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October 10
Selected by Jack from Falls Church, Virginia
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The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy

"Clothed in originality, intelligence, and a fierce regard for man's fate....Percy has a rare talent for making his people look and sound as though they were being seen and heard for the first time by anyone." Time (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Joanne from Gunnison, Colorado
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Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott

"Lamott's books are so alluring they seem to emit a gravitational force. A tender and perceptive novelist, Lamott is more than generous with the circumstantial and emotional facts of her private life in her nonfiction, writing here about profound crises and amazing salvations....Squeezing every last drop of meaning out of even the smallest things, Lamott writes agilely about such watershed events as the deaths of her father and closest woman friend, and the birth of her son and life as a single mother, all the while tracing her slow crawl back to faith with wonder, gratitude, and an irrepressible love of a good story." Donna Seaman, Booklist (read more)

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October 12
Selected by Elizabeth from Daventry, United Kingdom
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Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville

"The most exciting, enthralling novel I have read in a long time. It is about everything important - love, work, hope, worlds we knew were out there but needed a writer like Mieville to show them to us. His imagination is vast, his talent volcanic. Read this book. It just might be a masterpiece." Jonathon Carroll (read more)

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October 13
Selected by Michael from Starkville, Mississippi
The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)
by Peter Matthiessen

"Simply as a step-by-step account of villages entered, peaks crossed, the enormously elating business of survival, The Snow Leopard is stunning....It is also Matthiessen's attempt to stand beyond modern time, and the extreme beauty of this radiant book lies in the fact that he fails....He has expressed with uncommon candor and no prospect of relief, a longing which keeps the soul striving and alert in us all. That is the profound humanity of The Snow Leopard, a book fiercely felt and magnificently written." Terrence Des Pres, Washington Post Book World (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Leslie from Puyallup, Washington
The End of the Affair (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The End of the Affair (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Graham Greene

"The opening pages of Graham Greene's new novel, The End of the Affair, are electrifying. They have a quality that, although it is hard to define with any precision, is immediately recognizable, the quality one becomes aware of as one reads the first few sentences of Henry James's Portrait of a Lady or hears the first words of the plays of Ibsen's maturity. It informs one that what is to follow is to be an exhibition of an artist's complete control of content and technique. There is no falling off in the later pages of Greene's newest novel; it remains from first to last an almost faultless display of craftsmanship and a wonderfully assured statement of ideas. Greene has achieved artistic maturity, at once discovering exactly what he wants to say and the best possible way of saying it." Anthony West, The New Yorker (read more)

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October 15
Selected by Tami from Sacramento, California
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
by Joan Dye Gussow

"This is the most important book I've read in a long while. Full of hope, kindness, and arresting wisdom, it will serve as a valuable guide to anyone who wants to live more thoughtfully on the only planet that feeds us. For many years, as I've worked hard to raise some of my family's food and attend closely to the sources of the rest of it, doubtful observers have asked me why I bother, when stores nearby sell anything in any season, cheaply. I've struggled to explain that this effort is for me a matter of moral responsibility. From now on I'll simply hand them a copy of This Organic Life." Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible (read more)

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October 16
Selected by C. Rivers from Portland, Oregon
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Make Believe
Make Believe
by Joanna Scott

"As is made dazzlingly clear in Make Believe, her fifth novel, Joanna Scott is a Michael Jordan: she has talent to burn. There are things in this book - narrative tricks and judgments, flights of morbid fancy, thrilling passages where Scott inhabits the souls of the least articulate characters and makes them sing, or the least sympathetic and makes them comprehensible - that take the breath away." Nick Hornby, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Johanna from Seattle, Washington
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
by Carl Zimmer

"As Zimmer shows, parasites are the real drivers of evolution: we live at best only arm's length from the unseen creatures that control our lives. Zimmer loves his subject, and his treatment is gentle rather than sensational: the understatement only heightens the horror. Read Parasite Rex and shudder - your dinner-party conversations will never be the same again." Henry Gee, Senior Editor at Nature and author of In Search of Deep Time (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Brian from New York, New York
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry

