. If you like the book (and I think you will) head over to her blog for more recipes and beautiful food photography." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Myrna from Sonoma, California
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Myrna's Comments:
"This is a Sci Fi classic. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert in the southwest following a nuclear war, this story is about the attempt to rebuild a lost world of scientific knowledge. Monks in a monastery archive and study the preserved archives of Issac Leibowitz, a Jewish electrical engineer centuries after his death. This book is filled with irony and a compelling tale." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Cristy from Yamhill, Oregon
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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
by Julie Powell

Cristy's Comments:
"I recently read this after having seen the movie. I must say the book was so much better. Powell is an easy writer to read. She writes like she is talking to you, in a very comfortable prose; curse words and all....You can feel the intensity rolling off the page! Enjoy this book at the beach this summer -- just make sure you have a snack nearby or at least some fried livers!" (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Tammy from Portland, Oregon
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Tammy's Comments:
"How did I originally miss this book? How did it slip by me? Best type of humor, laugh out loud moments, hard to put down, all the things I love in a book." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Missy from Portland, Oregon
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I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project
I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project
by Paul Auster

Missy's Comments:
"I'm not embarrassed to admit that read this book one bathroom break at a time. It's perfect for that. Most of the stories are pretty good -- I remember some made me cry but I don't remember which. Though some stories will still, from time to time, flash in my mind." (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Lisa from Pearland, Texas
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The Perfume Collector
The Perfume Collector
by Kathleen Tessaro

Lisa's Comments:
"I have not read any of Kathleen Tessaro's books prior to this one, so I read this book without any expectations of a particular writing style. From the beautiful book cover, to the first pages, I was hooked....This is an absolutely fantastic historical book that readers will love from page one." (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Charles from Hopkins, Minnesota
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The Tuner of Silences (Biblioasis International Translation)
The Tuner of Silences (Biblioasis International Translation)
by Mia Couto

Charles's Comments:
"A dystopian story, 'The Tuner of Silences' is about a father who takes his two sons [and] a loyal soldier, and simply withdraws. He tries to set up his version of a utopia in a former game reserve, but things, as they do, fall apart. Cuoto's writing is quietly devastating. I admired how he was willing to leave questions as questions: What is the war? What happened to the mother? When Cuoto's version of Godot does show up, the pace accelerates. Things change, but the questions -- and they are haunting questions -- remain." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Teresa from Portland, Oregon
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The Color of Rain
The Color of Rain
by Cori McCarthy

Teresa's Comments:
"Was lucky enough to read an advance copy. Gripping believable universe. Hard choices, hard consequences -- Rain has a lot a grit. Couldn't put it down. Had to read it again and liked it more the second time! You don't need to be a young adult to enjoy this one!" (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Alexa from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Nut Butter Universe
Nut Butter Universe
by Robin Robertson

Alexa's Comments:
"This book offers what vegans need most, delightful, tasty, spreads that are alternatives to lunches filled with simple peanut butter or the always incredible hummus. I wouldn't miss this one for the world. Whatever recipes Robin develops they are always top of the top." (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Lois from Velddrif, Western Cape, South Africa
The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen
The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen
by Joan Strasbaugh

Lois's Comments:
"Not only does Strasbaugh list the details of many aspects of the great novelist Austen's life (relating to her home, family and friends, among others) that enable one to come to a deeper understanding of her work, but she also provides valuable insights into her writing as well....A work that deserves to be popular, 'The List Lover's Guide' could just as easily grace a young girl's locker as it could an academic's bookshelf. In short, Strasbaugh deserves to be commended for making a subject that has elicited so much intellectual debate over the years so accessible to all and sundry in the current day." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Brian from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, , Canada, Canada
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White Sands, Red Menace
White Sands, Red Menace
by Ellen Klages

Brian's Comments:
"'White Sands, Red Menace' was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Had I not noticed on the inside jacket cover that this was a youth story, I would have been hard pressed to figure that out....The author has woven historical fact into an enthralling story that depicts what life in the late 1940's might have been like for the two main characters. After reading this book and enjoying it so much, I will now look for Ms. Klages' first book and give that one a read also." (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Brian from Ramsey, New Jersey
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Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line
Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line
by Tom Dunkel

Brian's Comments:
"What a wonderful story to complement this year's celebration of Jackie Robinson. Author Tom Dunkel provides a well-researched and stirring account of a 1930's integrated semi-pro baseball team based in, of all places, North Dakota. The team, featuring the legendary Satchel Paige, put together a national championship season to remember that helped pave the way for '42' a decade later. It will make you stand up and cheer." (read more)


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May 29
Selected by Jenny from Palm Harbor, Florida
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The Woman Upstairs
The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud

Jenny's Comments:
"What a riveting read! I haven't felt so strongly about a book in years. Messud is excellent, not only in her literary skills, but in her ability to pin down the idiosyncrasies in all of us and force us examine them under bright light. This psychological novel has had a profound effect on me.... I am now left to wonder about the reality of day to day living and underlying motives of both my friends and myself." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Anne from Seattle, Washington
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The Third Son
The Third Son
by Julie Wu

Anne's Comments:
"Wow, what an unusual book!...I felt completely enmeshed in Saburo's world from the first scene -- but seldom have I encountered a first-person narrative that so convincingly carried the resonance of reality, or one that sounded so much like how a real person would actually tell his own story....'The Third Son' so impressed me that I've found myself recommending this book to random strangers in bookstores." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Abby from Las Vegas, Nevada
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Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
by Marc Estrin

Abby's Comments:
"Imaginative, chilling, intriguing. If you ever wondered what happened to Gregor Samsa after the infamous change, this book provides a wonderful answer." (read more)

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