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September 01
Selected by Judee from Portland, Oregon
Judee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The House of Blue Mangoes
The House of Blue Mangoes
by David Davidar

"The House of Blue Mangoes deserves much applause. It manages to remain interesting while being long, manages to be long while being local, manages to be local while being parochial, manages to transcend the parochial and engulf the universal, and finally, manages to remain Indian, entirely so, while being written in English." Hindustan Times (read more)

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September 02
Selected by Kelly from Arlington, Virginia
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American Way of Death Revisited (98 Edition)
American Way of Death Revisited (98 Edition)
by Jessica Mitford

Kelly's comments:
"A hilarious and scathing look at the American funeral industry by one of the Mitford sisters. A nineties revision of the sixties bestseller." (read more)

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September 03
Selected by Judy from Atlanta, Georgia
Judy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Book of Salt
The Book of Salt
by Monique Truong

Judy's comments:
"A great new author who has very eloquently turned the world of Gertrude Stein into a unique fictional work of art." (read more)

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September 04
Selected by Jerry from Las Vegas, Nevada
Jerry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Secret Life of Cowboys
The Secret Life of Cowboys
by Tom Groneberg

Jerry's comments:
"Even if you've never ridden or even seen a horse, you'll enjoy this memoir of a man who lived out his dream to become a cowboy." (read more)

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September 05
Selected by Lorna from Boonville, New York
Lorna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Heaven of Mercury
The Heaven of Mercury
by Brad Watson

"His work may remind readers of William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, or Flannery O'Connor, but it has a power — and a charm — all its own, more pellucid than the first, gentler than the second, and kinder than the third." Merle Rubin, Baltimore Sun (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Cindy from Denver, Colorado
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
by Ruth Reichl

"A poignant, yet hilarious, collection of stories about people [Reichl] has known and loved, and who, knowingly or unknowingly, steered her on the path to fulfill her destiny as one of the world's leading food writers." Chicago Sun-Times (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Gerry from Annapolis, Maryland
And Now You Can Go
And Now You Can Go
by Vendela Vida

"Vendela Vida's first novel defies expectations in virtually every way; what looks be a tale of psychological trauma, or even revenge, evolves into something much rarer in contemporary fiction: a joyful investigation of the pleasures of living. And Now You Can Go is beguiling, celebratory, and faintly mysterious." Jennifer Egan (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Raymond from Dayton, Ohio
Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous
Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous


Raymond's comments:
"This book may be on an offbeat topic, but it's interesting and surprisingly fun to read, perfect for any book lover or armchair private eye." (read more)


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September 09
Selected by Cheri from Topanga, California
Cheri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto
by Patrick Mccabe

"Breakfast on Pluto may be the most successful book yet to be born out of the violence [in Northern Ireland]...Stunning originality." New York Times Book Review (read more)

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September 10
Selected by Bobbie from St. Louis, Missouri
Appetites: Why Women Want
Appetites: Why Women Want
by Caroline Knapp

Bobbie's comments:
"Knapp is a very insightful thinker and an elegant writer, and in this excellent book she delves deep into the female psyche in search of what drives women, what we want. Fascinating." (read more)

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September 11
Selected by Quinn from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Quinn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Brick Lane
Brick Lane
by Monica Ali

Quinn's comments:
"This book received a ton of hype even before it was released in the UK. Monica Ali was the only member of Granta's Best Young British Novelists list who had never published a novel before. This is a book that lives up to its publicity and sets up Ali as a force to be reckoned with in British literature. It's a bold statement in a year with so many new releases by former Booker Prize winners and nominees, but Monica Ali could just walk away with the prize this year for Brick Lane. It is a stunning accomplishment." (read more)

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September 12
Selected by Sue from Milwaukie, Oregon
Sue won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point
by David Lipsky

"A superb description of modern military culture, and one of the most gripping accounts of university life I have read." David Brooks, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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September 13
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
Alyssa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Portnoy's Complaint
Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth

Alyssa's comments:
"A hilarious, raunchy, raging screed du coeur." (read more)

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September 14
Selected by Mona from New Hartford, New York
Mona won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings - And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally
Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings - And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally
by Neal Barnard

Mona's comment:
"With all the fad diet books on the market, it is refreshing to find this book. Dr. Barnard is practical and sensible in his approach and realizes what many doctors don't: What you ingest affects your health." (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Lynda from Brunswick, Maine
Lynda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Time Traveler's Wife Signed Edition
The Time Traveler's Wife Signed Edition
by Audrey Niffenegger

"[A] highly original first novel....[A] soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes....[L]eaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Camille from Swansea, Massachusetts
Camille won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation
Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation
by Lama Surya Das