"This is a work of genius. I cannot begin to review it without saying so. It should be read by everyone who loves books, win every prize, make its author a millionaire, and displace once and for all the idea that Midnight's Children is a good book about India. Only in fairy tales is such virtue rewarded, and given that Rohinton Mistry wrote Such a Long Journey and saw the 1991 Booker go to Ben Okri, I don't expect justice this time either. But A Fine Balance is THE India novel, the novel readers have been waiting for ever since E. M. Forster and J. G. Farrell first attempted to render that vast subcontinent into prose: a novel in which all the suffering and absurdity, terror and beauty, charity and destitution of India are incarnated in two poor tailors, a student and a middle-aged woman." Amanda Craig, Literary Review (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Kathy from Juneau, Alaska
The Battle For God
The Battle For God
by Karen Armstrong

"Whether or not you see fundamentalism as a threat, as Karen Armstrong does in The Battle for God, hers is one of the most penetrating, readable and prescient accounts to date of the rise of the fundamentalist movements in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Rather than make sweeping pronouncements, she wisely focuses on the fundamentalist strains in the United States, Israel, Iran and Egypt. She displays, as she should, sympathy for the plight of those who turned to fundamentalism after being shunted aside by forces and states that have little patience with the quest by the poor and the dispossessed to find meaning and purpose." Chris Hedges, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Laura from Fairhope, Alabama
I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith

"I Capture the Castle is finally back in print. It should be welcomed with a bouquet of roses and a brass band. Ever since I was handed a tattered copy years ago with the recommendation 'You'll love it,' it has been one of my favorite novels. Cassandra Mortmain is one hell of a narrator, offering sharp wit, piercing insight and touching lyricism. She is a heroine we readers wish we could be, a young woman it is impossible not to adore." Susan Isaacs (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Elaine from Metuchen, New Jersey
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The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
by Paul Hoffman

"An affectionate if impressionistic portrayal of one of the century's greatest and strangest mathematicians. Though little known among nonmathematicians, Erdos, who died in 1996 at age 83, was a legend among his colleagues....He lived for math, announcing his visits with a hearty, 'My brain is open,' posing and solving problems while subsisting on amphetamines and coffee ('A mathematician,' Erdos was fond of saying, 'is a machine for turning coffee into theorems')....Hoffman creates a full-bodied and eccentric character out of hundreds of quotations and anecdotes....Though a biography, this book works like the best fiction, finding in a concrete universal to show what mathematics is and who the people are who uncover its truths." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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October 22
Selected by Josh from Missoula, Montana
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In the City of Shy Hunters
In the City of Shy Hunters
by Tom Spanbauer

"In the City of Shy Hunters is so finely crafted, Spanbauer's characters so true to life, the New York City he remembers from the early days of the plague so exactly captured in its 'unrelenting' mess and glory, you'll think you've been reading a modernist classic by the time you're through, rather than the latest entry in an artificial, post-post genre." Peter Kurth, Salon.com (read more)

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October 23
Selected by Cheryl from Austin, Texas
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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
by Anne Fadiman

"Charles Lamb lives! ? or at least is resurrected in the form of Anne Fadiman's enchanting essays on letters and life (and their mutual illuminations). In literary reflections that play and delight, charm and enlighten, the love of books takes on unexpected configurations. Where else will you learn of inscriptions in imaginary languages, or a reading lust so imperative that 'in a pinch I'll settle for a set of Water Pik instructions'? Where else will Livy and Macaulay be found cheek and jowl with Eloise? Who else can devote eight pages of perfectionist prose to a peroration on the perils of proofreading? Though they are as buoyant as balloons, Anne Fadiman's engaging essays carry the golden weight of art." Cynthia Ozick (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Liz from Morgan Hill, California
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
by Laurie R King

"King has used...fanciful possibilities to create a wonderfully original and entertaining story that is funny, heartwarming, and full of intrigue, with Holmes and his young apprentice, Mary Russell, matching wits with some of the finer criminal minds of the times, including the brilliantly diabolic daughter of Holmes's old enemy, Professor Moriarty. Everything about this book rings true, from the ambience of World War I England to the intriguing relationship between Holmes and Mary to the surprising final confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty's daughter. Holmes fans, history buffs, lovers of humor and adventure, and mystery devotees will all find King's book absorbing from beginning to end." Emily Melton, Booklist (read more)

