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November 01
Selected by Richard from Portland, Oregon
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean

Richard's Comments:
"Very enjoyable read. Great stories of people, discoveries, and how much has been discovered in the relatively recent history of science. I recommend this book to everyone as an easy read." (read more)

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November 02
Selected by Spencer from Salt Lake City, Utah
Spencer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Ender's Game (Ender Wiggins Saga #1)
Ender's Game (Ender Wiggins Saga #1)
by Orson Scott Card

Spencer's Comments:
"I rarely read the same book twice. I've just finished 'Ender's Game' for the fourth time. Thirty years old and I still get that giddy feeling that comes from reading great character development in a novel of battle, mystery, adventure, love and redemption. This book will intellectually and emotionally stimulate young and old alike, even if you are not into science fiction." (read more)

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November 03
Selected by Jessie from Durango, Colorado
Jessie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson

Jessie's Comments:
"Bill Bryson will be no stranger for many. His cleverness, insightfulness, and humor are on full display in this new non-fiction book. This delightful romp will educate and amuse anyone remotely intrigued with America in the years surrounding 1927....I wish my history classes had been this interesting!" (read more)

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November 04
Selected by Jennifer from Spring Hill, Florida
My Chemical Mountain
My Chemical Mountain
by Corina Vacco

Jennifer's Comments:
"This book takes on very important current issues. It's like no other novel that I have read. The character development is very good and the three friends are like boys that I felt I knew. It haunts you after reading in a good way and gets you thinking. I hope that more young readers get the opportunity to experience this novel." (read more)

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November 05
Selected by Jennifer from Boise, Idaho
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
by Allie Brosh

Jennifer's Comments:
"I've loved the Hyperbole and a Half blog for years. Being able to have those stories, and more, on paper is very satisfying. This is not a book for kids, even when many of the stories are about childhood. The drawings speak to my always there child brain; gleeful, insecure, maniacal. The sections Depression: Part 1 and 2 are of the best expressions of the depression experience that I have ever seen. It is worth it for just those, but fortunately there is so much more. Thank you, Allie, for putting yourself out there for all of us." (read more)

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November 06
Selected by Susan from Seattle, Washington
Susan won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Susan's Comments:
"'The Goldfinch' is a fierce, philosophical dissection of fate vs. free will....Tartt paints us a picture of a toxic upper class and squandered privilege. Her wit is whip smart and her prose is scintillating. She has matured as a writer and boldly asks the big questions in her brilliant, scathing colloquial. If I say any more I'm afraid I'll give away the exquisite surprises. 'The Goldfinch' does not disappoint, it is an all consuming, euphoric, intellectual delight." (read more)

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November 07
Selected by Katie from Beaverton, Oregon
Katie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

Katie's Comments:
"'The Drunkard's Walk' takes you through some startling revelations about how you view your very own life. How does probability and randomness rule? And can you really understand randomness? Although some of the stories as well as the studies are written in nomenclature that most readers, who have maybe never been in the research world or aren't familiar with anatomical terms, another read through and you can understand what's being said....This book is a great read. Not one of the easiest to read, but it's educational. Most of all, this book really makes you think." (read more)

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November 08
Selected by Lee from Seoul, Geongi, South Korea
Lee won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Dirty Love
Dirty Love
by Andre Dubus III

Lee's Comments:
"This book of four loosely connected stories is an outstanding read....Dubus writes brilliantly about people and understands that within everyone there are good and bad qualities that are frequently walking down the road at the same time....Each one of these four stories is great....Anyone who likes serious fiction needs to read this book." (read more)

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November 09
Selected by Jennifer from Portland, Oregon
Jennifer won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)
by Rick Riordan

Jennifer's Comments:
"When I first picked up this book, I was very apprehensive. Of course I wanted to know what happened to Percy and Annabeth after that terrible, and literal, cliff hanger at the end of 'The Mark of Athena,' but I didn't expect Riordan to be so good at writing dark. This book is possibly one of the darkest books he was written. From the description of Tartarus that originates from both classic myth and his own imagination, to the descriptions of some of the gods, the book was very well written." (read more)

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November 10
Selected by Laura from Medford, Oregon
The Distant Land of My Father (Harvest Book)
The Distant Land of My Father (Harvest Book)
by Bo Caldwell

Laura's Comments:
"[T]he book quickly got my interest and kept it. It is what I value in a 'good' book -- I didn't want to cook, eat, or sleep... I just wanted to read until the end. Then, nearing the end, I quit reading it for a couple of days because I knew what was coming and didn't want to read it! Very good read." (read more)

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November 11
Selected by G. from Norwich, Vermont
Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
by John Bradshaw

G.'s Comments:
"Normally I am wary of how-to books...especially for domesticated animals and their human companions. However, Bradshaw's book avoids the platitudes and banality of the how-to book and gives the reader a wonderful resource for what many of us already know. The cat experiments are particularly fascinating, and lend an edgy touch to our relationship with these truly mysterious, inscrutable creatures that we think we know." (read more)

