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September 01
Selected by Dennis from Seattle, Washington
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Sellevision
Sellevision
by Augusten Burroughs

Dennis's Comments:
"People know the name Augusten Burroughs because of his memoir books, particularly Running With Scissors, but this novel is sorely overlooked and underrated. Anyone who's caught even a few minutes of a home shopping television program is going to start laughing by the third page and only put it down to catch their breath....Burrough's writes what we all wonder — it comes down to the adage: 'it's funny 'cause it's true.'" (read more)

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September 02
Selected by F. Pat from Boston, Massachusetts
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O Holy Cow!: Selected Verse
O Holy Cow!: Selected Verse
by Phil Rizzuto

F. Pat's Comments:
"Holy Cow, this book is like modern day baseball haiku. The Scooter's ramblings translate very well to the printed page. Every literate baseball fan should have it, you huckleberry!" (read more)


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September 03
Selected by Jacquie from Shoreline, Washington
The Reincarnationist
The Reincarnationist
by M. J. Rose

Jacquie's Comments:
"For true entertainment — thrills, chills, and a wild ride — The Reincarnationist fills the bill and then some....The pages fly by as Josh and Gabriella are tossed from one mystery to another, sometimes fighting for their very lives....Take a comfy seat and let M. J. Rose unravel this mysterious adventure for you!" (read more)


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September 04
Selected by Laurie from Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Lady's Maid
Lady's Maid
by Margaret Forster

Laurie's Comments:
"Margaret Forster is a master at authoring fictional history with an emphasis on the world of art." (read more)

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September 05
Selected by ronn from FLUSHING, NY
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

ronn's Comments:
"The decade-long wait for Junot's first novel was well worth it....[A] melange of literary styles: at turns a memoir...an urbane history of the Dominican Republic and a fantastical journey. Fans of his short fiction will be greatly rewarded, as will newbies." (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Marie from Hillsboro, Oregon
Marie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries)
by Jacqueline Winspear

Marie's Comments:
"Set in England during World War I, this book is a perfect blend of history and mystery — with just the right touch of romance! Maisie is a Red Cross Nurse, a psychologist, and a detective....An excellent, satisfying read." (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Jay from Lakeland, Florida
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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
by Brock Clarke

Jay's Comments:
"A quirky novel of bright fires, dark humor and characters with even darker secrets....The faux 'memoir' of one Sam Pulsifer, accidental torcher of the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst, Mass., Clarke's story is peopled with memorable and surreal characters, undisguised jabs at academia and razor sharp satire. At turns laugh-out-loud funny and profoundly sad, An Arsonist's Guide is ultimately a 'how to' on confronting the truths that make us and the stories that break us." (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Mika from Baltimore, Maryland
The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio
The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio
by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr

Mika's Comments:
"This book is a great find for those looking for quilting inspiration in a more modern vein. Each project in this book is shown with several color possibilities. The quilting projects progress from basic to more advanced, yet even the simplest designs have a fresh look to them. The emphasis is on design, vision, color, technique, and patchwork." (read more)

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September 09
Selected by Cheryl from Los Angeles, California
Cheryl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Chelsea Whistle
The Chelsea Whistle
by Michelle Tea

Cheryl's Comments:
"This is my favorite of Michelle Tea's books. It has her signature plainspoken, confessional punk prose, but here she employs her style to illuminate a working class childhood....One of the most realistic accounts of kid-thinking that I've read." (read more)

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September 10
Selected by Rowena from Coupeville, Washington
Rowena won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Whale Road
The Whale Road
by Robert Low

Rowena's Comments:
"Robert Low's historical novel...follows 15 year old Orm Rurikson, called Bearslayer, as he follows his father's band of warriors from Scandinavia to Kiev, searching for the treasure of Attila the Hun. Full of action and the kind of well-researched detail that makes a true historical novel, The Whale Road pitched me into the 10th Century and kept me there." (read more)


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September 11
Selected by Ernest from Lexington, Kentucky
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf

Ernest's Comments:
"Maryanne Wolf...offers an enchanting tale about the lore and science of reading through the ages....From her penetrating interpretation of Socrates critique of writing and defense of the oral tradition to her illumination of dyslexia in its manifold forms (informed by her experience of raising a dyslexic child), she educates, captivates, and enriches as she marshals insights and provocations from science, humanities, and the arts to explore the reading brain and defend the art of reading against the hazards of the Digital Age." (read more)


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September 12
Selected by Tamara from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Tamara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Kingdom Keepers
Kingdom Keepers
by Ridley Pearson

Tamara's Comments:
"Ever wonder what happens at Disney World after dark? Well here's one author's imagination at work....A read filled with wonder for those of us who are like Peter Pan and have never really grown up!" (read more)

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September 13
Selected by April from Portland, Oregon
April won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Poor Sailor
Poor Sailor
by Sammy Harkham

April's Comments:
"Poor Sailor is a simple yet beautifully poignant graphic novel. The story, with few words and gorgeous illustration, is a deeply emotional tale that lingers with the reader long after the last page has turned. This was my first graphic novel...and Poor Sailor has definitely attracted me to the medium. For fans of graphic novels as well as novices, the strength of this novel will not disappoint, and may even elicit some tears." (read more)


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September 14
Selected by Mary from Richardson, Texas
The Custodian of Paradise
The Custodian of Paradise
by Wayne Johnston

