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November 01
Selected by Katie from Portland, Oregon
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Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness
Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Katie's Comments:
"A good nonfiction book by ornithologist, mother, naturalist, educator, and writer from Seattle. It's primarily about crows but brings up many other issues about urban wildlife. Haupt questions the presence of crows in the urban environment -- signs of human imposition on native species and habitat loss but also possible ways to connect humans to the natural world in urban environments. These two often seem incompatible, but with a little openness on the part of city-dwellers, we can begin to see how man-made and natural can become intertwined and symbiotic. I was intrigued by Haupt's questions and her intelligence when it came to scientific knowledge. She was very thorough in her research and this book will definitely guide my own urban wildlife muses." (read more)

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November 02
Selected by Paul from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson

Paul's Comments:
"Larson is skilled at writing compelling moments of history that read like thrillers. Through the eyes of the US Ambassador to Germany during the pivotal years, 1933-1934, the reader is exposed to the growing evils of Hitler's rise to power. I recommend In the Garden of Beasts because it is revealing on many levels, particularly in learning how the United States responded (or did not respond) diplomatically to ever-increasing Nazi persecution of Jews. Here is history that is as thrilling as it is enlightening." (read more)

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November 03
Selected by Billie from Tire Hill, Pennsylvania
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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
by Jim Gorant

Billie's Comments:
"The jury is still out on whether I actually SHOULD have read this book or not. The reviewers called it "heartwarming" and a tale (or tail) of redemption. It was that. It was also horrifying. During the Vick business, I read only headlines and refused to get the detail of what happened at Bad News Kennels. I was angry and terribly sad. Now I am furious....I cried. I laughed. I'm changed from reading this book, and isn't that what a good book is supposed to do? All I'm sure of is that I'm going to love on and hug my dogs just a little bit more since I read this." (read more)

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November 04
Selected by Christina from Vancouver, Washington
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
by Alan Bradley

Christina's Comments:
"What do you mean you haven't heard of Flavia de Luce? This book reads like a Nancy Drew novel if it were written by Chuck Palahniuk and Neil Gaiman. It's clever, compelling, and ineffably creative. The juxtaposition of Flavia's 11 year old brain and her complex prose is delightful and refreshing. As a character, Flavia is 1 part Emily the Strange, 1 part Wednesday Adams, and 1 part Alice of the Wonderland fame. I could gush about Flavia all day, but Alan Bradley has penned a whole cast of unique and realistic supporting characters who help round out this colorful novel. I may always be the annoying person who insists I can puzzle out the mystery before the end of the book, but Flavia surprised even me and Sweetness kept me guessing until the very end." (read more)

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November 05
Selected by V. from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
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Still Missing
Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens

V.'s Comments:
"Skillfully weaving the story around the main character's psych sessions, this is one of those books that grabs you from Page 2 and never lets you go until the end. A must read!" (read more)

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November 06
Selected by Ed from Tacoma, Washington
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Ed's Comments:
"I'm not sure that I've ever had a "favorite book" before, but I do now; it stimulates both the imagination and the emotions! I'm usually a fast reader, but I slowed way down in order to savor both the story AND the writing in this book. It enchanted me, and it's one of those books that is so good that you're hesitant to pick up another book when you're finished with it, because you just KNOW that it's going to have to be incredible, in order not to suffer from following in this one's footsteps. I can hardly believe that it's a "first effort", and I look forward to the author's next book." (read more)

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November 07
Selected by Catherine from Asheville, North Carolina
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Burning Bright: Stories
Burning Bright: Stories
by Ron Rash

Catherine's Comments:
"Be ready for the expected and unexpected in Ron Rash's latest offering of short stories. He has a rare talent: blending the ways and the lifestyle of seemingly traditional, rural, Appalachian characters, with very modern themes and subject matter. Each story is a gem and they draw the reader in with characters as rich and unpredictable as the Appalachian mountain environment they live in. The journey is dark and scary and lush and beautiful at once. Ron Rash is one of our great southern writers and I highly recommend Burning Bright: Stories." (read more)

