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February 01
Selected by Paul from Portland, Oregon
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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

Paul's Comments:
"This is one of those books where you imagine a really cool scene months after finishing the book and you think 'What was that scene from? It was so cool!' This book is really fun to read and it offers some quality fantasy fiction without the commitment of multiple thousand-page books....I stopped reading the trilogy after the first book, but I recently just bought 'Well of Ascension' because I wanted to read more!" (read more)

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February 02
Selected by Cynthia from Portland, Oregon
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The Scar Boys
The Scar Boys
by Len Vlahos

Cynthia's Comments:
"'The Scar Boys' by Len Vlahos is a compelling book that doesn't flinch when looking at the realities of living life with visible deformities that make you different from everyone else....The healing power of music is also a theme that runs prominently through the book. Each chapter is titled with the name of a song made popular during the years before the story takes place in the 1980s. The song sets the tone for what is to come, and I found myself looking up the words to each as I went along." (read more)

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February 03
Selected by Bill from North Bend, Washington
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The Dismal Science
The Dismal Science
by Peter Mountford

Bill's Comments:
"Loved this book. Bought it earlier in the week and powered through it in a day, it was that good. Funny, interesting and relevant plot, fantastic characters with problems that almost anybody can relate to (he has a lot of problems, you'll be able to relate to at least one). It reminds me of a Christopher Buckley book, but with a deeper, more flawed main character. Get it." (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Janet from Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Miss Garnet's Angel
Miss Garnet's Angel
by Salley Vickers

Janet's Comments:
"A captivating story, or stories -- the tale of a retired schoolteacher opening her heart, not only to the usual 'life and love', but also to an unsuspected dimension of existence, is interwoven with the very ancient Biblical story of Tobit, whose son is guided by an angel on a quest to recover money owed to the family....This story is skillfully echoed and interwoven with Miss Garnet's adventures in Venice. I am almost regretting having finished the book! I feel like I am carrying the characters around with me now." (read more)

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February 05
Selected by Stacie from Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee

Stacie's Comments:
"Described as a tweaked and updated re telling of Anderson's 'The Snow Queen,' 'Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy' incorporates all of the elements of a good children's story and utilizes both action and metaphor to convey it's message of hope, friendship, strength and love. Written for the Middle school reader, author Karen Foxlee has created a rich, tightly woven fantasy that captures the imagination, is easy to read and operates on several levels....Yoko Tanaka's illustrations are simply beautiful and serve to enhance imagery evoked by the writer's words." (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Bill from Nampa, Idaho
Flight of the Old Dog
Flight of the Old Dog
by Dale Brown

Bill's Comments:
"I read this book when it first came out. I was serving in the 82nd Airborne Division and loved to read. This book was well written and kept you on the edge of your seat for most of the time you read it. At the time my favorite authors were W. E. B. Griffen and Tom Clancy. It became really obvious that I had found a new author to add to that list....I would recommend this book to anyone that liked military action novels. 5 out of 5 on this one, have fun reading this book." (read more)

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February 07
Selected by Lea Anna from West Linn, Oregon
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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
by Amanda Ripley

Lea Anna's Comments:
"A quick and interesting look at education and how students, parents, teachers and the education system all combine to teach children. Ripley focuses on three of the top scoring countries and examines how they work from the inside (following three American exchange students within the countries) out. Seeing the differences in teaching, learning and attitudes compared to America is something to think about....She also gives a good 'guide' to spotting a world-class school which will be helpful to any parent." (read more)

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February 08
Selected by Kimberly from Hillsboro, Oregon
A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash

Kimberly's Comments:
"'A Land More Kind Than Home' focuses on the goings on in a snake charming church...in backwoods Appalachia....Cash gives you A LOT to consider in this book. The discussion questions at the back of my edition are thought-provoking and deep. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time....I'll definitely be reading more of Cash's work." (read more)

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February 09
Selected by Mary from Salem, Oregon
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The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
by Langdon Cook

Mary's Comments:
"Langdon Cook gives a fascinating look at the whole of the culture around wild mushrooms -- from forager to buyer to chef. He illuminates what drives those involved in the trade. Aside from that, any would-be recreational hunter can learn a great deal about the habitat and habits of Pacific Northwest mushrooms." (read more)

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February 10
Selected by Catherine from Elk Grove, California
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The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.)
The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.)
by Helene Wecker

