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May 01
Selected by Sandy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Blindness
Blindness
by Jose Saramago

Sandy's Comments:
"Imagine your world turning into a white milky sea? Imagine one minute you are seeing colors, the world so rich and bright and the next minute, everything you see is white and there is no reason behind this transformation. A quarantine seems to be the only solution and the government takes control. As the numbers start to get out of control, the detainees take the situation into their own hands and I can't put this book down. It's human survival with your eyes shut and one you will not forget." (read more)

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May 02
Selected by Gary from Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Girl and the Bicycle
The Girl and the Bicycle
by Mark Pett

Gary's Comments:
"It is no surprise that Pett's latest book in the challenging genre of wordless picture books is receiving rave reviews. It is an absolute delight." (read more)

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May 03
Selected by Logan from Montague, California
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
by Dee Williams

Logan's Comments:
"A captivating story that taught me how to be happy....In the book, Dee shares the context of her decision to go tiny, the struggles she had in the transition, and the meaning of life discovery she made in the face of death. Dee's book is tragic, endearing, and surprisingly wet-your-pants funny. I loved this book!" (read more)

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May 04
Selected by Susan from Omaha, Nebraska
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Iron Lake
Iron Lake
by William Kent Krueger

Susan's Comments:
"'Iron Lake' is the first in a series featuring Cork O'Connor, part Native American. Although Cork has lost his job as sheriff, he gets involved with solving some murders in his Minnesota town near an Indian reservation. At the same time, he is dealing with his falling apart marriage, his deteriorating relationship with his children, and his new involvement with a younger woman. Krueger is expert at creating a flawed but believable character in a fast moving plot. You'll be up until you finish this one." (read more)

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May 05
Selected by Nadia from Miami, Florida
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The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater

Nadia's Comments:
"'The Raven Boys' is a story about wants, magic and friendship filled with gorgeous writing....[T]he way Stiefvater writes giving each of her characters their own space and story with so much as a sentence, you can feel the research and heart that was put into this novel. I don't think anything I write will do this AMAZING book justice, so you will have to believe me and see for yourself. Maggie Stiefvater is a master storyteller and this book it's just further proof." (read more)

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May 06
Selected by Patrick from Gastonia, North Carolina
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Thunderstruck and Other Stories
Thunderstruck and Other Stories
by Elizabeth McCracken

Patrick's Comments:
"In these stories, McCracken's characters struggle with coming to terms with life and loss, whether it's with loss or an object, and how that loss haunts them. As with all of her work, the author's skill is stunningly beautiful and, at times, heart-breakingly funny." (read more)

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May 07
Selected by Allison from McDonough, Georgia
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The Good Luck of Right Now
The Good Luck of Right Now
by Matthew Quick

Allison's Comments:
"If you like quirky characters, this may be the book for you....Though the characters are flawed, or maybe because they are, they have fascinating insights on the world. They are carefully drawn, sympathetic and sometimes amusing. The story is hopeful and the narrator, Bartholomew, is a sheltered character who knows little of how to navigate in the world. However, Bartholomew, never stops trying....I highly recommend this book for people who like character-driven novels." (read more)

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May 08
Selected by S from Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
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The Museum of Extraordinary Things
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman

S's Comments:
"This was my first Alice Hoffman book but it will not be my last. 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things' is a tale of the human spirit, the limits it can be pushed to, and the simple, beautiful things that bring it back to life." (read more)

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May 09
Selected by Debbi from Boise, Idaho
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All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Debbi's Comments:
"'All the Light We Cannot See' is the best book I've read in years. The brilliant writing kept me reading late into many nights....The creativity, minute attention to detail and radiance which make up this story rendered me nearly speechless. My prediction is that 'All the Light We Cannot See' will quickly become the book that the booksellers handsell, that readers cannot stop talking about, and that book groups put at the top of their to-read lists. I hope this is Tony's year for a major literary prize; nobody is more deserving." (read more)

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May 10
Selected by Rebecca from La Center, Washington
The Shambling Guide to New York City (Shambling Guides)
The Shambling Guide to New York City (Shambling Guides)
by Mur Lafferty

Rebecca's Comments:
"This is a fun example of how urban fantasy can be fantastic! Vampires, Zombies, and Golems, OH MY! Finished it in about 48 hours or less. Good read!" (read more)

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May 11
Selected by Sam from Esmont, Virginia
The Goblin Emperor
The Goblin Emperor
by Katherine Addison

Sam's Comments:
"I loved this book. So often steampunk/fantasy stories are dark brutal affairs. Not so with this wonderfully written new entry into the genre. There is no anti hero here. The story is filled with hope, bravery, and conviction....I hope that this will be the first novel in a new series because I would love to see what else happens in this richly crafted universe." (read more)

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May 12
Selected by Tom from San Francisco, California
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Three Souls
Three Souls
by Janie Chang

