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September 01
Selected by Michael from Starkville, Mississippi
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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

Michael's comment:
"A worthy parable, no less potent today than at its publication more than a half century ago." (read more)

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September 02
Selected by L. M. from Berkeley, California
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

L. M.'s comments:
"A thoughtful, moving memoir from the man Salon.com calls 'The new face of the Democratic Party and America.'" (read more)

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September 03
Selected by Pam from Kennewick, Washington
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Maisie Dobbs
Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear

"Meet Maisie Dobbs, who in 1929 launches her career as a private investigator and finds herself drawn back to the Great War she thought she'd long since put behind her: an unexpected beginning for Maisie ? and a rare treat for mystery fans." Charles Dodd, author of A Fearsome Doubt (read more)

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September 04
Selected by Grace from McLean, Virginia
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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
by Alice Steinbach

"I loved going along with Alice Steinbach as she goes off on this rare, wonderful adventure, an escape into discovering herself and some of the truly magical places in this world." Dominick Dunne (read more)

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September 05
Selected by Randall from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sayonara, Gangsters
Sayonara, Gangsters
by Genichiro Takahashi

Randall's comments
"A great book from 1981 that was only translated into English last year. It got some press on its release but then disappeared quickly. None of the chain bookstores seem to carry it, which is a real shame. It deserves to be more widely read." (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Chris from Vancouver, Washington
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The 9/11 Commission Report: The Full Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
The 9/11 Commission Report: The Full Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

"Without trivializing any of the events or diminishing the people involved, it reads like a Shakespearean drama...Given what hangs in the balance, it is not a stretch to compare this document to 'The Federalist Papers,' in the sense that the book is designed to foster the debate by which the country will reimagine itself through its bureaucracy." Publishers Weekly (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
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A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

"I think it is the best-written, best-designed and most moving novel I have read in many years. Beginning with a tiny incident among ordinary boys, it ends by being as deep and as big as evil itself. As I read the story I had the feeling of climbing a tower and looking at wider and wider prospects of human nature, each bleaker than the last.... The characters are real, the tragedy is inevitable, the setting is perfectly chosen. I shall recommend this book to anyone who tells me that the novel is no longer a work of art." Aubrey Menen (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Anagha from Portland, Oregon
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A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
by Samantha Power

Anagha's comments:
"A Problem from Hell explores genocide in depth and what America has done to help victims and countries. Nothing. America's stayed out of most of the genocides of 20th century. How and why, you must read Power's findings to find out." (read more)

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September 09
Selected by Tom from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
by Wallace Stegner

Tom's comments:
"A quiet lyrical masterpiece which transcends and conquers our conceptions of marriage, friendship, and what it means to be human. Stegner explores how everyday moments shape and transform our lives in ways we couldn't possibly imagine." (read more)

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September 10
Selected by John from New York, New York
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Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography
Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography
by John Toland

"Massive, masterful...should stand as a landmark in the literature of ideological megalomania." San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle (read more)

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September 11
Selected by Carmen from Washington, D.C.
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Mama Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
Mama Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Gloria Naylor

Carmen's comments:
"This is perhaps one of the most beautiful modern classics I have ever read." (read more)

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September 12
Selected by Stacy from San Diego, California
The Art of the Steal
The Art of the Steal
by Christopher Mason

Stacy's comments:
"The Art of the Steal is a social and economic commentary on our times. And you learn a little something about priceless pieces of art. It's shocking how much money, greed, and ego surrounds 44 million dollar Picassos. Reads like a thriller. Completley fascinating." (read more)


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September 13
Selected by Ellenor from Carmel, Indiana
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Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray

"There are scenes of all sorts; some dreadful combats, some grand and lofty horse-riding, some scenes of high life, and some of very middling indeed; some love-making for the sentimental, and some light comic business; the whole accompanied by appropriate scenery, and brilliantly illuminated with the Author's own candles." William Makepeace Thackeray (read more)

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September 14
Selected by Rob from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story
Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story
by Brendan Halpin

Rob's comments:
"Funny, moving and sometimes infuriating. You won't be able to stop until you've finished, or until you've pestered your loved ones by continually reading the funniest passages aloud." (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Blue from Charlottesville, Virginia
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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

"'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell' is unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow — a delight to read, both for the elegant and precise use of words, which Ms. Clarke deploys as wisely and dangerously as Wellington once deployed his troops, and for the vast sweep of the story, as tangled and twisting as old London streets or dark English woods. It is a huge book, filled with people it is a delight to meet, and incidents and places one wishes to revisit, which is, from beginning to end, a perfect pleasure." Neil Gaiman (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Gypsi from Knoxville, Tennessee
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Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
by Debra Hamel

