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August 01
Selected by Stan from Tacoma, Washington
Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town
Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town
by Matt Love

Stan 's Comments:
"Super Sunday in Newport is an amazing read! I stumbled upon it in Seaside, OR. It took me about 30 seconds to realize I had to own it, just a few glances and paragraphs and I was hooked....Matt Love captures the human factor of the locals and the beauty of the Oregon coast so very well, add some laughs (outloud), lessons, coastal laws, tears and a couple beers (local brews) and you have Super Sunday in Newport." (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Marcia from Ashland, Oregon
The Cookbook Collector
The Cookbook Collector
by Allegra Goodman

Marcia's Comments:
"What a fantastic setting -- my old neighborhoods of Silicon Valley and Berkeley (that's almost enough to keep me reading) I love the beautiful descriptions. Very easy to read, fast pace, and that's good since now I'm in suspense and would sit up all night to find out who is the cookbook collector? What painful life lessons are ahead for these sisters?" (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Kirsten from Beaverton, Oregon
Kirsten won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
by Heather Armstrong

Kirsten's Comments:
"This book is hilarious! I'd never heard of Heather's blog, but after reading the book, I can't seem to stay off her website! She not only tells you how it really is, but she does it in the best way possible: humor. There were several times during the reading of this book that I was laughing so hard that I cried. I know that when I get pregnant, I will think back on Heather's book and not help but laugh about all the little and sometimes stupidly frustrating details of pregnancy." (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Vanessa from Berkeley, California
Vanessa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Wonder When You'll Miss Me
Wonder When You'll Miss Me
by Amanda Davis

Vanessa's Comments:
"I often experience a wave of sadness when I finish a good book as the experience of knowing the characters, the author's voice, the whole story comes to an end. I had a particularly hard time with this book, partly because of the exquisite writing that I felt like I couldn't consume enough of, and partly because I had learned in the course of reading the book that Amanda Davis had died in a plane crash and that, aside from a previously published book of short stories, there wouldn't be any more amazing stories coming from her. This book is dreamy and biting and fluid and sharp. It's one of my favorite works of fiction." (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Elizabeth from Barrington, Rhode Island
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Behave, Speak, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else
Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Behave, Speak, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else
by Clinton Kelly

Elizabeth's Comments:
"Clinton doles out all kind of hysterical but helpful advice, from tending your manners, to making awesome cocktails, (many of which I intend to try...drinks that is, although his etiquette advice is spot on). He is also a grammatical genius, so, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not!" (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Jaime from Arlington, Virginia
Jaime won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland
by Giles Foden

Jaime's Comments:
"What a phenomenal book. It demonstrated the horror and absurdity of Idi Amin's rule in Uganda. Although it is a work of fiction, it is all the more fascinating because of the truth behind it. Beautifully written and a must-read." (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Jennifer from Urbana, Illinois
The Lightkeeper's Daughter (Mercy Falls Novel)
The Lightkeeper's Daughter (Mercy Falls Novel)
by Colleen Coble

Jennifer's Comments:
"This is my first book of Collen Coble's. I loved it. I love the history, romance and then a little murder mystery added. Wow, way to go Colleen. Looking forward to reading more." (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Bob from Hood River, Oregon
Bob won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

Bob's Comments:
"Carr is decent, intelligent, conscientious and inquisitive, just the kind of person you would want to spend some time with. It's a good thing because the book takes some reading and, I think, requires a full reading....Reading deeply means thinking deeply, but our shift over to digital multitasking makes us the prey of uncontrolled sequences and bits of information." (read more)

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August 09
Selected by Mary from Portland, Oregon
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy)
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy)
by Mira Grant

Mary's Comments:
"Georgia and Shaun Mason are bloggers, and they are invited to ride along with one of the candidates for the Presidency. They've found more news than they can handle -- a conspiracy to cover the cause of the infection....This is a well-written, tightly plotted mystery and political thriller... that just happens to include zombies. Like all great speculative fiction, it shows us a world that could be ours, except that one little thing (like, you know, ZOMBIES) shifted the balance of society and power. Its fast pace keeps you turning pages, and immerses you in the lives of these young journalists who have unwittingly stumbled upon the biggest story of their lives." (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Britton from Stillwater, OK
Britton won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Peaceable Classroom
The Peaceable Classroom
by Mary O'Reilley

