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November 01
Selected by Robert from Sarasota , Florida
Robert won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
by Harold Schechter

Robert's Comments:
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book....I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery spiced with seedy characters and unrequited love." (read more)

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November 02
Selected by Laura from Tigard, Oregon
Laura won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Laura's Comments:
"I've been teaching a long time, and I don't know how I missed this one! My pre-k class loved the cleverness and creativity of the brave little mouse, and even a class of first graders were highly entertained by it." (read more)

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November 03
Selected by Lisa from Oakland, California
Despair (Vintage International)
Despair (Vintage International)
by Vladimir Nabokov

Lisa's Comments:
"A story mixed with finding one's double and some discoursing on art and duplicity....Should you read it? Yes, if you like Nabokov and if you like stories of psychologically questionable characters." (read more)

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November 04
Selected by Deb from Indianapolis, Indiana
Deb won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
by Kate Braestrup

Deb's Comments:
"This well written, articulate, thought-provoking story of a middle-aged woman bravely facing life is a moving tribute to love in all its forms. I couldn't put it down." (read more)

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November 05
Selected by Ann from Portland, Oregon
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
by J. R. Moehringer

Ann's Comments:
"I loved this book and read it start to finish over two days. What could be a terrible self-pitying story of a boy and his role models turns into a book that is both hilarious and sweet as he describes his various efforts to negotiate the world of men without a father he can truly admire and know. Just amazing! I highly recommend this book." (read more)

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November 06
Selected by Lynda from Danville, California
Lynda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Caucasia
Caucasia
by Danzy Senna

Lynda's Comments:
"Not so much about race as it is about searching for your identity. I love the way the author subtly 'grows up' the character, Birdie, approximately 6 years through the book." (read more)

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November 07
Selected by Roszell from Granda Hills, California
Roszell won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula
The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula
by Eric Nuzum

Roszell's Comments:
"A fun romp through the world of Vampires. From their folklore origins through Stoker's Dracula all the way to modern Vampires." (read more)


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November 08
Selected by Freda from Bellingham, Washington
Freda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
by Daniel Pinchbeck

Freda's Comments:
"Daniel's grasp of the scientific as well as spiritual aspects of the 2012 phenomenon keep both the logical and intuitive minded readers fully engaged. He explains difficult scientific concepts such as the precession of the equinoxes in terms that the everyday reader can easily understand, and he weaves in aspects of his personal journey throughout the story-making the material engaging to the reader. You will not be able to put this book down!" (read more)

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November 09
Selected by Shannon from Puyallup, Washington
Shannon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Odd Mom Out
Odd Mom Out
by Jane Porter

Shannon's Comments:
"Porter is one of the most honest writers I've ever encountered...willing to expose vulnerabilities in her characters that many of us readers would be loathe to admit we suffer from. This book is both funny and touching, heartbreaking and hopeful. As the main character navigates her way through her relationship with her daughter, her parents, and a possible new man in her life who seems to stand for everything she finds herself bucking against, you'll find yourself rooting for her and sympathizing. Fantastic read!" (read more)

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November 10
Selected by Catherine from Seattle, WA
Catherine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Grit Cookbook: World-Wise, Down-Home Recipes
The Grit Cookbook: World-Wise, Down-Home Recipes
by Jessica Greene and Ted Hafer

Catherine's Comments:
"The Grit restaurant is one of a kind. Any meat-lover will be amazed that such delicious food is all vegetarian! I always have a batch of the Grit yeast gravy in my fridge, as it tastes good on absolutely everything." (read more)

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November 11
Selected by Christie from Davis, California
Christie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Garden of Ruth
The Garden of Ruth
by Eva Etzioni-Halevy

Christie's Comments:
"This is a story within a story. The main tale about Osnath is...sprinkled with unrealistic semi-steamy sex scenes. But I hung on and...arrived at the 'original' text that Ruth herself wrote. This part of the book is an interesting explanation of what might have happened before, between, and after...the Bible." (read more)

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November 12
Selected by Kylie from Woodland, Washington
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Kylie's Comments:
"Quite a funny book, Scieszka twists well known fairy tales into...well, something unusual yet interesting. A great find for the young at heart, or strange little kids." (read more)


