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October 01
Selected by Quincy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Unless
Unless
by Carol Shields

Quincy's comments:
"This is a graceful, poignant story of a mother coming to terms with her daughter's decision to sit on a street corner in Toronto as a silent panhandler, wearing a sign reading 'Goodness' around her neck. Shields probes the bond between mothers and daughters, from the point of view of a woman growing older examining her life." (read more)

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October 02
Selected by Lisa from Vancouver, British Columbia
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
by Richard Dawkins

Lisa's comments:
"This lyrical book is not what you'd expect from a scientist, but he explores Keats's proposition that to be involved in the sciences is to take the mystery and beauty out of the world and thereby unweave the rainbow. He disagrees, and contends that the more we know about science, the more the world aligns itself with a mysterious universe. Spectacular!" (read more)

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October 03
Selected by Terry from Davenport, Iowa
Terry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn
by W. G. Sebald

Terry's comments:
"After the first of the novel's sections you'll scratch your head. Following the second you'll have grown accustomed to expecting the unexpected. From that point to the novel's end you will swim in a sea of cultural and historical cross-references that will perplex, amaze, educate, and astound you into making a second plunge across Sebald's puzzled sea." (read more)

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October 04
Selected by Carol from Morrison, Colorado
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story
by Latifa

Carol's comments:
"A harrowing and touching story of a young woman caught in the insanity of the Taliban. She tells her story while living in Europe, having left Afghanistan with her family in intense danger. A very courageous woman." (read more)

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October 05
Selected by Cheryl from Mobile, Alabama
Entering Normal
Entering Normal
by Anne D Leclaire

Cheryl's comments:
"I just finished this novel last night...at 3:30 in the morning! I couldn't stop reading. The characters are so believable you just have to find out what happens to them. I'm going to recommend this one to my book club." (read more)

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October 06
Selected by Betty from Tucson, Arizona
Betty won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Informant: A True Story
The Informant: A True Story
by Kurt Eichenwald

Betty's comments:
"This nonfiction book is an account of corporate corruption at Archer Daniels Midland several years ago. It was written in 2000 and reads like the best of fiction thrillers. The author is a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The story reminds us that Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, etc. were not the first to cross the line of corporate integrity. You won't want to put this book down!" (read more)

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October 07
Selected by Bonnie from Muskegon, Michigan
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Franklin Flyer
Franklin Flyer
by Nicholas Christopher

"Chance, wanderlust, and a mysterious woman propel our hero through a high-speed life of love and adventure. Franklin Flyer, named after the train he was born on, speeds along many tracks ? explorer, artist, publisher, inventor ? in his quest for purpose and self. Author Nicholas Christopher, a poet-turned-novelist, delivers another lyrical (almost mystical) novel of hopeful characters careening through the cosmos, converging in bursts of light and meaning." Mike Irwin, Powells.com (read more)

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October 08
Selected by Gretchen from New York, New York
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The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old Fashioned Recipes from New York's Sweetest Bakery
The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old Fashioned Recipes from New York's Sweetest Bakery
by Jennifer Appel

Gretchen's comments:
"The other mothers...oops, caregivers will be green with jealousy when they partake of your Magnolia cupcakes at the bake sale. This Bleecker Street bakery's cookbook has recipes just like my grandmother's. No stinting on the butter here." (read more)

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October 09
Selected by Debbie from Middle Village, New York
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She Flew the Coop : Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana (95 Edition)
She Flew the Coop : Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana (95 Edition)
by Michael Lee West

"With its biblical overtones and its rich mix of gossip, recipes, and heartache, West's tragicomic second novel offers a gripping narrative and lays open the joy and the despair at the core of life in a small town or, for that matter, anywhere at all." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist (read more)

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October 10
Selected by M. from San Francisco, California
M. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
God: A Biography
God: A Biography
by Jack Miles

M.'s Comments:
"A fascinating, thoughtful book written by a Jesuit about God as represented via various books in history. Very thought provoking and well crafted. A perfect read on winter nights." (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Monica from Davis, California
Monica won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Chang and Eng
Chang and Eng
by Darin Strauss

