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August 01
Selected by James from Lawrenceville, Georgia
James won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
God Is Dead
God Is Dead
by Ron Currie Jr

James's Comments:
"James's comments:
"I've been enjoying Ron's award-winning fiction for a few years now. He's a gifted, highly imaginative and very generous writer....This book is enjoyably devastating on so many levels, and will haunt you long after you've finished it."" (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Clark from Pocatello, Idaho
Clark won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Lullaby
Lullaby
by Chuck Palahniuk

Clark's Comments:
"Clark's comments:
"Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most skilled writers in the field today. His style is unique, in a class of its own. If you have not read this book yet, now is the time."" (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Bridget from Port Charlotte, Florida
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Red River
Red River
by Lalita Tademy

Bridget's Comments:
"Bridget's comments:
"[U]ndeniably powerful. Set against the backdrop of the 'Reconstruction' after the Civil War in Colfax, Louisiana, and the very real 'Riot of Colfax' on April 13th, 1873, we meet two special families, The Smiths and The Tademys....This story is overflowing with incredible, inspiring pride and should be on the bookshelf of every school library. There is a certain aura about this story mingling the insurmountable love and respect they have for one another, and their duty to their children and community, making this book totally unforgettable."" (read more)

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August 04
Selected by David from Fayetteville, North Carolina
How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great
How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great
by Karen Karbo

David's Comments:
"David's comments:
"A startling revelation of 'Kate the Great,' a woman, an actress, a sister, and...who still has a worldwide impact on-screen, as well as off-screen. The personal, and rare work of a legendary starlet."" (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Jennifer from Portland, Oregon
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
by Bart D. Ehrman

Jennifer's Comments:
"Jennifer's comments:
"This is a fascinating book, I found it hard to put down....Many would like to think that God took over the printing presses and out popped the Bible -- but that is far from the truth. And the truth is far more fascinating especially as older documents have come to light and into the hands of scholars who can interpret them....Dr. Ehrman does a great job explaining how the New Testament came to be, how it's been transcribed for hundreds of years, how and why things have been added, even how scholars KNOW they've been added or changed and finally -- whether or not those changes actually make a difference in our understanding of Jesus and Christianity. For anyone who wants an understanding of New Testament writings this is a must read."" (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Andreina from Stockton, California
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Alexander's Tomb: The Two-Thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conquerer
Alexander's Tomb: The Two-Thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conquerer
by Nicholas J. Saunders

Andreina's Comments:
"Andreina's comments:
"I found this book to be extremely interesting. It covered a large amounts of facts and a large time period in a short and quick-paced book....[U]nlike most history books, this one keeps you wide awake and wanting more."" (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Bryan from Portland, Oregon
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The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin

Bryan's Comments:
"Bryan's comments:
"This is an incredible novel....I read it on the bus, and particularly in the evenings, when fatigued, worried what would happen if I burst into tears after laughing out loud in some passages. Would fellow passengers think I was crazy? The critical reviews are right " this is an honest book, a hard and yet compassionate book, and truly American in its style."" (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Bonnie from El Cerrito, California
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Three Bags Full
Three Bags Full
by Leonie Swann

Bonnie's Comments:
"Bonnie's comments:
"This is a charming and engaging mystery of the English cozy variety...but what really makes this novel stand out is Ms. Swann's fully-realized ovine protagonists....This is a lovely lark of a novel for anyone who has had enough of the anthropomorphizing of Hollywood animated and computer-enhanced live-action features; I hope they never turn it into a movie."" (read more)


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August 09
Selected by Gypsi from Knoxville, Tennessee
The Gallery of Regrettable Food: Highlights from Classic American Recipe Books
The Gallery of Regrettable Food: Highlights from Classic American Recipe Books
by James Lileks

Gypsi's Comments:
"Gypsi's comments:
"This book will make you sick " with laughter. James Lileks is snarky, sarcastic and adorable....You may regret looking at the food, but you'll never regret reading the book!"" (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Shelbi from Milwaukie, Oregon
Shelbi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories
by David Sedaris

