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July 01
Selected by J from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces from the Author of Food in Jars
Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces from the Author of Food in Jars
by Marisa McClellan

J's Comments:
"As a fellow Philadelphian...I've loved trying Marisa's recipes and I am so happy she's put out a book about cooking in small batches. No longer do I need to wait for a holiday weekend to head to a farm, bring home a flat of strawberries and spend days in the kitchen. I've been making her Rosemary Rhubarb jam for years and can tell you -- it's fabulous. Buy this book." (read more)

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July 02
Selected by Nate from Portland, Oregon
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Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America
Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America
by Brian Benson

Nate's Comments:
"I got what I wanted when I sat down, or rather laid down before sleep with this book. It took me on the wild journey of a young couple who didn't know the first or at least not the second thing about bike touring. In it I got more than I wished for. I was given views of the Great Lakes, Plains, Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific NW. And more than that I was given insight into what this insecure yet intelligent and powerful Brian was dealing with in his journey and his relationship....A wonderfully written first piece." (read more)

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July 03
Selected by Amy Alice from Portland, Oregon
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The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

Amy Alice's Comments:
"I'm not sure a person can read or listen to this book without tears and anguish -- and without feeling a sense of hope. It is a call to action, and the reader/listener will understand that and respond. Thumbs up. (By the way, this is marketed as a children's book, but it is for absolutely for ALL ages to read and enjoy -- and be changed after reading it.)" (read more)

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July 04
Selected by John from Hood River, Oregon
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

John's Comments:
"Great job teaching history and telling a wonderful story. I hated to have it end." (read more)

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July 05
Selected by Jackie from Elko, Nevada
Jackie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The One and Only
The One and Only
by Emily Giffin

Jackie's Comments:
"This is without a doubt the best book Emily Giffin has ever written! A nice mix between football, friendship and romance all mixed in together to create a very enjoyable page turner." (read more)

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July 06
Selected by Shannon from Tucson, Arizona
Shannon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season
Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season
by Kimberley Hasselbrink

Shannon's Comments:
"The colors and ideas are incredibly inspiring. You could 'pin' every page of the book and it brings joy to working with the earth as it offers up things to cook! I heard of it from Bon Appetempt and I'm ever grateful!!" (read more)

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July 07
Selected by Cecilia from Portland, Oregon
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Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2)
Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2)
by Garth Nix

Cecilia's Comments:
"Have you ever gotten so into a book that you finished it in one day? This series was like that for me....Book 2 was my favorite out of the series....Not only was 'Grim Tuesday' responsible for my library fees but also for my adoration for this series." (read more)

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July 08
Selected by Mark from Portland, Oregon
Mark won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Americanah
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Mark's Comments:
"As a teacher who is deeply involved in equity work in a public school I found this to be accurate and helpful to my work. Overall though, the novel addresses the power to get what one wants. Race is just one source of power and Adichie examines how money, social standing, and physical appearance can all either help or hinder people in their quest to get what they want." (read more)

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July 09
Selected by Leann from Eugene, Oregon
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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume One
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume One
by Gordon Dahlquist

Leann's Comments:
"I enjoyed this book immensely. So much so, I had to get the next one and then the next one! I had each book read within a day or two, because, I did not want to put them down. The three main characters were each so different and yet were tied together perfectly." (read more)

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July 10
Selected by Anthony from Fairfax, Virginia
Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs
Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs
by Edward Weston and Steve Crist

Anthony's Comments:
"This is an amazing and inspiring collection of the best images made by one of the best photographers of all time....This collection of Weston in words and images touches a century of photographers and visual artists. So much of what he did paved the way for every trend that photography has endured. Powell's sent my copy last week and it now has a special place in my heart and library alongside the Daybooks and the books by other photographic icons of the 20th century." (read more)

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July 11
Selected by David from Tillamook, Oregon
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
by Jeffrey Toobin

David's Comments:
"Toobin's analysis and insight of the US Supreme in 'The Oath' is brilliantly written. The book provides an updated glimpse into the world of the US Supreme Court and the personalities behind it as a follow up to his previous book 'The Nine.' It is a must read for anyone interested in the US judiciary system." (read more)

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July 12
Selected by Felicia from Yakima, Washington
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

Felicia's Comments:
"I don't think I have had so much fun reading a book before. Not only did the 100 year old man lead an interesting life, he also had an amazing adventure. The characters are well developed and relatable. I had to keep reading it to see what would happen next. This book is fun, exciting, and touches on some historical events. I would recommend this book, and have added it to my 'must read again' list." (read more)