Tom's Comments:
"A young woman of privilege raised on the cusp of civil war in 1920s China longs to break free from the aristocratic shackles of her family's feudal wealth. Book-smart and impertinent, Song Leiyin has no desire for the 'comfortable life of a wife and mother' awaiting her....At once a supernatural fantasy, romantic drama and historical thriller, first-time Taiwanese authoress Janie Chang is to be applauded for creating such a haunting story of love, politics and the beyond." (read more)

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May 13
Selected by Sally from Jacksonville, Florida
City of the Sun
City of the Sun
by Juliana Maio

Sally's Comments:
"When I started this book I was hooked. From a topic I knew little to nothing about, I was introduced to the story of a Jewish family fleeing from the Germans to Cairo, Egypt during WWII. As a historical novel you will meet Sadat, Churchill, Nasser, Hassan elBanna the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and the young King Farouk among others....Everyone one will enjoy this book for the intrigue, love, and history!" (read more)

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May 14
Selected by Rachel from Apalachin, New York
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler

Rachel's Comments:
"'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' is complicated, smart and compelling. Its timeline is all mashed up, but the author does so with purpose rather than with irritating flourish....Note to readers who are looking at this book because they've read Karen Joy Fowler's 'Jane Austen Book Club:' This novel operates at another level entirely. It's far more challenging and deep. I enjoyed the earlier book as a fine bit of chick lit, pretty good but by no means life-changing. This book is real literature." (read more)

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May 15
Selected by Edward from Billings, Montana
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Without Fail (Jack Reacher Novels)
Without Fail (Jack Reacher Novels)
by Lee Child

Edward's Comments:
"Couldn't put it down. One of Child's best: suspenseful, thrilling, surprising at points, Reacher doing Reacher at his most effective....If you've never read a Reacher book, this would be a good place to start: 400+ pages of excitement." (read more)

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May 16
Selected by Sheila from Beaverton, Oregon
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Dear Life: Stories
Dear Life: Stories
by Alice Munro

Sheila's Comments:
"Sometimes the truth is in the space between words, and things unsaid reveal more than the question and answers of conversation. Alice Munro's 'Dear Life' reveals lives, and their secrets, with that same sort of protective silence. Natural conversations, with natural pauses, create the sense of character, time and place....Alice Munro tells these short stories and lives with masterful precision, voice, and perception, as sure in telling her own past as in revealing the paths of others. 'Dear Life' is a song of life, chance and hope, and a fine collection of intriguing people and stories." (read more)

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May 17
Selected by Pandora from Bellingham, Washington
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The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
by Darcy Frey

Pandora's Comments:
"Twenty years after it first offered a heartbreaking window into how inequity in the US sets up so kids for failure, 'The Last Shot' continues to serve as a compelling indictment of our broken educational system. This look behind the curtain of the NCAA and how talented kids are exploited and sacrificed for your viewing pleasure as a basketball fan is a must read for anyone who cares about social justice, education or basketball." (read more)

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May 18
Selected by Elizabeth from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
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Everything to Lose
Everything to Lose
by Andrew Gross

Elizabeth's Comments:
"If you enjoy intrigue, edge-of-your-seat action, scary decisions, murder, long-time grudges, and terrifying characters you won't want to miss Everything to Lose. It is a thriller at its best. This is the first Andrew Gross book I have read, and I wasn't disappointed. Everything to Lose was full of suspense until the very last word." (read more)

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May 19
Selected by Marjorie from Lafayette, California
Hild
Hild
by Nicola Griffith

Marjorie's Comments:
"Nicola Griffith has written a gorgeous book about a girl in Anglo-Saxon times in England. Hild is clever, and she's the niece of a king -- but she's a GIRL, in an era that values women mainly as bearers of children, and, in the case of girls of royal blood, as "peace weavers," who can be traded off in marriage to cement political alliances. Hild does not particularly aspire to either career path....Hild's clever mother, Beguswirth, fosters the belief that Hild carries some sort of magic -- she can read minds, predict the future....Hild grows up as a remarkable young girl in a land that mixes civilization and barbarity....The book ends with the promise of a sequel, which I'm looking forward to." (read more)

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May 20
Selected by Mala from San Jose, California
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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
by Michio Kaku

Mala's Comments:
"This is a book where science fiction meets reality. When I started the book I thought it'd be way over my head and I'd have to give up reading it. But, as the book went on I was more and more fascinated. Dr. Kaku has the ability to make difficult concepts easy and relate the past to the present and to the future. It is just amazing to see from this book, how what was in the realm of science fiction is now part of science and proven to be authentic." (read more)

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May 21
Selected by Marlena from Allston, Massachusetts
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The Revolution of Every Day
The Revolution of Every Day
by Cari Luna

Marlena's Comments:
"I've always been curious about squatting, especially after reading about Occupy Wall Street and The Tower of David in Venezuela. How do these people feel entitled to this space? What do they contribute? Cari Luna has shed light on these questions for me, while also exploring the interwoven lives of a group of people fighting to keep their home. Both arcs of the story are gripping, and told in a fresh way. Luna's unique voice gently pinpoints the most important bit of each page, like tiny spotlights. Highly recommended!" (read more)

