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August 01
Selected by Shawn from Lexington, Kentucky
That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
by Wendell Berry

Shawn's Comments:
"Simply a fantastic collection of stories with characters interweaving across a century of change...A great work of literature that will improve one's view of community and purpose. Read, read, read....." (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Sarah from Portland, Oregon
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

Sarah's Comments:
"This novel captures the true essence of Maya Angelou's life. The breathtaking scenes move you to feel as the main character feels, as if you're in the roller coaster of her life. This heart-wrenching story can change the way you think." (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Susan from Portland, Oregon
Chasing Waves: A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering
Chasing Waves: A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering
by Amy Waeschle

Susan's Comments:
"Amy has captured the spirit of adventure, fun, and hard work in this entertaining and easy to read book. I'm not a surfer, but her exploration and persistence in pursuing surfing mirrors any woman's journey to mastering any difficult and challenging sport. I enjoyed reading about her struggles with learning from her partner, finding the time to catch some waves while raising a family, and her descriptions of her traveling adventures. Nice work, Amy!" (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Eve from Thurrock, London, United Kingdom
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami

Eve's Comments:
"I discovered this book in a very strange way which I am compelled to share with you. I had a dream in which I was embroiled in conflicts -- when suddenly an entourage of four arrived to assist me. They brought with them a huge bottle of Christian Dior perfume with a message pinned to it. I took the message and told them I didn't want the perfume. The message told me to search Google for an answer! Next morning I did exactly that and found a reference to the fact that the symbol of a Christian Dior perfume arose in a novel -- The Wind-Up Bird -- in dreams as a sign of conflict....So, the greatness of Haruki's vision reached me by real means of dream transfer messaging. I will never ever forget this or the book." (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Gregory from Reston, Virginia
Gregory won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Ninetenth-Century New York
The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Ninetenth-Century New York
by Patricia Cline Cohen

Gregory's Comments:
"If you like true-life 19th century murder mysteries like The Beautiful Cigar Girl and Devil in the White City, you may enjoy The Murder of Helen Jewett. The story is developed through an in-depth exploration of how the title character became a 'fallen woman' and her relationship with the men who are her potential killers....The story develops slowly...not an easy book to read, but it is worth putting some effort into." (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Brooke from Happy Valley, Oregon
Brooke won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Paper Towns
Paper Towns
by John Green

Brooke's Comments:
"This novel ha[s] just a bit of everything...wonderful balance between humor and sensitivity. I could be laughing so hard my stomach hurt ...and crying at the bottom of the same page. I'd recommend this book to just about anybody." (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Jessica A from Ridgewood, New Jersey
Jessica A won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir
Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir
by Abby Epstein and Cara Muhlhahn and Rikki Lake

Jessica A's Comments:
"Have to say this is worth the purchase, read, and etc....I can't wait to finish this book now." (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Bill from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bill won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Silverlock
Silverlock
by John Myers Myers

Bill's Comments:
"This book is amazing on so many levels....There are incongruities along the way but they manage to fit intuitively into the circumstances that flow from the story. In the end we learn through the main characters' journey that life is as big as we make it; with all the things that count: love, war, courage, loyalty, and the list goes on." (read more)

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August 09
Selected by Kristy from Seattle, Washington
Kristy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Beautiful Blemish
Beautiful Blemish
by Kevin Sampsell

Kristy's Comments:
"Kevin is brilliant. Kevin is brilliant and reading his work is like watching someone get the $_!_ kicked out of them on a big-screen TV in HD -- you can see every pockmark and hair follicle and drip of saliva with such incredible clarity that it almost feels surreal. Beautiful Blemishes is visceral and addictive; sometimes profound, sometimes as honestly shallow as life has the tendency to be, and mostly both at once. It's the type of book you read, re-read, loan to friends, and read again when you get it back." (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Tasha from Durham, North Carolina
The Otherworldlies
The Otherworldlies
by Jennifer Ann Kogler

Tasha's Comments:
"Excellent book. I loved how the author threw some Greek mythology into an otherwise vampire book. I recommend this book to vampire and Greek mythology lovers alike." (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Michele from Reisterstown, Maryland
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
by Emmanuel Guibert and Frederic Lemercier and Didier Lefevre

Michele's Comments:
"Fascinating travelogue diary documenting the author's experience with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. Moving, beautifully drawn, thought provoking graphic novel." (read more)

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August 12
Selected by Katherine from Leavenworth, Kansas
Katherine won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror
by Jay Anson

Katherine's Comments:
"It's a faithful day-by-day recounting of events that happened to George and Kathleen Lutz when they moved into their new home in Amityville." (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Jonathan from Palo Alto, California
Jonathan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Elegy on Toy Piano
Elegy on Toy Piano
by Dean Young

Jonathan's Comments:
"Terrific collection of poems with a very wide range of tones (pardon the musical pun). The title poem is especially imagistic and a literary equivalent to a short film or really well-done music video." (read more)

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August 14
Selected by Richard from Springfield, Oregon
Richard won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fugue State
Fugue State
by Brian Evenson

Richard's Comments:
"I make a left turn on Broadway; I don't care what they say....I read the book and I liked it." (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Robyn from Perth, Washington, Australia
The Corset: A Cultural History
The Corset: A Cultural History
by Valerie Steele

Robyn's Comments:
"Fantastically indepth and informative. Well researched. Loved it[.]" (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Rasha from Amman, , Jordan
The Beginning and the End
The Beginning and the End
by Naguib Mahfouz

Rasha's Comments:
"[N]aguib [M]ahfouz...one of the greatest Arabic writers ever." (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Shannon from Alcoa, Tennessee
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
by Fergus Henderson