"Lama Surya Das communicates the wisdom of Buddhism to the people of his times and environments. To me this is a great achievement and I feel deeply grateful for it." Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Mariachiara from Parma, Italy
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The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri

Mariachiara's comments:
"It is time that Americans meet Commissario Montalbano. After this, read Voice of the Violin." (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Erica from Berkeley, California
Islam: A Short History
Islam: A Short History
by Karen Armstrong

Erica's comments:
"A wonderful background on Islam. If you are curious about the history of the religion and want survey level detail pick this book up." (read more)

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September 19
Selected by Rachel from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Miniatures
Miniatures
by Norah Labiner

"Norah Labiner's prose here has a willfully inscrutable, catch-me-if-you-can quality that can be vigorous but wildly lush....There are provocative ideas embedded in this novel....Yet the book's strengths are frequently obscured by incongruous displays of erudition and the workings of Fern's deeply idiosyncratic mind." Charles Wilson, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Ryan from Chicago, Illinois
Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions
Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions


Ryan's comments:
"An even-handed assessment of the benefits and pitfalls of unilateralism. Prestowitz, though writing from a conservative perspective, is realistic and observant, using his political beliefs as analytical tools after the facts have been established rather than as filters or distorting lenses. Useful and informative for readers across the political spectrum." (read more)

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September 21
Selected by Barbara from Suffern, New York
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The Long Home
The Long Home
by William Gay

"[A] dark, unsettling story....Powerfully told, in lush metaphorical language that reminds one of both William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy." Alden Mudge, BookPage (read more)


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September 22
Selected by Elaine from Metuchen, New Jersey
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel

"Sobel is a master storyteller....Here, she turns her talent to creating an exceptionally human narrative of the physicist whose achievements and thought have been equaled only by Newton and Einstein....What Sobel has done, with her choice of excerpts and her strong sense of story, is bring a great scientist to life. Reading Galileo's Daughter, we hear Galileo's voice, we sense his pain and share his excitement, and once again we marvel at how the human mind, and heart, can lift so much." Alan Lightman, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Jenn from Ottawa, Ontario
Jenn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Art of Seeing
The Art of Seeing


Jenn's comments:
"There is nothing that is both stronger and more tenuous than the bond between sisters." (read more)


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September 24
Selected by Elizabeth from Poughkeepsie, New York
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
by Jonathan Kozol

"Amazing Grace is good in the old-fashioned sense: beautiful and morally worthy....I thank you for the language of this book, its refusal to patronize, to exoticize these children and its insistence upon taking what they say, feel and think seriously." Toni Morrison (read more)

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September 25
Selected by Janet from San Diego, California
Janet won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Club Dumas
The Club Dumas
by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Janet's comments:
"This was a wonderful book. I have read other books written by Perez-Reverte but enjoyed this one the most." (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Cindy from Denver, Colorado
Cindy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers
Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers


Cindy's comment:
"This is the story of how members of the author's family transformed themselves from nebbishy intellectuals into world-class poker players. Readers may contemplate whether their transformation was a descent into degeneracy or an ascent into success, but it makes for a gripping read." (read more)


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September 27
Selected by Rachel from Richmond, Virginia
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Getting over Jack Wagner
Getting over Jack Wagner
by Elise Juska

Rachel's comments:
"This is a wonderfully humorous, yet honest book. Elise Juska does a magnificent job!" (read more)

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September 28
Selected by Michael from Omaha, Nebraska
The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century
The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century
by Paul Krugman

"The title of Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling might well have been The Great Usurpation. In a republic hijacked by the radical right whose leaders reject the legitimacy of our current political system, Paul Krugman's coruscant book calls for a 'great revulsion' across the land before it is too late." David Levering Lewis, author of W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Brad from Columbus, Ohio
Brad won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Jackal
by Frederick Forsyth

"The Day Of The Jackal makes such comparable books as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold seems like Hardy Boy mysteries." The New York Times (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Cammila from Sheridan, Oregon
Cammila won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Knitting Goddess: Finding the Heart and Soul of Knitting Through Instruction, Projects, and Stories
The Knitting Goddess: Finding the Heart and Soul of Knitting Through Instruction, Projects, and Stories


Cammila's comments:
"This is the second time I've recommended this book. Why? Because it's just that magical. Definitely not only for knitters! Even if you never pick up a set of needles in your lifetime, read through this book. Warning!: you will most likely be inspired to give knitting a whirl, or at the very least, flex your dialing finger....Hi, Mom? I know what I want for Christmas this year!" (read more)


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