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October 01
Selected by Paul from Lantana, Florida
Armed Struggle: A History of the IRA
Armed Struggle: A History of the IRA


"About Richard English's Armed Struggle: History of the IRA there is a kind of passionate objectivity you'll rarely find on this subject. The author works mightily to present two sides of a story that keeps shifting. You might read the book wondering, perhaps, where his sympathies lie, but even if you sneak a look at the last chapter, where he lays out his credentials, you'll come away impressed with his balance and fairness. I am neither scholar nor historian, but this is the one book I recommend for anyone trying to understand the craziness and complexity of the Northern Ireland tragedy."
Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes (read more)


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October 02
Selected by Molly from San Francisco, California
The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer
by John Harwood

"Combines suspense that keeps readers up with a literary voice that allows them to respect themselves in the morning."
Publishers Weekly (read more)

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October 03
Selected by Deanna from Puyallup, Washington
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
by Thaddeus Carhart

Deanna's comments:
"A national bestseller in 2001, this book is a must read for piano lovers, musical friendships, [and] the history of this glorious instrument. I had to purchase it for my musician sister and my son's piano teacher!" (read more)

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October 04
Selected by Barbara from Pullman, Washington
Barbara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Last Convertible
The Last Convertible
by Anton Myrer

Available once again, this beloved novel of America's World War II generation tells the story of five Harvard men, the women they loved, and the elegant car that came to symbolize their romantic youth. The Last Convertible is also the "Greatest Generation's" coming-of-age story during World War II and into the post-war years. (read more)

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October 05
Selected by Kaylee from Toronto, Ontario
Kaylee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Girl, Interrupted
Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen

"[A]n account of a disturbed girl's unwilling passage into womanhood...and here is the girl, looking into our faces with urgent eyes." Diane Middlebrook, Washington Post Book World (read more)

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October 06
Selected by Susan from Thousand Oaks, USA
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Hot Flash Club
The Hot Flash Club
by Nancy Thayer

Susan's comments:
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story of [four] ladies who are all going through a change in their lives, and they help each other get through it. I recommend this to any lady in their 50s...you will relate!" (read more)

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October 07
Selected by Jackie from Marshfield, Missouri
Jackie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell

"Finally, someone willing to admit just how dirty a kitchen can get! Powell's story is at once a comic tale of struggling to find one's balance in the adult world, and a witty exploration of why ? and how ? we cook. Gastronomes, as well as those more inclined to order take-out, will enjoy Powell's down-and-dirty journey into French cuisine, but her depiction of America is the secret ingredient that holds the whole recipe together. A nourishing read if you love to cook or would rather stay out of the kitchen altogether." Recommended by Emily, Powells.com (read more)

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October 08
Selected by Cheri from Malibu, California
Cheri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Little Black Book of Stories
Little Black Book of Stories
by A S Byatt

The Little Black Book holds its secrets, and they will linger in your mind forever. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their childhood fears and memories and the strange thing they saw ? or thought they saw ? so long ago. A distinguished male obstetrician and a young woman artist meet in a hospital. But both of them have very different ideas about body parts, birth and death. An innocent member of an evening class turns out to have her own decided views on how to use "raw material." The five stories in this marvelous collection are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling, sad, and utterly unforgettable. (read more)

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October 09
Selected by Harveen from Tarrytown, New York
Harveen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
by Sarah Macdonald

When the love of MacDonald's life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs, this is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life ? and her sanity ? can survive. (read more)

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October 10
Selected by Cathy from Celina, Ohio
Cathy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Prince of Beverly Hills
The Prince of Beverly Hills
by Stuart Woods

Set in Hollywood's Golden Age, Woods's latest work features a suave, new character ? Beverly Hills detective Rich Barron who is demoted to security detail at a movie studio only to uncover a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that may originate with the West Coast mob. (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Mary from Nehlam, Oregon
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Discover Your Genius : How To Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds (03 Edition)
Discover Your Genius : How To Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds (03 Edition)
by Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb, bestselling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, draws upon history's most revolutionary minds to help you unleash your own creativity. With fascinating biographies of all ten geniuses, personal self-assessments, and practical exercises, this book is the key to unlocking the genius inside you. (read more)

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October 12
Selected by Vivian from Portland, USA
Vivian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Mile Zero (Vintage Contemporaries)
Mile Zero (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Thomas Sanchez

"A holy terror of a book....[It has] immense power and passion.... Half mystery, half panegyric and wholly one of a kind, Mile Zero is [a] fascinating novel about the end of the American road and the beginnings of a new world." Washington Post Book World (read more)

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October 13
Selected by Maggie from Durham, North Carolina
Maggie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army
by Kayla Williams

An unsparing self-portrait of a rebellious patriot, Williams's story offers an unprecedented and no-holds-barred young woman's perspective into the U.S. Army and the war in Iraq. (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Colleen from Washington, D.C.
Colleen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fingersmith
Fingersmith


Colleen's comments:
"If Charles Dickens had been a lesbian he would have written this book. Now available on DVD as well from BBC productions." (read more)


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October 15
Selected by Laurene from Louisville, Kentucky
Laurene won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Bad Land: An American Romance
Bad Land: An American Romance
by Jonathan Raban

Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century. Raban's stunning evocation of the harrowing, desperate reality behind the homesteader's dream strips away the myth ? while preserving the romance ? that has shrouded our understanding of our own heartland. (read more)

