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2011 Puddly Awards

The 2011 Puddly Awards

Here at Powell's, nothing gives us greater joy than sharing our favorite books with our customers — and having our customers share theirs in return. So, annually we ask you to determine which titles should earn the coveted Puddly Awards, Powell's version of the Oscars. Thanks to all who voted for this year's titles!

Click here to see last year's winners.

Oh, my, what great taste you have, Powell's customers! We asked you to tell us about the best book you read in 2010, and you didn't hold back. You cast thousands of votes for a broad spectrum of worthy titles, but these are the books that rose to the top. Meet your 2011 Puddly Award Winners.

 

The 2011 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

The 2011 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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

1
The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

Customer Comment from NYEnglishTeacher

...History is brought vividly to life through the alternating perspectives and unique voices Stockett has created. As only the best novels can do, we see the best and worst of humanity here; great strength and dignity, and disappointing cruelty and ignorance. This is a book to share with all of the women in your life!

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Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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2
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Customer Comment from ksiegle

...Tactfully and honestly reconstructed by the author, the book touches on almost every aspect and implication of the astounding events surrounding the life, death, and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks. Most importantly, it encourages further thought and research while remaining an entirely satisfying read. Highly, highly recommended.

List Price $26.00
Your price: $11.95
Used - Hardcover

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3
Cutting for Stone (Vintage)
Cutting for Stone (Vintage)
by Abraham Verghese

Customer Comment from Goods

Accomplishes what the best fiction is able to do: explores the complexity of human relationships and competing passions with honest insights and beautiful prose. Inspires one to rededicate his life to what is most important.

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Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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4
Room
Room
by Emma Donoghue

Customer Comment from Marissa O

I read this book without much foreknowledge and it moved me beyond words. I had to stop many times and just let the conflicting emotions wash through me. I am immeasurably impressed with the author's skill and art in writing this story with such compassion and insight.

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Used - Hardcover

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5
Freedom: A Novel
Freedom: A Novel
by Jonathan Franzen

Customer Comment from Matt Martinson

Franzen's earlier works are great, but Freedom is exceptional. I can't believe how easily he draws the reader into the characters, who are lovable because they feel compellingly real in their bad decisions, moral failures, and occasional victories. An absolutely fantastic work.

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Your price: $6.50
Used - Hardcover

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6
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Trilogy #1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Trilogy #1)
by Stieg Larsson

Customer Comment from Debra Nelson

It's a fairly obvious choice for the Puddly Awards, but it's also the book that lingered longest in my mind. An intriguing story, a unique setting, memorable characters, brilliant writing... Pretty much a perfect book.

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Your price: $1.95
Used - Mass Market

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7
Just Kids
Just Kids
by Patti Smith

Customer Comment from JV2

This atypical love story, part chance and apparently part fate, is full of wonder and names you know and places you'll only wish you could have been, too. I read this on a cross-country flight and had tears pouring down my face. Touching, beautiful, a story about growing, friendship, love, art — I have recommended this to everyone I know.

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Your price: $10.50
Used - Trade Paper

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8
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
by Karl Marlantes

Customer Comment from Trevor Reeves

...I got deeply involved in the book and the characters. The underlying story of loyalty to comrades and how it drives men at war to act as they do was brilliantly executed. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It may be situated in a war but it is a study of interpersonal relationships first and foremost.

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Used - Hardcover

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9
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
by Suzanne Collins

Customer Comment from dragondazd

I picked up this book thinking it would be a light read....I was surprised to find that the story was solid, the characters were believable, and the situation was very thoughtfully crafted. The best part is how unique the main character is and how vividly you can see her develop. This book is serious and yet so accessible to a wide age range.

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Used - Trade Paper

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10
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell

Customer Comment from Paige Dollinger

This book had it all. Great plot and character development, interesting historical setting, suspense, romance, you name it....I think The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the "sleeper" book of 2010. Read it if you haven't already.

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Used - Hardcover

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11
The Passage
The Passage
by Justin Cronin
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Used - Hardcover

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12
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Deluxe Boxed Set)
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Deluxe Boxed Set)
by Stieg Larsson
List Price $99.00
Your price: $34.98
Sale - Hardcover

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13
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
by Suzanne Collins
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Your price: $5.95
Used - Hardcover

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14
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3)
by Stieg Larsson
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Your price: $3.95
Used - Hardcover

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15
Let the Great World Spin
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
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Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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16
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
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Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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17
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
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Your price: $3.50
Used - Trade Paper

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18
The Girl Who Played with Fire (The Millennium Trilogy #2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (The Millennium Trilogy #2)
by Stieg Larsson
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Your price: $3.50
Used - Mass Market

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19
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
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Your price: $12.95
Used - Hardcover

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20
The Lacuna (P.S.)
The Lacuna (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver
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Used - Trade Paper