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October 25
Selected by Steve from Atlanta, Georgia
All Over But the Shoutin'
All Over But the Shoutin'
by Rick Bragg

"Rick Bragg writes like a man on fire. And All Over but the Shoutin' is a work of art. While reading this book, I fell in love with Rick Bragg's mother, Margaret Bragg, a hundred times. I felt like I was reading one of the prophets in the Old Testament when reading parts of this book. I thought of Melville, I thought of Faulkner. Because I love the English language, I knew I was reading one of the best books I've ever read. By explaining his life to the world, Rick Bragg explained part of my life to me. You feel things in every line this man writes. His sentences bleed on you. I wept when the book ended. I never met Rick Bragg in my life, but I called him up and told him he'd written a masterpiece, and I sent flowers to his mother." Pat Conroy (read more)

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October 26
Selected by Kari from Oak Park, Illinois
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Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Steven Millhauser

"I don't remember how or why I acquired my original copy of Steven Millhauser's first novel, Edwin Mullhouse, but I remember how I lost it: I lent it to a woman who never returned it. And there began a strange pattern....I never held on to it for long; sooner or later, I would find myself pressing it upon someone, insisting that it was the most surprising, the most overlooked, and among the most accomplished American novels of the past few decades....It's an astonishing piece of work, I'd say. Take it, read it, you'll see." Jim Lewis, the Voice Literary Supplement (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Paul from Keezletown, Virginia
Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods
Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods
by Julia Butterfly Hill

"Julia Butterfly?s vision, courage, and eloquence bespeak of the possibilities a spiritual activism can bring to the evolution of humanity. Although she is a hero in the eyes of many, her most courageous act is to urge us into creating a more positive future now. 'What do you say to someone who can't relate to your experience?' Julia is asked often. Her reply: 'Go look into a child?s eyes, and know that the simplest sacrifices you make today can be the greatest gift for the future!'" Tobias Bodine (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Lisa from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Saint Maybe
Saint Maybe
by Anne Tyler

"I adored Saint Maybe....In many ways it is Anne Tyler's most sophisticated work, a realistic chronicle that celebrates family life without erasing the pain and boredom that families almost necessarily inflict upon their members. Ian Bedloe, for his part, sits near the top of Ms. Tyler's fine list of heroes. Exactly how she makes us care so much about him remains a mystery to me. That is, perhaps, the mystery of art." Jay Parini, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Jean from Gainesville, Florida
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American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty
American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty
by Michael W Cuneo

"Cuneo's passion for all things bedeviled led him to write this remarkable book, a sweeping study of exorcism in contemporary America....Written at an ironic distance that permits laughter at some of the more absurd exorcisms (e.g., a man exorcised because he sometimes disagrees with his girlfriend), the book reads like a novel, leading one to hope that it would be as popular as The Exorcist. But without hero-priests and possessed little girls, it will probably last only as a wonderfully astute and readable dissertation on pop culture's manipulation of religion." Booklist (read more)

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October 30
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
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My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir
My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir
by James Ellroy

"My Dark Places is a genre-busting, oddball classic. A creepy primer on murder one...it's also packed with enough raunchy mother love to make you want to wash your hands between chapters. And Ellroy's rat-a-tat-tat narration gives his self-lacerating account a sense of brakeless free fall. This is literary necrophilia that Poe might envy. Ellroy is a haunted man, and more than writer enough to haunt anyone who hears his tale." Malcolm Jones, Newsweek (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Stephen from Brooklyn, New York
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Dancing With Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield
Dancing With Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield
by Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham

"Arguably Britain's top pop singer, Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) possessed a voice that survived decades of abuse and, over four decades of recording, proved to be equally adept at lushly orchestrated pop tunes ('You Don't Have to Say You Love Me'), R & B ('Son of a Preacher Man') and disco ('What Have I Done to Deserve This?')....The unvarnished portrait of a troubled, volatile, and gifted singer is told with equal parts compassion and sensation. Most of Springfield's more eyebrow-raising incidents were played out of the spotlight (fans will get a first look at what went on during the 'missing years' of the '70s); with this fast-paced tell-all bringing them center stage, she may soon rival Judy Garland for tragic diva status." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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