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January 01
Selected by Kristine from Portland, Oregon
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Kristine's Comments:
"The subject of this book didn't sound interesting to me at all. I read an excerpt...and thought it was well written so I gave the book a try. I am really glad I did. It is a beautiful book, well written with beautiful language. The author really sets up some powerful images and scenes without it feeling forced or contrived. I rarely recommend a book to anyone but I have recommended this book again and again." (read more)

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January 02
Selected by Sarah from Coquille, Oregon
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1)
The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1)
by Brent Weeks

Sarah's Comments:
"In 'Black Prism' Weeks casts off the mistakes of a first time writer and delves into a world steeped in magic and tradition. His characters make you cheer even as their choices make your skin crawl, you cry even as you wish them to receive their comeuppance, and you find yourself returning again and again to rediscover the secrets he has woven into the pages." (read more)

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January 03
Selected by Vicki from Chicago, Illinois
Vicki won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lookaway, Lookaway
Lookaway, Lookaway
by Wilton Barnhardt

Vicki's Comments:
"This is a terrific book -- very funny and also very touching -- set in the modern South. It centers on multiple generations of a North Carolina family and their scandals, disappointments and hard-won truths. I have Southern roots, have lived in the South and visit family there often, and it rings true. But what makes it really special are Barnhardt's lively writing, the just-right details and the insightful observations of race and class. This is the first book I've read by Barnhardt and now I want to read more." (read more)

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January 04
Selected by Carol from Bend, Oregon
Carol won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
by Sun-mi Hwang

Carol's Comments:
"It is hard to believe how many complex themes this slim volume is capable of exploring in a simply told fable starring a hen named Sprout. The English version of this Korean tale includes ink illustrations that add even more charm to the story. This is the perfect book club choice for those that complain they don't have time to read a long book. Although the read is quick, the story, the characters, and the conflicts explored provide much material for great discussions. You will find yourself thinking about Sprout, Straggler, and Greentop long after you finish the story!" (read more)

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January 05
Selected by Jatinder from Beaverton, Oregon
Jatinder won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Redshirts
Redshirts
by John Scalzi

Jatinder's Comments:
"'Redshirts' does not disappoint at any place. It is a must-read if you grew up with TV shows like the original 'Star Trek' or 'Dr. Who.' The book is a nod to these and other cheesy space adventures of yesteryear....There is nothing that does not add to the story or character development and you are drawn in. If you want to read a fun science fiction story during summer, try this one." (read more)

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January 06
Selected by Holly from Portland, Oregon
Holly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994 (2 Volumes)
The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994 (2 Volumes)
by Gary Larson

Holly's Comments:
"Any 'Far Side' fan will flip over these books! Not only are all of Gary Larson's cartoons in here but, it is filled with his own comments on and some prelim sketches of his work through the years. It gives you a small peek into his psyche. You will love this set!" (read more)

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January 07
Selected by Andrea from Portland, Oregon
Andrea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Shards
Shards
by Ismet Prcic

Andrea's Comments:
"I discovered this book when the author appeared on NPR/OPB one morning during my commute. The passage read aloud had me instantly hooked....It was a relatively quick read -- hard to put down, always leaving you wanting to know more. The jumps in time, the fragmented interpretation of the self, and the honest account of life in war-torn Serbia allowed me to transcend my own location and time to discover a new experience that many seem to overlook. Highly recommend this book!" (read more)

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January 08
Selected by Elizabeth from Durham, North Carolina
The Blood Spilt
The Blood Spilt
by Asa Larsson

Elizabeth's Comments:
"When I read this book two years ago, I recommended it and passed it along to others to read. Without the freshest of memories, I can still say I highly recommend both 'The Blood Spilt' and the book written just prior, ['Sun Storm']..., for the engaging characterizations, intriguing narratives, and vivid settings." (read more)

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January 09
Selected by Constance from Lansing, Michigan
Constance won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Hypnotist's Love Story
The Hypnotist's Love Story
by Liane Moriarty

Constance's Comments:
"This is an enjoyable, involving book, I loved it. There were times I hated to put it aside and leave the lives of the intensely likeable people in the book.....I will read other works by Liane Moriarty... she has mastered the art of making a reader examine their own feelings." (read more)

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January 10
Selected by Carolyn from Woodburn, Oregon
Carolyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Killing Woods
The Killing Woods
by Lucy Christopher

Carolyn's Comments:
"It's a compelling YA mystery thriller read. Lots of twists and turns at the right pace to keep most readers interested. A dark story, with some elements that might not be appropriate for all teens. Engaging read, a page turner." (read more)

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January 11
Selected by Melissa from Omaha, Nebraska
Melissa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1)
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1)
by Terry Goodkind