Catherine's Comments:
"'The Golem and The Jinni' by Helene Wecker is an incredible book where the main characters are taken right out of Jewish and Arabian folk lore. A Golem made of clay who has a young soul, and a Jinni, a spirit made from fire who is centuries old. Their lives, before and after, arriving in early century New York, the people they come in contact with, and how they each adapt to a completely foreign existence makes for a great story. I loved every minute of this fantastic tale." (read more)

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February 11
Selected by Jeff from Knoxville, Tennessee
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Orfeo
Orfeo
by Richard Powers

Jeff's Comments:
"I purchased an Indiespensable subscription and this was the first selection. I am reading it to my wife and we love it. The book is beautifully written and pulls you in from page one....This book is a gift for the ears and the brain. Bravo." (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Ryan from Bellingham, Washington
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Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter

Ryan's Comments:
"The book balances the history of the Brooklyn Brewery with business start-up how-to and love for beer. Well paced and my interest never faltered." (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Ruby from Portland, Oregon
The Stud Book
The Stud Book
by Monica Drake

Ruby's Comments:
"It is rarely that I read a book twice!...Monica Drake has nailed it. She has written a book of who we are, why we are, what we think, how we believe, and who we trust with the everlasting core deal that we love. We love in all ways. We love extraordinarily....And I love this book. It is real and it's damned well written." (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Sheryl from Clinton, Washington
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The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

Sheryl's Comments:
"McLain's book is presented as fiction, but based on what I have read elsewhere, it stays very true to the known facts about the lives of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Courtship, marriage, the move to Paris, and birth of their son 'Bumby' are all rendered in exquisite period details through the eyes of Hadley....A must-read for any fan of Hemingway, the Jazz Age, Twenties literature, or Paris in general." (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Angela from Vancouver, Washington
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The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases
The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases
by Michael Capuzzo

Angela's Comments:
"This is a fascinating read about members of the Vidocq Society, and the work they do. This book takes you through how the members got their start, the cases they solve, and images of their work. What I enjoyed most is the book read like a great detective fiction novel, but the cases and characters are real. This book also showcases a change in forensics, and how it evolved into what we know today." (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Kaye from Portland, Oregon
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Jump the Gun
Jump the Gun
by Zoe Burke

Kaye's Comments:
"Annabelle Starkey is at a book convention as part of her job, and she meets an interesting man, Mickey Paxton, and he invites her to go with him to Las Vegas. On a whim she takes him up on it. She loves movies, and her life just hasn't been matching up. One delightfully, slightly sinful weekend in Las Vegas, what could possibly go wrong?...I really liked this book. The characters were fun, there were lots of movie references. It was a quick read, in places funny, in places sweet. I'm looking forward to Annabelle's next adventure." (read more)

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February 17
Selected by Mac from Auburn, California
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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

Mac's Comments:
"In 1890, two female journalists took off on a race around the world. One was, Nellie Bly, racing to beat the fictional Philias Fogg's 80 day record, and the other, Elizabeth Bisland, was hired by a rival newspaper to beat Nellie. The winner would achieved world fame, or notoriety, while the runner-up, would be virtually forgotten. This book tells, not only the story of the race and the racers, but also paints a vivid picture of jounalism at the turn of the 20th century. A thoroughly engaging book, and one that should generate a good bit of conversation." (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Jodi from Monticello, Arkansas
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The Signature of All Things
The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Jodi's Comments:
"Elizabeth Gilbert has written a beautiful novel. It is long and not a quick read, but this novel of adventure, science, love, religion, botany, evolution, family, colonialism, altruism, reason and the craft of writing is worth the time....[I]n this work of historical fiction we discover Alma Whitaker and her theory of natural selection. Whitaker, a bryologist, never published her treatise on competitive alteration. Gilbert tells her story in a way that demystifies science and shows how people develop scientific knowledge through methodical research and their interactions and relationships with people and places." (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Liz from Spokane, Washington
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Battleborn
Battleborn
by Claire Vaye Watkins

Liz's Comments:
"I've read this book twice already, and it's both haunting and funny and captures the wide-open desolation and beauty of the desert and the sparsely populated towns in it. The voice is so real, but just dark enough that you identify with it. Favorite recent work of short stories, hands down." (read more)

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February 20
Selected by Margaret from Portland, Oregon
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Sea of Hooks
Sea of Hooks
by Lindsay Hill

