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July 01
Selected by Lyndsie from Chicago, Illinois
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The Scorpio Races
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

Lyndsie's Comments:
"I feel like this is one of those amazing books that flew under the radar. I've read small blurbs and heard rumors praising this book, and when I finally read it, it's like I was let in on such an amazing secret. 'The Scorpio Races' is completely original....Adults would (and should) appreciate this book just as much as young adults....If you like the Hunger Games, this should definitely be your next read....Spread the word. Read this book." (read more)

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July 02
Selected by Peg from Tucson, Arizona
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Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier
Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier
by Emily Brady

Peg's Comments:
"What is life really like in the marijuana growing culture of northern California? Why didn't this liberal state legalize marijuana when given the opportunity? Questions like this are answered in Emily Brady's very readable book about the marijuana frontier and the individuals inhabiting it. Her writing from several unique individuals' viewpoints make the account very readable, almost novel-like." (read more)

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July 03
Selected by Courtney from Beaverton, Oregon
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NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)
by Michael Buckley

Courtney's Comments:
"This is a book for readers of all ages! Michael Buckley has a way of telling the story of the NERDS Team that makes the reader feel like they are a part of the team, and the humor in this book will get even non-readers to read. Kids will love the adventures the NERDS go on and they will love that kids are the ones to save the world with little adult help. There are subtle lessons in this book that adults will notice and could lead to some discussions about bullying and judging people by their looks." (read more)

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July 04
Selected by Marc from Livingston, Montana
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In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene
In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene
by Doug Peacock

Marc's Comments:
""'In the Shadow of the Sabertooth' lays out the story of the great adventure of the first Americans in a visceral way that only a true American adventurer could. But more than that, it gives us the profound and desperately needed hope that we, today, can learn from our ancestors. That we can choose to preserve the one thing that can possibly sustain us through this current upheaval: Wilderness, that primordial memory of our evolutionary success that Thoreau rightly addressed when he wrote, 'In wildness is the preservation of the world.' And finally, that we can heed the threat of the sabertooth lurking in the shadows, and once again rise to the challenge." (read more)

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July 05
Selected by Melissa from Adamsburg, Pennsylvania
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The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare #1)
The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon and Clare #1)
by Lilith Saintcrow

Melissa's Comments:
"A story with an alternate Victorian Era of elegance, full of crafted magic, touch of steampunk style mystery, and the cunning of Sherlock Holmes, creating a memorable and stunning partnership of Emma Bannon and Archibald Clare....This book is worth picking up. It's heavy with amazing building and story." (read more)

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July 06
Selected by Nancy from Santa Rosa, California
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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
by Lily Koppel

Nancy's Comments:
"These women were on center stage as the world watched their husbands risk their lives in the US quest for the moon....The early years were fascinating as these women stepped from obscure military wives to wives of mega stars....It is a captivating story that really kept me turning pages." (read more)

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July 07
Selected by Mala from San Jose, California
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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott

Mala's Comments:
"We believed that we knew everything there was to know about the 'Titanic' and all the more so after we saw the movie; but Kate Alcott has surpassed all that in her powerful novel, 'The Dressmaker.' I was not sure whether to consider it History, Drama, or Romance and I was hoping that despite all the twists and turns the story would end as I wanted it to. Starting as it does with a tragedy of epic proportions things can only get better or can they not? Read this masterfully told novel and find out." (read more)

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July 08
Selected by Rachael from Portland, Oregon
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
by Oliver Jeffers

Rachael's Comments:
"Following the basic moral of 'read books, don't eat them,' this book is a fun and rhyming read. My 4-year-old son and I had a great time talking over the possibilities of whether or not knowledge could be devoured from books via eating them vs. reading them and found ourselves giggling on almost every page. In the end, we agreed with the author that though they are tasty morsels to digest, we'll stick with reading books... rather than eating them." (read more)

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July 09
Selected by James from Huntington, West Virginia
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A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery
A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery
by Craig Johnson

James's Comments:
"If you (like me) love a good mystery novel, then you know that some keep you reading because you're caught up in the plot....Others, however, have a different appeal. Especially those that, like Johnson's books, feature a continuing cast of characters....'A Serpent's Tooth' reintroduces us not only to Sheriff Longmire but also to his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, and his second in command, the young Victoria Moretti, who's a real spitfire....As his investigation heats up, so does his relationship with his sexy deputy. And the book's last few pages bring a development that jolts Walt to his very core." (read more)

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July 10
Selected by Wendy from San Diego, California
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The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food
The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food
by Mark Kurlansky

