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August 01
Selected by Myra from Honolulu, Hawaii
Myra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Coffin Trail
The Coffin Trail
by Martin Edwards

Myra's comments:
Martin Edwards has created DCI Hannah Scarlett and her new cold case team in the Lake District. If you like Stephen Booth or Peter Robinson, you will welcome this new series. (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Cyndi from Harbor Springs, Michigan
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The Ax
The Ax
by Donald E Westlake

Cyndi's comments:
A darkly funny novel about a desperate man taking desperate measures. (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Tricia from Marshall, Texas
Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God
Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God
by Joe Coomer

Tricia's comments:
Joe Coomer brings to life three women who come together to live on a boat off the coast of New England. Each woman is looking for answers: Charlotte is trying to escape her life, Grace is trying to continue to hold on to her life, and Chloe is trying to find and capture a life. Coomer's descriptions of the coast of New England make the reader long to be there. A wonderful book. (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Jennifer from Toronto, Canada
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Bone People
The Bone People
by Keri Hulme

Jennifer's comments:
Beautifully set against the brilliant landscape of New Zealand, The Bone People is a story of three characters who through mythic and mysterious circumstance become woven into each others lives. The ending is revealed at the beginning, creating an overall tone of urgency that will not let you put it down. (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Eileen from Kirkland, Washington
Eileen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Ivy Chronicles
The Ivy Chronicles
by Karen Quinn

Eileen's comments:
A hilarious look at a single mother in New York City and her business of counseling parents and their children on how to get into the most prestigious private kindergarten schools. (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Roger from Howell, New Jersey
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Killing Time
Killing Time
by Caleb Carr

Roger's comments:
Carr turns historical fiction on its head with a this futuristic tale of the assassination of a president. (read more)


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August 07
Selected by Andrew from Exeter, New Hampshire
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving

Andrew's comments:
I think this is one of Irving's best novels plus, it's centered around Exeter and many of the local landmarks are used to tell the story. (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Joe from Vancouver, Washington
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A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
by Jason Roberts

Joe's comments:
Here's history, quasi-history, adventure, and a whole host of other goodies all rolled into a rip-roaring story. (read more)

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August 09
Selected by Kris from Niagara Falls, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Glass Palace
The Glass Palace
by Amitav Ghosh

Kris's comments:
This story starts out in Burma in 1885 and follows a family into modern times. The writer develops fascinating characters and is a wonderful storyteller. This is the kind of book you will be thinking about long after you've finished it. (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Pam from Schenectady, New York
Pam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Visitant: Anasazi Mysteries #1
The Visitant: Anasazi Mysteries #1
by Kathleen Oneal Gear

Pam's comments:
This is the first book in a fantastic mystery trilogy. The story begins with the discovery of a mass grave found by archaeologists during a dig in New Mexico. The tale then weaves between the archaeologists and the Anasazi Indians of the past. (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Andrew from Brooklyn, New York
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Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City
Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City
by Italo Calvino

Andrew's comments:
Marcovaldo is perhaps Calvino's greatest character, a man who can discover the beauty and wonder in the mundane and quotidian. (read more)

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August 12
Selected by Bill from Chicago, Illinois
The Prestige
The Prestige
by Christopher Priest

Bill's comments:
A magnificent, gothic Victorian tale! Two rival magicians' dark secrets echo through the ages tainting the lives of their families for generations. Magic, secrets, and Nicola Tesla are only the beginning! (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Andrea from New York City, New York
Andrea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Queen of Cool
The Queen of Cool
by Cecil Castellucci

Andrea's comments:
The perfect antidote to shallow teen reads. In The Queen of Cool, Libby branches out from her popular high school clique and figures out what it is to be an individual. (read more)

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August 14
Selected by Kris from Vestal, New York
Kris won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick
by Emmanuel Carrere

Kris's comments:
This is a truly well-written biography of the fascinating, strange science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It is also an intelligent examination of his work. (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Roseann from New Lebanon, New York
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Sweet and Low: A Family Story
Sweet and Low: A Family Story
by Rich Cohen

Roseann's comments:
Not just another memoir, Cohen brilliantly interweaves the story of his very peculiar family with the history of New York City, sugar manufacturing, dieting, and much more. Riveting and thoroughly entertaining! (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Amy from Gresham, Oregon
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The Expected One: Book One of the Magdalene Line
The Expected One: Book One of the Magdalene Line
by Kathleen Mcgowan

Amy's comments:
Want to read something controversial, that makes you laugh and question the author's sanity? For Mary Magdalene fans and lovers of women's spirituality, this book is a must. (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Caitlin from Oberlin, Ohio
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Freddy and Fredericka
Freddy and Fredericka
by Mark Helprin

Caitlin's comments:
Vaguely reminiscent of Tocqueville, this novel is beautifully written and absurdly funny, with plenty of wordplay thrown in for good measure. (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Cathie from Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Cathie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon
by Richard K Morgan

Cathie's comments:
Hardboiled mystery meets sci-fi. The books of this trilogy will undoubtedly will go down in history as classics. (read more)


