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August 01
Selected by Harveen from Tarrytown, New York
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter
by Mark Seal

Harveen's Comments:
"NPR recommended this book as a must read non-fiction for the summer and it doesn't disappoint.Wouldn't be surprised if they adapt it into a movie ,sure to be a blockbuster. It's a bizarre tale of stolen identity and how easily people are duped especially with just a hint of royalty. As the book mentions "The more outrageous the lie, the easier it is to believe"." (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Alicia from Lake Forest, California
Alicia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
by Julie Anne Peters

Alicia's Comments:
"I LOVED this book with a passion. I could not put it down. I felt so close to Daelyn. I felt as if I was actually there, experiencing how broken she really was. As you read this book, you begin to understand why the title is By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead....Trust me, by the time you finish reading this, you'll be crying and wish it never ended." (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Allison from McDonough, Georgia
Allison won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay

Allison's Comments:
"I read Sarah's Key earlier this year, and I was deeply moved as well as troubled by it. It is not a happy story, but one that needed to be told. The author takes the story of the Vichy government's treatment of the Jews and makes it very personal through a little girl named Sarah and her family. It will make you sick, and it will make you cry....Nevertheless, I highly recommend it." (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Edward from Monrovia, CA
Edward won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara
Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara
by Colleen Morton Busch

Edward's Comments:
"Colleen Morton Busch has written a great tale of the coming of a California wildfire to the Zen monastery at Tassajara and of the efforts of the members of the Buddhist sangha (community) to save it. But the story is more than that. Pieced together from interviews, first-person accounts, and the Sitting With Fire blog that ran during the events recounted, Busch tells the tale of how five mindful individuals were able to face an extraordinary event and take the steps needed to try to preserve a community. More than just a story of a fire, Busch's account shows how a mindful approach to life can help to weather any sudden change of events in life." (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Sarah from Austin, Texas
Sarah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Still Life (Three Pines Mysteries)
Still Life (Three Pines Mysteries)
by Louise Penny

Sarah's Comments:
"Quite cozy. I like to be led around by the author of a detective series, I like to be kept guessing all through the book. While reading this my list of suspects grew and changed and eventually narrowed to the wrong person - making it even more fun to discover the murderer. I'd say that the town is the real star of this book." (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Richard from Portland, Oregon
How to See Faeries
How to See Faeries
by Brian Froud and Wendy Froud and John Matthews

Richard's Comments:
"How to See Faeries is not so much a book to be read as it is a book to be experienced. The art is by Brian Froud, and fans of his work will be delighted by the images, popups, foldouts, pullouts and other faerie tricksiness to be found, starting with the cover....Most of the words are by John Matthews (both authors contribute their own introduction), who has written more than sixty books about King Arthur, the Grail, folklore and myth. His words appear as part of the art of each page spread, each of which should be both read and looked at in detail....Don't just read How to See Faeries -- absorb it." (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Elizabeth from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Last Werewolf
The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan

Elizabeth's Comments:
"I thought that I'd had enough of this genre of werewolves and vampires. This book has proven me wrong. It is witty, sexy, wincingly gory in beautifully written detail, and narrated by the most well read and articulate werewolf in history." (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Gypsi from Knoxville, Tennessee
Gypsi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad
by Margaret Atwood

Gypsi's Comments:
"The Penelopiad is a retelling of The Iliad and The Odyssey from Penelope's point of view. It is told in first person by Penelope, thousands of years after the event as she drifts through Hades, and by the twelve maids who serve as a sort of Greek chorus, telling their version in a variety of ways from poetry to rhyme to courtroom drama. Atwood turns the traditional story of Odysseus around on it's ear, when she makes Penelope the center of the tale. New angles and possibilities arise, both from Penelope's telling and from the accusations of the maids. Odysseus's twenty year absence becomes, not a rousing adventure tale, but a burdensome trial for a wife to bear and Atwood skillfully takes the reader through a spectrum of emotions as Penelope and the maids deal with this ordeal." (read more)