Wendy's Comments:
"This book is a fascinating glimpse into American food history. I especially liked seeing the accounts of how regional culture shaped dishes long before mass commercialization, and the deep sense of pride and identity that people took in specific dishes." (read more)

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July 11
Selected by Cheryl from Longview, Washington
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Benediction
Benediction
by Kent Haruf

Cheryl's Comments:
"The fact that 'Benediction' is an easy, quick read is misleading. The depth of character development, mostly through dialogue and conversation, and the way their lives are interwoven gives 'Benediction' a depth that asks for a deeper reading." (read more)

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July 12
Selected by Erin from Jacksonville, Florida
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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
by Elizabeth L. Silver

Erin's Comments:
"Incomplete, and realistically so. The uncertainties and unspoken reasons lent this novel the frustration we collectively feel in terms of crime and punishment and humanity. Daunting and serious. Well worth your time." (read more)

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July 13
Selected by Elizabeth from Bruce, Michigan
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

Elizabeth's Comments:
"Although its subtitle implies that 'The Boys in the Boat' is about the American eight-oar rowing crew in the 1936 Olympics, the book is more than that. It's mostly about what led to the formation of the crew. Also, the story is made personal by its concentration on one of the boys, Joe Rantz. If 'The Boys in the Boat' was fiction, I wouldn't have enjoyed it. That's because the whole thing is so unlikely....None of this story would be believable if I didn't know it was true....When the story was over, I didn't want it to be over. So I read the endnotes. You'll probably do that, too." (read more)

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July 14
Selected by Emma from Salem, Oregon
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Afloat
Afloat
by Erin Healy

Emma's Comments:
"I'm coming to enjoy Erin Healy's books more and more. She weaves the supernatural into our mundane lives very naturally....Often supernatural stories take place on a cosmic scale. 'Afloat' brings things much more up close and personal....[I]t's a definite page turner that only solidifies Erin Healy's position as one of the best supernatural suspense writers." (read more)

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July 15
Selected by Heather from Portland, Oregon
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The Art Forger
The Art Forger
by B. A. Shapiro

Heather's Comments:
"This book is part mystery, part history and has a plot that will draw you in....The fictional story centers around a struggling artist who gets recruited to make a copy of one of the works. But in many twists and turns, it becomes unclear what is real, and what is fake. And that applies to both works of art and various characters in the story....Like good historical fiction, this book is an informative and dramatic look into another world -- the art world." (read more)

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July 16
Selected by Tung from Lake Oswego, Oregon
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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
by Annalee Newitz

Tung's Comments:
"Annalee Newitz, founder of the science website io9, has become my second or third favorite general science writer on the strength of this book....'Scatter, Adapt, and Remember' is a coherent, start to finish account that can be broken down into distinct segments.... Newitz has a nice, clear writing style with...touches of Mary Roach-like humor." (read more)

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July 17
Selected by S from Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
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Blackout
Blackout
by Connie Willis

S's Comments:
"Let me start with a little confession: I don't often read time travel books because 1) the time travel going on is usually for dramatic reasons; and/or 2) there is some utterly ridiculous method for the time travel itself. Connie Willis avoids both these pitfalls and makes time travel and exciting, fresh, and a rousing good story....Willis does a beautiful job of weaving in small historical tidbits all over the place, seamlessly integrating them with the story line. It was interesting and part of the plot, and when I finished the book, I felt like I had just lived through a rather exciting WWII history course, I learned so much." (read more)

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July 18
Selected by Andi from Los Angeles, California
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Silmarillion, 2nd Edition
Silmarillion, 2nd Edition
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Andi's Comments:
"'The Silmarillion' is an amazing book that tells the history of the world we know and love... Middle-Earth. Reading 'The Silmarillion' is just like reading books of Greek and other mythologies! If you loved 'The Lord of the Rings,' you will love this as well." (read more)

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July 19
Selected by Barbara from Bellevue, Washington
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Last Friends
Last Friends
by Jane Gardam

Barbara's Comments:
"While I had enjoyed many of Jane Gardam's humorously insightful novels in the past, I had missed 'Old Filth' and 'The Man in the Wooden Hat' until a friend mentioned that this, the third book about those characters, had just been published....Taken together, the three novels provide a gradual unfolding of the arcs of the lives of...a love triangle of British outsiders....Coming upon this trilogy all at once has been a reading treat this summer for me." (read more)

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July 20
Selected by Camilla from Portland, Oregon
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Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
by Lauren Alderfer and Kerry Lee MacLean

