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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
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    Love Me Back

    Merritt Tierce 9780385538077

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Puddly Awards 2010
The 2010 Puddly Awards

Thanks to everyone who shared a glowing recommendation. If you're anything like us, you get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that your endorsement will help someone else discover (and fall in love with) that book that knocked your socks off.

Click here to see last year's winners.

Powell's customers, you've truly outdone yourselves. We asked for the best book you read last decade and were humbled by your overwhelming response. And, may we say, what good taste you have! (Ahem. Check out the number one pick from our employees.)

So, without further ado, the winners of the Golden Galoshes are:

The 2010 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

The 2010 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

Three Cups of Tea
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson
and David Oliver Relin

Click here to learn more about how the results were tabulated.



1
The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

Customer Comment from Todd Harrington

Cormac McCarthy's command of the language and powerful prose give us an emotionally raw examination of human nature and innocence, genuine and pure. This book will leave you changed forever.

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2
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Customer Comment from jean.ashley

...[S]omewhere along the way I became the sort of reader who reads for information only. I had thought that I was incapable of getting lost in a story until I read this book. I could not put it down. It was wonderful and everyone I've recommended it to has loved it.

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3
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Customer Comment from cheryl_hill

This is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. Greg Mortenson's tireless attempts to build schools for girls in Pakistan is a truly amazing story. If you don't think that one person can make a difference in the world, you need to read this book.

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4
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)
by J. K. Rowling

Customer Comment from Gregor

The series changed the known reading universe, and Rowling created an exciting and satisfying conclusion in The Deathly Hallows. No book could be more deserving of this award!

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5
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon

Customer Comment from Elliott

...[A] novel of great humor and emotional depth. This book was my first introduction to Chabon's work and I have since gone and devoured more. Like the comic books he loves, Michael Chabon is able to entertain us and do so with a pure love of language and escapism.

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6
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Customer Comment from wurdnurd

This book had me laughing out loud one minute and bawling the next. The elegant and understated persona of Death lends a dignity to the story that might otherwise be treacly or trite. A wonderful book to read or listen to between parents and children.

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7
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Customer Comment from Kerry Holmes

The author did a wonderful job of creating a rich cast of characters. The city of Barcelona is described vividly and almost feels like another character in the book. The concept of a story within the story was well written and true readers everywhere will love the Cemetery of Forgotten Books!

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8
Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)
Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Customer Comment from Emily DeVoto

Middlesex is a most unexpected novel. It's at once brave, tender, utterly original, unpretentious, and profound. I can see myself re-reading it at different times of my life, and continuing to learn from it.

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9
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
by David Mitchell

Customer Comment from JeffMoniker

Fans of Murakami, Chabon and Lethem should enjoy this masterful blending of genres, consisting of 6 separate narratives, seemingly disparate, but somehow Mitchell manages to coalesce them all into a mysterious whole.

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10
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

Customer Comment from Reverend MG

This is a wonderful story! I was sucked in from the beginning with Pi's views on life and religion, all the way to the end of his journey across the sea....I'm not sure if I've recommended another book more than this one!

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11
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
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12
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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13
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
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14
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)
by Stephenie Meyer
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15
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)
by Stieg Larsson
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16
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah's Book Club Selection #62)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah's Book Club Selection #62)
by David Wroblewski
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Sale - Hardcover

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17
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz
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Used - Trade Paper

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18
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer
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19
2666
2666
by Roberto Bolano
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20
The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
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Used - Hardcover

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21
Gilead
Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
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22
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J. K. Rowling
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23
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
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24
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
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25
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
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26
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
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27
Atonement
Atonement
by Ian McEwan
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28
The Shack
The Shack
by Wm. Paul Young
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29
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore
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30
American Gods: A Novel
American Gods: A Novel
by Neil Gaiman
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31
Outlander
Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
Your price: $9.99
New - Mass Market

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32
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
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33
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #01)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #01)
by Suzanne Collins
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34
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
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35
The Poisonwood Bible (P.S.)
The Poisonwood Bible (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver
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36
Anathem
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
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37
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
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38
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry
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39
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
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40
Shantaram
Shantaram
by Gregory David Roberts
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41
The Historian
The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
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42
People of the Book
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
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43
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
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44
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
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45
The Savage Detectives
The Savage Detectives
by Roberto Bolano
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46
The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
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47
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
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48
The History of Love: A Novel
The History of Love: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss
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49
The Corrections
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
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50
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
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Powell's Employee
Top 50

While you were casting your Puddly votes, we also asked our coworkers to name the best book they read in the last decade. Check out the top 50 picks that won our adoration.

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    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy 9780307387899
2
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    2666

    Roberto Bolano 9780312429218
3
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    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    Haruki Murakami 9780679775430
4
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    The Lord of the Rings

    J R R Tolkien 9780618640157
5
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    His Dark Materials (Boxed Set)

    Philip Pullman 9780440419518
6
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    Cloud Atlas: A Novel

    David Mitchell 9780375507250
7
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8
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    The Secret History

    Donna Tartt 9781400031702
9
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10
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11
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12
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    The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon 9780143034902
13
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    The Kite Runner

    Khaled Hosseini 9781594480003
14
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Audrey Niffenegger 9780156029438
15
  1. $7.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak 9780375842207
16
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    American Gods: A Novel

    Neil Gaiman 9780060558123
17
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    Infinite Jest: A Novel

    David Foster Wallace 9780316066525
18
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
19
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20
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21
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    Out Stealing Horses

    Per Petterson 9780312427085
22
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23
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    Outliers: The Story of Success

    Malcolm Gladwell 9780316017923
24
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25
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26
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    Never Let Me Go: A Novel

    Kazuo Ishiguro 9781400078776
27
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28
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    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

    Susanna Clarke 9780765356154
29
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    Perdido Street Station

    China Mieville 9780345459404
30
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31
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    The Savage Detectives

    Roberto Bolano 9780312427481
32
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    Gilead

    Marilynne Robinson 9780312424404
33
  1. $11.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Against the Day

    Thomas Pynchon 9780143112563
34
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    A Complicated Kindness: A Novel

    Miriam Toews 9781582433226
35
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36
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    The Historian

    Elizabeth Kostova 9780316067942
37
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    Carter Beats the Devil

    Glen David Gold 9780786886326
38
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    How I Live Now

    Meg Rosoff 9780553376050
39
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    People of the Book

    Geraldine Brooks 9780143115007
40
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    People of Paper (05 Edition)

    Salvador Plascencia 9780156032117
41
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42
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    Atonement

    Ian McEwan 9780307388841
43
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44
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45
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    Straight Man: A Novel

    Richard Russo 9780375701900
46
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    The Fortress of Solitude

    Jonathan Lethem 9780375724886
47
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    The Corrections

    Jonathan Franzen 9780374100124
48
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49
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    A Reliable Wife

    Robert Goolrick 9781565129771
50
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    Little Children

    Tom Perrotta 9780312315733
  1. Results were calculated based on the number of votes submitted for a given title, not a specific ISBN (edition, binding, et al.). For example, all the votes for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — be it for the paperback, the hardcover, the audio book, the first edition, and so on — count toward its placement in the final list.
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