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October 01
Selected by Meredith from Bennington, Vermont
The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny

Meredith's Comments:
"Louise Penny has done it again. Inspector Gamache is a principled, compassionate, and flawed hero and this latest installment continues to follow his explorations into the human condition and what ultimately drives some people to kill, even in a secluded monastery deep in the Quebec wilderness. Penny's books always make me think, not only about the plot, but also about the universal issues they struggle with." (read more)

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October 02
Selected by Carl from Cape May, New Jersey
Carl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
by Joan Schenkar

Carl's Comments:
"Patricia Highsmith is best known for her 'Ripliad' -- five novels featuring an engaging murderer, Tom Ripley. This criminally attractive man is the enemy of all things conventional, as was his creator....Schenkar's methods and deep research into Highsmith's deceptive practices have yielded one of the year's best literary lives, which is also a bracing rebuke to the usual way we read biography." (read more)

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October 03
Selected by Lisa from Portland, Oregon
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
by Monique Roffey

Lisa's Comments:
"Roffey's novel is an exploration of the intensely personal -- the integration of the soul and the country, the lover, the family, the conscience, and the society. It is at once rough and sensitive as it weaves the marriage of George and Sabine through the brokenness of Trinidad....The real thing." (read more)

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October 04
Selected by Amy from Naperville, Illinois
Amy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Albertus Seba: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (Taschen 25)
Albertus Seba: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (Taschen 25)
by Irmgard Musch and Jes Rust and Rainer Willmann

Amy's Comments:
"This is a strange and wonderful collection of what was newly discovered and weird to the 18th century! Would make a great coffee table conversation book. Beautiful prints that make you think twice about the mysteries of our world and the life around us." (read more)

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October 05
Selected by Rodney from Tigard, Oregon
Rodney won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Law of Nines
The Law of Nines
by Terry Goodkind

Rodney's Comments:
"A very interesting spin-off of the familiar Sword of Truth series. While there is truth in the criticism that stylistically this book is not the poetic treasure a la 'Wizard's First Rule' or 'Stone of Tears,' the storytelling is still strong and carried out with the same engaging, edge-of-the-seat skill....The connections to Sword of Truth abound in a very rewarding way, triggering pleasant recognition and a fond familiarity for those who have journeyed through the adventures of Richard and Kahlan." (read more)

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October 06
Selected by Kathryn from Portland, Oregon
Kathryn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Pleasures of Cooking for One
The Pleasures of Cooking for One
by Judith Jones

Kathryn's Comments:
"I don't like cooking, have never liked it, and still don't like it, but I love this book. It's written with a combination of poetry and practicality that charms me. I love to read it just for the pleasure of reading, and one day I might cook something she describes. She makes it sound pleasurable and possible....She tells you everything -- even including a list of the pans and utensils you need, and the size of each." (read more)

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October 07
Selected by Sammi from Bellevue, Washington
Sammi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Truth about Forever
The Truth about Forever
by Sarah Dessen

Sammi's Comments:
"This book is a classic YA romance book, giving you friendship, family problems, and (what else?) love. Macy teaches you how to follow your heart, not others, to be happy and to defy expectations. I love this story so much and I have fallen in love with the unique characters." (read more)

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October 08
Selected by Geoffrey from Salt Lake City, Utah
Geoffrey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Loser (Vintage International)
The Loser (Vintage International)
by Thomas Bernhard

Geoffrey's Comments:
"Some writers start with historical facts and apply a veneer of fiction; Bernhard forges deep fictional truths and paints them with a trompe l'oeil of actual names, dates, and places. Unlike the 'stream of consciousness' that dominated 20th century literature, he brilliantly captures the way we tell ourselves stories: backtracking, obsessively retracing events, dissecting, all while seeking the shape of it. Pessimistic and scathingly funny by turns, Thomas Bernhard's writing is among the most powerful revelations of modern life and literature." (read more)

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October 09
Selected by Brian from Portland, Oregon
Brian won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
by Kurt Timmermeister

Brian's Comments:
"Written as a forthright and entertaining, sometimes humorous, account of his experiences, Mr. Timmermeister openly shares how he learned pretty much everything he knows and continues to learn about farming the hard way and on his own....This is an incredibly valuable book under the current 'back to the farm' movement and an absolute must read for anyone considering doing so." (read more)