Margaret's Comments:
"'Sea of Hooks' may be the most stunningly crafted novel I've ever read....In every layer, readers are invited deep into the psyche of a remarkable, and remarkably sympathetic person. So tangibly is this character portrayed, it's hard to think of him as simply a 'character.' 'Sea of Hooks' offers no easy answers -- life doesn't do that, either -- but it illuminates in a way that feels hopeful even as it comes close to breaking the reader's heart." (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Mary from Charlottesville, Virginia
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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
by Tony Horwitz

Mary's Comments:
"'Confederates in the Attic' is a joy to read. Funny, while at the same time touching, author Tony Horwitz enters into the strange world of Civil War re-enactors. He discloses the tricks of the trade, the differences between the amateurs and the career re-enactors. Entire families compete for prized battlefield placement, authentic costumes,food and arms. Many have become extras in movies and television and the competition is fierce. Friendships are formed, feuds begun, in the quest for battlefield positioning. Personal lives are planned around famous battle anniversaries, camps set up, and all connection with the present world is left behind." (read more)

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February 22
Selected by Wendy from San Diego, California
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Winter's Tale
Winter's Tale
by Mark Helprin

Wendy's Comments:
"This is the first book I ever read by Mark Helprin, and it's the reason why I'm hooked on his writing. His use of language is stunning, and he makes New York into a magical yet very real land at the same time. I love his use of magical realism in a place which I thought I knew." (read more)

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February 23
Selected by Tawnya from Berlin, Pennsylvania
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The Free (P.S.)
The Free (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin

Tawnya's Comments:
"The characters in this book are heartbreaking. The trials they endure are so real and can happen to any of us. Because these folks are so downtrodden, you might think they would be bitter. Instead, they are hopeful and caring, willing to help out those around them. Read this book, it is an uplifting story of how the human spirit can stay strong, even in bad times." (read more)

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February 24
Selected by Georgia from Portland, Oregon
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
by Kelly Williams Brown

Georgia's Comments:
"I love this book so much. I read it right before the new year and am giving it out as birthday presents to all my friends for 2014!" (read more)

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February 25
Selected by Elizabeth from Oregon City, Oregon
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Far Far Away
Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal

Elizabeth's Comments:
"'Far, far away' are words that have been in many fairy tales, presumably since they first made an appearance. In this book, those fairy tales come to life in unexpected ways. Ghosts, villains, history and missing children are all here....I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. The use of fairy tale elements in modern stories is not uncommon, but this was more inventive than I initially gave it credit for. The characters are not quite what you expect, and the story tends to be more true to the spirit of fairy tales than others may be. My 12-year-old son read it and quite enjoyed it." (read more)

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February 26
Selected by Elizabeth from Mukilteo, Washington
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Elizabeth's Comments:
"It's been a long time since I've found a book with such exquisite prose blending seamlessly with stunningly visual stories of people and place. 5-stars wasn't enough; I simply loved this book....This story claimed my interest and then my heart, from the opening scene to the very last exulting picture we're left holding. Loved it." (read more)

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February 27
Selected by Carlos from Seattle, Washington
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness
by Alfredo Corchado

Carlos's Comments:
"Corchado's memoir as a reporter assigned by the 'Dallas Morning News' to report on contemporary Mexico covers, roughly, the years in which drug trafficking became a truly notorious development in Mexico, from 1994 to 2012, when he returned to the U.S....Perhaps the biggest thought I drew from this book is that Corchado cautiously lets the reader learn of the complex and convoluted relationships that arise between the drug capos and the politicians who run the country....'Midnight' is helpful because it is a personalized angle that lets us know how subtle and dangerous these intricacies can be in a society torn by poverty, bone-deep traditional ways, and the growing pressures for transparency and good government. Few Americans can appreciate these dilemmas." (read more)

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February 28
Selected by Kathryn from North Providence, Rhode Island
A Long Long Way
A Long Long Way
by Sebastian Barry

Kathryn's Comments:
"This is a book that got into my heart and has stayed there. The conflicts -- both personal and global -- that the characters experience are so well-written and spell-binding that I felt that I was truly there with them. This book puts a very human face on the tensions between Ireland and England, the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, and World War I. The closest comparison would be 'All Quiet on the Western Front.' It is obvious why it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award." (read more)

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