Melissa's Comments:
"I think this is one of the best fantasy books/series I've ever read. This first book sucked me right in. Terry Goodkind knows how to write an amazing story. The first couple books are monsters, and you'd think that there would be lulls in such a large book, but you'd be wrong. It never gets boring, and sweeps you right along until the last page." (read more)

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January 12
Selected by Kim from Jejudo, Busan, South Korea
Kim won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dancing with the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent
Dancing with the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent
by Louis Diaz and Neal Hirschfeld

Kim's Comments:
"True crime is my guilty pleasure and this man is the real deal. I know it's cliche, but I really couldn't put this book down; I carried it everywhere until I finished it." (read more)

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January 13
Selected by Lisa from West Orange, New Jersey
All the Summer Girls
All the Summer Girls
by Meg Donohue

Lisa's Comments:
"Looking for a book to get you out of the doldrums of the bleak East Coast weather? Meg Donohue's 'All the Summer Girls,' will give you a blast of New Jersey shore sunshine. Her three main characters, friends from elementary school days, are well-crafted....This is a quick and enjoyable read; yes it is chick-lit which I usually disdain, but there is also a bit of a mystery involving Kate's twin brother's death, that makes for a page turner. If you are yearning for the return of warmer weather, have ever been to the Jersey shore and like friendship stories, this book is for you!" (read more)

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January 14
Selected by Sally from Fort Collins, Colorado
Sally won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
by Tim Federle

Sally's Comments:
"Hilarious. Addresses most of my favorite things: literature, word play, recipes, and alcohol! Must have." (read more)

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January 15
Selected by Lennox from Colville, Washington
Lennox won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lonesome Animals
Lonesome Animals
by Bruce Holbert

Lennox's Comments:
"A literary masterpiece largely unnoticed by critics, 'Lonesome Animals' is set in eastern Washington in the 1930s, where the bleak landscape is the background for a series of flamboyant and grisly murders....The characters are memorable, the suspense is gripping, and the themes of violence and the power of myth are worthy of lengthy discussion. But the star of the show is the writer's elegant and splendid prose. This author deserves a place in the revisionist Western pantheon right next to Cormac McCarthy." (read more)

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January 16
Selected by Margaret from Dahlgren, Virginia
Margaret won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
God Is Disappointed in You
God Is Disappointed in You
by Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler

Margaret's Comments:
"Five stars and an exclamation point! I want to give a copy of this book to everyone I know, whether I like them or not, and some people I don't know. Mark Russell has managed to condense the Bible, taking out all of that dry, dusty language that makes reading the Bible such a daunting task. 'God is Disappointed in You' is its essence." (read more)

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January 17
Selected by Maria from berwyn, Illinois
Maria won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Teeth
Teeth
by Hannah Moskowitz

Maria's Comments:
"I've read two books in the past by this author, 'Marco Impossible' and 'Break.' Neither of those two could compare to 'Teeth.' It was creepy, romantic, and had amazing characters....I wanted to read the book because I felt it had a bit of the horror genre in it, and it does, but the book is so much more than that. The whole 'doomed love' is used creatively and it made the story that much better. It'll make you question what would you do for someone you love. I recommend this book highly." (read more)

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January 18
Selected by Valerie from Portland, Oregon
Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are
Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are
by Robin Robertson

Valerie's Comments:
"Excellent, excellent cookbook. Every meal I've made thus far -- braised seitan with red wine sauce mushrooms, veggie pot pie, Hoppin' John -- has been delicious and very accommodating to my 10 hour work schedule and 6 qt cooker (even when they call for less time and a different sized cooker)....Looking forward to trying all the recipes I can manage... and making use of the handy final chapter, 'the electric punchbowl.' Grogg!" (read more)

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January 19
Selected by Erin from Jacksonville, Florida
Erin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Everything Was Fine Until Whatever
Everything Was Fine Until Whatever
by Chelsea Martin

Erin's Comments:
"I would have to create several shelves to accommodate the incredible depth of strange and non linear processes contained within. I'm too lazy to do that, but I'm hopeful you will be tempted to devour and quickly discard this beautiful glimpse of honest, varied, insanity." (read more)

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January 20
Selected by Laurel from Portland, Oregon
Laurel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children
by Ransom Riggs

Laurel's Comments:
"'Hollow City' is even more exciting than its prequel, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children', and I gave the first book 5 stars! More adventure, more in-depth information about the world of the Peculiars, and some new, equally lovable characters. Best of all, it promises that there will be a third book coming soon! Keep up the great work, Ransom Riggs!" (read more)

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January 21
Selected by Heather from Silver Spring, Maryland
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Just My Type: A Book about Fonts
Just My Type: A Book about Fonts
by Simon Garfield

