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October 01
Selected by Charlene from Falls Church, Virginia
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson

Charlene's Comments:
"Delightfully vulgar and possibly schizoaffective. That's how I would describe Jenny Lawson. She is that awkward, inappropriate friend that we all have and love too much to alienate. This is what makes her 'memoir' absolutely hilarious. She describes her life in a way we all can somehow relate (metaphorically, of course, as I doubt anyone else has been stabbed by a chicken)....This is an absolute must read for anyone needing a good laugh or a life-affirming moment." (read more)

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October 02
Selected by Michael from Portland, Oregon
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The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild
The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Michael's Comments:
"In her latest book, Lyanda Lynn Haupt seeks to turn around our usually negative impressions of urban animals and see them as neighbors and visitors worthy of our attention. 'The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild' is a defense of animals that essentially share our homes with us: from coyotes and moles and raccoons to pigeons and crows and owls (as Haupt describes them, The Furred and The Feathered). Each chapter shares general natural history, worldly mythology, and encourages us to be kind to our 'gracious co-inhabitants.'...Haupt drives home that urban animals are simply doing what is natural: being animals." (read more)

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October 03
Selected by Kacey from Honolulu, Hawaii
Kacey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Bone Season
The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon

Kacey's Comments:
"The first few chapters of this book are a bit slow and confusing but once you get through it, this book is amazing! It is unique and exciting and I absolutely couldn't put it down. I have recommended it to all my friends and family....I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!" (read more)

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October 04
Selected by Cora from Anaheim, California
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The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers

Cora's Comments:
"This book is for the neophyte, who wants to learn more, and for the seasoned Steampunk veteran as well as those between these extremes. I'd bet that someone who knows a lot about Steampunk would learn something from this book....The excellent background information coupled with plenty of illustrations makes this book a keeper. It'll stay on my bookshelf as a reference and as a fun book to take up again and again. Who wouldn't want to look at a Steampunk guitar, a steam powered elephant, or lust over a Steampunk laptop?" (read more)

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October 05
Selected by Larissa from Riverside, California
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Joyland
Joyland
by Stephen King

Larissa's Comments:
"Stephen King is back and still keeping his readers on the edge of their seats! I loved how King strayed away from his usual horror theme and went with more of a mystery novel, really making the reader think and identify with the main character. You know a book is great when you finish it in a day!" (read more)

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October 06
Selected by Jen from Creston, California
The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

Jen's Comments:
""The Raven Boys" is a cleverly concocted, fictional work of art that intertwines psychics and magic with prep school boys and an everyday girl. Friendships are formed, journeys undertaken, young love explored and questions about the psychic world left for readers to consider. The story is compelling and artfully presented. A fun, picturesque read that had me revisiting turns of phrase and conversations before I'd completed the book. Definitely a must-read for teens and adults who enjoy magical possibilities." (read more)

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October 07
Selected by Kara from Farmington, Michigan
Kara won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Mother, Mother
Mother, Mother
by Koren Zailckas

Kara's Comments:
"Zailckas has crafted a very original work that will stick in readers' minds -- at least my mind, certainly -- for a lot longer than most novels....One of the greatest strengths of Mother, Mother is its structure as a tale told through two characters' perspectives....This book is a lot more than a tale of disturbing familial dysfunction -- it's a truly great multi-faceted psychological novel." (read more)

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October 08
Selected by Richard from Portland, Oregon
Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
by Ian MacDonald

Richard's Comments:
"'Revolution in the Head' isn't merely the best book ever written on The Beatles (and still so good as to be light years ahead of anything else currently on the shelves), it's one of the best books ever written about music, the sixties and English social history. Even if you have only a passing interest in The Beatles I can't recommend it enough." (read more)

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October 09
Selected by Chris from St. James, New York
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Little Children
Little Children
by Tom Perrotta

Chris's Comments:
"There's nothing more satisfying than unearthing the seedy side of the seemingly perfect suburban lifestyle. All this moral indignation and marital purity is really put to the test in Perrotta's novel. Specifically, the just-under-the-surface stagnation of Sarah's character coupled with Todd's never-grow-up wanderlust proves to be a fabulous mix and it kept me involved throughout the book....Great read... I love Perrotta." (read more)

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October 10
Selected by Matthew from Riverdale, New Jersey
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

Matthew's Comments:
"The concept is quite novel, a 24 hour bookstore with no customers hiding a secret. I found the concept quite refreshing -- 21st century technology against a secret sect stuck in their 16th century customs. It is a fast, easy read that keeps moving....I would definitely recommend it...if you are looking for a fun novel that's a little out of the ordinary to read." (read more)

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October 11
Selected by Karen from Locust Grove, Virginia
Karen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
The Night of the Comet
The Night of the Comet
by George Bishop

Karen's Comments:
"A well-crafted and realistic novel encompassing a family's dreams, obsessions and resilience. The story is told from the perspective of a 14 year old boy named Alan who lives in a Louisiana small town, a bookworm who is on the cusp of meeting his first love....Astronomy is interspersed throughout the story. Facts such as those about comets are fascinating to learn." (read more)