Mary's Comments:
"By the second paragraph, I wanted to quit my job and stay home and read the book in its entirety. The last time that happened was when I read Lonesome Dove. How can a man understand a woman like Sheilagh so well? Johnston does a fantastic job of pulling us into her world, and her search for answers to unanswerable questions. I recommend this book highly to anyone who likes historical fiction." (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Amy from Rushford, New York
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Montenegro (P.S.)
Montenegro (P.S.)
by Starling Lawrence

Amy's Comments:
"Join British confidential agent Auberon Harwell as he shares the politics, courage and relationships of a remote area in the Pre-World War I principality of Montenegro. With his characterizations, intense yet leisurely-moving plot and use of language Starling Lawrence re-creates this setting so completely that turning the last page makes the reader feel as if she is emerging from the book itself." (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Gay from Brookfield, Wisconsin
The White Russian
The White Russian
by Tom Bradby

Gay's Comments:
"Days leading up to the Russian Revolution in February of 1917 sets the stage for grisly murders that plague the protagonist chief investigative officer in St. Petersburg. Do the murders have anything to do with the revolutionaries? Well-written and a page turner for historical fiction." (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Gail from Bakersfield, California
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Fieldwork
Fieldwork
by Mischa Berlinski

Gail's Comments:
"This is one of the most exciting books I've read all year. Berlinski weaves together the many life stories that lead up to and, in part, explain how it came to be that an anthropologist murdered a young missionary in the jungles of Thailand." (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Felicity from Portland, OR
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Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
by Umberto Eco

Felicity's Comments:
"Nominally a book about reading, this collection of six lectures by Umberto Eco also yields insight into writing. These lecture-essays are philosophical and thought-provoking, but also made me guffaw in public more times than I'd like to admit....Fascinating and delightful." (read more)

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September 19
Selected by Kirk from Tigard, Oregon
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Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom
Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom
by Gregory Kramer

Kirk's Comments:
"This was the first book I've read which explained meditation in a way that I could easily understand." (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Linda from Mt. Lawley, Western Australia
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Cook the Perfect...
Cook the Perfect...
by Marcus Wareing and Jeni Wright

Linda's Comments:
"I borrowed this cookbook from the library, and am buying a new one just for me (or in case the library notices the stained pages!). This is one of those cookbooks that you'll use on a weekly basis. The pictures are divine, the instructions are clear, the selections appropriate for every season, and most importantly, the results are superb. I have tried a variety of recipes...and have received compliments on each." (read more)

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September 21
Selected by Andy from Portland, Oregon
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Day Ocean State of Stars' Night: Poems & Writings 1989 & 1999-2006 (El-E-Phant Books)
Day Ocean State of Stars' Night: Poems & Writings 1989 & 1999-2006 (El-E-Phant Books)
by Leslie Scalapino

Andy's Comments:
"Throughout Scalapino's career, she has recognized herself to be one of the leading poets of our time. Her new book Day Ocean State... is a collection of her best-suited writings and more. This is a great introduction to her." (read more)


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September 22
Selected by Donna from Dublin, Texas
The Looking Glass Wars
The Looking Glass Wars
by Frank Beddor

Donna's Comments:
"This is an entertaining take on the old Alice in Wonderland story and great reading for young and older alike. I'm ready for the sequel, Seeing Redd and waiting oh so patiently for the movie." (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Sophia from Lucerne, California
The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus Novels)
The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus Novels)
by Ian Rankin

Sophia's Comments:
"Ian Rankin is the champ when it comes to connecting the personal and the political, and he outdoes himself here." (read more)

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September 24
Selected by Renee from El Sobrante, California
Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
by Peter Reinhart

Renee's Comments:
"Outstanding bread baking book. Finally, a book with the research, the instruction, and the incredible recipes to make amazing whole grain bread at home. Great step-by-step photos too. This is a book that needs to be on every bread bakers shelf." (read more)

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September 25
Selected by Michael from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, Canada
Michael won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The End of Mr. Y
The End of Mr. Y
by Scarlett Thomas

Michael's Comments:
"One of the most interesting and imaginative books I have recently read." (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Lauren from Seattle, Washington
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The Pure and the Impure
The Pure and the Impure
by Sidonie-Gabriel Colette

Lauren's Comments:
"This is my all time favorite novel by Colette, and I am happy to read that it was her favorite as well. No other novel so darkly explores the Bohemian underworld of Paris during it's golden age of art, literature, and theater." (read more)

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September 27
Selected by Melissa from Houston, Texas
Melissa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Sky Is a Well
The Sky Is a Well
by Claudia Smith

Melissa's Comments:
"Smith is a writer of extraordinary talent. Her stories are just a few paragraphs, but can carry the depth of a much longer work. With themes such as loss, brutality and isolation, the horrors of life seem somehow beautiful when heard through her childlike voice." (read more)


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September 28
Selected by Yamil from Brooklyn, New York
Yamil won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Yamil's Comments:
"Although One Hundred Years of Solitude is widely considered to be Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a particularly skillfully crafted novel. From the moment we know how and where Santiago Nasar dies at the beginning of the novel, it is impossible not to want to know the rest of the story — how could an entire town know that a man is about to be ruthlessly murdered without making a move to prevent his death? The moral questions are there, but so is Garcia Marquez's mesmerizing and gripping storytelling, filled with visceral detail." (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Beth from Seattle, Washington
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The Company of Strangers
The Company of Strangers
by Robert Wilson

Beth's Comments:
"Spanning the era from WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall, this...noir tale keeps the reader constantly in shock." (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Mark from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Deathworld
Deathworld
by Harry Harrison

Mark's Comments:
"I have always brought this book up in Sci-Fi conversations because it is so wonderfully written. The author has created a character that is just an ordinary Joe, but one with an intuitive common sense." (read more)

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