Britton's Comments:
"Almost every year, when back-to-school mania grips teachers around the country, several of us re-read Mary Rose O'Reilley's The Peaceable Classroom. And each year the circle of teachers I know who rely on her unique blend of humor, insight and balance grows. Read this if you want to improve your own teaching, certainly. But read it, too, if you just want to know more about learning -- your own and others." (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Susan from Suffield, Connecticut
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
by Diana Welch and Liz Welch and Amanda Welch and Dan Welch

Susan's Comments:
"This book practically jumped off the shelf into my hands! I read it in two days. It is a heart-warming and heart-wrenching account of how people can face and deal with the trials and challenges life hands them and still come out intact." (read more)

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August 12
Selected by Rachel from Johnston, Rhode Island
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
by George R. R. Martin

Rachel's Comments:
"A Game of Thrones is a complex story full of rich and wonderful characters. Intrigue abounds in this book, and I did not want to put it down. I really enjoyed how my perception of the characters continually changed and morphed. There really is no black and white in this book only moving shades of grey." (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Julia from Portland, Oregon
Julia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

Julia's Comments:
"Margaret Atwood is amazing. Should I stop there? I'm not sure whether to categorize this as a coming-of-age tale, a sci-fi thriller, or a tragic love story. Ends with as many questions as answers, satisfyingly haunting." (read more)


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August 14
Selected by Carri from Vancouver, Washington
The Kitchen House
The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom

Carri's Comments:
"I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately ordered another copy for my 88 year old mother's birthday. Rarely do I find a book that I can't put down. The characters were so finely drawn that I had no problem picturing each and everyone on my mind's eye -- I would recommend this book to everyone (and will). I would be very interested in reading anything more this author writes (I understand this is her first novel)." (read more)

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August 15
Selected by JC from Oregon City, Oregon
The Girl Who Played with Fire (The Millennium Trilogy #2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (The Millennium Trilogy #2)
by Stieg Larsson

JC's Comments:
"This is one h*ll of a read. As a mystery-crime-thriller, Steig Larsson's Girl Who Played with Fire is paced smoothly in the beginning, then draws you more and more in, until finally your heart is pounding in the last 200 pages with its shattering end and cliffhanger....Larsson's legacy lives in his books, and it is unfortunate that he did not get a chance to see his books become an international worldwide phenomenon. Read this, then dive right into the final book in the Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Tisa from Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
One More Theory about Happiness: A Memoir
One More Theory about Happiness: A Memoir
by Paul Guest

Tisa's Comments:
"I am not usually a fan of the memoir, but this one, recommended by a friend, is a well-crafted, poetic account of a writer's talent emerging from a childhood accident. Mr. Guest, a now-published and award-winning poet, has written a heart-wrenching and honestly brutal account of his quadraplegia and how he faced life's physical challenges through becoming a writer, learning to be his own person, and struggling to find love....You will appreciate Mr. Guest's writing talents and want to read more of his work. This book will stay with you. Find time to read it." (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Jan from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Jan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter

Jan's Comments:
"With the recent emphasis on home gardens this book is very timely. Novella Carpenter, the daughter of two hippies, loves gardening and raising chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, turkeys and even pigs. She loves the city and manages to farm in a rough section of Oakland....I love the way her farming in the city brings together all the unforgettable characters in her neighborhood. I highly recommend this autobiography." (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Veronica from Portland, Oregon
Veronica won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
by Jon Katz

Veronica's Comments:
"Geeks rejoice! This story gives hope to hapless geeks everywhere. If these two kids can make it big from their less-than-auspicious origins, any geek can. But even if you're not a computer nerd, you'll be drawn into this compelling and inspirational story. After all, it's less about computer technology and more about the triumph of individuality and the importance of doing work that you love." (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Donna from Camas, Washington
Donna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss

Donna's Comments:
"I thought I had read enough wizarding books but this one proved me wrong. The story is well written and will leave you anxious for the next book to be released." (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Sal from Clewiston, Florida
The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks
The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks
by Bethany Keeley

Sal's Comments:
"I am a collector of gaffe quotations and I truly appreciate the effort composing this book required. The changes such punctuation brings to a notice or a menu item can be really hilarious. This book is a fine time passer and a great gift item." (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Bill from Portland, Oregon
Bill won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Numb
Numb
by Sean Ferrell