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October 12
Selected by P.M. from Columbus, OH
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
by David Sedaris

P.M.'s Comments:
"Another winner by David Sedaris! His short stories can be funny or poignant, and sometimes both at the same time. Sometimes the change in narrator from story to story can be a bit jarring, particularly when they change from him to a woman, but almost all are really good! It's a good read; very funny, and very satisfying." (read more)

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October 13
Selected by Robert from Portland, OR
Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
by Kyra Bussanich

Robert's Comments:
"Wonderful book! Kyra Bussanich has twice won the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the only Gluten-Free baker to do so (and given no handicap, competing on flavor and texture and creativity against "regular" flour bakers.) She's the only Gluten-Free winner to date." (read more)

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October 14
Selected by Lynette from Hood River, OR
Love and the Green Lady: Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge: Oregon's Crown Jewel of Socialism
Love and the Green Lady: Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge: Oregon's Crown Jewel of Socialism
by Matt Love

Lynette's Comments:
"This is my second Matt Love book in as many weeks. Loved it! I'll keep reading as long as I can get my hands on more. I've been curious to notice that I find myself irritated a lot when I'm reading Matt's books. It's not that I don't like them -- I can't put them down. I just end up kind of disgruntled. I sat with that feeling quite a while yesterday and here's what I came up with: Matt is poking at us with his enthusiastic, balls-to-the-wall stories. Every moment has the possibility to be the greatest snapshot or story or amorous avocation ever and he is on it. I think the root of my disgruntlement was envy. The really cool thing? Knowing the problem, it's now an easy fix. Grateful to Matt for sharing his road maps to a passionate, gritty, never boring, put-away-the-f#%king-iPhone life. And at my very next opportunity, I will visit the Lady." (read more)


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October 15
Selected by Dane from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by BIll Bryson

Dane's Comments:
"One of my absolute favourite books. I rarely put a highlighter to text but this one is full of marked-up pages. Even if you don't think you're a "science" person, you'll love this book. It really is the "history of nearly everything". Should be required reading in high schools!!" (read more)

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October 16
Selected by Jamie from Portland, Oregon
Unseen
Unseen
by Karin Slaughter

Jamie's Comments:
"I read this book in 3 days. If you like intense, psychologically thrilling crime novels, you will not be disappointed with Unseen. Strong female characters, surprise bad guys, REALLY BAD guys. A little romance, but not cheesy or unbelievable. Very fast paced and well written. I can't wait to read some of her earlier novels." (read more)

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October 17
Selected by Ashley from West Seneca, NY
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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
by Mohsin Hamid

Ashley's Comments:
"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is the bittersweet story of a young man growing up in an unnamed Asian country and his quest for wealth from extreme poverty. This fictional memoir is written in second-person, in the style of a self-help book. It's prose is distant but warm, and sparse but beautiful. I never thought I would read such a poetic description of a pharmacy ("... a crowded micro-warehouse stacked with pallets not much bigger than matchboxes ..."). This book was very compelling, and I often had a hard time putting it down, not only because of its tight prose but also because of the glance it gave me into a rather unknown world." (read more)

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October 18
Selected by Sandra from Greenfield, Indiana
Sandra won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The House in the Night Board Book
The House in the Night Board Book
by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes

Sandra's Comments:
"Beautiful book! I checked this out at my local library and was blown away. It's a great way to introduce poetry to your children." (read more)

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October 19
Selected by Lisa from La Porte, Texas
Lisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
by Colleen McCullough

Lisa's Comments:
"If you pick up this book to read, you had better set aside enough time to relax and enjoy it. Your eyes will be glued to each page, your thoughts and imagination will be with these characters of yesteryear...Very, very entertaining!" (read more)

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October 20
Selected by Randall from Somerville, Massachusetts
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Loteria
Loteria
by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Randall's Comments:
"Zambrano's Loteria was an impulse buy that yielded a touching story of family tragedy. Using the images of loteria cards as a jumping off point for a personal history of tragedy, the book was a quick and worthwhile read. Highly recommended." (read more)

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October 21
Selected by Jess from Durham, North Carolina
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Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity
Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity
by Emily Matchar

Jess's Comments:
"Interesting and thought provoking at points. I especially appreciated the author connecting the DIY movement's focus on individualism and how this can negatively impact society's push to ensure that services and goods are available to all members, not just the privileged middle and upper classes....I appreciate how this book made me take a look at my own ideas and beliefs that have been shaped by the DIY, blogging, homesteading, etc community. I definitely won't feel so guilty or lacking next time I'm looking at someone's blog about their fabulous homemade farm life." (read more)

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October 22
Selected by Laura from Burbank, Illinois
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Still Life
Still Life
by A. S. Byatt