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August 09
Selected by Jackie from Cottonwood, California
Jackie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Forbidden
Forbidden
by Tabitha Suzuma

Jackie's Comments:
"This book is a revelation. Author Tabitha Suzuma treats a delicate, controversial subject with great sensitivity and a singular deftness of touch. I was held captive by every page until the stunning conclusion. It would be difficult for even the most skeptical reader to remain unmoved. This is a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, debate-inspiring story that will stay with me forever." (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Kristin from Vancouver, Washington
Kristin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante

Kristin's Comments:
"This book was enthralling and disturbing at the same time. The portrayal of Jennifer's mind going in and out of reality seemed quite realistic. The mind is like that with diseases of the brain it seems. The unreality of illness and how things shift and come and go seemed well crafted and well-thought out, or perhaps I should say well-lived since the author's mother does have Alzheimer's. A good read. Spell-binding." (read more)

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August 11
Selected by J from Houston, Texas
Why We Talk: The Evolutionary Origins of Language
Why We Talk: The Evolutionary Origins of Language
by Jean-Louis Dessalles

J's Comments:
"As an English teacher I found not only did this book change the way I look at languages, it changed the way I looked at people. It was not a dry read and very informative. It also inspired me when I wrote my thesis on how DNA influences us to speak and why some people learn languages faster than others. Thank you Dessalles. Language is Chaos Theory in motion and this book proves that." (read more)

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August 12
Selected by Dell from Happy Valley, Oregon
Dell won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Dreams of Joy
Dreams of Joy
by Lisa See

Dell's Comments:
"Dreams of Joy is not a thriller, not history, not romance -- it is all of these things and more. It is about complex relationships and raw emotion. It is about decisions that change lives. It is about monumental human suffering. And it is one of the best books I have ever read. But I am left with a great question: Did the Peoples Republic of China succeed because of Mao Tse-tung or in spite of him? Lisa See demonstrates that simple language can be beautiful." (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Sandra from Austin, Texas
The Handcrafted Letter
The Handcrafted Letter
by Diane V. Maurer-Mathison

Sandra 's Comments:
"I love to write letters with pen and paper...[T]o put down your thoughts to a special person. It's nice to add thoughts of daily living and your thoughts and dreams of the future. I have had to correct my handwriting from time to time but I enjoy the practice it takes to make it special for the one receiving my letter....[T]here is nothing more special than to hold a written letter in your hands that came in the mailbox." (read more)

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August 14
Selected by A from New York, New York
The Twisted Thread
The Twisted Thread
by Charlotte Bacon

A's Comments:
"Great read -- a good mystery, interesting characters, well crafted and written!" (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Gail from Winthrop, Maine
The Twentieth Century: A People's History
The Twentieth Century: A People's History
by Howard Zinn

Gail's Comments:
"I have been reading the newest version of Zinn's The Twentieth Century and once again have been reminded of what an excellent author and researcher he was. This book keeps one's attention and makes the reader start asking questions. If the purpose of reading Zinn is to look at our century through a different set of eyes then he surpassed his mark! The Twentieth Century forces one to reevaluate everything we have been taught. It is an excellent way to get students interested in comparative history — read Zinn and then read an American History textbook, debate, discuss,and analyze and Think, probably for the very first time, where you stand!" (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Sara from Portland, Oregon
Sara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Day Before
The Day Before
by Lisa Schroeder

Sara's Comments:
"The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder is nothing short of perfect. The book (written in verse, like Lisa's three other YA novels), tells the story of Amber, who escapes from her family and friends for a day all to herself at the beach. Her life is spiraling out of control, and she needs just one day alone; to live for herself and no one else....As always, Lisa's writing is beautiful. She chooses her words so carefully, and it comes across in each beautiful verse of the novel. On each page, Lisa beautifully captures the emotions and feelings of her characters -- anger, melancholy, the tingles of first love. Likewise, her descriptions will whisk you away to the Oregon coast. Reading The Day Before made me wish I was there, with the sand and the gray ocean and the cloudy skies and the saltwater taffy that makes a day on the Oregon coast oh-so-perfect. In small ways, The Day Before is almost a little love letter to these perfect places....The Day Before will leave you filled up with hope and happiness. It's a story about accepting one's fears, and moving on even when that fear remains." (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Leah from Astoria, New York
Leah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
In the Woods
In the Woods
by Tana French

