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September 01
Selected by Jennifer from Houston, Texas
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood
Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood
by Laurie Notaro

From the author of The New York Times bestseller The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club comes a sidesplitting tale of trying to live a grown-up life. This story has the same zits-and-all candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.
"[Nataro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." The Miami Herald (read more)

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September 02
Selected by Rosa from Whitethorn, California
Rosa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Specimen Days: A Novel
Specimen Days: A Novel
by Michael Cunningham

Specimen Days...[features] a host of shifting but related characters ? including a lizard-like alien and a precocious boy with a misshapen head ? the three sections are drawn together by the poetry of Walt Whitman, a fitting theme for a book which encompasses the great violence, desperation, and celebration of America. Specimen Days is a strange and beautiful book, and well worth exploring.
Recommended by Jill, Powells.com (read more)

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September 03
Selected by Tammy from New Haven, Connecticut
Tammy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Rumor of War
A Rumor of War
by Philip Caputo

More than a statement against war, Caputo's memoir offers readers today a profoundly visceral sense of what war is and, as the author says, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to men." (read more)

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September 04
Selected by Joce from Wellesley, Massachusetts
Joce won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith

"An utter delight. This enchanting tale has long been a favorite of mine. It has just been reissued to coincide with the soon to be released movie version. Set in 1930s England, this story of young love beguiles with moated castles, moonlight swims, high humor and a complete cast of British eccentrics." Kathi, Powells.com (read more)

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September 05
Selected by Betsy from West Berlin, New Jersey
Betsy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
by Sherwin B. Nuland

Betsy's comments:
"Explains the science behind some of the major diseases, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers, AIDS, which is both fascinating and scary! Reading this book feels like a rebellion. [T]he information seems like knowledge previously secret to those outside the medical establishment. A caveat, its hard to read this book while lying down because you immediately feel the need for exercise!" (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Bill from Fredericksburg, Virginia
No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

"No Country for Old Men includes both familiar and uncharted territory for Cormac McCarthy. His prose is lean and cadenced, but his formidable characters and intricate plot are as rich as ever. This is a novel of uncompromising beauty and power ? one of McCarthy's finest."
Recommended by Jill, Powells.com (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Barbara from Tucson, Arizona
Let Me Go
Let Me Go
by Helga Schneider

Barbara's comments:
"Painful, powerful, and necessary reading for everyone because it is essential to be informed of all aspects of the Holocaust. This is the story of a woman whose mother left her, her father and brother to go to Birkenau to participate in the medical experiments there. The mother remains convinced of the rightness of what she did. Helga is caught between the love one naturally has for one's mother and the abhorrance she has for what her mother did....Impossible to put down until the end. We all have a moral obligation to read this account." (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Maggie from Colville, Washington
Maggie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Housekeeping
Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson

Maggie's comments:
"Ms. Robinson is Emily Dickinson, Alice Munro, Carson McCullers, and Annie Dillard rolled into one." (read more)

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September 09
Selected by Diana from Midway, Tennessee
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
by Seymour M Hersh

Hersh brings together what he has learned, along with new reporting, to answer the critical question of the last four years: How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq? In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. Hersh draws on sources at the highest levels of the American government and intelligence community, in foreign capitals, and on the battlefield for an unparalleled view of a critical chapter in America's recent history. (read more)

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September 10
Selected by Jan from Eugene, Oregon
Jan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Forest Lover
The Forest Lover
by Susan Vreeland

Vreeland's third novel focuses on the courageous Canadian painter Emily Carr, who blazed a path for modern women by overcoming the confines of Victorian culture. Carr traveled through native villages and wilderness of British Columbia in the early 1900s, often alone, on a quest to paint totem poles and other artifacts before the indigenous traditions died out and the poles were destroyed or sold. (read more)

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September 11
Selected by Daniel from Taipei, Taiwan
Daniel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Living to Tell the Tale
Living to Tell the Tale
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Would that I could read the original Spanish version!...The first volume of Márquez's proposed memoir trilogy...is an eloquent, lyrical odyssey into the birth of a writer's life, and watching the brilliant novelist Márquez performing many different phases of youthful self-discovery is a fascinating thing." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read more)

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September 12
Selected by Jen from Cambridge, Massachussetts
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The Piano Teacher
The Piano Teacher
by Elfriede Jelinek

Erika Kohut, a 40-year-old, is a piano teacher who still lives with her mother. While her mother waits up for her, Erika trawls the seedy side of contemporary Vienna, visiting porn shows and peep shows. Her Jekyll and Hyde existence is disturbed by a handsome young piano student. (read more)

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September 13
Selected by Anya from Augusta, Maine
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Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
by Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to enter the world of the white-collar unemployed. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers ? and little security even for those who have jobs. (read more)

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September 14
Selected by April from Lakeport, California
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Ladder of Years
Ladder of Years
by Anne Tyler

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons, relates the story of Delia Grinstead, a restless mother of three children, who leaves her family for a life of excitement. (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Thomas from Phoenix, Arizona
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A History of the American People
A History of the American People
by Paul Johnson