"Hamel's treatment of this complicated story is outstanding not only for its comprehensive (yet remarkably concise) presentation of the social and historical context of fourth-century Athens, but also, perhaps supremely, for its tact....Hamel responds to the same injustices as a historian, presenting them clearly and with a minimum of expressed judgment....Hamel demolishes Apollodoros's case with objectivity and rigor." Ingrid D. Rowland, New Republic (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
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The Way of All Flesh (Modern Library)
The Way of All Flesh (Modern Library)
by Samuel Butler

Kris's comments:
"Though published in 1903, a year after Butler's death, this work has incredible contemporaneity. It demonstrates, by following several generations of a bourgeois Victorian family, how the beliefs of prior generations play a remarkably influential role in the fortunes of those who follow. Reading this novel may well cause many to reevaluate their views of the institution of the family." (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Sam from St. Catharines, Canada
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What Really Happened to the Class of '93: Start-Ups, Dropouts, and Other Navigations Through an Untidy Decade
What Really Happened to the Class of '93: Start-Ups, Dropouts, and Other Navigations Through an Untidy Decade
by Chris Colin

Sam's comments:
"A fascinating collection of true stories. This book goes beyond the highschool reunion and tells about the struggles and triumphs of a graduating class as they entered the real world." (read more)

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September 19
Selected by Patricia from Omaha, Nebraska
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A Noble Radiance
A Noble Radiance
by Donna Leon

"Anything that takes place in Venice immediately grabs my attention. This mystery series offers up a domestic side of the city without the usual romantic overlay and has subtly drawn characters in the detective Brunetti and his family. I can't wait to read her newest installment, Uniform Justice, which is just out in hardback." Mark Ingraham, Powells.com (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Jon from Madison, Wisconsin
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms


A blind, lungless little plow that sifts our soil a teaspoon at a time is responsible for engineering our entire ecosystem. Amy Stewart has uncovered the earthworm's purposeful cycle into a delightful read that also serves as a reminder to savor our curiosities. Donna Kane, Powells.com (read more)


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September 21
Selected by Floyd from Portland, Oregon
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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater
by Marc Acito

Floyd's comments:
"Laugh-out-loud funny, yet tender and sweet: the perfect read." (read more)

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September 22
Selected by Garrett from Washington, DC
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Blue Blood
Blue Blood
by Edward Conlon

Garrett's comments:
"This is the best book about being a police officer I've ever read. A Harvard-educated NYPD detective explores the mindset of a cop and the tensions of modern policing, mixing together great tales and heartrending realism for a compelling read." (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Mick from Needham, Massachusetts
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Dubin's Lives
Dubin's Lives
by Bernard Malamud

Mick's comments:
"Malamud is famed for his superb short stories, but this little known novel is a gem. This tale of an aging biographer, his lives, and how he copes with his life, his wife, his lover, his friends, neighbors, and all that swirls around himm make for an engaging and thought-provoking novel." (read more)

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September 24
Selected by Bonnie from Lafayette, California
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Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia
Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia
by Pamela Constable

Bonnie's comments:
"Washington Post reporter Pamela Constable finds fragments of grace in the most fragmented of places: Afghanistan and Iraq. And along the way helps a few dogs and cats caught in the crossfire. A great way to get up to speed on the Mideast." (read more)

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September 25
Selected by Anagha from Portland, Oregon
Man Who Walked Between the Towers (03 Edition)
Man Who Walked Between the Towers (03 Edition)
by Mordicai Gerstein

Anagha's comments:
"As we venture through September, read this novel regarding the WTC. Poetical and mystical, it's bound to capture your immediate attention." (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Al from St. Paul, Minnesota
Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories
Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories
by Peter Phillips and Project Censored

"Devastating evidence of the dumbing down of mainstream news in America.... Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens." Los Angeles Times (read more)

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September 27
Selected by Micky from Santa Barbara, California
Heaven Lake
Heaven Lake


"Americans didn't invent youthful naiveté, of course, but they patented it quickly.... [O]ur canon is dominated by stories of young men striding into the world, only to find it a more complicated and compromising place than they'd anticipated. John Dalton's thoughtful debut novel, Heaven Lake, is a worthy descendent of that tradition.... This is a story as sensitive to the complexities and beauties of China as to the territory of the human heart." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read more)


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September 28
Selected by Jackie from Portland, Oregon
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Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
by Natalie Goldberg

"In her inimitably candid style...Goldberg coaches us to work despite the ranting of that universal critic inside.... This book is like a good conversation with a writer friend who cares enough to tell it like it is." The Tennessean (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Ryan from Ginowan, Japan
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At Swim-Two-Birds (Irish Literature)
At Swim-Two-Birds (Irish Literature)
by Flann O'Brien

Ryan's comments:
"A glorious addition to, and send up of, early twentieth-century Irish literature, in the vein of Beckett." (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Jesse from St.Catharines, Canada
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A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
by Stephen W Hawking

Jesse's comments:
"What makes this book an everlasting classic is the fact it is simple enough for the average person to understand and yet so profoundly revealing. This is a book for all of humanity to ponder over." (read more)

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