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2005 Puddly Awards

We've made a couple of changes to our Puddlys Prize this year. We discovered that galoshes made entirely of 24-carat gold have a nasty tendency to be sort of heavy, and also to stick in puddles at crucial moments like, say, when one is crossing a rain-slicked street in heavy traffic. Therefore, this year's galoshes are made of a fine, breathable latex inlaid with 9-carat gold bands. The other big change is, all acceptance speeches must come in under twenty seconds or we're cueing up the orchestra. And without further ado, the winners:

 

The 2005 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

The 2005 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

America (the Book)
America (the Book)
by Jon Stewart

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

1
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
by Dan Brown
List Price $26.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Hardcover

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2
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
List Price $14.95
Your price: $2.50
Used - Trade Paper

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3
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
List Price $27.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Hardcover

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4
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
List Price $14.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Trade Paper

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5
Harry Potter Boxed set PB 1-5
Harry Potter Boxed set PB 1-5
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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6
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
List Price $14.00
Your price: $1.50
Used - Trade Paper

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7
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom
List Price $20.00
Your price: $3.95
Used - Hardcover

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8
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
List Price $14.95
Your price: $2.50
Used - Trade Paper

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9
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
by Jon Stewart
List Price $24.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Hardcover

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10
Dark Tower #01: The Gunslinger
Dark Tower #01: The Gunslinger
by Stephen King
List Price $8.99
Your price: $5.95
Used - Mass Market

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11
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown
List Price $7.99
Your price: $1.00
Used - Mass Market

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12
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
List Price $16.00
Your price: $1.95
Used - Trade Paper

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13
Middlesex
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
List Price $15.00
Your price: $2.95
Used - Trade Paper

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14
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
List Price $15.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Trade Paper

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15
The Eyre Affair  (Thursday Next #01)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #01)
by Jasper Fforde
List Price $16.00
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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16
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
by David Mitchell
List Price $15.00
Your price: $8.00
Used - Trade Paper

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17
Bad Cat
Bad Cat
by Jim Edgar
List Price $9.95
Your price: $1.95
Used - Trade Paper

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18
The Lord of the Rings (One Volume)
The Lord of the Rings (One Volume)
by J R R Tolkien
List Price $20.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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19
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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20
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
List Price $14.99
Your price: $0.95
Used - Trade Paper

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21
The Plot against America: A Novel
The Plot against America: A Novel
by Philip Roth
List Price $26.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Hardcover

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22
The Purpose-Driven Life
The Purpose-Driven Life
by Rick Warren
List Price $21.99
Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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23
Quicksilver: Baroque Cycle  #01
Quicksilver: Baroque Cycle #01
by Neal Stephenson
List Price $16.99
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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24
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Confessions of a Shopaholic
by Sophie Kinsella
List Price $14.00
Your price: $2.96
Used - Trade Paper

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25
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
List Price $16.00
Your price: $2.95
Used - Trade Paper

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26
The Last Juror
The Last Juror
by John Grisham
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.50
Used - Mass Market

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27
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
List Price $24.45
Your price: $1.95
Used - Hardcover

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28
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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29
My Life
My Life
by Bill Clinton
List Price $35.00
Your price: $3.50
Used - Hardcover

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30
Bel Canto: A Novel
Bel Canto: A Novel
by Ann Patchett
List Price $13.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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31
The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
List Price $14.95
Your price: $1.50
Used - Trade Paper

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32
The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus
by Sarah Dunant
List Price $15.00
Your price: $0.95
Used - Trade Paper

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33
Chronicles: Volume One
Chronicles: Volume One
by Bob Dylan
List Price $24.00
Your price: $2.50
Used - Hardcover

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34
Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas
by Dean Koontz
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.95
Used - Mass Market

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35
The Notebook
The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks
List Price $7.99
Your price: $1.50
Used - Mass Market

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36
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
List Price $17.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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37
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
by Al Franken
List Price $14.00
Your price: $1.25
Used - Trade Paper

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38
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series of Unfortunate Events #01)
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series of Unfortunate Events #01)
by Lemony Snicket
List Price $11.99
Your price: $5.95
Used - Hardcover

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39
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by Jon Krakauer
List Price $16.00
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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40
The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
List Price $14.95
Your price: $3.95
Used - Trade Paper

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41
My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
List Price $16.00
Your price: $1.50
Used - Trade Paper

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42
Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01)
Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01)
by Christopher Paolini
List Price $18.95
Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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43
Atonement
Atonement
by Ian McEwan
List Price $15.95
Your price: $1.50
Used - Trade Paper

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44
East of Eden
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
List Price $18.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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45
His Dark Materials Boxed Set: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass
His Dark Materials Boxed Set: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass
by Philip Pullman
List Price $35.97
Your price: $24.00
Used - Trade Paper

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46
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
List Price $16.99
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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47
Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
List Price $25.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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48
The Namesake: A Novel
The Namesake: A Novel
by Jhumpa Lahiri
List Price $14.95
Your price: $0.95
Used - Trade Paper

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49
Case Histories: A Novel
Case Histories: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
List Price $23.95
Your price: $6.95
Used - Hardcover

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50
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore
List Price $14.99
Your price: $8.00
Used - Trade Paper

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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
  1. $3.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
2
  1. $3.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
3
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
4
  1. $1.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
5
  1. $2.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
6
  1. $9.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    Haruki Murakami 0679775439
7
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Oryx and Crake

    Margaret Atwood 0385721676
8
  1. $8.46 Used Hardcover add to wish list
9
  1. $2.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Audrey Niffenegger 015602943x
10
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Case Histories: A Novel

    Kate Atkinson 0316740403
11
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Bel Canto: A Novel

    Ann Patchett 0060934417
12
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
13
  1. $0.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
14
  1. $3.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
15
  1. $2.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Dragon Rider

    Cornelia Funke 0439456959
16
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Gilead: A Novel

    Marilynne Robinson 0374153892
17
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Cryptonomicon

    Neal Stephenson 0380788624
18
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel 0156027321
19
20
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
21
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Cloud Atlas: A Novel

    David Mitchell 0375507256
22
  1. $21.50 New Hardcover add to wish list

    A Complicated Kindness

    Miriam Toews 1582433216
23
  1. $1.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Known World

    Edward P. Jones 0060557559
24
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Wake Up, Sir!

    Jonathan Ames 0743230043
25
  1. $26.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list
26
  1. $2.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Crescent

    Diana Abu-Jaber 0393325547
27
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon 0143034901
28
  1. $10.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Snow

    Orhan Pamuk 0375406972
29
  1. $9.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Etched City

    K J Bishop 0553382918
30
  1. $5.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Good omens

    Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 0441003257
31
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
32
  1. The Ha-Ha

    0316156108
33
  1. $0.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Lovely Bones

    Alice Sebold 0316168815
34
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    The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    Andrew Sean Greer 0312423810
35
  1. The Master

    Colm Tóibín 0743250400
36
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    About Grace

    Anthony Doerr 0743261828
37
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
38
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
39
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
40
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
41
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
42
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    This Is Not Civilization

    Robert Rosenberg 0618386017
43
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
44
  1. $3.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Line of Beauty

    Alan Hollinghurst 1582345082
45
  1. $6.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
46
  1. $2.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Chronicles: Volume One

    Bob Dylan 0743228154
47
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
48
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Harbor

    Lorraine Adams 140004233x
49
  1. $11.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
50
  1. $19.50 Used Hardcover 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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