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September 01
Selected by Joanne from Tigard, Oregon
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Left Neglected
Left Neglected
by Lisa Genova

Joanne's Comments:
"I have a friend who has had a brain injury, and was very curious about this book. It is an eye opener from beginning to end. What a picture of the driven life of so many folks in our culture! And what a change that comes with serious injury, and very very hard work to recover! I appreciated the depth of introspection in the face of grievous loss, and thoroughness of description of the recovery process. Still Alice was awesome. I love this one, too." (read more)

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September 02
Selected by Editha from Brooklyn, New York
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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
by Sara Gran

Editha's Comments:
"I really loved this book. It's the beginning to a series. And while it has a darkness similar to her other novels, the quirkiness lightens and enriches the story. I can not wait for the next book. I seek out these literary, smart alecky mystery series....Claire DeWitt is part addict, part unstable grouch, part mystic truth finder and part guru follower. She is the World's Greatest Detective back in a post Katrina New Orleans....The gritty setting is perfectly depicted by the talented Sara Gran. Call it noir, call it whatever you want. Claire DeWitt is a welcome addition to the crowded mystery field which is frequently lacking in solid, good storytelling." (read more)


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September 03
Selected by JoAnne from Albany, California
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Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
by Gabrielle Hamilton

JoAnne's Comments:
"A truly delicious and very personal memoir about growing up to become a chef. Hamilton took a very interesting route to her final destination of opening and running her restaurant, Prune, in NY. The opening chapter about her childhood is enchanting, hilarious and heart-wrenching. A thoroughly enjoyable read." (read more)

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September 04
Selected by Chelsea from Laramie, Wyoming
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir
by Lidia Yuknavitch

Chelsea's Comments:
"Amazing. Moving. Shattering. Lidia's Chronology is the story of a broken young woman's Progress. It isn't linear, predictable, or easily categorized. It isn't a memoir about addiction or abuse or love, though all of those things occur. It will make your heart beat faster and your arms ache to hold the people you love, truly. When you have finished, don't be surprised if you turn right back to page one and start it over again." (read more)

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September 05
Selected by Rebecca from Oakland, California
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Room
Room
by Emma Donoghue

Rebecca's Comments:
"This book kept me awake and riveted through a five-hour redeye flight, and I stayed up to finish it once I got home. Very compelling narration from a 5-year-old's perspective, and exciting to see how the story unfolds." (read more)

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September 06
Selected by Jaime from Laurel, Mississippi
The Family Fang
The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson

Jaime's Comments:
"Kevin Wilson's debut novel The Family Fang is dark, quirky, and fantastic. Camille and Caleb Fang make art, real art, on sidewalks and in shopping malls by creating hilarious and outlandish scenes and filming people's reactions. You'll laugh out loud at some of them, just as I did. Yes, this book is outrageous. Yet the characters are always real. Mr. and Mrs. Fang and their children, Annie and Buster, are just as flawed as you and me. It's ironic that Hobart, Caleb's mentor, said that children destroy art. That's not the case here since Annie and Buster (or A and B, if you will) enable their parents to create their best art. In a sense, getting married and having children, then, becomes the magnum opus of the Fangs. I met Mr. Wilson and asked him if he had fun writing this novel. He replied that it was a blast. I can definitely see that. I had a blast reading it. You will, too. In fact, I loved it so much I wanted to be a part of the Fang family." (read more)

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September 07
Selected by Allison from Smyrna, Georgia
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Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents
by Elisabeth Eaves

Allison's Comments:
"Although I've never experienced the need to travel, just the want, Elisabeth Eaves made me understand. Her wanderlust impacted every decision in her life. Such a great read... This is eat, pray, love, but not for the faint of heart." (read more)

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September 08
Selected by Jeffrey from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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With or Without You
With or Without You
by Brian Farrey

Jeffrey's Comments:
"This was one of those books where, when you get toward the end, you can't decide whether you want to read faster, to find out how things are going to end, or read slower, because you want to make it last as long as possible. Farrey crafts an engaging story that will resonate with anyone who's ever felt like they don't fit in." (read more)

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September 09
Selected by Carl from Papillion, Nebraska
Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life
Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life
by Carol Sklenicka

Carl's Comments:
"Ray Carver was an imperfect man whose fiction touched generations. This biography shows the reader just how fragile this gentle giant was and how much he was loved. Sklenicka spent over 10 years researching and it shows. Great job!" (read more)

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September 10
Selected by Cynthia from Portland, Oregon
A Game of Thrones (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
A Game of Thrones (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
by George R. R. Martin

