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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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