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November 12
Selected by Ella from Stanwood, Washington
Ella won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star Gazer
Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star Gazer
by Sena Jeter Naslund

Ella's Comments:
"Take 'Moby-Dick,' add a dash of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' throw in cameo appearances by astronomer Maria Mitchell, transcendentalist Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I've read 'Ahab's Wife' twice and I don't read much twice. 'Ahab's Wife' gives us a heroine who fearlessly challenges the forces of nature and society in the early 1800s America....Like 'Moby-Dick,' the prose dips and soars, takes time for tangential musing, and gives us a panoply of unforgettable characters. The world of whaling is explored from a both fresh and familiar angle, that of sailor, survivor, and waiting wife." (read more)

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November 13
Selected by Harper Q from Portland, Oregon
Harper Q won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
East
East
by Edith Pattou

Harper Q's Comments:
"This book is beautifully written, and suitable for all ages....Edith Pattou weaves an intricate storyline through detailed descriptions of various settings. A story of travel, love, beauty and fantasy, she brings her characters to life in the most extraordinary ways....A wonderful and descriptive book, it will captivate readers of all ages! A great read-aloud book for parents with children around the age of ten." (read more)

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November 14
Selected by Ron from Safford, Arizona
Ron won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis

Ron's Comments:
"Perhaps the best 'artistic' way into 14th Century England's winter countryside and its beauty and horror. The young heroine's twisting adventures in a medieval 'Wonderland' are interspersed with an older hero's somewhat similar adventures in 2048 Oxford. The first 100 or so pages in this long book are a little puzzling but one soon notes that the book's characters are just as confused as you are as mysteries accumulate. Stay in there for 'the ride of a lifetime'." (read more)

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November 15
Selected by Karen from Pacifica, California
Karen won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking
Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking
by Aran Goyoaga

Karen's Comments:
"Gluten-free is not easy! Then I found this book and it's a treasure! So far, every recipe we've tried has been a hit both with my GF daughter-in-law and the rest of us who don't have to eat this way. I especially love that it's organized seasonally as I shop our local farmers' market and buy fresh ingredients in season. Highly recommend this for anyone who has to or wants to go gluten-free. Also recommend it for the rest of us as the recipes are wonderful!" (read more)

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November 16
Selected by Michael from Saint Cloud, Minnesota
The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel
The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel
by Stephen King

Michael's Comments:
"Has to be my second favorite book in all the books in this series. Written incredibly well, where one could read only this book and not ruin the whole series. A definite must if you've read the series and even if you haven't." (read more)

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November 17
Selected by Linda from Union City, California
Linda won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Necessary Lies
Necessary Lies
by Diane Chamberlain

Linda's Comments:
"This book was an absolutely wonderful read. It grabbed my interest from the very start. Set in the 1960s, it is the story of two women from completely different lives. And how a state agency could have such small minded thinking and cause such abuse....Hated to put it down. Totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end!" (read more)

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November 18
Selected by LindaCarol from Portland, Oregon
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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Robert M. Edsel

LindaCarol's Comments:
"It is often said that 'truth is stranger than fiction' and it's certainly true in this case....I can't go into detail because it would ruin the reading of the book or the watching of the movie; however, I will say this: you'll be on the edge of your seat (whether reading or watching). This is a book I might not read through completely, again, but I would have it on my shelf for reference and for sharing. I hope the movie will do justice to the book and the men and women involved in this treasure hunt." (read more)


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November 19
Selected by Peter from Salem, Oregon
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Marabou Stork Nightmares
Marabou Stork Nightmares
by Irvine Welsh

Peter's Comments:
"Irvine Welsh is such a fantastic writer and this is probably his most underrated novel. I absolutely loved every page. The story unfolds through the gradual rememberings of a man's conscious mind while in a coma to reveal the outrageous events that brought him to such a state. The story is genius, the telling is inventive and addicting, and the end will blow you away. Although much of the subject matter is very dark it is still a funny and enjoyable novel." (read more)

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November 20
Selected by Kathy from Attleboro, Massachusetts
Kathy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
by Victoria Sweet

Kathy's Comments:
"Dr. Victoria Sweet's life and view of medicine were completely transformed during her twenty years in San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, the last crumbling 'almshouse' in the country, as she began to incorporate the surprisingly effective medical approaches of Hildegarde of Bingen, medieval healer, mystic,and herbalist. 'God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine' completely absorbed me. Sweet's patients steal our hearts, her personal journey captivates, and her challenging conclusions about today's 'health care system' vs. 'slow medicine' make this a terrific and timely read." (read more)

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November 21
Selected by Helen from Hillsboro, Oregon
Wool
Wool
by Hugh Howey