Cynthia's Comments:
"Read this. Read it now. Then read the next three books. I really don't need to tell you that you need to read the rest ASAP because as the guy that played Khal Drogo in the HBO series said at San Diego Comic Con, "It's crack on paper."" (read more)

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September 11
Selected by Jennifer from Palm Springs, California
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
by Deborah Blum

Jennifer's Comments:
"I found this book fascinating, although I'll admit I'm a bit of a science geek ; I think most others will enjoy it too. Especially if you enjoy CSI type shows. The chapter on prohibition was my favorite. In an attempt to stem the tide of illegal alcohol the government actually added poison to industrial alcohol. This resulted in many deaths and was only temporarily effective as bootleggers had chemists on their side who would work to neutralize the additives." (read more)

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September 12
Selected by Kelly from Portland, OR
Kelly won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel
by Carolyn Parkhurst

Kelly's Comments:
"This will go down in history as one of my most favorite stories, ever. It is mysterious and haunting -- seemingly a simple tale of a man's life with his wife and dog, and his quest to understand her death. The story becomes more complex when our teller turns to his dog, the only witness to his wife's death, to try to learn what happened by perhaps teaching his dog to talk. It sounds more than a little bizarre, I know, but the story itself is ... mesmerizing. The writing is beautiful and sad. I can't explain it more, or better, just to say, try it out. I am a dog lover and was horrified at the prospect of what fate may lie in store for our wonderful dog in this book, but rest assured it's all okay. Read it! Again and again. It's a mainstay on my bookshelf." (read more)

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September 13
Selected by Audrey from Brooklyn, New York
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls

Audrey's Comments:
"Truly a stunning memoir! Walls is modest and delicate and pure as she shares the most intimate details of her life. She is adept at "showing" not telling, subtle about her opinions and feelings. Not surprising, considering that as she and her siblings raised themselves, their lives were devoid of the safe conditions necessary for reflection. Still, she found her voice and a way out through journalism. Her family and their story will stick with me." (read more)

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September 14
Selected by Elizabeth from Oyster Bay, New York
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The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

Elizabeth's Comments:
"This book plays out like a long mystery, leaving you questioning everything you're seeing and hearing through the narrator's eyes. The Maze Runner has definite strains of Lord of the Flies, but I, personally, think it has much greater payoff in the end. I read this before knowing it was part of a trilogy and now I can't wait to see how the entire story ends. I'd recommend this for anyone who misses The Hunger Games or is looking to "hook" boys into reading." (read more)

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September 15
Selected by Alfred from Portland, Oregon
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Soon I Will Be Invincible
Soon I Will Be Invincible
by Austin Grossman

Alfred's Comments:
"This is great book, but be warned. It is written by a comic book nerd for other comic book nerds. If you are one, say Huzzah! and proceed. If not, look elsewhere. The book tells the story of a group of heroes not unlike the Avengers or the JLA as they face off against a recently escaped super-villain. If it was just that it could be little different from a comic book. Thankfully it is much more. For one, it is a fun send-up of the genre. There are references, jokes and allusions aplenty. Grossman also does a nice job poking fun at comic book standards, like the ritualized banter between hero and villain. It's worth noting that Austin Grossman's twin brother is Lev Grossman, author of the similarly genre tweaking The Magicians. Lev's book is more provocative, meaning it might hit you harder than this book, or it could drive you crazy. Soon I Will Be Invincible is closer to its source material, escapist pleasure, but of a high order." (read more)

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September 16
Selected by Katie from Portland, Oregon
Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One
Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One
by Joe Yonan

Katie's Comments:
"Great stories. Delicious recipes. After reading Joe's essays about the various dishes you'll feel like you've been friends for years. I also enjoy the variety of recipes in the book." (read more)

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September 17
Selected by Eric from Portland, Oregon
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When the Killing's Done
When the Killing's Done
by T. C. Boyle

Eric's Comments:
"This is the first book in a long time that's had me staying up late to read and itching to get back to it the next day. Great storytelling!" (read more)

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September 18
Selected by Corey from Portland, Oregon
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Wildwood
Wildwood
by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Corey's Comments:
"I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were gorgeous and the story was really good. I enjoyed Portland's influence on the setting and some of the characters. I picked this book up early this afternoon and save for bathroom breaks and meals, didn't stop reading it until I was finished. A great addition to the Young Adult genre." (read more)

