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Monday, May 25th
Today's Dose by Chloe from Charlottesville, Virginia
Congratulations, Chloe, for claiming your $40 gift certificate!


Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
by Mary Roach

I would love to meet Mary Roach. Her books are informative, well-researched, and funny. In 'Packing for Mars,' as in all of her books, Roach answers your questions about the topic and questions you didn't know you had. (read more)

Your price $9.95
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Previous Doses
May 24th
Selected by Brandt/Janet from Longmont, Colorado


The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment (Penguin Classics) The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment (Penguin Classics)
by Graham Greene

Based in part on Graham Greene's bachelor life -- his family having been safely evacuated -- during the London Blitz by the German Luftwaffe of World War II, this novel features chilling portrayals of wartime London, the paranoid but equally realistic fears of German spies and British "fifth column" Nazi moles, and a narrative style and sequencing which enables the reader to experience the confusion of the protagonist as he must decide repeatedly whom to trust, and who may be trying to kill him. The writing is Greene in top form, causing the reader simply to wonder in admiration at the quality of his imagery and imagination. (read more)

Your price $10.50
(Used - Trade Paper)

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May 22nd
Selected by Theresa from Wilmington, Delaware


The Light in the Ruins The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian

I normally read books a little bit at a time, so the fact that I read this book in a matter of days shows how I couldn't put it down! It follows two narratives, both historical: one is in the 1940s, and the other is in the '50s. I was really drawn into the story of the investigator Serafina Bettini, a strong female detective in the Florence police department with a mysterious past of her own. And in addition to the mystery aspect, there is also the romance of Cristina Rosati and a German lieutenant, and it's hard not to hope that they will find happiness despite the tragic times. After I read this book, I went out and bought more by the same author! (read more)

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May 20th
Selected by Sarah from Tustin, California


Real World Real World
by Natsuo Kirino

By turns disturbing, demoralizing and demented , Kirino's Real World focuses on a quintet of older teens who feel overworked and desensitized to their overly modern world. Rotating chapters among the key characters, this exploration of youthful alienation and nihilism that seems to permeate an overstimulated and overcrowded culture such as current-day Tokyo. While I occasionally wanted to smack some sense into a couple of the characters, the lack of true explanation for their actions creates an intrigue that is realistic and understandable (after all, how many teens can clearly state their motives in an adult-driven world?). Poignant, tragic and thought-provoking, a worthwhile and speedy read. (read more)

Your price $4.95
(Used Markdown - Trade Paper)

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May 23rd
Selected by Mark from Portland, Oregon


Falling from Horses Falling from Horses
by Molly Gloss

Another great read -- a real pleasure to read a good writer. Doesn't try to wrap things up neatly....Many books peter out somewhere in the middle, with trite, cliched ends. Not this one. Makes me want to read the rest of her work. Highly recommended. (read more)

Your price $14.95
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May 21st
Selected by Brandon from Corvallis, Oregon


Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
by George D Morgan

I picked up a copy of Rocket Girl to learn more about Mary Sherman Morgan, the woman who got the US to space. George Morgan is Mary's son and does a very touching tribute to the memory of his mother. ...For me it is a fascinating looking into safety and the workplace as well as the gender dynamics inherent in the struggle for women to be treated fairly before, during, and after large societal shifts. Pick up a copy and read it. I highly recommend it. (read more)

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May 19th
Selected by Tom from Oregon City, Oregon


The Outsorcerer's Apprentice The Outsorcerer's Apprentice
by Tom Holt

If your employer outsources your job, where will it really go, to a foreign sweatshop complete with children working twelve-hour shifts? Not according to Tom Holt, who with his scathing exposé, 'The Outsourcerer's Apprentice,' reveals another universe where knights in armor slay dragons that are processed to become hamburger, woodcutters saw boards that become exotic toothpicks, and talking trees answer call-center inquiries -- and everyone works for the gratitude of employment. (read more)

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