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November 13
Selected by Cheri from Circleville, Ohio
Cheri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life
Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life
by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte

Cheri's Comments:
"Manager of his Jewish parents' failing resort hotel El Monaco in White Lake, New York on the weekends, Elliot runs...to Greenwich Village where he can live the life he chooses as an interior designer...meeting the likes of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Robert Mapplethorpe — all the while keeping his gay life a secret from his family. That is, until June 28, 1969, when he finds himself at the Stonewall Inn and the famous 'Stonewall Riot' that would revolutionize the gay culture breaks out....See Woodstock through the eyes of someone who lived it, who helped bring it to life — you'll never look at this period of history the same again." (read more)

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November 14
Selected by Michelle from Surprise, Arizona
Michelle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Sharp Objects: A Novel
Sharp Objects: A Novel
by Gillian Flynn

Michelle's Comments:
"This novel is gritty, real, and unexpected. I thought I had it all figured out but I didn't, and I didn't stop reading until I knew. This is the kind of book that seeps into your life and makes you think about it while you wash dishes, drive to work, or walk the dog. I will be on the lookout for more books from Gillian Flynn." (read more)

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November 15
Selected by Robin from Glen Allen, Virginia
Robin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel
Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel
by Ariana Franklin

Robin's Comments:
"One of the most interesting and compelling mysteries I've read in years! And so informative about an era when women's roles differed so much from today! CSI of the Middle Ages." (read more)

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November 16
Selected by Hannah from Blacksburg, Virginia
Hannah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
You Are Here
You Are Here
by Katharine Harmon

Hannah's Comments:
"As a bookseller myself for years, I have recommended this book many times. I recommend it to anyone who likes to collect very interesting books such as artists, writers and designers. In this book there are maps of the human body, places, memories and imaginary lands. It is very unusual and entirely wonderful." (read more)

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November 17
Selected by Lukas from Portland, Oregon
Saddest Music in the World
Saddest Music in the World


Lukas's Comments:
"If you haven't seen any films by madcap Candian director Guy Maddin, start here. Maddin's loopy, loony tale of lust, treachery, and beer is set against the backdrop of the depression. A legless beer baroness (a lovely Isabella Rossellini) holds a contest to find the world's saddest song. A slick American (Mark McKinney) competes against his grieving, moody cellist brother. Passions flare and beer flows! Maddin shoots as if the last 70 years hadn't happened, favoring b&w, tinted lenses, highly stylized sets....Wacky in a good way." (read more)


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November 18
Selected by Anna from London, England,
The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland
The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland
by Barbara Sjoholm

Anna's Comments:
"I loved this book — it reminded me of my travels in Lapland and informed me about so much of the culture. It has inspired me to make another visit! A well-written, well-researched, very interesting book." (read more)

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November 19
Selected by Margaret from Port Washington, New York
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
by Tom Reiss

Margaret's Comments:
"This book provides such a wide variety of information in addition to its subject, that I wound up learning a lot of history I was unaware of! It was amazing to realize that someone who was a household name (or nearly enough) wound up a complete unknown in such a short amount of time. Bravo, Tom Reiss, for such a well-researched biography that is a history book as well!" (read more)

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November 20
Selected by Stewart from Richmond, Virginia
Stewart won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America
by Jonathan Gould

Stewart's Comments:
"Finally, an intelligent book about the Beatles that talks, not only about their history, but also about their music. Intertwined is a fascinating look at the times and circumstances that defined their popularity. Rivals Philip Norman's Shout as a defining book about the best musical act ever." (read more)


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November 21
Selected by Debbie from Whitehorse, YT, Canada, Canada,
Debbie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
by Hampton Sides

Debbie's Comments:
"A remarkable book for anyone interested in the story of the larger-than-life characters involved in the drama and tragedy that was the settling of the American Southwest. The author skilfully — and objectively — looks at the Spanish settlement, the Mexican-American War, the Navajo, Kit Carson, and even the Mormons, and of the events and people involved in the 'Long Walk' of the Navajo. Sides' style is very readable, and his sources impeccable." (read more)