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November 08
Selected by Carly from Portland, OR
Bossypants 1st Edition
Bossypants 1st Edition
by Tina Fey

Carly's Comments:
"A wonderful candid and humorous look into the life of Tina Fey. An easy and enjoyable read that I recommend to all. If you like David Sedaris you will love this book." (read more)

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November 09
Selected by Julia from Billings, Montana
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Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense
Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Julia's Comments:
"After exhausting the "Girl" books, I embarked on a wonderful exploration of Scandinavian literature. This book offers a fascinating look at Icelandic culture and a not for the faint of heart review of the history of witchcraft and witch burnings. Excellent read." (read more)

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November 10
Selected by Melissa from Portland, Oregon
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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

Melissa's Comments:
"The way we read matters. Though the internet and the e-reader put the world's libraries at our fingertips, how we read on the screen is neurologically different than how we read on the page, and the difference has serious consequences. Carr's book is an informative portrait of our changing brain in its rapidly-evolving, media-saturated environment....The Shallows provides a careful overview of the science behind the suspicion. In the tradition of Marshall McLuhan, Nicholas Carr offers an important (and surprisingly entertaining) warning for our times. Read it while you still can." (read more)

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November 11
Selected by Guy from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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The Cat's Table
The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje

Guy's Comments:
"Michael Ondaatje is one of the true masters of English poetry in prose. But when I learned that The Cat's Table was in the style of a memoir, I was slightly disappointed because, with some exceptions, I have not been fond of memoirs as such. However I felt curious and expectant that he would convert me. He did. He exceeded expectation because he managed, again, to convince me while reading his latest book that the one in my hands is my new Ondaatje favourite. And to describe it as a memoir is an accurate description, but only in the same way that to say the sky is blue is accurate: it misses the complexity of the experience....Ondaatje brings to fruition a mystery that is introduced, invisibly, quite early, that becomes a mystery well into the book, and closes with human simplicity and gentle, quiet satisfaction. All seamlessly. A breathtakingly beautiful and fulfilling read." (read more)

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November 12
Selected by Jabiz from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gain
Gain
by Richard Powers

Jabiz's Comments:
"I am having a difficult time sharing my thoughts on the novel Gain by Richard Powers, because it could be one of the best books I have ever read. It deserves more than the sloppy stream of consciousness style post on which I am making my name. It needs a dissertation, a New Yorker article. At least a well planned essay....In Gain, Richard Powers puts our modernity through the wringer once again. This time, though, he points the finger at one villain in particular: rampant, American-style capitalism, as exemplified by a conglomerate called Clare International. His novel, it should be said, is no piece of agitprop, but an intricate lamination of two separate stories....These two stories are woven together with such subtle delicacy that I was left wanting at the end of each chapter....Please do not accuse me of hyperbole, when I say this is one of the best books you will ever read. I will read this book again. I will read everything Richard Powers has ever written....There has to be something different out there...this novel will force you to stop and ask why you have never thought to question a system that is killing us all in one way or another." (read more)

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November 13
Selected by Cindy from Plantersville, TX
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Those Across the River
Those Across the River
by Christopher Buehlman

Cindy's Comments:
"Set in the simpler time post World War 1, this story grabs hold of you and leads down the forest trail -- and before you know it, without agreeing to be terrified, there you are, with those across the river -- and it is terrifying! The final hundred pages are don't put it down good, cancel all meetings good, do not disturb good. Hard to believe this is Buehlman's first novel -- it is abundantly clear he has been crafting words for quite some time. Order yours today!" (read more)

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November 14
Selected by Andrea from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Stuck Rubber Baby (New Edition)
Stuck Rubber Baby (New Edition)
by Howard Cruse