"Challenges the present consensus....Monstrously energetic, greatly imaginative, large-minded and generous-hearted, occasionally grotesquely unfair, but almost always pointing in the right direction."
-- American Spectator (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Bess from Kennewick, Washington
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Keeping Watch
Keeping Watch
by Laurie R. King

Bess's comments:
"I loved this book. Laurie King just keeps getting better and better." (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Carrie from Los Angeles, California
Blood Horses
Blood Horses
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Carrie's comments:
"If you're a horse person who gets chills even thinking about Secretariat, you'll find a kindred spirit in Mr. Sullivan. This book is the author's attempt to understand why his father believed the greatest moment in sports history was Secretariat's Belmont." (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Meghan from Columbia, Missouri
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Waiting
Waiting
by Ha Jin

"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and society, between the timeless universality of the human heart and constantly shifting politics of the moment. With wisdom, restraint, and empathy for all his characters, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know."
Judges' Citation, National Book Award (read more)

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September 19
Selected by Lark from Los Angeles, California
A Match to the Heart
A Match to the Heart
by Gretel Ehrlich

Lark's comments:
"When she is struck by lightning on her Wyoming ranch, Ehrlich travels to the Southern California coast to recover. During this time she attempts to understand the power of nature that surged through her, the almost unfathomable recuperative powers of the human brain and body, and to accept that she is forever a changed person. This book is complex and emotional and riveting. I'd love to spend an afternoon with this writer...she has a great deal to say." (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Charles from Portland, Oregon
Charles won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Collector
The Collector
by John Fowles

Charles's comments:
"John Fowles first novel is a must read for any reader interested in the nuances of physical and psychological relationships. Mr. Fowles's masterpiece leaves an unsettling resonance long after it is finished." (read more)

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September 21
Selected by Gail from Gibbon, Nebraska
Gail won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club
The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club
by Laurie Notaro

Gail's comments:
"Laurie Notaro is every girl, the real ones anyway. Her bumblings will make you laugh and nod as you recall your own. This is a great intro book to other Laurie Notaro books, which are equally hilarious." (read more)

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September 22
Selected by Maggie from Bath, Maine
Maggie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Florence of Arabia: A Novel
Florence of Arabia: A Novel
by Christopher Buckley

Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand, and invents a plan for female emancipation in this biting satire of how U.S. good intentions can cause the Shiite to hit the fan. (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Diana from Rimrock, Arizona
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Desert Solitaire
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey

Diana's comments:
"Open to the beauty and power of the desert. The desert isn't Cleveland with cactus." (read more)

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September 24
Selected by Fidencia from Brooklyn, New York
Asylum
Asylum
by Patrick McGrath

"A book as absorbing as it is intelligent....The story of this love affair unfolds like a dream into a nightmare ? the characters move relentlessly toward their tragic end with desire raging like a fire, gathering strength and destroying everything and everyone in its path." Los Angeles Times (read more)

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September 25
Selected by Edward from New York, New York
Edward won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
by Jonathan Kozol

After visiting nearly 60 public schools, the author discovers that conditions have grown worse for inner-city children in the 20 years since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.
"Today's most eloquent spokesman for America's disenfranchised." Chicago Sun-Times (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Mindy from Denver, Colorado
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In the Name of Salome
In the Name of Salome
by Julia Alvarez

When 66-year-old Camila decides to leave her comfortable life behind and join Castro's revolution in Cuba, she begins to make peace with her past and can at last relate to her mother, Salom Urea, the "Emily Dickinson of the Dominican Republic." (read more)

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September 27
Selected by Joyce from Watertown, United States
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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
by Charles R. Cross

Published to coincide with the thirty-fifth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, Room Full of Mirrors gives full voice to the music that continues to enthrall each successive generation of rock fans. Hendrix's colorful, tumultuous life is brilliantly detailed in Charles Cross's latest rock bio. The legend lives on ? and rightly so.
Josephine, Powells.com (read more)

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September 28
Selected by Dawn from Azle, Texas
Dawn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Painted House
A Painted House
by John Grisham

Dawn's comments:
"This book is a nice departure from his usual lawyer books. Very enjoyable read." (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Lisa from Coatesville, Indiana
My Horizontal Life: a Collection of One-night Stands
My Horizontal Life: a Collection of One-night Stands
by Chelsea Handler

Lisa's comments:
"This book is a confession of sorts: one woman's look at the fun of onenight stands, with no apologies whatsoever. From funny to sexy to embarrassing, including her father's angry but sometimes hilarious reactions to his daughter's sex life." (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Bridget from Washington, D.C.
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Independent People (46 Edition)
Independent People (46 Edition)
by Halldor K. Laxness

Bridget's comments:
"About an Icelandic sheep farmer who places independence before love, family, and success. He is both aggravatingly stubborn and infinitely sympathetic, and the reader comes away with the ambiguously positive conclusion that all humans are dependent on one another in the end." (read more)

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