Shannon's Comments:
"You have managed to bring to light a lost way of eating. God bless you for doing this. By the way, the African-Americans (in the South,especially)pronounce "chitterlings" (as you say it)- "chittlin's". Just thought you might be amused by this little tid-bit. Keep that smile on your face!" (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Geoffrey from Salt Lake City, Utah
Geoffrey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
by Ayelet Waldman

Geoffrey's Comments:
"This novel begins with a depiction of what used to be called hysteria -- a pitch-perfect account rich in details....Perfectly capturing our best contemporary understanding of human nature, she gives us characters who are neither heroic nor evil, but flawed and each determined and trying to do her or his best. In the end, the pieces fall together unexpectedly and we recognize the courage it takes to live in the real world." (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Lori from Portland, Oregon
Lori won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blueberry Girl
Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

Lori's Comments:
"I love children's books. I love the art of them. I love Neil Gaiman. I love the art of his words in all he writes. The combination here is priceless. I don't have children; I am not yet a mother, and even so this book touches my heart. Charles Vess does beautiful work as usual. He and Neil were meant to work together." (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Ted from Portland, Oregon
Ted won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet
Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet
by Edward Humes

Ted's Comments:
"An excellent book....OK, OK, I like my car, too but did you know that Henry Ford drove an electric car? That is profiled in the book, too and Andy Frank's e-car conversion is evidently quite the zippy option.....Humes does an excellent job of putting a positive spin on the vision for a healthier world." (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Phyllis from Starkville , Mississippi
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Phyllis's Comments:
"...bursting with exquisite, vivid language...at times it reads like pure poetry. The point-of-view gives it such a unique and fresh perspective on the era that is so well known. It is a heart wrenching story that will forever make an impression upon you. The writing alone will leave you in awe." (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Vicki from Webster, Florida
Vicki won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Circle of Souls
A Circle of Souls
by Preetham Grandhi

Vicki's Comments:
"This is Preetham Grandhi's debut novel, but you wouldn't know that from reading the book....full of suspense and alternates between different view points which added to the thrill of the book. The author has added some medical, psychological and supernatural elements, which I loved....A Circle Of Souls is one that you won't want to put down. Before I knew it, I was at the end. I will definitely be looking forward to more from this amazing author." (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Cecile from Fairfax Station, Virginia
Cecile won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee
Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee
by Noralee Frankel

Cecile's Comments:
"I always knew Gypsy Rose Lee was an interesting person, but I had no idea just how fascinating she really was until I read this well-research and fascinating biography. With a career that stretched from vaudeville to TV, highly popular for decades, Gypsy sets a high bar for future performers to best. Moreover, she was politically active, black-balled by censors, wrote a couple of novels and lived life totally on her own terms." (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Chrysi from Houston, Texas
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau

Chrysi's Comments:
"I bought this book before my second child was born because I wanted to learn how to calm and understand my children better....I think it is a great book which teaches parents to respect babies as "little people" from the time they come home from the hospital. I have used techniques from this book for 3 of my children and pass on what I've learned to anyone who asks for advise." (read more)

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August 25
Selected by Caterina from Trebisacce, Italy
Caterina won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Blessed Child
A Blessed Child
by Linn Ullmann

Caterina's Comments:
"Nobody is innocent, everybody is innocent. I went through both the coolness of norther islanders (I suppose they are so!) and the heat overflowing from their pulsant hearts. The winning feeling is compassion." (read more)


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August 26
Selected by Sheila from Simsbury, Connecticut
Sheila won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Rabbit in the Moon
Rabbit in the Moon
by Deborah and Joel Shlian

Sheila's Comments:
"If you enjoy a well plotted, complex thriller you will love Rabbit in the Moon. This wonderful story has everything: spies, corporate espionage, medical mysteries and an unexpected love story....Enjoy getting lost in this excellent adventure." (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Tim from Chicago, Illinois
Tim won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Cheng Hsin: Principles of Effortless Power
Cheng Hsin: Principles of Effortless Power
by Peter Ralston

Tim's Comments:
"Peter Ralston is a true living master. That he's been able to share his knowledge in book form is lucky for us that are not be able to directly learn from him. What he teaches is simple but profound. You don't have to be a martial artist to appreciate what he has to teach. Anyone who is involved in movement and being (that would be all of us) can learn how to be more effortless yet more effective through Peter's teachings." (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Mary from Richardson, Texas
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Darling Jim
Darling Jim
by Christian Moerk

Mary's Comments:
"What a great story! I had a hard time putting it down. Hints of what was to come just kept me turning the pages." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Ashley from Beaverton, Oregon
Ashley won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
by Antonia Fraser

Ashley's Comments:
"I really enjoyed this book because it's not like another dull history book, it was written so that the reader's attention is kept interested in Marie Antoinette. Her life was really fascinating and it made me want to read more about French history." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Elizabeth from Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fast Knits, Fat Needles
Fast Knits, Fat Needles
by Sally Harding

Elizabeth's Comments:
"I took this book out at the library and liked it so well, I bought a copy! It has a number of quick projects using not just a variety of yarns, but fabric strips and other materials. I am looking forward to knitting several of them. Note: I am a beginner and found the how to knit instructions very helpful. You don't need to have another book to learn the stitches. The instructions for the projects were quite easy to follow as well." (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Carol from Gibsons, British Columbia,
Moments with Baxter
Moments with Baxter
by Melissa Joseph

Carol's Comments:
"Baxter is a therapy dog with a strong, silent voice that knows no boundaries, yet reaches into the hearts and minds of the hospice patients he visits. He is frequently referred to as an angel....The patients touch and talk to Baxter, find joy in the love he so freely offers, and always recognize that he is opening a door for them. The patch on Baxter's therapy jacket says "Paws Awhile for Love". Readers of this unusual book will find themselves doing just that." (read more)


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