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October 16
Selected by Patricia from Palmyra, Virginia
Patricia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Laws of Evening: Stories
The Laws of Evening: Stories
by Mary Yukari Waters

Dazzling and elegant, this debut collection explores a Japanese society caught between the long shadow of World War II and the rapid advance of Westernization.
Patricia's comments:

"Exceptional short stories." (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Rebekah from Corvallis, Oregon
Rebekah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
All I Did Was Ask
All I Did Was Ask
by Terry Gross

More than three dozen timeless interviews from the award-winning National Public Radio host encourage revelations from figures as diverse as John Updike, Isabella Rossellini, Conan O'Brien, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Nicholas Cage. (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Amy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Amy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Family
Family
by J California Cooper

In her acclaimed novels and short stories, J. California Cooper portrays the lives of African Americans, bringing to light the impact of history, social and economic hardship, and enduring cultural strengths on the experiences of individuals and families. Much has been written about the institution of slavery. But with Family, Cooper has taken the slave narrative and recreated it as an epic, yet colloquial, poem. (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Larry from Chicago, Illinois
Larry won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
by J. R. Moehringer

The author's vivid memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a grand old New York saloon that was sanctuary for all types of men ? cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums ? is told with heart, drama, and exquisite comic timing. (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Carmen from Levelland, Texas
Carmen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Mermaid Chair
The Mermaid Chair
by Sue Monk Kidd

Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, spent 77 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today. (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Randolph from Middle Village, New York
Boss Tweed: The Life and Legacy of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
Boss Tweed: The Life and Legacy of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Randolph's comments:
"Ackerman has brought Tweed a to life not just as the crook found in schoolbooks but also as someone who pursued laudable civic goals and formulated sound public policy. In fact, New York City looks much the way it does because of Tweed. For example, Tweed was responsible for the Brooklyn Bridge being built, many roads being made wider and paved, such as 5th Avenue. The author writes that many Tammany pols such as Tweed wouldn't steal a dime from a blind stranger and would move mountains to help friends, yet wouldn't sneeze at fixing a vote or skimming a city contract. This book is great read. After you read it you will want to read the authors works: The Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield and The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday, 1869." (read more)

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October 22
Selected by Ariel from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
The Myth of You and Me
The Myth of You and Me
by Leah Stewart

After a ten-year absence from each other's lives, childhood friends reconnect with their once inseparable other halves. The tale will appeal to anyone who has ever loved and lost a best friend. (read more)

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October 23
Selected by Leslie from Birmingham, Alabama
Leslie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
by Atul Gawande

In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is ? uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human. (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Cynthia from Pleasantville, New Jersey
Cynthia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Summer Sisters
Summer Sisters
by Judy Blume

No writer captures the seasons of our lives better than Judy Blume. Now, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wifey and Smart Women, comes an extraordinary novel of reminiscence and awakening ? an unforgettable story of two women, two families, and the friendships that shape a lifetime. (read more)

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October 25
Selected by Beth from Minneapolis, Minnessota
Beth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
by Susan Sheehan

Beth's comments:
"An excellent example of telling a big story by telling a small one. This book explains many different treatments for mental illness by telling the story of one person." (read more)

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October 26
Selected by Cheryl from South Bend, Indiana
Cheryl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Biographer's Tale
The Biographer's Tale
by A S Byatt

From the Booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing. Tantalizing, witty, and delightfully rueful, this paperback edition is the story of a disenchanted postgraduate student who decides to study "the messiness of real life" by writing a biography of a great biographer. (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Bethany from Elma, Washington
Bethany won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Heaven's Coast: Memoir, a
Heaven's Coast: Memoir, a
by Mark Doty

Part memoir, part journal, part elegy for a life of rare communication and beauty, Heaven's Coast evinces the same stunning honesty, resplendent descriptive power and rapt attention to the physical landscape that has won Doty's poetry such attention and acclaim. (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Johanna from Seattle, Washington
Johanna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Last Kabbalist in Lisbon
The Last Kabbalist in Lisbon
by Richard Zimler

Set in the universe of the Jewish Kaballah during the Lisbon massacre of April 1506, this novel tells the story of a secret Jew named Zarco who searches for the killer of his uncle, a renowned kabbalist and manuscript illuminator, encountering a secret language and code that obscures the truth.

Johanna's comments:
"Disturbing, prescient, amazing." (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Janet from San Diego, California
Janet won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
by Richard A. Clarke

"On the day of the meeting [September 4, 2001], Clarke sent Rice an impassioned personal note. He criticized U.S. counterterrorism efforts past and present. The 'real question' before the principals, he wrote, was 'are we serious about dealing with the al Qida threat?...Is al Qida a big deal?...Decision makers should imagine themselves on a future day when the CSG has not succeeded in stopping al Qida attacks and hundreds of Americans lay dead in several countries, including the US,' Clarke wrote. 'What would those decision makers wish that they had done earlier? That future day could happen at any time.'" ? From The 9/11 Commission Report (read more)

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October 30
Selected by David from Mount Zion, Illinois
David won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers

David's comments:
"This timeless masterpiece documents the universal loneliness of the human condition as illustrated by the lives of several characters in the rural South." (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Tom from Canton, Michigan
Lies My Teacher Told Me
Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James W Loewen

From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses. (read more)

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