Leah's Comments:
"Mysteries aren't my usual genre of choice, but I was captivated by In the Woods. Tana French uses gray characters uncommonly well, giving them depth and appeal. Detective Rob Ryan is an excellent choice of narrator. Admittedly dishonest from the start and wrapped up in a mystery of his own, Ryan is always interesting and he struggles to solve the case....There is complexity and intrigue in nearly every page as the detectives come closer to solving the murder and grow farther apart from each other. The characters are smart but flawed, and the plot unfolds naturally, with all the frustrations, mistakes, and disappointments going along with the victories and making life real." (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Sheilagh from Spokane Valley, Washington
Sheilagh won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
This Is Dot
This Is Dot
by Bjorn Ansbro

Sheilagh's Comments:
"Oh my goodness! What FUN this book is! My little girl and I have just fallen in love with Dot. The gentle, easy writing and clean, boldly colored illustrations make it a joy to rediscover page after page every time we read Dot together. Okay, at this point, I actually do the reading, but little daughter is quickly catching on. I'd say that Dot is our new favorite book, but it has actually been one of our favorites for a while now, only slightly overtaken in position by Bjorn Ansbro's second book in the Dot series, Dot Wonders. Our family highly recommends these refreshing and delightful books! We eagerly await more Dot sequels. Write on, Mr. Ansbro!" (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Carol from Vancouver, Washington
The Cypress House
The Cypress House
by Michael Koryta

Carol's Comments:
"Michael Koryta creates a atmosphere so thick and real you can feel the Spanish moss dripping on your head. This book is both an amazing suspense novel and a ghost story, all in one. I loved the characters and the way external and internal forces play out differently for each one. I've become a big fan of Michael Koryta, I'm busy checking out the rest of his stuff!" (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Alexis from Owasso, Oklahoma
Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus
by Anais Nin

Alexis's Comments:
"This is an amazing collection of erotic short stories. The pieces were commissioned with the stipulation that they couldn't be "romance" stories. These are fascinating, titillating character sketches -- well written and a wonderful read." (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Elizabeth from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Good Daughters
The Good Daughters
by Joyce Maynard

Elizabeth's Comments:
"What a heartwarming, cozy, feel good read.....a sweet, nostalgic book...but with all good things, there usually are regrets, heartbreak, and secrets. I really enjoyed this book...you will be surprised at who/what the "good daughters" turn out to be and will also learn some fun agricultural facts about fruits and vegetables." (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Michelle from Portland, Oregon
Michelle won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
by Donald Miller

Michelle's Comments:
"This is a very chewy little book. I read it slowly, in small bites and long pauses for digestion. Lots to ponder..." (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Janice from Portland, OR
Unsaid
Unsaid
by Neil Abramson

Janice's Comments:
"This book should be read by all lovers of animals. It is a journey of love, loss, and awakening. The people are so real you feel as though you could call them on the phone. The animals get into your heart and you will never let them go even if the story is fiction. It makes you wonder what is truth and what is fiction. Bits of this story have been in the headlines at some time. This book made a mark in my heart I will never forget. Read it, you will not be sorry but you will think." (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Alisha from Portland, Oregon
Alisha won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
State of Wonder
State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett

Alisha's Comments:
"State of Wonder is perfectly paced with a cast of very likable and well thought out characters. The plot of the story isn't merely a musing on modern drug creations and the west's effects on tribal cultures, but also a multi-layered exploration in the power of environment, philosophy, ethics, with a small smattering of mystery to keep you only wanting more....[P]erfectly defined, as the novel suspends you and its characters in a state of wonder. Intricate descriptions of the Amazon jungle and all of its characteristics: vegetation, lifestyle, inhabitants, sounds and smells. State of Wonder is an adventure worth undertaking." (read more)