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October 10
Selected by Rhonda from Aloha, Oregon
Rhonda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Rhonda's Comments:
"Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. I read it in just a few hours and found myself hoping there will be another book by Erin Morgenstern soon! Erin writes with such descriptive talent....'The Night Circus' is romantic, mysterious and fascinating." (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Caitlin from Oakland, California
Building Stories
Building Stories
by Chris Ware

Caitlin's Comments:
"Chris Ware, if you haven't read any of his previous work, is a genius at bringing back the horrors of childhood and somehow transforming them into magic....His work is something to think on; each panel presents something to take in and mull over. I recommend his newest work, 'Building Stories,' because it is time and energy well spent." (read more)

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October 12
Selected by Sharron from Asheville, North Carolina
Sharron won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Whisperer
The Whisperer
by Donato Carrisi

Sharron's Comments:
"Suspenseful, tricky, and ultimately satisfying. The author very skillfully lulls the reader into a sense of knowing who's who and what's what, then... kaboom! Another surprise! The plot is solid and logical, the characters are believable and sympathetic....The story was so compelling that it drew me quickly through each page. 'What next?' I wondered a number of times, and was never disappointed to find out." (read more)

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October 13
Selected by Eva from San Francisco, California
Eva won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Animalia
Animalia
by Graeme Base

Eva's Comments:
"This classic alphabet book was one of my favorites in childhood and holds up over time. It makes a terrific gift for new parents and young children. The illustrations provide endless hours of fascination (both for children on their own and children and parents together)....The book is truly a work of art." (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Rebecca from Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Rebecca won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
True
True
by Riikka Pulkkinen

Rebecca's Comments:
"I heard Riikka Pulkkinen herself read from this book and was blown away by the power of her prose. Just one example, 'He was the kind of man you want to ask for directions to reality.' The translation is very strong and does a good job of representing the author's writing in her native Finnish. I highly recommend it." (read more)

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October 15
Selected by Patrick from Honolulu, Hawaii
1Q84: 3 Volume Boxed Set (Vintage International)
1Q84: 3 Volume Boxed Set (Vintage International)
by Haruki Murakami

Patrick's Comments:
"This is one of the most rewarding books I have read. Long, but a page-turner, and despite the surreal circumstances, I have come to inhabit the world of '1Q84' and love its characters....Murakami has a gift for making our mundane world seem suddenly new and full of possibilities. If you are a fan of Douglas Adams, Umberto Eco, or both, you will love this book." (read more)

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October 16
Selected by Taylor from Portland, Oregon
Taylor won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Winter Journal
Winter Journal
by Paul Auster

Taylor's Comments:
"This book made me laugh many times, and cry a few times, and frequently sit back in jaw-dropped awe both at his perception and his utterly subtle skill....From childhood incidents, to deaths of parents, to recounting a movie he watches one night when he can't sleep and how that movie speaks to him, each entry is more brilliant than the last. Possibly the best book I read this year." (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Amy from Menlo Park, California
Amy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
by Rick Riordan

Amy's Comments:
"Riordan has done it again! 'The Mark of Athena' is the third installment in the Heroes of Olympus series and the most suspenseful one yet. Much like Arachne's artful skills, Riordan has weaved another spectacular adventure for Percy and his demigod friends....After finishing 'The Mark of Athena,' readers like me will most definitely be reading it over again to scour for missing clues to what's in store in the fourth installment." (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Stefanie from Buffalo, New York
Stefanie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
by Kim Harrison

Stefanie's Comments:
"I really enjoyed this anthology of short stories by Kim Harrison about her Hollows series....Also included at the end of this book are four shorts that happen outside of the Hollows world. While I will be sad to see the Hollows end in the near future, hopefully one of these 'worlds' will be next for exploration as a series." (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Malcolm from Jefferson, Georgia
Malcolm won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling

Malcolm's Comments:
"The Harry Potter books feature a mythic, larger-than-life battle between good and evil. 'The Casual Vacancy' features the more diffuse interactions between the middle class and those who live in the projects....Rowling's superb portrait of an English small town is moving, thought provoking and often a darkly comic masterpiece of storytelling with three-dimensional characters, a carefully constructed plot and multiple escalating conflicts that move like a tsunami through the world of Pagford, the town that no reader will ever forget." (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Bonnie from Lafayette, California
Bonnie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Letters to a Friend
Letters to a Friend
by Diana Athill