Monica's Comments:
"This is a fictionalized account, based on historical fact, of the lives of the original Siamese Twins. It is a truly compelling book that gives a sense of the actual lives these brothers lived beyond the spectacle they presented to the public." (read more)

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October 12
Selected by Ann from Tucson, Arizona
American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads
American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads


"Le Draoulec's conclusions about pie and its place in her life are, like a good slice of apple, sweet without being cloying and tart without being bitter. Of course, a book about pies wouldn't be complete without the recipes, and Le Draoulec offers such roadside pies as Libby Bollino's Turtle Pie from Abbeville, La." Publishers Weekly (read more)


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October 13
Selected by Jackie from Washington, D.C.
Lincoln's Dreams
Lincoln's Dreams
by Connie Willis

Jackie's comments:
"This book got me into trouble at work. Took it to read on my lunch hour, fell into the story, and was very late getting back. It was worth it, though, because the plot combines history, romance and not a little humor. Remarkably good." (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Ronit from Portland, Oregon
Ronit won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City High School Students
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City High School Students
by Miles Corwin

Ronit's comments:
"One of the few ethnographic portraits of the state of contemporary education to examine the lives of students, this book deserves praise for celebrating giftedness in all its complexity, not just the academically talented. Corwin vividly reveals the pushes and pulls both inside and outside the schoolroom walls that influence the direction of students in one of the nation's poorest schools." (read more)

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October 15
Selected by Brenda from Los Angeles, California
Lullaby
Lullaby
by Chuck Palahniuk

"Somewhere inside the book's frequently hilarious flippancy there is an authentic urgency....Like Kurt Vonnegut, Mr. Palahniuk juggles nihilism and idealism with fluid, funny ease....[W]ith this fourth novel, Mr. Palahniuk further refines his ability to create parables that are as substantial as they are off-the-wall." Janet Maslin, The New York Times (read more)

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October 16
Selected by Meg from Atlanta, Georgia
The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired
The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired
by Francine Prose

"The Greeks envisioned nine muses, or divine female entities, as the capricious sources of artistic inspiration. When mortal women assumed this treacherous role, musedom evolved in sync with changes in women's social status, a phenomenon that Prose, a critic and novelist of cunning acumen and lacerating wit, dissects with verve and nerve in nine strongly composed, brilliantly synthesized, and deliciously anecdotal and opinionated portraits of real-life muses." Donna Seaman, Booklist (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Michael from Brooklyn, New York
Safety of Objects
Safety of Objects
by A M Homes

"Sharp, funny and playful...Homes is confident and consistent in her odd departures from life as we know it, sustaining credibility by getting details right. A fully engaged imagination [is] at work -- and at play." Amy Hempel, The Los Angeles Times Book Review (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Ashlee from Austin, Texas
Ashlee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Art of Travel
The Art of Travel
by Alain de Botton

"There's an easy charm to de Botton's writing, pleasure to be had in its intellectual-order and civilised tidiness. This is a beautifully crafted book of bon mots, an elegant and unapologetically popularising blend of European intellectualism and British pragmatism....It is a book that invites you to enjoy its gentle formalism, its sweet flow and the writerly-ness of its reflections." Melanie McGrath, The Evening Standard (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Wendy from Salt Lake City, Utah
The Story of Lucy Gault
The Story of Lucy Gault
by William Trevor

Wendy's comments:
"This is a haunting story of how fate intervenes in the lives of a young girl and her parents in 1920s Ireland. It's currently leading the pack of novels shortlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize, and is being touted as one of the venerable William Trevor's best novels." (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Mary from Washington, DC
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Sopranos Family Cookbook
The Sopranos Family Cookbook
by Allen Rucker

Mary's comments:
"Okay, I admit I bought this as a gag bridal shower gift. But after skimming through it, I bought one for myself. Why? Because the recipes are really very good. I've tried the manicotti and the ricotta pie and both are keepers. Now I understand why Carmella brings everyone and his brother the pies, and why Tony is porky." (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Annie from Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
by India Edghill

"Bold yet precise, this novel weaves new threads of character and passion into the biblical narrative. The result is not merely a vivid retelling, but a profound reassessment of King David's influence and the role of women within Israelite culture." Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (read more)

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October 22
Selected by Celia from Albany, New York
It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life
It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life
by Jim Mullen