Laura's Comments:
"At several surprising moments, an author's voice interrupts the narrative flow of A.S. Byatt's novel 'Still Life.' As if in explanation of the title, it tells us, 'I wanted to write a novel as [William Carlos] Williams said a poem should be -- no ideas but in things.' This unusual plan does result in some beautiful descriptive passages which rival painting in evoking a still life or landscape or interior. But 'Still Life' is also a novel filled with many characters, people who can only be fully known if you read all four books of the Frederica quartet." (read more)

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October 23
Selected by Nicholas from Stoughton, Wisconsin
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The Scroll of Years
The Scroll of Years
by Chris Willrich

Nicholas's Comments:
"Willrich injects 'The Scroll of Years' with the same gorgeous prose of his short fiction but still manages to move the story along at a steady clip. It rises to a pulse-pounding pace in delightfully entertaining moments of action and at times slows to a trickle to allow the reader to ponder a bit of philosophy. But it never stalls. The landscape -- described in precise, exquisite detail -- is a character in itself (literally and figuratively), and the dialogue is witty and insightful. Through all of this, Willrich weaves his signature threads of antithesis and paradox. There's enough depth and beauty here to make subsequent readings just as entertaining as the first." (read more)

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October 24
Selected by Lynn from Encino, California
The Paris Architect
The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure

Lynn's Comments:
"Charles Belfoure's 'The Paris Architect' is an amazing and wonderful historical novel that takes the author's knowledge of architecture (he is an architect) and turns in a beautiful WWII page-turner....[I]t is one of the best books I have read all year long....As someone who had read a lot (non-fiction and fiction) on Vichy France and WWII and the Holocaust -- I can promise historical fiction fans will not be let down at all if they read this unique novel." (read more)


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October 25
Selected by Anna from Tucson, Arizona
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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer

Anna's Comments:
"This was the perfect 'escape novel' with an exciting story, likeable characters, clever wit, and the good old fairy-tale romance." (read more)

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October 26
Selected by David from Albuquerque, New Mexico
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A History of the World in 100 Objects
A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor

David's Comments:
"'A History of the World in 100 Objects' is a rare find and a delight to read. It provides a unique and wide-ranging perspective on the evolution of human societies across the entire world and across all the ages. Rather than taking the traditional approach of tracking a single nation, region, or people vertically through time, Neil MacGregor of the British Museum takes horizontal slices through various eras to illustrate the parallel developments that occurred in widely separated societies. In providing the context for the selected objects, MacGregor provides an even-handed spotlight on issues that still confront us today." (read more)

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October 27
Selected by Nicole from New Hyde Park, New York
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Fangirl
Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

Nicole's Comments:
"'Fangirl' is every fangirl's dream come true; A book about them. And it's not a book that just undermines the loyalty of any fandom, but it's one that totally gets them....Cath is your typical fangirl; She hides out in her room -- which is totally decked out in Simon Snow fandom merch -- on the internet, writing fanfiction, or talking to her "internet friends"....Cath's journey through her college freshman year not only is relatable regardless of what kind of fangirl you are, but also a story everyone should read for its authenticity." (read more)

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October 28
Selected by Todd from Vancouver, Washington
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Bluebeard
Bluebeard
by Kurt Vonnegut

Todd's Comments:
"This has to be one of Vonnegut's greatest later novels, right up there with 'Galápagos' and his earlier work with 'Cat's Cradle' and 'Slaughterhouse-Five'....If you haven't read 'Bluebeard' yet you should add it to the top of his stack of work....[I]n an odd twist of Vonnegutism, this story actually feels quite happy to me, it does not dive into his usual curmudgeon style voice but left me with a happy feeling, and very glad to have read it. Thank you Mr. Vonnegut." (read more)

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October 29
Selected by Lydia from Portland, Oregon
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Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
by Marisa McClellan

Lydia's Comments:
"This book is a great addition to any kitchen -- whether you have years of experience canning or are new to the art and science of food preservation (like I am). In addition to a wide variety of recipes, lots of helpful information is scattered throughout. Also, all recipes are small-batch, which makes it much easier to try a bunch of different recipes without feeling overwhelmed. I highly recommend the spiced plum jam recipe!" (read more)

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October 30
Selected by Mara from El Paso, Texas
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The Circle
The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Mara's Comments:
"Dave Eggers has written a fictional tome, that, while seemingly farfetched, hits on many elements of a coming reality. Alluding to the power and success of some of the large Silicon Valley social networking and technology companies, this book warns of the consequences of no-holds-barred sharing of personal information....Eggers has a wild imagination -- or does he? I think he's on to something. Is sharing really caring?" (read more)

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October 31
Selected by Barbara from Vancouver, Washington
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TransAtlantic
TransAtlantic
by Colum McCann

Barbara's Comments:
"To say I enjoyed it would be a vast understatement -- his prose is beautiful, conjuring the moments, portraying them perfectly. The story is intriguing and flows naturally. I so loved this book that upon finishing it I actually cried 'no' when finding no more pages to turn! I'm off to get a copy McCann's earlier book today." (read more)

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