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July 13
Selected by Joanna from Mendon, Utah
Little Blue Truck
Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

Joanna's Comments:
"This board book is a hit with my 2-year-old and has been since he was several months old. He loves the bright, colorful illustrations, the rollicking, song-like text, and the camaraderie between Little Blue and the animals that he meets as he travels across the countryside and helps a misguided dump truck in a sticky situation. I like the message of teamwork and respect, as well as the text that lends itself to singing and sound effects. I highly recommend this for all smaller children!" (read more)

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July 14
Selected by Aaron from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aaron won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $100.
Absent
Absent
by Katie Williams

Aaron's Comments:
"There's so much to appreciate about how Williams constructed this story -- beyond the beautiful imagery and thoughtful phrasing. It may be fantastical in nature, but it's drenched in realism. Nor is it dark for the sake of being dark or edgy -- it embraces it; it gives it light. It doesn't romanticize suicide, but it doesn't turn into an after-school-special, either. A compelling and haunting read." (read more)

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July 15
Selected by Ann from Oregon City, Oregon
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Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander)
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander)
by Diana Gabaldon

Ann's Comments:
"I envy those who have read the series but have yet to begin this book. It is much like sitting down with old friends, families and neighbors to laugh the night away." (read more)

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July 16
Selected by Lisa from Lake Worth, Florida
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The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
by Alex Bellos

Lisa's Comments:
"I have read Alex Bellos' column in the 'Guardian' paper online now for some time. His quirky perspective of numbers in the world and our lives entertains and enlightens. He has traveled in his search for the connections of numbers and their mysticism across the cultures. Here in 'The Grapes of Math,' you will have those 'Oh, I've heard that' all the way to 'No way' moments. It is a fun romp. You'll snare bits you can't wait to work into conversation. Math geeks, (we know who we are) and mathaphobes alike will find Bellos easy to understand....Let Bellos explain and be entertained." (read more)

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July 17
Selected by Sara from Panama City, Florida
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California
California
by Edan Lepucki

Sara's Comments:
"I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this much-buzzed-about novel, and let me tell you: it lives up to the hype! Edan Lepucki has created an incredibly believable and disturbing future for the USA, but she never steeps to sensationalism. The characters all seem like real people...to the point you can see the wheels turning in their heads. This is one of those books you just don't want to end. Sure to be the must-read book this summer." (read more)

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July 18
Selected by Cynthia from Columbus, Georgia
Life Drawing
Life Drawing
by Robin Black

Cynthia's Comments:
"If you're looking for a good book -- a sure thing, a book you can sink down into and a world you can get lost in -- this is it. Before the end of the first paragraph, you will be hooked, caught up in the marriage between a painter and a writer....The characters are as flawed as we all are, and there are no easy answers anywhere....I may have to read 'Life Drawing' again, right now, right this minute." (read more)

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July 19
Selected by Liz from Portland, Oregon
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The Evening Hour
The Evening Hour
by Carter Sickels

Liz's Comments:
"'The Evening Hour' is a rich, compelling novel that pulls you into the complex lives of a small community and doesn't let you leave....Moody and dark and gentle, this book is a spellbinding read about a young man tied to his community and the mother and land he discovers he is built upon." (read more)

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July 20
Selected by Cathy from Seattle, Washington
The VB6 Cookbook: More Than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night
The VB6 Cookbook: More Than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night
by Mark Bittman

Cathy's Comments:
"Mark Bittman writes usable cookbooks, and this one fits the bill. A lot of vegan cookbooks are puff pieces hawking branded products, and/or substitution ingredients that are simply too weird to be believed. Anyone with a stove and some basic skills, along with patience and the willingness to do some preparation, can make these things. And, yes, it's a sensible approach to getting your high cholesterol down, losing weight, breaking your sugar and/or carb addictions, etc. I've been testing various recipes and so far, they meet my needs." (read more)

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July 21
Selected by Deb from Portland, Oregon
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A Game of Hide and Seek (New York Review Books Classics)
A Game of Hide and Seek (New York Review Books Classics)
by Elizabeth Taylor

Deb's Comments:
"The British writer, Elizabeth Taylor, has long been unappreciated in the world of fiction. Her novel, 'A Game of Hide and Seek' is a wonderful example of the depth of her understanding of human psychology and the nuances of the relationships between men and women." (read more)

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July 22
Selected by Stacie from Newberg, Oregon
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Un Lun Dun
Un Lun Dun
by China Mieville