Andrea's Comments:
"Howard Cruse's graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby is a coming of age story and a coming out story set in the American South during the civil rights movement and before women's and gay liberation. It's about finding oneself and building community; discovering the power of family, friendship, love, and sex; living every day at the intersection between the personal and the political. Through wonderfully detailed drawings that are stylized yet realistic, it captures the mood of a very particular time and place. There are no stereotypical heroes and few stereotypical villains in this story; it's about ordinary people trying to do the right thing. Knowing that even small actions can have huge consequences, they're forced to choose between "the price that can be exacted when you look bigotry too squarely in the eye...[and] the price that gets paid when you don't." If you loved Fun Home or Persepolis, this book is for you." (read more)


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November 15
Selected by Glenn from Minneapolis, Minnesota
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How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
by Stanley Fish

Glenn's Comments:
"Sentences are not just strings of words, as Fish argues, but first sentences that lure you into a novel, sentences, a page in length, that grab and shake you leaving you persuaded, sentences that stop you dead in your tracks with their economy and power, sentences that lead you to the side of an argument you thought you'd never see, sentences that end a novel in a package -- neat or otherwise. This is a delicious book, to be savored and revisited frequently." (read more)

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November 16
Selected by Tiffany from Eugene, Oregon
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The Borrower
The Borrower
by Rebecca Makkai

Tiffany's Comments:
"I'm not sure exactly what to say about this book..it was off-beat and quirky. Definitely an original plot and a unique way of telling a story. As a lover of all things books, I really enjoyed the many book references that were sprinkled throughout the story." (read more)

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November 17
Selected by Monica from Seattle, Washington
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The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Monica's Comments:
"Jeffrey Eugenides, were you a specter in my Contemporary Fiction class? I swear to you, I've taken the class described in the beginning of The Marriage Plot -- with the same people. The Marriage Plot should be mandatory reading for those of us who have ever found life's meanings in a book. The novel is a delightful, relatable, serious, and seriously funny story of three very different people coming of age in the early 1980s. A truly fantastic read." (read more)

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November 18
Selected by Dave from Oregon City, Oregon
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Plugged
Plugged
by Eoin Colfer

Dave's Comments:
"This is one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. Artemis Fowl for grown ups. Bad language, bad behavior and Eoin Colfer's very keen sense of wit make for a very entertaining read. NOT dirty, NOT vulgar but, NOT for kids. Seriously, I laughed my a$@... well, you know what, off!!" (read more)

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November 19
Selected by Lisa from Eugene, Oregon
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

Lisa's Comments:
"Fascinating look at the life of a genius of our time." (read more)

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November 20
Selected by Darcy from Burien, Washington
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Chasing Fire
Chasing Fire
by Nora Roberts

Darcy's Comments:
"This was a delightful surprise....The clarity and description of what a fire fighting base camp was like and the actual going into a fire were outstanding. In the traditional Nora Roberts there was the romantic couple but what was great is that she incorporated more than one. The relationship between the character's dad and his new client was a delight. This is a great read for multiple generations providing education on forest fires, females on the front line and the surprise of an engaging relationship for the over 50 crowd." (read more)

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November 21
Selected by Jill from Lexington, Kentucky
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The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
by Albert W. A. Schmid

Jill's Comments:
"Yum. Excellent. Love how recipes are divided by season." (read more)

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November 22
Selected by Gregory from Lakeland, Florida
Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice
by Thomas Pynchon

Gregory's Comments:
"Thomas Pynchon is a writer who compels the reader to work hard through his books to find a gem at the end of his rainbow. If you want something easy, Mr. Pynchon probably is not your cup of tea. But if you are willing to be submerged in a new experience Pynchon is your guide. Here Pynchon, our rough guide, takes us to the Los Angeles neighborhood that surrounds LAX. The time is 1969, and the mood is hazy....I really enjoyed this book and think that anyone who likes Elmore Leonard or Raymond Chandler would find this book a blast. It also could be the book for all of you interested in social history; with a need to find out what caused something that once was a dream into now a nightmare (stand for bankruptcy, and viral infections)." (read more)