Shelbi's Comments:
"Shelbi's comments:
"I love finding out what writers are reading. David Sedaris collected and edited these short stories and compiled them to raise money for an after school tutoring organization that helps kids discover their voices in writing. This is one of the best short story collections out there. It brings both contemporary and classic authors together, has both heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud moments."" (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Laura from Portland, Oregon
Bizzarro and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro
Bizzarro and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro
by Dan Piraro

Laura's Comments:
"Laura's comments:
"Bizzarro is always the best way to start your day!"" (read more)


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August 12
Selected by Natalie from Waco, Texas
Yo! Yes?
Yo! Yes?
by Chris Raschka

Natalie's Comments:
"Natalie's comments:
"I read this book to kids who range between 14 months and 2 years old and each one of them love it....I love it too. It is so awesome to sit and read and after each page the kids are repeating each word."" (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Gail from Bakersfield, California
Gail won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Dowry: A Novel of Ireland
The Dowry: A Novel of Ireland
by Walter Keady

Gail's Comments:
"Gail's comments:
"Desperate to fulfill his obligations as a priest and a De Valerian, Father Donovan masterminds a simple plan to provide dowries for the marriageable girls of Coshlawn Crann. Naturally things go wrong. Written with an obvious delight in the many twists and turns of life and of human nature, reading this 'novel of Ireland' is like a cozy gossip with an old friend."" (read more)


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August 14
Selected by Serene from Oakland, California
Serene won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
by Steve Kowit

Serene's Comments:
"Serene's comments:
"This is the best writing manual I've ever read, and I've read a ton of them. I had the good fortune to have the author as a poetry instructor in college, but the book is the reason I got published " the first three exercises I did in the book were my first three published poems. If you ever wanted to write a poem that's not only evocative and lyrical, but in clear English and not pretentious, this is the book for you."" (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Ernest from Lexington, Kentucky
The Song Before It Is Sung
The Song Before It Is Sung
by Justin Cartwright

Ernest's Comments:
"Ernest's comments:
"This is a gripping, enriching portrait of actual events explored through the lens of a fine novelist with a sense of the moral and political ambiguity. It concerns the entanglement of the lives of Elys Mendel (British political philosopher Isaiah Berlin) and Axel von Gottberg (German aristocrat Adam von Trott), two fellow Rhodes scholars, who become caught up in the unfolding vortex of powerful forces that led to World War II and the persecution and death of millions of Jews."" (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Alfred from Portland, Oregon
Adele & Simon
Adele & Simon
by Barbara McClintock

Alfred's Comments:
"Alfred's commnets:
"This book is a treat for both the reading parent and the listening child. The story concerns a loving, if exasperated, older sibling trying to take her brother home from school. At every stop Simon, the little boy, loses something. The art, evoking early 20th century Paris, is gorgeous and even parents will be challenged to find the missing item on each page. There is even a page filled with artists of the era."" (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Sandra from Cornwall, PE, Canada, Canada, , Canada
The Book of the Dead
The Book of the Dead
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Sandra 's Comments:
"Sandra's comments
"Anyone lucky enough to pick up a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is in for a great treat. Book of the Dead is the third book in a trilogy featuring Agent Pendergast " surely one of the most unusual FBI agents in fiction."" (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Brian from Beaverton, Oregon
Brian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Sandworms of Dune (Dune)
Sandworms of Dune (Dune)
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Brian's Comments:
"Brian's comments:
"The constant balance of power and struggle for both humans and machine in religious, social, moral, and theoretical reasoning is continued in the series....A must for Dune fans who look forward to the end of the series. Brian and Kevin's distinctiveness continue to add to Frank Herbert's creation."" (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Cheron from Reno, Nevada
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I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original)
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original)
by Young-Ha Kim

Cheron's Comments:
"Cheron's comments:
"With just over one hundred pages in which to lay down his craft, Kim makes every word count. This is an intensely cryptic, yet tender novel."" (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Gypsi from Knoxville, Tennessee
Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s
Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s
by James Lileks