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May 22
Selected by Edward from Billings, Montana
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Back of Beyond
Back of Beyond
by C. J. Box

Edward's Comments:
"This book introduces a new character to the C.J. Box lexicon, Deputy Sheriff Cody Hoyt, an alcoholic from a less than desirable background and a disgraced ex-Denver detective....I enjoyed the book immensely and can highly recommend it. I've only read a couple of Box's Joe Pickett novels but this book while featuring a very different sort of character is at least as satisfying as the other Box authored books I've read." (read more)

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May 23
Selected by Elizabeth from West Vancouver, BC,
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Shotgun Lovesongs
Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler

Elizabeth's Comments:
"Just finished this wonderful book! I totally agree with Katie Crouch's review in that these characters will stay in my head for a long time. Small town masterfully evoked, though I've never been to Wisconsin in real-life, I feel I could find my way around Little Wing so easily. The author has a great sense of humour and the characters are so believable. I can see them still behind my eyes! Read and share this marvelous down-to-earth tale of rural America." (read more)

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May 24
Selected by Kimberly from Poulsbo, Washington
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton

Kimberly's Comments:
"Magical realism? Check. Setting in France and Seattle? Check. These are three things that I love and I am so happy to have found this book that combines them in such a beautiful way. Do not let the fact that this is considered a teen-read stop you from picking up this book. It is definitely a story that will be appreciated by fans of 'Like Water For Chocolate,' even [though] they are two very different books." (read more)

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May 25
Selected by Carolyn from Woodburn, Oregon
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Pierced
Pierced
by Thomas Enger

Carolyn's Comments:
"'Pierced' is an exciting novel, chock-full of action and characters, all woven together into a complicated plot with lots of twists and turns. Translated from Norwegian, it is written in many short chapters, some as short as two pages. This style serves the story well, keeping events and plot turns coming quickly....'Pierced' is Enger's second novel in the Juul Henning series. I did not realize this as I was reading and didn't feel that I needed to start with his first novel in the series, 'Burned.'" (read more)

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May 26
Selected by Cynthia from Portland, Oregon
Always Emily
Always Emily
by Michaela MacColl

Cynthia's Comments:
"Charlotte and Emily Bronte are two of the most enduring authors in English literature....Michaela MacColl brings these beloved authors to life, and adds a bit of mystery for them to solve, in her new book for young adults, 'Always Emily.'...She shows Charlotte and Emily as two very different people, often in conflict, but who nonetheless love and admire each other's strengths....Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 12 and up may have fun reading 'Always Emily' and then picking up the classics by the Bronte sisters, 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights." (read more)

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May 27
Selected by Scout from Tigard, Oregon
Something More Than Night
Something More Than Night
by Ian Tregillis

Scout's Comments:
"This is one of the best books I've read in a while, which is a great declaration considering that I read anything from 1-6 books a week. It can be both haunting, yet funny; painfully beautiful and lush, but dark and terrifying....I enjoyed it so much that I'd buy it again, a signed copy if I could find one!" (read more)

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May 28
Selected by Beverly from Portland, Oregon
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The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
by Kate Hattemer

Beverly's Comments:
"'The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy' may end up being my favorite YA novel of the year. It is a smart, funny, jab at pop culture's shallowness and phoniness, with characters who are engaged, motivated, literate and authentic....Although their ideas are clever, the vigilante heroes are not experienced saboteurs. Their acts of subversion and obstruction rarely end up the way they were supposed to -- much to the reader's delight." (read more)

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May 29
Selected by Ryan from West Haven, Connecticut
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
by Joshua Ferris

Ryan's Comments:
"'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour' is a marvelous exploration of everything we are....The author Joshua Ferris's writing is such that it tickles you with one hand and slaps you aside the head with the other....This book is funny, yes, but so much, much more." (read more)

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May 30
Selected by Sara from Panama City, Florida
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An Untamed State
An Untamed State
by Roxane Gay

Sara's Comments:
"All the reviews mention how powerful this book is, but I didn't really believe them until this book ripped my heart out. It's not just that it's sad; it is so incredibly real. Roxane Gay has always had a way of speaking deep truths in her essays, and now she's spun those same truths into the most compelling narrative I've read in a long time. I could barely breathe reading this. Mireille is so fully realized a character, I didn't realize how invested I was in her well being until I was sobbing. Brutal but not gratuitous, this is an amazing story." (read more)

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May 31
Selected by Thomas from Vashon, Washington
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The Moon Before Morning
The Moon Before Morning
by W. S. Merwin

Thomas's Comments:
"I have read Merwin's poems closely for many years and have long marveled at how he makes even the most ordinary seeming of words sing, but in this new book, I am newly amazed. It is harrowingly good. Merwin has achieved an even greater simplicity and authority, speaking directly of his life and his place and the love he has come to and the marvels always waiting to astonish us. It is the best book of poems I have read in years. I am astounded to live in the same time as he does." (read more)

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