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October 01
Selected by Jensen from St. Louis, Missouri
The Archivist
The Archivist
by Martha Cooley

"The Archivist is a rare achievement in contemporary fiction: a work of real intelligence, depth, and moral weight. Martha Cooley is much to be admired for her graceful prose and her ingenuity as a storyteller, but all the more for this novel's serious engagement with some of the largest issues of the modern world." Madison Smartt Bell (read more)

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October 02
Selected by Jennifer from Terra Alta, West Virginia
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish (Ohio)
Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish (Ohio)
by Sue Bender

Jennifer's comments:
"A woman turns her fascination with Amish quilts into a journey to find out more about the Amish, and in the process, she learns about herself." (read more)

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October 03
Selected by Boot from Fullerton, California
Boot won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Swann's Way
Swann's Way


"Proust is reliably lucid and almost invariably kind.... The almost hypnotic effect of Proust is to...demonstrate that an apparently self-absorbed individual may yet draw his strength and his insight from a passionate engagement with the interior and exterior lives of others, as well as his own. On him not much was lost." Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly (read more)


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October 04
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
Ellenor won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
In the Shadow of No Towers
In the Shadow of No Towers
by Art Spiegelman

"Art Spiegelman...to the comics world is a Michelangelo and a Medici both, an influential artist who is also an impresario and an enabler of others.... It would be almost impossible to overstate the influence of 'Maus' among other artists." New York Times Magazine (read more)

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October 05
Selected by Michelle from Boulder, Colorado
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

"By page seven...I was sold, and hoped only that the book would continue to hold me in the same embrace. And embrace it does — or better said, encompass. Hosseini does tenderness and terror, California dream and Kabul nightmare with equal aplomb." The Globe and Mail (read more)

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October 06
Selected by Anagha from Seattle, Washington
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
by Jon Stewart

Anagha's comments:
"Voting time is upon us! Feel like reading a collection of books on politics and history? Read this wonderfully comical work by the Daily Show." (read more)

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October 07
Selected by Saundra from Wichita, Kansas
Destiny: Child of the Sky (Rhapsody Trilogy)
Destiny: Child of the Sky (Rhapsody Trilogy)
by Elizabeth Haydon

"Filled with detail and a complex, multi-faceted plotline, and readers will quickly pick up on the echoes of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth and David Eddings Belgariad series, as well as Celtic and Norse mythology, and even a dash of Mozart's Magic Flute." Toronto National Post & Mail (read more)

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October 08
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
Ellenor won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History
by Anne Applebaum

"Anne Applebaum has immersed herself in the whole gruesome story, and any writer can only be speechless with admiration for her fortitude and her scholarship...[Gulag] is not a book that this reviewer could ever have managed to write, but it needed to be written, and the task could not have been done better. It deserves a prize." Norman Stone, Literary Review (read more)

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October 09
Selected by Matt from Brattleboro, Vermont
Matt won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
by Thomas Pynchon

"I've been turning pages day and night, watching my fingers go ink black, I've been bleeding from paper cuts, reading Gravity's Rainbow. Forests have gone to the blade for this novel. Don't mourn the trees; read the book. Gravity's Rainbow will be compared with Ulysses and with Duck Soup." Geoffrey Wolff, San Francisco Examiner (read more)


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October 10
Selected by Matt from Brattleboro, Vermont
Matt won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Chronicles: Volume One
Chronicles: Volume One
by Bob Dylan

"Gone is the druggy logorrhea of his 1966 novel, Tarantula, as Mr. Dylan ? a man who says he now owns a bumper sticker reading 'World's Greatest Grandpa' ? looks back on his life. Yet Chronicles is hardly tame. It is lucid without being linear, swirling through time without losing its strong storytelling thread." Janet Maslin, The New York Times (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Sy from Houton, Texas
Music for Torching
Music for Torching
by A. M. Homes

"Music for Torching is a page-turner that keeps us reading just to see what the author will think up next. A. M. Homes's manic study of suburban malaise ends up with some timely insights into the unraveling of the moral underpinnings of our affluent society, but before turning serious it offers a series of outrageously hilarious scenarios, all the more startling because they are utterly believable." Richmond Times Dispatch (read more)

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October 12
Selected by Keri from Portland, Oregon
Keri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Boys of My Youth (98 Edition)
Boys of My Youth (98 Edition)
by Jo Ann Beard

Keri's comments:
"I've read this book three times since I first bought it. I've loved it each time. A great mix of everyday life with unexpected events that highlights the importance of relationships." (read more)

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October 13
Selected by Bud from San Francisco, California
Suttree
Suttree
by Cormac Mccarthy

"All of McCarthy's books present the reviewer with the same welcome difficulty. They are so good that one can hardly say how good they really are.... Suttree may be his magnum opus. Its protagonist, Cornelius Suttree, has forsaken his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat among the inhabitants of the demimonde along the banks of the Tennessee River. His associates are mostly criminals of one sort or another, and Suttree is, to say the least, estranged from what might be called normal society. But he is so involved with life (and it with him) that when in the end he takes his leave, the reader's heart goes with him. Suttree is probably the funniest and most unbearably sad of McCarthy's books...which seem to me unsurpassed in American literature." Stanley Booth (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse
Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse
by Kenneth Silverman