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August 19
Selected by Krystal from Aloha, Oregon
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore

Krystal's comments:
A humorous approach to what may have happened during the developmental years of Jesus, filling in the gaps that the Bible leaves us with. Who else knows about years better than Jesus's best friend Biff, who's been resurrected in order to tell us the story with the help of an incompetent angel named Rizael. (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Kim from Asheville, North Carolina
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Pleasure Was Mine (05 Edition)
Pleasure Was Mine (05 Edition)
by Tommy Hays

Kim's comments:
A wonderful story about a growing and changing family that faces the loss of their mother/wife/grandmother to Alzheimer's disease. Mostly, this is a great fiction read, but it also is an authentic telling of the often heartbreaking and sometimes funny experiences that come with memory loss. (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Beverly from Tallahassee, Florida
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Literacy and Longing in L.A.
Literacy and Longing in L.A.
by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

Beverly's comments:
Chick lit for bibliophiles! When the going gets tough, Dora goes on a book binge. Set in glittery Los Angeles, Dora seeks refuge in books to deal with her dysfunctional life. (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Bonnie from Muskegon, Michigan
Errors and Omissions
Errors and Omissions
by Paul Goldstein

Bonnie's comments:
A different take on the mystery genre in that the main character is an intellectual property attorney. Set in Hollywood with overtones of the blacklisting of the 1940s and 50s. (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Bill from Eden Prairie, Minnessotta
Bill won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Children of Men
The Children of Men
by P D James

Bill's comments:
One of the finest sci-fi thrillers ever. No one on Earth has been born for over twenty years. Man has stopped reproducing, and no one knows why. (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Paula from Boulder, Colorado
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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
by David Maraniss

Paula's comments:
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this is a story of a man who was a humanitarian more than an All-Star baseball player. I don't understand why Roberto isn't honored more by sports fans. Maybe he died too young. (read more)

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August 25
Selected by Terri from Shoreview, Minnesota
Terri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Spilling Clarence
Spilling Clarence
by Anne Ursu

Terri's comments:
Can you imagine what it would be like to remember everything that's ever happened to you? This beautifully written story of a chemical spill in a small town explores what it would be like if that happened to everyone. (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Kirsten from Lincoln City, Oregon
La Perdida
La Perdida


Kirsten's Comments:
"Kirsten's comments:
This fantastic graphic novel follows the adventures of a young woman named Carla who embarks on a somewhat misguided journey to Mexico in search of her roots....Abel does an excellent job of setting things up so that they feel believable. She also manages to keep Carla very real without making her unsympathetic. The artwork is dense and well-suited to the subject...a very rewarding book." (read more)


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August 27
Selected by Kevin from Portland, Oregon
Why We Fight
Why We Fight
by Eugene Jarecki

Kevin's Comments:
"Kevin's comments:
I will not forget the term "military industrial complex" stated by Eisenhower in 1961. He further said, "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." As the Bush era moves into history, I believe the people of our generation -- during the soon to be referred to "dark era" of the Bush administration -- will be asked "how could you not see it and why didn't you do anything." Eugene Jarecki has done something and there's still time for the rest of us." (read more)


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August 28
Selected by Krystal from Eureka, California
Krystal won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Girls He Adored
The Girls He Adored
by Jonathan Nasaw

Krystal's Comments:
"Krystal's comments:
Max, a mild mannered man, has a secret so secret that he doesn't even know it. There is more than one person living in his body. One day, one of his alternate personalities kidnaps his psychiatrist and takes her to his home. She must try and figure out who she is dealing with before it is too late." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Margaret from Burlington, Vermont
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Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer: To Global Warming or Anything Else
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer: To Global Warming or Anything Else
by Helen Caldicott

Margaret's Comments:
"Margaret's comments:
During the 1970s Dr. Caldicott made all of us aware of radioactive fallout. Now Dr. Caldicott once again uses her medical background to show why generating electricity by using nuclear power is the worst choice we could make. Read this book as soon as possible to know why Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer, and pass it on." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Eleanor from Carmel, Indiana
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How I Live Now
How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff

Eleanor's Comments:
"Eleanor's comments:
A wonderfully written story of a slightly self-centered girl who grows up into an empathetic, caring woman when she is sent to live with relatives and a war breaks out shortly thereafter. The story does contain some scenes that show the hardships inflicted by any war, and the protagonist does have an incestuous relationship with one of her cousins, but neither case is portrayed in a pornographic way. These children must survive on their own, isolated from any adult influence, and their story is enchanting." (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Laura from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada,
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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
by Lydia Millet

Laura's Comments:
"Laura's comments:
I fear that the unlikely premise of Oh Pure and Radiant Heart will scare readers away. I know it sounds ridiculous: three scientists rise from the dead and one lucky librarian is drawn into the action. In reality, Millet carries the premise almost effortlessly, and in doing so sets up a platform for a hilarious work of stinging and thought-provoking satire." (read more)

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