Bonnie's Comments:
"Spanning 1981 to 2007, a wonderful look at letter writing in the day, and the world of an English woman coping with her changing personal and professional (editor/writer/artist) environments. Written to a poet friend with no thought of publication, these letters are full of wit, truth telling, and wicked humor." (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Karl from Seattle, Washington
Eternal on the Water
Eternal on the Water
by Joseph Monninger

Karl's Comments:
"This novel was so beautifully written, the characters became part of my network of friends, New Hampshire became my second home, and I felt as if I had kayaked the Allagash River....I am recommending this book to all my friends, especially the biologists and the self-proclaimed naturalists in my sphere." (read more)

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October 22
Selected by Sheila from Hampton, Virginia
The Litigators
The Litigators
by John Grisham

Sheila's Comments:
"Another John Grisham home run!...The characters in this book are just robust and fun....The indictment of mass tort litigators and of overseas product testing is well done, but not preachy. The story line is never straight, which I love about Grisham, so be prepared to not know which way the path will go." (read more)

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October 23
Selected by Monica from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Monica won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan

Monica's Comments:
"This is the first book I finished after a long hiatus from 'fun' reading. Each chapter presented well-researched, new information as well as charming anecdotes from the author." (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Kathleen from Anchorage, Alaska
Kathleen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Passage
The Passage
by Justin Cronin

Kathleen's Comments:
"Fast paced and gripping, this monstrous novel is a real page turner. Great detail and character development. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy." (read more)

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October 25
Selected by Julie from North Kansas City, Missouri
Vietnamese Home Cooking
Vietnamese Home Cooking
by Charles Phan

Julie's Comments:
"I think I can be counted as being in the Phan Club....The book weighs a ton but it is beautifully done [with a] lot of pictures....Mix and Match Wok Fried Noodles is what we decided to make. It turned out VERY GOOD....Looking at the rest of the recipes I say this book is a winner." (read more)

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October 26
Selected by Bethany from Farmington Hills, Michigan
Bethany won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie

Bethany's Comments:
"I turned the last page, put the book down, and wondered how I'd gone my whole life without knowing the story of this incredible woman. Massie brings Catherine to life as a woman even more than a political figure; her hope for bringing republicanism into Russia, her disillusionment, her romances, her relationships. I felt, by the end, as if I really knew Catherine." (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Carl from Junction City, Oregon
Carl won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Truth
The Truth
by Terry Pratchett

Carl's Comments:
"I liked the pace, and the characters were so real. I could relate to it even though it's set in an impossible world, and there is enough humor to keep a smile on my face. A great story!" (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Jan from Gold Beach, Oregon
Jan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Jan's Comments:
"Moving and insightful. This book will help you see differently abled children and adults with new eyes." (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Amanda from Apopka, Florida
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Under the Eagle: A Tale of Military Adventure and Reckless Heroism with the Roman Legions
Under the Eagle: A Tale of Military Adventure and Reckless Heroism with the Roman Legions
by Simon Scarrow

Amanda's Comments:
"A classic military adventure novel in the tradition of C.S. Forester and Bernard Corwnwell with likable heroes, exciting plot, political intrigue, and a dash of wit. Simon Scarrow balances historical fiction and easy reading adventure well -- in stories that you will find hard to put down once you have begun them." (read more)

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October 30
Selected by Don from Vancouver, Washington
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The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
by John Perry

Don's Comments:
"I've been putting off writing this review: procrastination. Now I know why! This book tells all about dilly-dallying and killing time, with humor, wit, and the reasons why. And, not least, the author reveals some of the up sides of procrastination. Don't put off reading it!" (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Maureen from Hillsboro, Oregon
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Harbour
Harbour
by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Maureen's Comments:
"['Harbour'] was creepy and weird and Lovecraftian....The shifting around in time (flashbacks mixed in between the main narrative) was a little odd at first, but ultimately it worked better than simply telling the story in a linear fashion. Beautiful writing, really enjoyed this." (read more)

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