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2013 Puddly Awards

In January, we asked you to tell us the best book you read last year. Thousands of you cast your vote in this year's Puddly Awards balloting. More than a thousand different titles were nominated, but who did you choose to wear the Golden Galoshes?

 

The 2003 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

The 2003 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

Fast Food Nation
Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser

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

1
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
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Your price: $4.95
Used - Hardcover

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2
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
by J R R Tolkien
Your price: $100.00
Used - Hardcover

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3
Atonement
Atonement
by Ian McEwan
List Price $30.00
Your price: $8.95
Used - Hardcover

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4
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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5
Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
by Michael Moore
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Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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6
American Gods
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.95
Used - Mass Market

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7
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
List Price $17.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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8
Bel Canto: A Novel
Bel Canto: A Novel
by Ann Patchett
List Price $13.95
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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9
Empire Falls: A Novel
Empire Falls: A Novel
by Richard Russo
List Price $15.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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10
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
List Price $25.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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11
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
by J. K. Rowling
List Price $12.99
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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12
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
List Price $14.95
Your price: $5.50
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13
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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14
The Corrections
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
List Price $17.00
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15
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
List Price $13.00
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16
Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
List Price $16.00
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17
The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
List Price $15.00
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18
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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19
Proof Through the Night: A B-29 Pilot Captive in Japan
Proof Through the Night: A B-29 Pilot Captive in Japan
by K.P. Burke
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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20
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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21
The Hours
The Hours
by Michael Cunningham
List Price $13.00
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22
Prodigal Summer
Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver
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23
The Crimson Petal and the White
The Crimson Petal and the White
by Michel Faber
List Price $26.00
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Used - Hardcover

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24
The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
List Price $7.99
Your price: $1.95
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25
John Adams
John Adams
by David Mccullough
List Price $40.00
Your price: $2.75
Used - Hardcover

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26
The Summons
The Summons
by John Grisham
List Price $7.99
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27
Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
List Price $18.00
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28
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
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29
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
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Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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30
Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil
by Glen David Gold
List Price $14.99
Your price: $6.50
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31
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
List Price $16.00
Your price: $5.95
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32
Middlesex
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
List Price $27.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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33
You Shall Know Our Velocity
You Shall Know Our Velocity
by Dave Eggers
List Price $20.50
Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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34
The Fiery Cross
The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon
List Price $18.00
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Used - Trade Paper

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35
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again
by J R R Tolkien
List Price $18.00
Your price: $11.95
Used - Hardcover

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36
Unless
Unless
by Carol Shields
List Price $24.95
Your price: $1.50
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37
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
by Janet Fitch
List Price $16.00
Your price: $1.95
Used - Trade Paper

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38
The Curse of Chalion
The Curse of Chalion
by Lois McMaster Bujold
List Price $7.99
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39
The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde
List Price $23.95
Your price: $11.95
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40
The Little Friend
The Little Friend
by Donna Tartt
List Price $26.00
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41
The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
List Price $14.95
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42
The Shelters of Stone
The Shelters of Stone
by Jean M. Auel
List Price $30.00
Your price: $4.95
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43
Everything Is Illuminated
Everything Is Illuminated
by Jonathan Safran Foer
List Price $24.00
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44
Fall on Your Knees
Fall on Your Knees
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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45
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier
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46
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
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47
Four Blind Mice
Four Blind Mice
by James Patterson
List Price $38.00
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48
Lullaby
Lullaby
by Chuck Palahniuk
List Price $24.95
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Used - Hardcover

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49
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint 1st Edition
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint 1st Edition
by Brady Udall
List Price $49.95
Your price: $6.95
Used - Hardcover

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50
Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit
by Tom Clancy
List Price $28.95
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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 fifty favorites are listed here.

1
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2
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    The Lovely Bones

    Alice Sebold 0316666343
3
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4
  1. $7.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
5
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6
  1. $2.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
7
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8
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9
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    American Gods

    Neil Gaiman 0380789035
10
  1. $3.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
11
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
12
  1. $9.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Lullaby

    Chuck Palahniuk 0385504470
13
  1. $3.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
14
  1. $10.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
15
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    Empire Falls: A Novel

    Richard Russo 0375726403
16
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    Perdido Street Station

    China Mieville 0345443020
17
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    Bel Canto: A Novel

    Ann Patchett 0060934417
18
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Atonement

    Ian McEwan 0385503954
19
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Middlesex

    Jeffrey Eugenides 0374199698
20
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
21
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
22
  1. $4.88 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
23
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
24
  1. $13.50 New Trade Paper add to wish list

    Martin Sloane

    Michael Redhill 0316739367
25
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
26
  1. $3.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
27
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Book of Illusions

    Paul Auster 0805054081
28
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Austerlitz

    W. G. Sebald 0375756566
29
  1. $6.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Porno

    Irvine Welsh 0393057232
30
  1. $2.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Nanny Diaries

    Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus 0312278586
31
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Fury

    Salman Rushdie 0679783504
32
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    The Devil's Larder

    Jim Crace 0312420897
33
  1. $2.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Happiness TM

    Will Ferguson 1841952753
34
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
35
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    The Thief Lord

    Cornelia Funke 0439404371
36
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    The Last American Man

    Elizabeth Gilbert 0670030864
37
  1. Dirt Music

    0743228022
38
  1. Moral Hazard

    Kate Jennings 0007141084
39
  1. $16.00 New Trade Paper add to wish list

    Number9dream

    David Mitchell 0812966929
40
  1. $3.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
41
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    White Apples

    Jonathan Carroll 0765303884
42
43
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
44
  1. $2.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Heaven of Mercury

    Brad Watson 0393047571
45
  1. $29.00 New Trade Paper add to wish list
46
  1. $5.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Story of Lucy Gault

    William Trevor 0670031542
47
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    You Are Not a Stranger Here

    Adam Haslett 0385509529
48
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Salt: A World History

    Mark Kurlansky 0142001619
49
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel 0151008116
50
  1. The Haunting of L.

    0312421664
  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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