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August 01
Selected by J. from Raymond, Mississippi
J. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Provinces of Night
Provinces of Night
by William Gay

J's comments:
"This is a powerful book addressing a young man's coming of age. He is acutely aware of his family's shortcomings, yet he is tolerant and even loving. He knows he must overcome his background and become a man he can live with — one of honor, not just another Bloodworth." (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Pacifikix from Portland, Oregon
Database Nation (00 Edition)
Database Nation (00 Edition)
by Simson Garfinkel

Pacifikix's comments:
"Ever wonder where those telemarketers get your phone number? Or what happens to your personal data over the Internet? Rich with history and examples, but not overdone with technical details, Garfinkel takes on the erosion of American privacy that comes with advanced technology. Slightly paranoid, but you'll think twice next time you give out your social security number!" (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Sara from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun
by Dalton Trumbo

Sara's comments:
"This is the most disgustingly compelling book I have ever read. It's the tale of a wounded — and I use that term loosely — WWI soldier who has lost everything but his mind. If this book doesn't make you hate war, then you should be institutionalized yourself!" (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
Alyssa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke
The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke
by Angela Nissel

"The Broke Diaries is the New Economy's version of Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell's 1933 book about the urban poor. What makes Nissel's book shine is her unsentimental prose and wicked sense of humor." USA Today (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Sarah from Cologne, Germany
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
by Opal Whiteley and Benjamin Hoff

Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whiteley captured America's heart. Opal's childhood diary, published in 1920, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as "the revelation of the...life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness ? so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart. (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Jennifer from Detroit, Michigan
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
by Michael Capuzzo

"[A]n artistry reminiscent of Stephen Crane's Whilomville Stories....Capuzzo's book is a portrait of the shark as much as of the era, and deserves a place among the adventure classics." The New Yorker (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Eileen from Coral Springs, Florida
Eileen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde

Eileen's comments:
"In this alternate world, literature is a passion for everyone, time travel is commonplace, bad guys are the epitome of evil, and dodos are favored pets. Thursday Next, intrepid agent in the Literary Division of Special Operations, must enter the world of the novel Jane Eyre to foil the eponymous heroine's kidnapper. You do not have to be a connoisseur of classical literature to enjoy this hilarious romp through time and literary space." (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Mary Ann from Fort Collins, Colorado
Mary Ann won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery
The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery
by Michelle Stacey

Mary Ann's comments:
"In 1865, Mollie Fancher was injured in a street accident and retired to bed for the rest of her life. There, she was reputed to thrive without food, to see without sight, and to exercise clairvoyant powers. Stacey sets the case of the mid-19th century Brooklyn girl in the context of the scientific, religious, and spiritual turmoil of that time and of our own." (read more)

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August 09
Selected by Rob from Ft. Worth, Texas
The Wood Wife
The Wood Wife
by Terri Windling

Rob's comments:
"Terri Windling is The Mistress of Mythic Fiction. Her many years putting together the Adult Fairy Tale series and the yearly Best Of collections should earn her place on everyone's Must-Read List." (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Lisa from Brooklyn, New York
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

Lisa's comments:
"Gripping, horrifying, and funny, Running With Scissors reads like fiction, but it's not. There's something incredible about this first person account of a fckup family. No soap, no victimhood." (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Lindsay from Brattleboro, Vermont
Lindsay won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
You're an Animal, Viskovitz!
You're an Animal, Viskovitz!
by Alessandro Boffa

Linsday's comments:
In each chapter, Viskovitz becomes a different animal, hopelessly in love with Ljuba, who likewise metamorphoses into the corresponding female creature of Viskovitz's desires. Boffa, himself a biologist, uses his extensive knowledge of the animal world to cast light on our own very human longings and foibles. (read more)


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August 12
Selected by John from Arlington, Virginia
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blue Plate Specials and Blue Ribbon Chefs: The Heart and Soul of America's Great Roadside Restaurants
Blue Plate Specials and Blue Ribbon Chefs: The Heart and Soul of America's Great Roadside Restaurants
by Jane Stern and Michael Stern

John's comments:
"Yum, yum. The Sterns are at it again, eating their way across America, providing us with memorable regional meals like beef on weck, a favorite in Buffalo, or chicken fried steak, a Texas staple. To top it off, they provide recipes for those of us too hungry to travel! A fun read. (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Erica from Berkeley, California
Erica won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
by Geraldine Brooks

Erica's comments:
"This is one of the best books on women in Islam I've had the privilege of reading. Brooks is able to clearly articulate the attitudes of women in various cultures without being either apologetic or damning, both common reactions of western women. Don't miss this one!" (read more)

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August 14
Selected by Maya from Pleasanton, California
Maya won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Pope Joan
Pope Joan
by Donna Woolfol Cross

"Cross makes an excellent, entertaining case in her work of historical fiction that, in the Dark Ages, a woman sat on the papal throne for two years....In this colorful, richly imagined novel, Cross ably inspires a suspension of disbelief, pulling off the improbable feat of writing a romance starring a pregnant pope." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Pandora from New York, New York
Pandora won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Story as Told by Water: Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-Watchings, Fish-Stalkings, Visions, Songs and Prayers Refracting Light, from Living Rivers, in the Age of the Industrial Dark
My Story as Told by Water: Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-Watchings, Fish-Stalkings, Visions, Songs and Prayers Refracting Light, from Living Rivers, in the Age of the Industrial Dark
by David James Duncan

Pandora's comments:
"Lyric and engaging, this amazing book brought to life much of what I miss most about the Pacific Northwest, though it's mostly about Montana. Delightful prose that renews hope not only in sanity, but also in nonfiction." (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Arlene from Lakewood, Colorado
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Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History
Maus, A Survivor's Tale, Book I: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman

Arlene's Comments:
"A comic book about the Holocaust? What on earth? Nevertheless, Spiegelman's full-length graphic novel is a compelling read, centering on the author's own quest to understand his father's experience as a death camp survivor. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book!" (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Diane from Tacoma, Washington
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Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai
Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai
by Ming Tsai

Diane's comments:
"Filled with Ming's tips for working with unfamiliar ingredients and preparations, Blue Ginger is an outstanding introduction to the pleasures of East-West cooking." (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Sara from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Away
Away
by Jane Urquhart

Sara's comments:
Jane Urqhart's novel Away is a critically acclaimed Canadian bestseller ? if that's not an oxymoron ? just proving that we Canadians like to go deep. It reads like gorgeous, lavish poetry. More evocative than descriptive, Away is a book I will truly never forget. (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Brian from Rochester, Minnesota
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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
by Truman Capote

"In Cold Blood...is a masterpiece — agonizing, terrible, possessed, proof that the times, so surfeited with disasters, are still capable of tragedy. The tragedy was existential. The murder was seemingly without motive. The killers...almost parodied the literary anti-hero....There are two Truman Capotes. One is the artful charmer, prone to the gossamer and the exquisite....The other, darker and stronger, is the discoverer of death....He has traveled far from the misty, moss-hung Southern-Gothic landscapes of his youth." Conrad Knickerbocker, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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August 20
Selected by R. T. from Titusville, Florida
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Hostage
Hostage
by Robert Crais

R. T.'s comments:
"This book kept me reading for hours just to finish it, something I don't usually do. The pace never slows till the end. A great thriller." (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Bruce from Wichita, Kansas
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
by Julia Child and Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle

Bruces's comments:
"We Daily Dosers have been reminded of some great cooking and culture books in recent weeks, but the Queen Bee of the Kitchen remains our Beloved Julia. Cooking and Culture on the tube starts and ends with Julia in our books. Two great volumes. The content is supreme but if you have first printings of the first editions, you have gold." (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Daphne from Geneva, New York
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Love Invents Us
Love Invents Us
by Amy Bloom

"This writer gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books. They are the kind of sentences you reread for sheer pleasure, and to feel a closeness to the characters which is like an embrace." The New Yorker (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
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Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players
by Stefan Fatsis

"[R]efreshingly entertaining. Several years ago, in search of a story idea, Fatsis challenged the director of the National Scrabble Association to a match. Fatsis won and was hooked. He now describes his own intoxicating rise through the ranks of tournament Scrabble players as he achieves 'expert' status. At the same time, Fatsis colorfully portrays the eccentrics and obsessive characters that inhabit the quirky 'Scrabbler' subculture." Booklist (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Anne from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Flaubert's Parrot (Vintage International)
Flaubert's Parrot (Vintage International)
by Julian Barnes

Anne's comments:
"This is a book that I make an effort to read every six months. Partially about the life of Flaubert and partially about the life of an amateur scholar who is obsessed with him, Flaubert's Parrot is a genre bender that yields new meaning with every read. An amazing book that provides relentless epiphanies to the mindful reader. (read more)

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August 25
Selected by E from Berkeley, California
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Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World
Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World
by Kanan Makiya

E's comments:
"An incredible book that provides a stinging indictment of Arab intellectuals as they turned a blind eye to Saddam Hussein when his government destroyed more than 12,000 villages while they focused on the destruction of the relatively few 300+ villages in Israel/Palestine. This is not light reading, but will give you insight into the post-Gulf War Iraq." (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Diana from Billings, Montana
The End of Alice
The End of Alice
by A. M. Homes

"The End of Alice is dark and treacherous as ice on a highway. It establishes A.M. Homes as one of the bravest, most terrifying writers working today. She never plays it safe, and it begins to look as if she can do most anything." Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Mary from Chicago, Illinois
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Bookends
Bookends
by Jane Green

Mary's comments:
"Okay, call me a simpleton, but I thought this witty, sappy romance was great fun. I've told all my girlfriends about this perfect escape novel." (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Cynthia from Little Rock, Arkansas
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A Mind at a Time: America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed
A Mind at a Time: America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed
by Melvin D Levine

"A Mind at a Time continues Mel Levine's enormously valuable lifework of helping children find success, especially those children whose talents are not immediately recognized and valued by adults. This courageous and brilliant pediatrician has caused the medical textbooks to be rewritten and the educational curricula to be reformed. Brimming with intelligence, humor, wit, and originality, Dr. Levine is most of all full of love for children. This is a groundbreaking and useful book." Edward Hallowell, Harvard Medical School (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Lynda from Media, Pennsylvania
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Himalayan Dhaba
Himalayan Dhaba
by Craig Joseph Danner

Lynda's comments:
"This debut novel was so much more than I expected. It has been too long since I finished a book in one sitting." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Bronwen from Brooklyn, New York
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Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life
Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life


"British journalist Wood profiles roboticists with castration complexes and other men, both real and fictional, who thought they might somehow be able to create life....A rigorously researched, clever, and obliquely feminist look at what happens over the ages when the Pygmalion complex is closeted in a well-equipped workshop." Kirkus Reviews (read more)


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August 31
Selected by Wendy from Portland, Oregon
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Fingersmith
Fingersmith


"A good part of [Fingersmith's] power comes from its illicit undertow; this is a Victorian novel the Victorians never dreamed of writing....The revelation that ends Part 1 and sets up what follows is brilliantly handled; we can almost feel Waters smiling at her own cunning, though there is nothing precious or self-regarding about the way she carries it off on the page. This author finesses her readers as expertly as her villains finesse one another." Tom Gilling, The New York Times Book Review (read more)


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