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21
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
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Your price: $14.00
Used - Hardcover

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22
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
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Used - Trade Paper

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23
Still Missing
Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens
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Your price: $3.25
Used - Hardcover

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24
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender
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Used - Hardcover

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25
The Imperfectionists
The Imperfectionists
by Tom Rachman
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Used - Trade Paper

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26
Little Bee
Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
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Used - Trade Paper

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27
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
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Used - Trade Paper

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28
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
List Price $26.95
Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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29
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart
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Your price: $9.50
Used - Hardcover

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30
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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Used - Trade Paper

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31
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
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32
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1 (Mark Twain Papers)
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1 (Mark Twain Papers)
by Mark Twain
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Used - Hardcover

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33
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
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Used - Mass Market

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34
Changes (Dresden Files #12)
Changes (Dresden Files #12)
by Jim Butcher
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Used - Hardcover

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35
Tinkers
Tinkers
by Paul Harding
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Used - Trade Paper

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36
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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37
The Lonely Polygamist
The Lonely Polygamist
by Brady Udall
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Used - Hardcover

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38
Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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Used - Hardcover

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39
Skippy Dies
Skippy Dies
by Paul Murray
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Used - Hardcover

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40
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
by David Sedaris
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Used - Hardcover

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41
The Name of the Wind Signed Edition
The Name of the Wind Signed Edition
by Patrick Rothfuss
Your price: $17.00
New - Trade Paper

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42
Zeitoun (Vintage)
Zeitoun (Vintage)
by Dave Eggers
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Used - Trade Paper

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43
The Instructions
The Instructions
by Adam Levin
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Used - Hardcover

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44
Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants
by Ken Follett
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Used - Hardcover

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45
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis
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Used - Hardcover

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46
Horns 1st Edition
Horns 1st Edition
by Joe Hill
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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47
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
by Bill Bryson
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Used - Hardcover

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48
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
by Stephen King
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Used - Hardcover

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49
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
by John Vaillant
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Used - Hardcover

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50
Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time #13)
Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time #13)
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
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Used - Hardcover

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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 2010. Check out the top 50 picks that won our adoration.

1
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Room

    Emma Donoghue 9780316098335
2
  1. $10.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Just Kids

    Patti Smith 9780060936228
3
  1. $25.00 Used Set Hardcover add to wish list
4
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
5
  1. $30.00 New Hardcover add to wish list
6
  1. $17.00 New Trade Paper add to wish list
7
  1. $7.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Passage

    Justin Cronin 9780345504968
8
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
9
  1. $9.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
10
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
11
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Horns 1st Edition

    Joe Hill 9780061147951
12
  1. $3.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
13
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Skippy Dies

    Paul Murray 9780865479432
14
  1. $3.95 Used Mass Market add to wish list
15
  1. $10.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Too Far Gone (The Walking Dead #13)

    Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn 9781607063292
16
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
17
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

    Tom Franklin 9780060594664
18
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Cutting for Stone (Vintage)

    Abraham Verghese 9780375714368
19
  1. $9.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Super Sad True Love Story

    Gary Shteyngart 9781400066407
20
  1. $5.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Rat Girl: A Memoir

    Kristin Hersh 9780143117391
21
  1. $8.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak 9780375842207
22
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    C

    Tom McCarthy 9780307593337
23
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Imperfectionists

    Tom Rachman 9780385343671
24
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Mind's Eye

    Oliver Sacks 9780307272089
25
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Tinkers

    Paul Harding 9781934137123
26
  1. $5.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Anthologist

    Nicholson Baker 9781416572459
27
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
28
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Instructions

    Adam Levin 9781934781821
29
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Lean on Pete (P.S.)

    Willy Vlautin 9780061456534
30
  1. $5.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
31
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
32
  1. $7.98 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Winter's Bone

    Daniel Woodrell 9780316131612
33
  1. $9.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
34
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    A Visit from the Goon Squad

    Jennifer Egan 9780307592835
35
  1. $12.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Faithful Place

    Tana French 9780670021871
36
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Half a Life

    Darin Strauss 9781934781708
37
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
38
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel 9780312429980
39
  1. $12.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
40
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

    Heidi W. Durrow 9781616200152
41
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
42
  1. $5.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
43
  1. $6.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Freedom: A Novel

    Jonathan Franzen 9780374158460
44
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    I Curse the River of Time

    Per Petterson 9781555975562
45
  1. $6.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Lonely Polygamist

    Brady Udall 9780393062625
46
  1. $16.99 New Hardcover add to wish list

    Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

    Lish McBride 9780805090987
47
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Mockingbird

    Kathryn Erskine 9780399252648
48
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Kneebone Boy

    Ellen Potter 9780312377724
49
  1. $15.00 New Trade Paper add to wish list
50
  1. $2.98 Used Mass Market 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 Eat, Pray, Love — 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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