Bill's Comments:
"Numb is anything but. The story of Numb, the nameless man who feels no pain, offers up a celebration of life's ambiguities and a challenge to our mad, media-fueled quest for meaning through notoriety....Haunting, gorgeous, and challenging, this was a book I didn't want to put down. Ferrell asks difficult questions and offers unexpected answers. Numb is a book I expect to return to again." (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Annette from Albion, IL
Annette won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Spectres Bare
Spectres Bare
by T. Petrov Pavlova

Annette's Comments:
"T. Petrov Pavlova takes you on an emotional journey with Spectres Bare. A beautiful book of poetry. Darkness into My Soul is my favorite poem in the book." (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Charlene from Buram, Mississippi
First Comes Marriage
First Comes Marriage
by Mary Balogh

Charlene's Comments:
"This book was a romp from start to finish! I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!" (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Mai Cee from Anchorage, Alaska
Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead

Mai Cee 's Comments:
"Bless those who can write! ....You'll want to read [Vampire Acadamy] again and again, and maybe even go out and find other books that're related. And so far, out of...two vampire novels I've read so far, Vampire Academy is the only one, I enjoy, and relate to the most." (read more)

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August 25
Selected by Julie from North Bend, Washington
The Joy of Rhubarb Cookbook: The Versatile Summer Delight
The Joy of Rhubarb Cookbook: The Versatile Summer Delight
by Theresa Millang

Julie's Comments:
"This is a fabulous cookbook -- every recipe is a treat! Recipes pair rhubarb with all kinds of berries, fruit and veggies for unique combinations. My favorite is rhubarb zucchini pie -- amazing!" (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Tristan from Plainfield, Indiana
Tristan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
Shutter Island
Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane

Tristan's Comments:
"Talk about blowing me away! This moody, creepy, and claustrophobic novel just keep on throwing twists and turns almost every page of the way! A must read for fans of good thriller fiction!" (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Amy from Kalama, Washington
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach

Amy's Comments:
"My eighth-grade year was terrible. I was a very awkward 13-year-old....At a very depressing point that year my father called me into the living room. He had a dusty, nearly collapsed box on the coffee table. He said, "I have something that I want to share with you," as he reached into the box. "I felt just like you when I was young, someone gave me this book, it helped me." Then he carefully set a small paperback book in my hands, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It was held together with a rubber band because most of the pages were falling out. This book has a special place on my bookshelf now, with a few more rubber bands and tape holding it together. I need to buy a new copy just so I can have a readable copy in the house. I wish this book was required reading in school." (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Colleen from Benicia, California
Colleen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

Colleen's Comments:
"Natalie Babbitt gives the readers both sides of the coin, but ultimately, her point of view is clear. Her writing is full of imagery and she creates some of the most vivid characters in literature. Winnie, Mae, Tuck, Jesse, and often overlooked but perhaps most tragic, Miles. They present a fantastic story that couldn't possibly be true -- or is it? I tell my students that they get to decide and given that freedom, they embrace the story." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Tyler from Prescott, Arizona
Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America
by Morgan Spurlock

Tyler's Comments:
"Great read, it was a great companion to the movie. Offers some serious insight into the world of nutrition and fast food and how it is becoming incorporated. Pointing the finger at not just the obvious offenders (Mc D's and the King); in the novel he also calls out Subway a little more overtly....Recommend this for anyone who is interested in loosing a few pounds for the new year, or anyone just trying to be a little more knowledgeable about what their world is eating." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Celeste from Glendale, California
Celeste won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
by Khaled Hosseini

Celeste's Comments:
"I was told to skip this book. I am glad I didn't listen. I had tears streaming down my face as I finished reading the book. I love to get insight into another country and it's rich history while at the same time being in the personal world of people living their lives amidst the turmoil. The characters are real and their lives are endlessly painful but it is an absorbing and worthwhile read." (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Terri from Portland, Oregon
Terri won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
by Alison Arngrim

Terri's Comments:
"As a fan of the TV series, Little House on the Prairie," naturally I was curious about the actress behind the girl-witch-character "Nellie Olsen." Alison Arngrim tells all. Who knew the ringlets wig (helmet) she had to wear hurt like heck? Or that beer was mother's milk behind the scenes on the set?...I adored this book -- the character, the insight, and best of all, the spirited and genuinely funny author whose "confessions" are entertaining and very insightful. Two thumbs up!" (read more)

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