Camilla's Comments:
"'Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda' is such a sweet little read. Yes, it introduces the concept of mindfulness to kiddos, but more importantly, I think, it had my 2 1/2 year old daughter walking around saying, 'Are you happy, Mama? Are you peaceful?' Kids are already living in the moment, and this book brings everyday, simple activities into the conversation about how to keep doing that -- for kiddos and for their parents." (read more)

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July 21
Selected by Steven from Richmond, Virginia
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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
by Allen C. Guelzo

Steven's Comments:
"This is simply the most insightful book on Gettysburg I have ever read and the best Civil War book since 'Battle Cry of Freedom' by James MePherson. Allen Guelzo's research is so extensive that every aspect is covered, especially the controversies. A must for anyone who wants to understand how we got to where we are." (read more)

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July 22
Selected by Cathleen from Milwaukie, Oregon
Ripley Under Water
Ripley Under Water
by Patricia Highsmith

Cathleen's Comments:
"Now I understand where Stephen King got his idea of taking the mundane in our lives and twisting it into something else, from Patricia Highsmith. This is the last in her Ripley series, very scary and unnerving. Ripley is not only so utterly calm while committing crimes, but so morally unconcerned. The tension of his wealthy life intertwined with his other life of crime propels the plot to the last page." (read more)

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July 23
Selected by Aylianna from Hayward, California
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
by Will Allen

Aylianna's Comments:
"Great ideas for showing people we are all in this together and we all need to fight against the incursion of GMO foods, which are technically listed as 'pesticides.'" (read more)

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July 24
Selected by Jackie from Cottonwood, California
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The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

Jackie's Comments:
"If you haven't heard the buzz about 'The 5th Wave,' you will be hearing it soon. This phenomenal novel is epically absorbing, a page-turner of the highest order. Brilliantly complex and intelligent, this story will appeal to adults as well as older teens....This is the best book I have read so far this year and I am counting the days until the next book in this trilogy is released!" (read more)

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July 25
Selected by Peggy from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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Letters from Skye
Letters from Skye
by Jessica Brockmole

Peggy's Comments:
"I loved this book! Read it in two days....The descriptions of Skye made me feel like I was there, and the descriptions of the war raining down on them were very real too. It's a book that makes you feel wistful afterwards and leaves you feeling like you know these people -- after all, you read their intimate letters." (read more)

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July 26
Selected by Ellen from Santa Rosa, California
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Doll Bones
Doll Bones
by Holly Black and Eliza Wheeler

Ellen's Comments:
"Wonderfully plotted, fast paced, great character development. Hope we see more stories set in this community. And it's a good thing Holly Black doesn't write adult horror or suspense, because she had me going plenty already, and I couldn't put it down." (read more)

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July 27
Selected by Edward from Billings, Montana
The Snowman
The Snowman
by Jo Nesbo

Edward's Comments:
"A gripping, well written, suspenseful story by Norwegian Jo Nesbø. The book successfully moves back and forth between the past and the present, while chronologically covering 22 days in the investigation of a serial killer known as the Snowman....While Nesbø's work does not quite measure up to my favorite Scandinavian author, Swede Henning Mankell, with this book he comes pretty damn close." (read more)

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July 28
Selected by Angie from Portland, Oregon
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Where We Belong
Where We Belong
by Emily Giffin

Angie's Comments:
"I grabbed this book a few days into my 10 day vacation because I needed something. It turned out to be a pretty irresistible book....[I]t gave me some new ideas and perspectives to consider. The book is long, but went quickly. I completed it before my vacation was over and really enjoyed it." (read more)

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July 29
Selected by Mary from Freeport, Maine
The Rithmatist
The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson

Mary's Comments:
"'The Rithmatist' is a great read....The suspense begins to build from the beginning of the story, and it is a steady climb until the very end. Clues point to different possible killers but the ending should surprise readers....The ending is left wide open so a sequel is definitely going to happen." (read more)

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July 30
Selected by Laurie from Portland, Oregon
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Gluten-Free Girl Every Day
Gluten-Free Girl Every Day
by Shauna James Ahern

Laurie's Comments:
"This is a great book to make gluten-free cooking less intimidating. It often looks expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be! These are great recipes for venturing out beyond packaged mixes (although we all love Bob's Red Mill!) I don't care less about food because I don't eat wheat; I care more about it. And it's obvious from a book like this, that the author and her family do as well." (read more)

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July 31
Selected by Lance from Falmouth, Maine
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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
by Michael Paterniti

Lance's Comments:
"I loved this book. I've now read it twice, and I loved it more the second time around....Just extraordinary....I highly recommend reading this wonder, and reading it again (and maybe again), so as to prolong the enjoyment, and absorb all that it has to offer. A huge muchas gracias to Paterniti for giving us such a wonderful, textured book." (read more)

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