Heather's Comments:
"For those who cares about fonts, this book is a delight. Garfield does a solid job over going over the history of lettersetting, explaining changes in technology, and profiling prolific designers. The asterisked footnotes make additional information immediately available to the reader. The end notes, however, provide more avenues for learning and play (there are a few online games built around font.) And the introduction by iconic book cover designer Chip Kidd is a rich appetizer." (read more)

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January 22
Selected by Jennifer from Fresno, California
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The Life of Elizabeth I
The Life of Elizabeth I
by Alison Weir

Jennifer's Comments:
"This book is a wonderfully in-depth look at the life of Elizabeth I. While I usually enjoy historical fiction from this time period, this very detailed look into Elizabeth's life fills in many details. There is a great wealth of source material and quotes. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in English history." (read more)

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January 23
Selected by Rachel from Red Bank, New Jersey
Raw: A Love Story
Raw: A Love Story
by Mark Haskell Smith

Rachel's Comments:
"I stumbled across 'Raw' when I was looking for a light, fun read. I got that and more, including plenty of ridiculousness in this novel about reality TV, publishing, books snobs and adventure....If you're part of the publishing or book blogging world, there's plenty of insider humor, right alongside the most cynical and careerist publicists....It's a perfect beach read, whether you're on an actual beach or not, with a bit of snark, and plenty of sex, death and fame." (read more)

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January 24
Selected by Stephanie from Lacey, Washington
Stephanie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons: One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons: One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help
by Shelly Mazzanoble

Stephanie's Comments:
"I started reading this late a night, then in the morning I took it to the laundry mat with me....I was laughing so hard that I had tears rolling down my face....In the book [the author] starts each chapter with a conversation with her mother, and what self help book that she has sent Shelly that week. She talks about life, going outside the comfort zone, and of course D&D....Read this book if you like funny, D&D, memoirs...but do not eat or drink anything when reading it. Remember ale out the nose is not fun and it hurts." (read more)

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January 25
Selected by Thomascyne from Portland, Oregon
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Reamde
Reamde
by Neal Stephenson

Thomascyne's Comments:
"[H]ere I am nearing the end of another Neal Stephenson book, in this case, 'Reamde,' and I am getting that familiar verklempt feeling of sadness that it is almost over -- another Neal's wild ride! And no where I ever expected him to take me -- from Eritrea to Iowa, from Manila to Seattle, from Xiamen to the wilds of the BC border, I have been having so much fun, I never want it to end -- not to mention learning all about gold farming and guns." (read more)

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January 26
Selected by MartyV from Eureka, California
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Mad Maudlin (Bedlam Bard #6)
Mad Maudlin (Bedlam Bard #6)
by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

MartyV's Comments:
"This is the 4th book I've read in this series and it fits seamlessly with previous tales. Bard Eric keeps learning about life even while teaching an apprentice. A runaway elf, homeless kids and their protector -- plus the usual good vs. evil tales within the story. Can't wait to start the next episode." (read more)

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January 27
Selected by Kacey from Vancouver, Washington
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An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
by Oliver Sacks

Kacey's Comments:
"Even with all that we know, there's still so much that's a mystery! Oliver Sacks investigates seven paradoxical tales about how we perceive color, access memory, concentrate and more! They will blow your mind! Absolutely fascinating. Oliver Sacks is an amazing writer, able to communicate complex medical information in a way that's easy to absorb. Such a great book. Highly recommend!" (read more)

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January 28
Selected by Cathie from Vancouver, Washington
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A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki

Cathie's Comments:
"This is an exciting and strong story about us moving through life... or life moving through us. How we interact with others whom we don't yet know gives us hope for good things to come. The strong sense of Time in timelessness, peppered with humor, physics, philosophical and Buddhist perspectives: held together by a tender and often gentle story makes this an outstanding book. It is certainly a gem to share with others." (read more)

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January 29
Selected by Shirley from New Orleans, Louisiana
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses
by Daniel Chamovitz

Shirley's Comments:
"This an extraordinary book, packed with information in remarkably few words. It has made me a better gardener and a much more appreciative being. It helped a lot that I understood basic biology, even from many years ago. If you love science, you will love this small book and the enormous world it opens." (read more)

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January 30
Selected by Mark from Portland, Oregon
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul
by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Mark's Comments:
"One of the better books popularizing various 'scientific' research -- I've moved on from the Malcolm Gladwell genre of journalistic popularization which often gets some of the research wrong, and now look for those with academic/scientific credentials....Also appreciate the focus on 'zen' approaches to dealing with the avalanche of multi-media intrusions on our personal and shared spaces." (read more)

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January 31
Selected by Leslie from Kennewick, Washington
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
by Barry Estabrook

Leslie's Comments:
"This book will make you want to grow your own tomatoes and any other food that you can grow! Amazing stories of how tomatoes have been cultivated, changed, etc to become the bland supermarket tomatoes we buy today. There were some pretty tragic stories of those who do the labor to grow our food." (read more)

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