Stacie's Comments:
"'Alice in Wonderland' for the X, Y and Z generations, or 'Oz' for the modern age. Fantastic wordplay and masterfully written, with images and imaginings Lewis Carroll would be proud of....While a thick book, the pacing is brisk and lively, with great characterization, and the thrill to see what the author will imagine next. Great fun for teens on up." (read more)

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July 23
Selected by Manas from Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Capitalism: A Ghost Story
by Arundhati Roy

Manas's Comments:
"'Capitalism: A Ghost Story' tells us what most of us already know and ignore, the difference lies in the way that Ms. Roy captures those muffled voices. Ms. Roy's book is like the proverbial pin to the hype filled balloon. The book is not just about economic injustice but ethical dilemmas as well. It goes without saying that this book will not be palatable to everyone, but that is precisely the reason this book must be read. Its speak of bitter truths, of failed revolutions and shattered dreams. And it is as a dissenter that Ms. Roy has produced some of her more remarkable work. Give this one a try." (read more)

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July 24
Selected by Tung from Lake Oswego, Oregon
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
by David Epstein

Tung's Comments:
"I heartily recommend it to anyone who's interested at all in the 'nature vs. nurture' debate about how people become elite runners, basketball players, etc. Epstein draws upon lots of cutting edge research into genetics and sports performance....To his credit, Epstein doesn't shy away from discussing race, but neither does he channel Al Campanis (who infamously blundered into the subject with the sensitivity of a drunken rhino). If there's a book that 'The Sports Gene' reminds me of, it's Jared Diamond's 'Guns, Germs, and Steel,' which similarly examined race and [culture] through a completely new lens (of geography)." (read more)

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July 25
Selected by Diana from Wilsonville, Oregon
The Sea Inside
The Sea Inside
by Philip Hoare

Diana's Comments:
"Hoare is a great writer -- how he describes the ocean and different species that live there, or near there -- including extinct species. He made me want to sail around the world. But the book is not just about the physical sea -- it is about the connectivity of all things. How we connect to the earth, to the sea, to everything. 'The Sea Inside' made me long for the ocean and weep for the destruction that humans have brought to it (and to all nature)." (read more)

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July 26
Selected by Susmita from Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
by Bruce Weber

Susmita's Comments:
"Weber's writing style is casual and engaging, making this a very easy and pleasant read....As a regular bicycle-commuter, I found myself feeling on the one hand that this would be such a great trip to take, and on the other hand wondering why anyone would take on such a challenge!" (read more)

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July 27
Selected by Matthew from Forest Grove, Oregon
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
by Dave Eggers

Matthew's Comments:
"I read this book on the MAX and laughed out loud so often that people stopped to ask me what I was reading, if that isn't an indicator of the excellence of a book -- I don't know what is. At the same time, it's an incisive deconstruction of the current zeitgeist and delves into issues such as: entitlement, masculinity, and government. It was so on point with current issues that I want to believe that Egger's wrote it within the last few months." (read more)

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July 28
Selected by Jackie from Cottonwood, California
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The Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility
by Katja Millay

Jackie's Comments:
"Every once in a while a story comes along that captures the imagination and the heart from the very beginning. This is one of those books. This is a standout novel in every possible way: flawless writing, superb characterizations, and breathtaking romance. The story of Nastya and Josh is so compelling, so believable, so gut-wrenchingly real....A truly unforgettable book." (read more)

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July 29
Selected by Kristin from Glendale, Arizona
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Astonish Me
Astonish Me
by Maggie Shipstead

Kristin's Comments:
"This book was so good that I sat down and read it in one sitting. It's beautifully written, and the characters are intriguing....This book gives snapshots of various types of relationships; including friendships, parental bonds, romantic and partnerships. It helped me gain perspective on how human beings depend on one another, how we fall in love without romance or how romance for a passion (in this case dance) can drive love. 'Astonish Me' is a breath of fresh air and I loved every moment with it." (read more)

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July 30
Selected by Beth from Santa Rosa, California
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Cinnamon and Gunpowder
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
by Eli Browne

Beth's Comments:
"This was one of the most surprisingly satisfying reads of my summer. Picture a cook from a Jane Austen-esque kitchen ending up on a pirate ship. Suspend your disbelief. All will be told in time. Author Eli Brown weaves in reminders of the harsh realities of colonialism, and descriptions of tough living conditions that would apply to life both on- and off-ship in the 1800's. But the vivid characters make the entire read fun." (read more)

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July 31
Selected by C from Portland, Oregon
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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion

C's Comments:
"A wonderful collection of essays by the remarkably insightful Joan Didion. Flowing prose and vividly detailed vignettes combine to shape the reader's view of the world as Didion sees it: beautifully flawed and always unforgettable." (read more)

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