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2013 Puddly Awards

You read. You voted. And the winners of this year's Golden Galoshes are: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and Three Cups of Tea!

We asked the winning books to make a statement about how it feels to receive this coveted award, but they were speechless. So on their behalf, we'd like to thank all of the many readers who responded — and above all, who read more than one book last year, thus defying the statistics.

And if you're looking for still more great reading, you can't go wrong by perusing the following list and checking out one, four, 20, or all of the names therein.

 

The 2009 Puddly Award
for Fiction

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

The 2009 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 Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah's Book Club Selection #62)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah's Book Club Selection #62)
by David Wroblewski
List Price $25.95
Your price: $6.98
Sale - Hardcover

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2
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)
by Stephenie Meyer
List Price $10.99
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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3
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
List Price $14.95
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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4
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
List Price $24.00
Your price: $9.50
Used - Hardcover

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5
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
List Price $12.99
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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6
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
List Price $17.00
Your price: $5.50
Used - Trade Paper

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7
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz
List Price $16.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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8
The Road (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International)
The Road (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International)
by Cormac Mccarthy
List Price $14.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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9
2666: A Novel
2666: A Novel
by Roberto Bolano
List Price $30.00
Your price: $17.95
Used - Hardcover

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10
The Shack
The Shack
by Wm. Paul Young
List Price $15.00
Your price: $2.95
Used - Trade Paper

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11
Out Stealing Horses
Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
List Price $15.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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12
The Monsters of Templeton
The Monsters of Templeton
by Lauren Groff
List Price $24.95
Your price: $8.50
Used - Hardcover

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13
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
List Price $16.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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14
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
List Price $26.95
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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15
People of the Book: A Novel
People of the Book: A Novel
by Geraldine Brooks
List Price $25.95
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Used - Hardcover

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16
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
List Price $15.99
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Used - Trade Paper

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17
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
List Price $16.00
Your price: $7.50
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18
Unaccustomed Earth
Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri
List Price $25.00
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Used - Hardcover

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19
The Hour I First Believed
The Hour I First Believed
by Wally Lamb
List Price $29.95
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20
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
List Price $16.00
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Used - Trade Paper

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21
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
by Stephenie Meyer
List Price $22.99
Your price: $1.95
Used - Hardcover

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22
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah Book Club #61)
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah Book Club #61)
by Eckhart Tolle
List Price $15.00
Your price: $5.50
Used - Trade Paper

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23
World Without End
World Without End
by Ken Follett
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24
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks
List Price $14.95
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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25
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
List Price $14.95
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Used - Trade Paper

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26
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
List Price $14.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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27
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
List Price $24.99
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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28
The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett
List Price $7.99
Your price: $2.95
Used - Mass Market

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29
Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
List Price $15.00
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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30
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Pollan
List Price $21.95
Your price: $8.95
Used - Hardcover

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31
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron
List Price $19.99
Your price: $1.95
Used - Hardcover

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32
Anathem
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
List Price $29.95
Your price: $13.95
Used - Hardcover

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33
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
by David Sedaris
List Price $25.99
Your price: $7.50
Used - Hardcover

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34
When Will There Be Good News?
When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson
List Price $24.99
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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35
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
List Price $17.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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36
The Outlander
The Outlander
by Gil Adamson
Your price: $23.95
New - Hardcover

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37
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
List Price $17.99
Your price: $9.50
Used - Hardcover

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38
The Given Day: A Novel
The Given Day: A Novel
by Dennis Lehane
List Price $27.95
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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39
The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle
by Andrew Davidson
List Price $25.95
Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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40
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
List Price $18.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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41
Home: A Novel
Home: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
Your price: $25.00
New - Hardcover

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42
Lavinia: A Novel
Lavinia: A Novel
by Ursula K. Le Guin
List Price $24.00
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43
Loving Frank
Loving Frank
by Nancy Horan
List Price $15.00
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44
The Appeal
The Appeal
by John Grisham
List Price $7.99
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45
Infidel
Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
List Price $17.00
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46
The White Tiger
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
List Price $16.00
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47
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #01)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #01)
by Suzanne Collins
List Price $18.99
Your price: $5.95
Used - Hardcover

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48
The Hearts of Horses
The Hearts of Horses
by Molly Gloss
List Price $14.95
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49
A Mercy: A Novel
A Mercy: A Novel
by Toni Morrison
List Price $23.95
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Used - Hardcover

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50
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
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Powell's Employee
Top 50

While we were asking you to cast your Puddly votes, we also asked our fellow Powell's employees to name the best book they read last year. As a bonus, our 50 favorites are listed here.

1
  1. The Road

    Cormac McCarthy 9780307472120
2
  1. $17.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    2666: A Novel

    Roberto Bolano 9780374100148
3
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
4
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
5
  1. $7.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    David Sedaris 9780316143479
6
  1. $7.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon 9780143034902
7
  1. $7.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
8
  1. $11.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Pretty Monsters: Stories

    Kelly Link 9780670010905
9
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    David Wroblewski 9780061374227
10
  1. $11.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list
11
  1. $6.50 Used Mass Market add to wish list
12
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Lush Life

    Richard Price 9780312428228
13
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Knockemstiff

    Donald Ray Pollock 9780385523820
14
  1. $10.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Paper Towns

    John Green 9780525478188
15
  1. $10.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Senselessness

    Horacio Castellanos Moya 9780811217071
16
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
17
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Children of Hurin

    J. R. R. Tolkien 9780547086057
18
  1. $13.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Anathem

    Neal Stephenson 9780061474095
19
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    In the Woods

    Tana French 9780143113492
20
  1. $9.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
21
  1. $23.95 New Hardcover add to wish list

    The Outlander

    Gil Adamson 9780061491252
22
  1. $13.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Matter

    Iain M. Banks 9780316005364
23
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
24
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    Andre Dubus III 9780393041651
25
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow 9780765319852
26
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    People of the Book

    Geraldine Brooks 9780143115007
27
  1. $2.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
28
  1. $1.25 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Slumdog Millionaire

    Vikas Swarup 9781439136652
29
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Children's Hospital

    Chris Adrian 9780802143334
30
  1. $5.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
31
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
32
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The White Tiger

    Aravind Adiga 9781416562603
33
  1. $2.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Monsters of Templeton

    Lauren Groff 9781401340926
34
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Against the Day

    Thomas Pynchon 9780143112563
35
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
36
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Bad Monkeys (P.S.)

    Matt Ruff 9780061240423
37
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
38
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Stieg Larsson 9780307269751
39
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    Muriel Barbery 9781933372600
40
  1. $3.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
41
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Smonk: Or Widow Town

    Tom Franklin 9780061142772
42
  1. $18.00 New Trade Paper add to wish list

    Infinite Jest: A Novel

    David Foster Wallace 9780316066525
43
  1. $25.00 New Hardcover add to wish list

    Home: A Novel

    Marilynne Robinson 9780374299101
44
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Iodine

    Haven Kimmel 9781416572848
45
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
46
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Raw Shark Texts

    Steven Hall 9781847671745
47
  1. $23.95 New Hardcover add to wish list

    People of the Whale

    Linda Hogan 9780393064575
48
  1. The Court of the Air

    9780765320421
49
  1. $2.50 Used Mass Market add to wish list

    The Eight

    Katherine Neville 9780345366238
50
  1. $10.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
  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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