"In the manner of masterful travel-writer Bill Bryson, Mullen extracts plenty of laughs from his portraits of eccentric locals and descriptions of ridiculous situations. The travails of city folk transplanted to the country may be an old theme, but Mullen injects it with new life." David Pitt, Booklist (read more)

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October 23
Selected by R. D. from Austin, Texas
R. D. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Going After Cacciato
Going After Cacciato
by Tim O'Brien

R.D.'s comments:
"It won the National Book Award in 1979 and hasn't lost its hallucinogenic spell since. Set amid a night patrol during the Vietnam War, this is a book about dreams, escape, and forgetting. If Walter Mitty were drafted into Vietnam and lost his innocence, this is what would have resulted." (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Mel from San Francisco, California
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Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino
Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino
by Kim Isaac Eisler

"[T]his climactic revenge narrative — which turned southeastern Connecticut's economy upside down, with employees leaving local businesses in droves for the chance to work at Foxwoods while the Pequots donated cards and dice to the local school systems in the hopes of turning kids into future employees — reveals that, like it or not, the Native American is a 'Casino-American,' and that it's a brave new world." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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October 25
Selected by Susmita from Chevy Chase, Maryland
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The Waves (Harvest/HBJ Book)
The Waves (Harvest/HBJ Book)
by Virginia Woolf

Susmita's comments:
"The most experimental of Woolf's novels, as much a long poem as a novel, describing the lives of six characters from childhood through adulthood. Truly demonstrates why E. M. Forster said Woolf's writing pushes the light of the English language a bit further against the darkness." (read more)

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October 26
Selected by Christopher from Vina, California
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Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space, and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space, and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
by Timothy Ferris

"As the book moves out into space from planet to star to galaxy, it stops for fascinating chats with the stargazers....Ferris's own biography is slipped in...as an interviewer's reflections. It is a charming memoir....[Ferris's] tone is that of the amateurs he celebrates and interviews. That adolescent enthusiasm...reinforces his formidable literary gifts....This is a beautiful book." William R. Everdell, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Mel from Glendale, California
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The Crimson Petal and the White
The Crimson Petal and the White
by Michel Faber

"Michel Faber's previous work....was certainly ambitious and accomplished, but nothing could have prepared his readers for the sweep and subtlety of The Crimson Petal and the White....Slowly we find ourselves inside the heroine's head, led there by a rhetoric so skilled and daring, that we hardly know it is operating." The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Marcus from Billings, Montana
Power Politics
Power Politics
by Arundhati Roy

"Arundhati Roy's essays evoke a stark image of two Indias being driven 'resolutely in opposite directions,' a small India on its way to a 'glittering destination' while the rest 'melts into the darkness and disappears' ? a microcosm of much of the world, she obeserves, though 'in India your face is slammed right up against it.' Traced with sensitivity and skill, the unfolding picture is interlaced with provocative reflections on the writer's mission and burden, and inspiring accounts of the 'spectacular struggles' of popular movements that 'refuse to lie down and die.' Another impressive work by a fine writer." Noam Chomsky (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Karen from Vancouver, Canada
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A Heart of Stone
A Heart of Stone
by Renate Dorrestein

"Renate Dorrestein is a writer who knows, as Hitchcock did, that fear is relative. Given the right context, a length of blank marble can be as scary as a loaded gun." Roger Gathman, The Wall Street Journal (read more)

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October 30
Selected by Erica from Grants Pass, Oregon
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
by Daniel Ellsberg

"Secrecy is the greatest threat to democracy. It masks the accountability of government officialdom. Absent the People, with lawmaking powers to correctively react to the revelations of courageous whistleblowers like Daniel Ellsberg, democratic society will remain hostage to the culture of secrecy. Little has changed since, to alter the corruption of secrecy in government and the corporate sector." Senator Mike Gravel (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Toni from Alameda, California
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Man and Boy
Man and Boy
by Tony Parsons

Ton's comments:
"Very much like Nick Hornby, but darker. It is an inside look into a man's brain and how he thinks about marriage and what happens when the marriage fails...or should I say, he fails to stay in the boundaries of the rules. A good laugh and good cry too." (read more)

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