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August 25
Selected by A. from Delray Beach, Florida
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The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife
by Tea Obreht

A.'s Comments:
"It's amazing how this novels feels contemporary and mythic at the same time. Layered and rich." (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Nina from Dundee, Oregon
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Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
by Alexandra Fuller

Nina's Comments:
"Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller is a return to Fuller's childhood upbringing in East Africa....Fuller's storytelling effortlessly flows from the contemporary setting of her parent's fish farm in Zambia to the remote cool wet weather of Skye (Scotland) or bleak post-war England. She gives life to her characters through each person's own unique voice. Fuller shows the reader that her heritage is both stubborn and free-spirited. And she answers the question of why her parents never left Africa." (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Baochi from Foster City, California
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Dracula in Love
Dracula in Love
by Karen Essex

Baochi's Comments:
"I have been a longtime fan of Karen Essex and have read all of her books....Essex blew me away with Dracula in Love -- this novel is unique in its own right, imaginative, and utterly engrossing....I love it when a favorite author continues to write exciting, high quality work. Essex is like a reliable friend who never disappoints and always opens my mind to new worlds. I recommend all of her novels and am wondering if indeed Dracula in Love is my favorite...hard to say considering all her novels are so dang good!" (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Wendy from Port Townsend, Washington
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Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager
Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager
by Langdon Cook

Wendy's Comments:
"After following Langdon Cook's blog for some time, I loved reading this book. It's a wonderful introduction to the complexity of foraging in Washington state, and a perfect introduction for me, a transplant to this new environment. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor, open mind, and ability to share his insights about food, ecosystems, and people. Now when I notice dandelions growing by the road, or slurp a fresh oyster at the local restaurant, I remember his adventures, and appreciate that he produced this collection. Each chapter includes a recipe at the end, and they all look good....I recommend this book to anyone in the Pacific Northwest who would like to understand more about the land and food here." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Vincent from Chatham, Michigan
Kraken
Kraken
by China Mieville

Vincent's Comments:
"It's time to get your squid on! The sheer force of Mieville's imagination is enough to propel this eschatological shaggy dog story of fringe beliefs, city streets and brine. Sure, the characterizations are a little haphazard but every turn of the page brings a new wonder including a sentient ocean taking up residence in a London flat and heroic, poignant patchwork angels that watch over the legacies of museums both relevant and anachronistic. And, at least in this book, it seems that Mieville has finally found the balance between the lyrical and the merely verbose. So jump in, the water's fine, and enjoy this search for a missing giant squid. Finding it may just be the key to saving the world from inky Armageddon. A good bet for fans of Jeff Vandermeer." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Annie from Forest Grove, Oregon
Annie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Lonely Polygamist
The Lonely Polygamist
by Brady Udall

Annie's Comments:
"Loved this book from the moment I started it. Poor Golden, trying so hard to keep everyone happy....I loved all the kids, especially Rusty, who just wanted to have a steak party for his 12th birthday and not have to share it with his father....A great story about a father of 20+ kids who is trying to keep his head above ground...An interesting and amusing look into the world of modern day polygamy with twists all along the way and a bittersweet ending that will have you cheering for this family. A must read in my book!!" (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Ernie from Gresham, Or
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The Peyton-Allan Files
The Peyton-Allan Files
by Phil Stanford

Ernie's Comments:
"Phil Stanford has a natural talent for writing and investigating. For those who remember, he was the "Steve Duin" of the 80's at the Oregonian, and did a dam good job! This book, The Peyton Allan Files, leaves you on the edge of your seat, as you read. It's the kind of book that you can't put down. Phil is one of the most "Tenacious" people I think I know. Maybe he's a writer, who should have been a cop (detective). I'm familiar with his other works, and he probably knows more than anyone else anywhere on anything he does." (read more)

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