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November 01
Selected by Jennifer from Los Angeles, California
Outside Valentine
Outside Valentine
by Liza Ward

"Liza Ward runs a tight, thrumming line through her narrative, punching up scenes with a sharp practiced touch and bringing wise compassion to bear on the tragic events that unfold with such dark inevitability." Sven Birkerts (read more)


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November 02
Selected by Anagha from Seattle, Washington
Anagha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The First Crusade: A New History
The First Crusade: A New History
by Thomas Asbridge

"There is an underlying assumption among commentators looking at the confrontation between Islam and the West that it has been engendered by the events of September 11, 2001. Thomas Asbridge, by tracing the roots to the First Crusade in his lucid and provocative 'new history,' helps us to understand the present by explaining the past." Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies American University (read more)

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November 03
Selected by Pat from Sacramento, California
Pat won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Vamped: A Novel
Vamped: A Novel
by David Sosnowski

Pat's comments:
"If Spike tried to raise a human child, he would be akin to Martin, the hero of Vamped. This isn't your Anne Rice fable, but a camp, funny, heartwarming story of a hapless guy who happens to drink blood." (read more)

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November 04
Selected by Carolyn from Portland, Oregon
Carolyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto (Vintage Departures)
The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto (Vintage Departures)
by Pico Iyer

"[Iyer] is a sharp-eyed and thoughtful observer, and he is successful in evoking the life of Kyoto's malls, temples, and back streets, moonlit nights on the water, and the vulgarity of the Westernized nightclub and amusement quarter." New Yorker (read more)

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November 05
Selected by Sarah from Cologne, Germany
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Colour
The Colour
by Rose Tremain

"In this novel that so skillfully makes use of the formulas of melodrama only to discard them and surprise us, Tremain's singular combination of the passionate and the sardonic strikes one as a marriage of, say, Emily Bront and Paul Bowles. The Colour is smart, lumpy with sentiment, brutal and oddly funny ? a sort of carnival in hell." John Vernon, New York Times Book Review (read more)

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November 06
Selected by Anagha from Seattle, Washington
Anagha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
His Excellency: George Washington
His Excellency: George Washington
by Joseph J. Ellis

"His Excellency: George Washington immediately calls to mind, and deserves favorable comparison with, Edmund S. Morgan's Benjamin Franklin...when Ellis says that 'we do not need another epic [Washington biography], but rather a fresh portrait focused tightly on Washington's character,' he declares in effect that he is doing what Morgan did. It is a pleasure to report that he has succeeded." Jonathan Yardley, The Wahington Post (read more)

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November 07
Selected by Paul from St. Paul, Minnesota
The Summer Guest
The Summer Guest
by Justin Cronin

"[D]espite the fundamental, sometimes sickening decency of the narrators...it is hard not to care about how (not whether)...family arrangements will fall into place.... And it's the twists that make this novel worth finishing: a surprise bequest, a child's death, a brush with mortality on a fishing trip. With a plot so well-executed and eventful, you won't even notice when the surprises turn out to be, well, no big surprise." Anna Stein, Esquire (read more)

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November 08
Selected by Roslyn from Medfield, Massachusetts
Roslyn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up
by Lewis Carroll and Robert Sabuda

Roslyn's comments:
"A wonderful popup for kids and adults. Sabuda is the king of paper engineers." (read more)

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November 09
Selected by Sy from Mobile, Alabama
Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
by Joan Silber

Sy's comments:
"It's been awhile since I've felt so turned on by a new writer. Joan Silber is wonderful." (read more)


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November 10
Selected by Larry from Chicago, Illinois
Larry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs Mcneil

Larry's comments:
"This oral history of the nascent days of punk in New York City is a must read for music fans, but armchair sociologists and those who enjoy biographies might like it too." (read more)

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November 11
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Louisiana
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books (Weetzie Bat Books)
Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books (Weetzie Bat Books)
by Francesca Lia Block

Leslie's comments:
"Dangerous Angels brings all of the Weetzie Bat books into a single volume. This modern fairy tale is young adult fiction, but the magical stories pull in readers of all ages. It's a world you don't want to leave once you get started!" (read more)

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November 12
Selected by Sandra Lee from Bozeman, Montana
Sandra Lee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
by John E. Mack

Sandra Lee's comments:
"This Pulizer Prize-winning book written about the life of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) merits rereading in these times." (read more)

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November 13
Selected by Joe from Vancouver, Washington
Joe won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Human Capital
Human Capital


"A gripping, troubling, and incisive portrait of the way we live now, Human Capital has the ambitious sweep and narrative power of a 19th century novel. Stephen Amidon is the rare writer who can illuminate the secrets of money and love with equal authority." Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Joe College (read more)


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November 14
Selected by Sy from Mobile, Alabama
Sy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Falls
The Falls
by Joyce Carol Oates

"Oates veterans know that the surest way to survive, and even to get some pleasure from, her fictional world is to treat it as an interesting place to visit, where you wouldn't want to live. So read The Falls swiftly and don't look too closely, or too long. Then move on. Oates will." Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times Book Review (read more)

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November 15
Selected by Craig from Seattle, Washington
Craig won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Rape of Nanking
The Rape of Nanking
by Iris Chang