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September 19
Selected by Nicole from Austin, Texas
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Color : Natural History of the Palette (02 Edition)
Color : Natural History of the Palette (02 Edition)
by Victoria Finlay

Nicole's Comments:
"Such a fun book for art lovers or armchair travelers. It combines a personal travelogue of journeys around the world with historical research on pigments, providing a fascinating perspective on art history." (read more)

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September 20
Selected by Dylan from Vancouver, Washington
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Sandman Slim
Sandman Slim
by Richard Kadrey

Dylan's Comments:
"I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's dark and has a black humor about it that's incredibly fun to read. I felt like I was reading the written form of a graphic novel along the lines of Spawn or Sin City." (read more)


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September 21
Selected by Jim from lilburn, Georgia
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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes

Jim's Comments:
"I love science history. I love Romantic poetry and literature. This book is how the Romantic period writers and scientists influenced each other. It is the best survey of science history I've read since Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything. This one delves much deeper into the lives and times of certain scientists and explorers and is a true masterpiece." (read more)

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September 22
Selected by Rebekah from Oregon City, Oregon
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Dune
Dune
by Frank Herbert

Rebekah's Comments:
"Dune is an amazing adventure story that all ages will enjoy. It brings the reader into a fascinating culture of the "fremens" and for those who love political intrigue it has that as well. It is a well rounded book with romance,adventure,culture....everything you expect from Sci-fi and more." (read more)

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September 23
Selected by Jane from Portland, Oregon
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The Magician King
The Magician King
by Lev Grossman

Jane's Comments:
"Happy, satisfied sighs when I finished the book. It's a good follow-up to The Magicians, and I'm happy to know Grossman will continue this series about Quentin and friends and their search for The Meaning of (their) Life while being somewhat dissatisfied and spoiled powerful, very smart magic-users. I got a kick out of the pop culture references, too, like Elmer Fudd's Valkyrie "kill the wabbit" tune." (read more)

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September 24
Selected by Nancy from Olympia, Washington
Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns

Nancy's Comments:
"I really, really enjoyed this book. I took it with me everywhere I went and I was stopped several times by people telling me how much they'd enjoyed reading it. This is just an all-around good read." (read more)

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September 25
Selected by Brittney from Dayton, Tennessee
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The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt

Brittney's Comments:
"I was pleasantly surprised by the clever originality of this novel. Few western novels manage to balance a gritty, sparse atmosphere with dark, witty humor -- but deWitt easily accomplishes this feat. Easily the best book I've read this year." (read more)

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September 26
Selected by Trevor from Portland, Oregon
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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
by Philip Connors

Trevor's Comments:
"Fantastic account of what it's like to be a modern day fire lookout. Each year we stay in a different Forest Service lookout rental -- this year I had a new perspective while reading Fire Season in the Gold Butte Lookout. Fire Season make me want to ditch my office job for the summer and sign up with the Forest Service!" (read more)

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September 27
Selected by Max from San Francisco, California
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The Child Thief
The Child Thief
by Brom

Max's Comments:
"Dark and compelling, this novel (with fabulous illustrations by the author) re-tells a more twisted version of Peter Pan. Imagining Peter Pan as a child thief with an agenda, the worlds of gritty reality and Neverland collide painfully. Like a train wreck, it is difficult to look away. I couldn't put it down." (read more)

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September 28
Selected by Sara from Silver Spring, Maryland
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The Power of One
The Power of One
by Bryce Courtenay

Sara's Comments:
"I always give this book as a gift to my book loving friends and it has never failed me...EVERYONE LOVES IT. It is not defined by gender, age, race or any "type" of reader. The last time I bought a copy of this book for a gift I re-read it myself." (read more)

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September 29
Selected by Sue from Forest Grove, OR
I Already Know I Love You
I Already Know I Love You
by Billy Crystal

Sue's Comments:
"Sweet, sweet book. Wonderful gift for someone who has learned they are going to be a new grandpa. Nice artwork. Just a delight!" (read more)

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September 30
Selected by Patrick from Chicago, Illinois
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard Phillips Feynman

Patrick's Comments:
"Feynman's a spectacular character, both brilliant and goofy. This memoir, essentially an extended riff on his multifaceted curiosity, is delightful in the extreme — eschewing technical jargon in favor of fantastic anecdotes and imparting a deep passion for uncompromising, rigorous thought. Even (especially!) if you're not particularly invested in science, Feynman's innately roving fascination with art, drumming, the art of picking locks, and the failures of contemporary education is deeply engaging and rewarding." (read more)

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