"Superb.... Its thorough research, measured scholarship, and wonderful prose serve to illuminate brilliantly the Lightning Man's eight decades of struggle, inner turmoil and genius. It is not easy to depict ? sympathetically yet realistically ? so flawed and complex a character. And yet Mr. Silverman has." Edward J. Renehan, Jr., The Wall Street Journal (read more)

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October 15
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
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Fear of Flying
Fear of Flying
by Erica Jong

"[A] revisit to Fear of Flying feels more familiar than I expected. If the adventures described in Jong's novel decidedly belong to 1973, the tone — confiding and casual, a pell-mell cascade of soul-searching — has stayed with us ever since.... Updike thought he saw Chaucer's Wife of Bath in Isadora Wing. Millions of women thought they saw themselves. They could have done worse." Laura Miller, The New York Times (read more)

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October 16
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Louisiana
Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers
Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers
by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender

Leslie's comments:
"So hilarious and real you find yourself laughing out loud." (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Sam from Baltimore, Maryland
The Plot against America: A Novel
The Plot against America: A Novel
by Philip Roth

"It may well be [Roth's] best [novel], and it may well arouse more controversy than all the rest combined.... The Plot Against America is far and away the most outward-looking, expansive, least narcissistic book Roth has written." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Sander from Portland, Oregon
Sander won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
by A. J. Jacobs

Sander's comments:
"A great way to be a junior know-it-all. Jacob's wry observations may even inspire you to read the encyclopedia yourself. Certainly, more knowledge is something we all benefit by having." (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Stranger on a Train (50 Edition)
Stranger on a Train (50 Edition)
by Patricia Highsmith

"Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night." The New Yorker (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Joyce from West Babylon, NY
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Brit Think Ameri Think Rev Edition
Brit Think Ameri Think Rev Edition
by Jane Walmsley

"A candid and humorous look at the way Americans and British view life from different perspectives...combining clever quips with the humor found on both sides of the Atlantic." The Washington Post (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Mary from Anaheim, California
The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)
The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)
by Graham Greene

Mary's comments:
"I reread Greene's novel of the whisky priest every few years and find it inspiring because this last priest, the one with a mistress and doubts about his faith stays to minister to the sick and old and dying even though it ultimately meant his own death by firing squad." (read more)

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October 22
Selected by John from Arlington, Virginia
John won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
by Julian Rubinstein

John's comments:
"Absurdity at its finest! A true story about a Transylvanian hockey goalie named Attila Ambrus who becomes a legendary bank robber." (read more)

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October 23
Selected by Hila from St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Heir to the Glimmering World
Heir to the Glimmering World
by Cynthia Ozick

Hila's comments
"Great characters, engrossing without being to verbose. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys engaging prose." (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Karen from San Francicso, California
Already Dead: A California Gothic
Already Dead: A California Gothic
by Denis Johnson

"Johnson's prose conjures up a world that is as tangible as it is magical. He is an utterly brilliant and original talent, a novelist who reminds us just how wonderful fiction can be." Philadelphia Inquirer (read more)

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October 25
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Port Mungo
Port Mungo
by Patrick McGrath

"The shifting narrative sands of Port Mungo seem more artfully contrived than in McGrath's previous work, and more intricately bound up with the larger questions that he is floating here.... [An] immensely clever and tautly composed novel." Christopher Benfey, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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October 26
Selected by Vanessa from Salt Lake City, Utah
Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen

Vanessa's comments:
"Jane's writing is a masterpiece. Her heroin in the story is complex and dimensional, she exudes off every page. I got lost in her style of writing, it's quite a different read then all of her other books." (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Kevin from Bakersfield, California
Kevin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Moonheart
Moonheart
by Charles De Lint

Kevin's comments:
"A great introduction to an incredible writer." (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Bruce from Fullerton, California
Bruce won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Under the Volcano (Perennial Classics)
Under the Volcano (Perennial Classics)
by Malcolm Lowry

Bruce's comments:
"A dark, brooding novel about an alcoholic and cuckold Briton in Mexico not a fun read but brilliantly written and a lesser known classic of the last century." (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Derek from Portland, Oregon
Derek won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Toddler Hunting and Other Stories (96 Edition)
Toddler Hunting and Other Stories (96 Edition)
by Kono Taeko

"Kono Taeko is the female writer I most admire among all the Japanese authors. Her unsparing gaze penetrates the depths of human nature; and she sets forth what she finds there with absolute precision." Shusaku Endo (read more)

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October 30
Selected by Hila from St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
American Woman
American Woman
by Susan Choi

Hila's comments:
"If you were around in the sixties this should ring a bell with you. If not, just enjoy it for what it is: a great story." (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Susan from Roanoke, Virginia
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Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War
by Evan Wright

"Far from the news media's lionization of the captured Pfc. Jessica Lynch or its vilification of enlisted grunts in the Abu Ghraib torture debacle, Mr. Wright's portrait is nuanced and grounded in details often overlooked in daily journalistic accounts." Sharon Waxman, The New York Times (read more)

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