Craig's comments:
"An astounding nonfiction account by an author who just passed away." (read more)

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November 16
Selected by Janet from Reno, Nevada
Case Histories: A Novel
Case Histories: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson

"I think it's her best book yet, an astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story that made me sob but also snort with laughter. It's the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute you've finished it." Jacqueline Wilson, Guardian Summer Books (read more)

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November 17
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
Ellenor won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Letters to a Young Contrarian
Letters to a Young Contrarian
by Christopher Hitchens

"[Hitchens] is occasionally dismissive of ideologies that differ from his own (mainly religious), and he is unabashedly partisan — an emphasis on such leftist ideals as universal equality and respect for human rights pervades the text. But, overall, his advice is thankfully nonpartisan, and his passionate call to embrace dialectic thinking and contentious debate is convincing and, well, correct." Heath Madom, Library Journal (read more)


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November 18
Selected by Gayle from Bend, Oregon
Gayle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Hannah Coulter: A Novel
Hannah Coulter: A Novel
by Wendell Berry

Gayle's comments:
"Berry's novel is a masterful gaze into rural and smalltown life. So what else is new? Berry writes more than a novel. This book is, like Jayber Crow, replete with pithy ironies and straightforward truths, a delightful concoction of philosophy, character development, and Berry's signature parable/anecdotal vignettes. By book's end, not only are we changed for having read Hannah Coulter ? we are saved!" (read more)

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November 19
Selected by Seth from Forest Grove, Oregon
Seth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Americana
Americana
by Don DeLillo

"Don DeLillo's swift, ironic, witty cross-country American nightmare doesn't have a dull or unoriginal line." Nelson Algren, Rolling Stones (read more)

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November 20
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
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The Anatomy of Fascism
The Anatomy of Fascism


"The culmination of a lifetime's study, this work is based on a thorough analysis of just about every secondary work on fascism and includes a superb bibliographic essay that will guide students and historians for many years to come." Library Journal (read more)


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November 21
Selected by Katherine from Vista, California
Anil's Ghost
Anil's Ghost
by Michael Ondaatje

Katherine's comments:
"This novel is beautifully written, and I think better than The English Patient. It weaves human experience with the recent history of the Sri Lanka." (read more)

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November 22
Selected by Tracy from San Francisco, California
Tracy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Aron Ralston

"[A] mesmerizing story told in chilling detail.... Ralston vividly describes his hallucinations...while the graphic passage of the amputation itself leaves one wincing but buoyed by the promise of his freedom with each break of a bone, cut of flesh and pull on a tendon." Rocky Mountain News (read more)

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November 23
Selected by Leslie from Monroe, Louisiana
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Antonia
My Antonia
by Willa Cather and Kathleen Norris

"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia. It is the finest thing of its sort ever done in America." H. L. Mencken, Smart Set (1920) (read more)

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November 24
Selected by Ellis from La Paz, Mexico
Ellis won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Before Their Time: A Memoir
Before Their Time: A Memoir
by Robert Kotlowitz

"I am moved and haunted by this subtle and arresting book ? by its relentless and unsparing honesty, by the poignant portrait of all those young men called to serve in World War II. And, most of all, by the palpable quality of fear that runs through its every page." David Halberstam (read more)

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November 25
Selected by Brandi from Gainesville, Florida
Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson

"Fans of Robinson's acclaimed debut Housekeeping (1981) will find that the long wait has been worth it.... Many writers try to capture life's universals of strength, struggle, joy and forgiveness — but Robinson truly succeeds in what is destined to become her second classic." Ellen Levine, Publishers Weekly (read more)

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November 26
Selected by Gary from Candler, North Carolina
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
by Thomas Frank

"A heartland populist, Frank is hilariously funny on what makes us red-staters different from blue-staters (not), and he actually knows evangelical Christians, antiabortion activists, gun-nuts, and Bubbas. I promise y'all, this is the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests. And Frank explores the subject with scholarship, understanding, passion, and — thank you, Mark Twain — such tart humor." Molly Ivins (read more)

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November 27
Selected by Angela from Kansas City, Missouri
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
by Christopher Moore

"Mr. Moore is clearly the unhinged Hiaasen. He's Daily Show-funny and willing to subvert anything, even the 'pile of dead Kringle' that sets this fractured fairy tale in motion." Janet Maslin, The New York Times (read more)

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November 28
Selected by Cathie from Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Cathie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
by Phaidon

Cathie's comments:
"This 18-pound tome illustrates the most phenomenal architecture from the past five years. This book is an absolute must have!" (read more)

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November 29
Selected by Martha from Bozeman, Montana
Astonishing Splashes of Colour
Astonishing Splashes of Colour


"An extraordinary, gripping novel written with no sentimentality. A wonderful piece of writing...it is astonishing that she has never been published before." Professor John Carey, Chair of the Man Booker Prize (read more)


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November 30
Selected by Clare from New Haven, Vermont
Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Thomas Moore

"The sincerity, intelligence and style ? so beautifully clean ? of Tom Moore's Care of the Soul truly moved me. The book's got strength and class and soul, and I suspect may last longer than psychology itself." James Hillman, author of Re-Visioning Psychology (read more)

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