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November 23
Selected by Gwen from Port Hueneme, California
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Night Over Water
Night Over Water
by Ken Follett

Gwen's Comments:
"I've become an avid fan of Ken Follett since reading both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End....This novel is about the amazing and romantic Pan Am Clipper's last flight from Southampton, England, to New York just as England declares war on Germany....The story brings together a number of passengers and crew whose lives become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger....With never a lag in the story and no complete resolution of the many threads of the story until the last page, readers will enjoy the complicated and engaging story right to the last word." (read more)

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November 24
Selected by Marj from Jefferson, North Carolina
Split
Split
by Swati Avasthi

Marj's Comments:
"Two brothers run from the abuse of their father, yet feel guilt for what, and who, they leave behind. The topic of family abuse is a hard one to cover. Swati Avasthi does an excellent job of illustrating the far-reaching effects of abuse on different personality types, and in the end, none of the characters are left untouched by it." (read more)

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November 25
Selected by Anthony from San Francisco, California
Starfinder
Starfinder
by Giles Sparrow and Carole Stott

Anthony's Comments:
"This is a lovely book and an excellent introduction to skywatching and astronomy for children and adults. The book is thoughtfully organized, beautifully laid out, and lavishly illustrated. The authors explain the material in simple language that is understandable to children but not condescending to adults. I have a copy myself and I'm buying another as a gift. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the night sky." (read more)

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November 26
Selected by Gretchen from Vancouver, Washington
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The Devil All the Time
The Devil All the Time
by Donald Ray Pollock

Gretchen's Comments:
"Gruesome, haunting, and absolutely incapable of being put down. I thought for sure that this was going to be too intense to read and then, without noticing, I was more than halfway through. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, which leads me to believe that The Devil All the Time is going to be an important piece of American literature." (read more)

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November 27
Selected by Lailani from Beaverton, Oregon
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If I Stay
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

Lailani's Comments:
"If I Stay is a story of love and loss, of tragedy and hope, and the biggest decision of a persons' life. There is rarely ever a story so touching and heart-felt that you feel like you are part of the ride through, and this is one of those stories. While reading, you feel as if you are standing there with Mia, watching her greatest memories and her love ones grieving for that one, painful day that seems like an eternity. With character so alive-seeming, it seems as if they are people you have known for a long time or a good friend you go to school with. A must-read no matter your preferences or age." (read more)

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November 28
Selected by Lori from Portland, Oregon
You Were Wrong
You Were Wrong
by Matthew Sharpe

Lori's Comments:
"Someone compared this author to David Foster Wallace an author I never could get a grasp on. So I think I will read this author, Mathew Sharpe and see what happens. Maybe I can get closer to Wallace. Or maybe that's not what I really want. Maybe I want an author I can get close to and maybe that author is Sharpe. Stay tuned....." (read more)

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November 29
Selected by Kimberly from Anacortes, Washington
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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
by Kate Atkinson

Kimberly's Comments:
"This is one of the best books I have read in a long time (and I read incessantly). At the beginning, it took a bit to get a sense of the style, of the narrator's voice, but once it began, I was already mourning the fact that this book would come to an end. The characters are unforgettable, one moment you are laughing out loud and the next, you are swept into an area of your heart you had forgotten existed." (read more)

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November 30
Selected by Evelyn from Beaverton, Oregon
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Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
by Kim Boyce

Evelyn's Comments:
"I love this book! It was a gift from a friend, and it feels decadent AND good for you. I love the pancakes recipe, and it's full of good ideas for granola, cookies, and more. The main draw for me, though, is the fact that it makes interesting flours like spelt and buckwheat accessible to home cooks who may not be used to using them in their regular arsenal." (read more)

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