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Best Books of the Month: April 2010

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1. The Quiet Book
The Quiet Book
by Deborah Underwood
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 customer reviews)
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HMH Books for Young Readers
April 28, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Give Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Gorilla  the night off and pick up this new bedtime classic. This pitch-perfect picture book by Deborah Underwood and illustrator Renata Liwska will quell the pre-bedtime crazies. With the softest of opening ... Read more

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green
4.3 out of 5 stars (483 customer reviews)
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Dutton Juvenile
April 6, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: What's in a name? A pretty fantastic book idea, for starters. At heart, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about a couple of kids figuring out how to be themselves. Two of those kids happen to have the same name, and not ... Read more

3. Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
by Hampton Sides
4.4 out of 5 stars (228 customer reviews)
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Doubleday
April 27, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: It's bold to start an account of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. without a single mention of James Earl Ray. But in Hellhound on His Trail, Ray's absence is essential--in his place, Hampton Sides traces the alter egos Ray ... Read more

4. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
by Bill McKibben
4.2 out of 5 stars (148 customer reviews)
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Times Books
April 13, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Since he first heralded our era of environmental collapse in 1989's The End of Nature, Bill McKibben has raised a series of eloquent alarms. In Eaarth, he leads readers to the devastatingly comprehensive conclusion that we no longer inhabit the world ... Read more

5. Wilson
Wilson
by Daniel Clowes
3.8 out of 5 stars (38 customer reviews)
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Drawn and Quarterly
April 27, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Wilson is billed as Daniel Clowes's "first original graphic novel," which sounds a little funny, since he's the author of Ghost World, one of the instant classics of that young genre, as well as the lesser-known but strangely wonderful David Boring, ... Read more

6. We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School)
We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School)
by Andrew Clements
4.2 out of 5 stars (48 customer reviews)
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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
April 6, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Sixth-grader Benjamin Pratt is weathering a few different storms in We the Children, Andrew Clements's newest series for the middle-school set. His parents have just split up, his school--a landmark in his old New England sailing town--is about to be torn ... Read more

7. The Imperfectionists: A Novel
The Imperfectionists: A Novel
by Tom Rachman
3.6 out of 5 stars (563 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
The Dial Press
April 6, 2010
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010 Printing presses whirr, ashtrays smolder, and the endearing complexity of humanity plays out in Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists. Set against the backdrop of a fictional English-language newspaper based in Rome, it begins as a celebration of the ... Read more

8. Parrot and Olivier in America
Parrot and Olivier in America
by Peter Carey
3.8 out of 5 stars (114 customer reviews)
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Knopf
April 20, 2010
Hardcover

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: In this vivid and visceral work of historical fiction, two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey imagines the experiences of Alexis de Tocqueville, the great French political philosopher and author of Democracy in America. Carey brings de Tocqueville to life through ... Read more

9. The Hand That First Held Mine
The Hand That First Held Mine
by Maggie O'Farrell
4.1 out of 5 stars (113 customer reviews)
Out of Print--Limited Availability
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 12, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Maggie O'Farrell has a singular knack for sensing the magnetic fields that push and pull people in love, and in The Hand That First Held Mine, she summons those invisible forces to tell two stories. The first is the spirited journey ... Read more