Gypsi's Comments:
"Gypsi's comments:
"Prepare to go blind with the horrible photos and become ill from laughing so hard! James Lileks, snarky, sarcastic, and amazingly funny, has put together a book of heinous homes and caustic comments that will leave you gasping for breath."" (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Angela from Portland, Oregon
Angela won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them
The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them
by Eugen Kogon

Angela's Comments:
"Angela's comments:
"This book is truly not for the faint of heart. Kogon, held in Buchenwald for five years, provides, in excruciating, painful detail the vulgar, unrelenting violence and death perpetuated on Jews and other prisoners in the National Socialist's concentration camps. Unlike the bulk of memoirs written by Jews after the Holocaust, Kogon provides, in a dispassionate voice, damning information about the operation, politics, functions and society of these institutions. He writes about the random violence, the pecking order among the inmates, the dissolute camp guards and leadership, the constant, unrelenting hunger, and the endless labor. There is no way anyone — including Jewish Holocaust deniers — can read this book and not know horror."" (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Jacqueline from Portland, Oregon
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis and Elaine Ingham

Jacqueline's Comments:
"Soil...ahhhhh crumbley, moist, life affirming. This book demystifies without useless jargon or inane chatter and lets you know that you Can Do It...grow chemically free!" (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Sue from Atascadero, California
Sue won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
by Kate Atkinson

Sue's Comments:
"This book flowed for me. I love her writing style. It was funny, poignant and heartbreaking at different times....My book club was divided in half with loving this book or not caring for it. I was enthralled from beginning to end with the characters and Atkinson's way with words." (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Ted from Portland, Oregon
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Lottery: A Novel
Lottery: A Novel
by Patricia Wood

Ted's Comments:
"With his IQ one point above retardation Perry L. Crandall wins millions in the Washington State Lottery....Values such as friends, family, intelligence, 'common sense' and the standards we set for ourselves and others are seen through a new pair of eyes. A quick, well-written read." (read more)

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August 25
Selected by Cathy from Sammamish, Washington
Cathy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell

Cathy's Comments:
"This is an amazing book. Six mini-novels, nested inside each other, each told in a different genre, a different voice, from a different time period....[A] clever and wise and completely original look at the human race and the migration of souls through time." (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Jennifer from Vancouver, Washington
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Here They Come
Here They Come
by Yannick Murphy

Jennifer's Comments:
"[A] beautifully written story told from the perspective of an unnamed 13-year-old girl living with her eccentric family in the tenements of New York sometime in the 1970's....The author uses powerful, symbolic prose to keep the reader interested from page one to the very end." (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Mick from Needham, Massachusetts
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Dreamland
Dreamland
by Kevin Baker

Mick's Comments:
"Dreamland is magic. It weaves in time, lives, texture, history, grit, city life and a world that few have seen in NYC. It tells many stories expertly and centers around life in Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century. This was the first novel in Baker's New York City trilogy and it's a gem." (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Kay from Brooklyn, New York
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1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina
1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina
by Chris Rose

Kay's Comments:
"Chris Rose gives voice to the voiceless and powerless city and her people devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This collection of columns is a love song to a city that comes palpably alive through his words. By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, it is required reading for anyone who loves New Orleans." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Cathy from San Antonio, Texas
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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
by Alice Steinbach

Cathy's Comments:
"A friend sent me this book. She noted it was the only book her book club ever unanimously approved. The writing style is extremely enjoyable....The book is a great travelogue, but also makes you think about shaking up your own life a bit." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Deborah from Newport News, Virginia
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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness
by Elyn R. Saks

Deborah's Comments:
"[E]nlightening, brutally honest, yet a compassionate and hopeful look at this extraordinary person's battle with her demons. When she could have spent the rest of her life in an institution she has triumphed and reached out to the millions of mentally ill in this country offering them help and insight. A much needed biography." (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Susan from Portland, Oregon
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Jeff Lindsay

Susan's Comments:
"I adored this book and its sequel. Dexter is primal and complex. He lives in an entirely different place than the rest of us, and he appeals to a part of me that wishes I could do away with all the bad people in the world...without being a sociopath, of course. The Showtime series has done this book justice, with only a handful of minor changes." (read more)

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