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November 22
Selected by Margaret from Steilacoom, Washington
Margaret won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Strange as This Weather Has Been
Strange as This Weather Has Been
by Ann Pancake

Margaret's Comments:
"Ann Pancake's novel does it all. The characters are believable and compelling; the setting is effectively and accurately described; the language is rich and arresting; and the theme demonstrates the horror and greed of mountain top mining. This novel is one of the most honest and powerful books I have ever read." (read more)

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November 23
Selected by Roger from Howell, New Jersey
Roger won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
David Lynch: The Air Is on Fire
David Lynch: The Air Is on Fire
by David Lynch

Roger's Comments:
"For fans of Lynch's films, this book is indispensable. It shows you the full range of his creativity outside the medium of film. For art lovers in general, regardless of your impression of David Lynch the director, the works presented in this book will provide you with hours of awe-inspiring viewing pleasure. Some of these paintings and drawings will take you places you have never been before. Highly, highly recommended!" (read more)


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November 24
Selected by Desi from Ferndale, Washington
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen Ambrose

Desi's Comments:
"This was a very good read. I've never been one for non-fiction, and NEVER history! But this is definitely an exception. It wasn't dry, but substantial and interesting and included things many may not have known about Meriwether Lewis. There are little blurbs about the other people too, and it helps tie the whole expedition together and it almost feels like you're there with them!" (read more)

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November 25
Selected by Liza from Glencoe, Illinois
Liza won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-The-World Journey with Our Children (Travelers' Tales Footsteps)
One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-The-World Journey with Our Children (Travelers' Tales Footsteps)
by David Elliot Cohen and Devyani Kamdar

Liza's Comments:
"Imagine selling your home, your car and most of your belongings, pulling your young kids out of school and taking a one-year trip around the world. This is what David Elliot Cohen and his wife did, and they lived to write a book about it! With their three children, ages 3, 6 and 8, they took a sojourn that included the rain forest of Costa Rica, a houseboat in Burgundy, the coast of Australia, and the jungles of Laos. A sometimes hilarious travelogue, this was a great way to read about a 'what if' scenario that every parent imagines." (read more)

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November 26
Selected by Diane from Boone, Iowa
Diane won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Do Not Open
Do Not Open
by John Farndon

Diane's Comments:
"A fun and engaging book for kids of all ages, Do Not Open begs you to open up and explore secrets 'they' don't want you to know about. Explore the secrets behind the Mona Lisa, Area 51, Elvis and many more interesting subjects." (read more)

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November 27
Selected by Anastasia from Denver, Colorado
The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
by Claire Messud

Anastasia's Comments:
"This is a gorgeous book about privileged youth in NY basically just trying to live their lives, but messing them up with quite a bit of misguided love, adultery, art, and overall stupidity. This book is incredibly well-written and shows that despite the privilege people with money grow up with, it does not make them any better at making good decisions and coping with life." (read more)

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November 28
Selected by Todd from Charleston, South Carolina
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Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program
Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program
by Pat Duggins

Todd's Comments:
"After covering 86 shuttle launches, Pat Duggins gives us his unique perspective into the ill-fated shuttle program which is to be shut down in 2010. This is a very interesting read." (read more)

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November 29
Selected by Dina from San Francisco, California
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The Patron Saint of Liars
The Patron Saint of Liars
by Ann Patchett

Dina's Comments:
"I am a big fan of Ann Patchett. I first read The Magician's Assistant and then backtracked to read this book. The Patron Saint of Liars is an interesting look at Rose, a woman who leaves her marriage and her family and goes to a home for unwed mothers. Her plans change and she ends up staying at the home. Patchett tells the history of the mother's home and the small town where it is located." (read more)

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November 30
Selected by Tam from Newton, Iowa
Tam won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Son of a Witch: A Novel
Son of a Witch: A Novel
by Gregory Maguire

Tam's Comments:
"If Wicked left you craving more, then Son of a Witch will sate that thirst....The entire mystery...is revealed in the last four words, but don't skip the wonderful mystic journey to get there." (read more)

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