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September 01
Selected by Cathie from Portland, Oregon
Black Dog of Fate
Black Dog of Fate
by Peter Balakian

Cathie's comments:
"An amazing memoir of a first generation Armenian-American. The detailed information of the Armenian massacres and Hitler's use of the Turkish actions as a blueprint for the Holocaust were shocking. I would recommend this to anyone interested in how politics can direct genocide." (read more)

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September 02
Selected by Maureen from Durham, North Carolina
Maureen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
by Gary Shteyngart

"The hardest thing to do in a novel, it seems to me, especially a first novel, is to get your characters moving. (Note to first novelists: Beckett is not so great to imitate early on.) But The Russian Debutante's Handbook succeeds on this score and just about every other one I can think of right now. So let's call this superb debut the real thing — an acute, accurate, intelligent look at America in the nineties." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read more)

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September 03
Selected by Kate from Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Kate won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
How To Speak Dog
How To Speak Dog
by Stanley Coren

"Coren's premise is that to communicate effectively with a dog the owner must first learn the dog's language, including vocabulary, grammar, and how to form 'sentences that can be used to send and receive meaningful messages.'...The book is written for the above-average pet owner who wants to build a better relationship with his/her dog." Edell M. Schaefer, Library Journal (read more)

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September 04
Selected by Beverly from Fairfield, California
High Wizardry
High Wizardry
by Diane Duane

Beverly's comments:
"This is book three of a series. I am enjoying it very much. My grandson gave me the series to read." (read more)

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September 05
Selected by John from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Ava's Man
Ava's Man
by Rick Bragg

John s comments:
"Ava's Man is a wonderful story from the Appalachian hills about a man who did anything and everything to support his family. The author might be remembered for a previous book, All Over but the Shoutin'. An accurate portrayal of life in the deep south." (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Erik from Lowell, Massachusetts
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks

"The Wasp Factory is a first novel not only of tremendous promise, but also of achievement, a minor masterpiece perhaps." Punch (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Amy from Seaside, California
Amy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Year in Van Nuys (01 Edition)
Year in Van Nuys (01 Edition)
by Sandra Tsing Loh

Amy's comments:
"This book made me laugh so hard that, while on a family vacation, I was afraid to read it when others were around for fear they'd think I'd lost my mind. Loh is screamingly funny and spot on in her cultural observations." (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Anthan from Lexington, Massachusetts
Anthan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Chemical Pink: A Novel of Obsession
Chemical Pink: A Novel of Obsession


"With chilling specificity, Arnoldi describes every chiseled, hypodermic-penetrated inch of Aurora's abused, pumped-up body and the monstrous metamorphosis she ultimately suffers, one that pushes the boundaries of health, gender, humanness, and sanity. Arnoldi's searing tale, a true binge read, boldly dramatizes the consequences of narcissism and misplaced ambition." Donna Seaman, Booklist (read more)


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September 09
Selected by Ruthann from Cibolo, Texas
Ruthann won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Culture
Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Culture


"Right Hand, Left Hand is the product of sound and creative scholarship, ingeniously weaving historical events and anecdotes into scientific writing for an engaging and informative read. It's a rare and delightful book: a combination of excellent scholarship and clear writing that has as much to offer the general reader as the scholar in the field of behavioral asymmetry and neuroscience." Joseph Hellige, author of Hemispheric Asymmetry: What's Right and What's Left (read more)


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September 10
Selected by Miss Gretchen from Somewhere, Virginia
Miss Gretchen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Gain
Gain
by Richard Powers

Gretchen's comments:
A moving companion to the daily news stories of corruption in corporations. Begin at the beginning, with three brothers, soapmakers, in Boston in the early 1800s. Powers's beautifully drawn characters are so rich and full of soul, that their inexorable transformation into a faceless and heartless corporation is devastating. All the while, through the story of just a housewife, Powers shows how modern people live more effortless lives thanks to that same faceless entity. End at the ending, where the housewife has entered our hearts so fully that we feel the loss of a friend. In no way an antibusiness screed, the novel is a thoughtful meditation on the past and the possibilites of the future. (read more)

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September 11
Selected by Joan from Winnipeg, Manitoba
Joan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
September Eleventh: An Oral History
September Eleventh: An Oral History
by Dean E. Murphy

"Soul-stirring firsthand accounts....One of the real keepers of the flurry of 9/11 publications, destined to find a place on the shelf and be turned to time and again." Kirkus Reviews (read more)

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September 12
Selected by Ralph from Madison, Wisconsin
My Antonia
My Antonia
by Willa Cather

Ralph's comments:
"I'm 82 years old, so I've read a lot of books. But I'll tell you this: Reading this beautiful novel from Willa Cather has been one of the peak reading experiences of my long life." (read more)

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September 13
Selected by Raymond from Los Angeles, California
Raymond won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Science of Superheroes
The Science of Superheroes
by Lois H Gresh

"Weinberg and Gresh tell it like it is ? and how it would be, if our favorite comic book characters actually existed. The Science of Superheroes is a fascinating and entertaining examination of everything from astrophysics to genetic biology to the evolution of the 'superhero.'" Mark Powers, editor of X-Men and Uncanny X-Men (read more)

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September 14
Selected by Amy from Los Angeles, California
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. It takes up not long after Genesis left off and carries through to the air age, reporting on everything that happened in between with more lucidity, wit, wisdom, and poetry that is expected from 100 years of novelists, let alone one man....Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life." William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Jennifer Caitlin from Chicago, Illinois
Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism
Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin

Jennifer Caitlin's comments:
"Temple Grandin's second, and most fascinating, book provides a unique and insightful look not only at her life as a successful and high-functioning autistic individual, but also at the nature of thought, affection, compassion, and handling cattle, among other things. I have yet to meet a person who has read this book without giving it rave reviews. I've loaned away my copy countless times, and it never comes back." (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Liz from Eugene, Oregon
Trans-Sister Radio
Trans-Sister Radio
by Chris Bohjalian

"Bohjalian has...written an interesting [and] ultimately, a quite daring novel, and a worthy successor to Midwives. Like that novel, Trans-Sister Radio challenges readers' most dearly held notions of biological reality." Philadelphia Inquirer (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Chantal from Montreal, Quebec
Chantal won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle
Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle
by Peter Coyote

"Sleeping Where I Fall is the eloquent record of Peter Coyote's personal journey through a fascinating period in American history. Beyond his personal story, Coyote documents that time and its participants as few others have." Jerry Herman, The San Francisco Chronicle (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Matt from Portland, Oregon
Matt won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

Matt's comments:
"This is a fantastic story of a young boy who is simultaneously Christian, Hindu, and Muslim. He is shipwrecked in the Pacific ocean, shares a lifeboat with a three-year-old Bengal tiger, and lives to tell the tale! This fable is told with intelligence, irony, and love, and is well worth reading. It was recently placed on the Booker Prize longlist, and in the UK its betting odds are 6/1." (read more)

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September 19
Selected by M. from San Diego, California
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Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
by Olivia Judson

M's comments:
"Such a great read. Funny and full of surprising tidbits on the animal kingdom. A witty takeoff on advice columns." (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Lynnea from Portland, Oregon
Lynnea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson

"There are only a few novels for children about death....This one succeeds brilliantly and speaks to the resolution of grief among the living. But because the writing is so fine and persuasive, the impact on readers of all ages is deep." Eden Ross Lipson (read more)

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September 21
Selected by R.T. from Titusville, Florida
R.T. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team
Cold Zero: Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team
by Christopher Whitcomb

R.T.'s comments:
"Christopher Whitcomb is the toughest English major I've ever heard of, and a pretty good writer, too. He provides an interesting inside look at places like Ruby Ridge and Waco, as well as the training needed to make it in the HRT." (read more)

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September 22
Selected by Melissa from Dardanelle, Arkansas
Melissa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
On the Road
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

Melissa's comments:
"A classic Beat Generation novel that everyone should read at least 3 times: once when you're a senior in high school, once when you're in your thirties, and again when you're getting too old to relate to the crazy new generation." (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Ernest from Lexington, Kentucky
Ernest won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens
Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens


Ernest's comments:
"Ever had the experience of your human senses being crosswired? Synesthetes do: They see sounds, smell colors, and feel tastes. The author encourages readers to develop understanding and empathy toward such people by examining the experiences of notables like Liszt, Rimbaud, and Nabokov." (read more)


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September 24
Selected by Beth from Portland, Oregon
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The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Mary Doria Russell

Beth's comments:
"This book disturbed me as fiction rarely can. I was somewhat awed by how, when the reason for the title was finally revealed, it so fully summed up the difficult ideas struggled with throughout." (read more)

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September 25
Selected by David from Staten Island, New York
David won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Defying Hitler: A Memoir
Defying Hitler: A Memoir
by Sebastian Haffner

David's comments:
"A memoir published only posthumously by the noted German author. His personal experience sheds light on how a civilized European society came to be ruled by the Nazis." (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Don from Olympia, Washington
Don won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
At Swim, Two Boys
At Swim, Two Boys
by Jamie Oneill

Don's comments:
"Lovers of literature who particularly value poetic language will not be disappointed in At Swim, Two Boys. Comparisons with James Joyce are right on. This is an extraordinary work, written over a ten year period, by a master. His erudition is excelled only by his beautiful language and compassionate Irish heart. (read more)

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September 27
Selected by Ann from Tucson, Arizona
The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage
The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage


"Sometimes the history of war hides its best stories, its fine, quiet stories. The Flamboya Tree is such a story, with some kindship to Nicholas Gage's 'Eleni,' and, in the same extraordinary way, is about the triumph of love and compassion and decency." Alan Furst, author of Kingdom of Shadows (read more)


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September 28
Selected by F. Pat from Boston, Massachusetts
F. Pat won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Woody Guthrie : a Life (80 Edition)
Woody Guthrie : a Life (80 Edition)
by Jeo Klein

F. Pat's comments:
"According to Bruce Springsteen, from his live 7585 set: 'There is a book out right now. It's called Woody Guthrie: A Life. It's by this fellow Joe Klein...and it's really, it's really a great book.' Mr. Springsteen then plays just about the most beautiful song ever written, "This Land Is Your Land." Woodie Guthrie: A Life is an excellent bio of a creative and often tortured man and an excellent overview of America radical politics into the 1960s. Don't pass it up! (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Michelle from Dillon, Montana
Colony of Unrequited Dreams (98 Edition)
Colony of Unrequited Dreams (98 Edition)
by Wayne Johnston

Michelle's comments:
"A beautifully unromantic story about St. Johns, Newfoundland in the early and mid-1900s. Johnston fictionalizes the life of Joey Small, a wiry, ambitious, and often naive St. Johns native who would go on to become Newfoundland's first premier, and his friendship with an edgy, Dorothy Parkeresque local journalist. Remarkably written and amazingly insightful into life on the island." (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Marguerite from Red Hill, Pennsylvania
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The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body--Without Machines
The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body--Without Machines
by Brooke Siler

Marguerite's comments:
"These are the exercises that made me feel so great when I was a college student, and I've looked for them for years without knowing what the method was called. Now that I've rediscovered them, I feel better than I have in ages!" (read more)

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