Helen's Comments:
"Set in a dystopian future, 'Wool' had me within a few pages. People are living in an underground silo with over 100 levels because the outside air is poisonous....I look forward to future books that may reveal how the world became poisoned, and the future of the people of the silo, who have stolen my heart." (read more)

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November 22
Selected by Lukas from Portland, Oregon
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Forty Stories
Forty Stories
by Donald Barthelme

Lukas's Comments:
"This is post-modern writing at its most playful and witty, with stories about Goethe, Paul Klee, armadillos and Bluebeard. 'Sentence' is exactly that: a story made up of a single sentence. 'Conversations with Goethe,' 'Porcupines at the University' and 'Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby,' in which a co-worker is hanged, could be published today and would not seem dated at all. A master." (read more)

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November 23
Selected by Dawn from Portland, Oregon
Dawn won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
by Amanda Ripley

Dawn's Comments:
"This is a fascinating book about the reasons why the American education [system] is failing our students. Three American exchange students enroll in schools overseas -- Korea, Finland and Poland. The results are unsettling. I never knew that it's as difficult to be admitted to a teacher-training college in Finland as it is to get into a medical or law school here. Ripley uncovers other thought-provoking findings, including America's emphasis on sports programs over academics, and students' attitudes toward their own education." (read more)

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November 24
Selected by Joel from Brunswick, Georgia
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Stardust: The Gift Edition
Stardust: The Gift Edition
by Neil Gaiman

Joel's Comments:
"'Stardust' is a sort of sweet and slightly more modern version of something like 'Alice in Wonderland' or 'Peter Pan,' and I think that's exactly what Gaiman is going for. It's funny, it's full of magic, it's heartfelt. It may not have the dark edge that Gaiman's more adult work has, but that's not really the point. It's a love story, at its heart, but it has the same sort of cleverness that Gaiman is known for." (read more)

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November 25
Selected by Bernard from Berkeley, California
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Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream
Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream
by Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

Bernard's Comments:
"Benjamin Hunnicutt in 'Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream' provides some clarity regarding the sharing of work by telling the story of US workers' fight to reduce their hours of toil....More significantly, however, Hunnicutt makes clear that the century long fight for more free time, from twelve-hour shifts to ten, and from ten to eight and less, was a vital aspect of original American Dream." (read more)

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November 26
Selected by Mary from Santa Rosa, California
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
by Audrey Wood

Mary's Comments:
"Our family has loved this book for years. We are now giving and reading it to our grandchildren. We all chuckle when we read it. Great story. Great illustrations." (read more)

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November 27
Selected by Nancy from Portland, Oregon
The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense
The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense
by Laurie R. King

Nancy's Comments:
"King gets her groove back! A new lead character and terrific atmosphere in a very well-written book....Time and place are a major character here: 1929 Paris was crammed with hectic partying by Americans who were Johnny-come-lately to the arts and literature scene....Surrealist artists, willing to use horror effects, confuse the trail of a killer. Our damaged hero, a tough guy who still has streaks of romanticism, stubbornly fights to get answers. Probably the first tough guy detective I've every cared so much about!" (read more)

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November 28
Selected by Gabriel from Portland, Oregon
Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
by Fred Vogelstein

Gabriel's Comments:
"Reading Fred Vogelstein's book about the bare-knuckle fight between Apple and Google is like binging on episodes of 'Breaking Bad.' It's that good. Vogelstein, a contributing editor for 'Wired,' pairs these two Silicon Valley heavyweights like William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer slugging it out for tabloid readers in New York. Yet in this 'Dogfight,' Apple and Google are vying for the opportunity to sell us much much more than just digital newspapers via smartphones and tablets....If your company increasingly depends on smartphones and tablets to deliver your products and services in the global marketplace, then 'Dogfight' is required reading. But I'll let you draw your own comparisons between Walter White and Steve Jobs." (read more)

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November 29
Selected by Jill from Sagle, Idaho
Jill won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $80.
The School of Essential Ingredients
The School of Essential Ingredients
by Erica Bauermeister

Jill's Comments:
"If you are a literary, Northwest foodie, this is your book. The prose is literally, delicious -- filled with images that evoke the desire to start playing in your kitchen. And while it is a series of love stories, they are crisp and edgy, and fiercely authentic. The author's vignettes of participants in the cooking class at a food lovers' restaurant span the age range, exploring the diversity of human experience, learning about love and life through the delectable medium of food." (read more)

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November 30
Selected by William from Portland, Oregon
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
by Lawrence Block

William's Comments:
"This is the last in a series of 17 books with the Matt Scudder character. It brilliantly flashes back to much of the developmental history of the very human flawed and inspiring central character, a retired, alcoholic cop turned PI. The mystery plot in this, and all the series, is always brilliantly contrived, the characters live and touch the reader....Don't miss this series if you are a mystery fan. Lawrence Block is a master." (read more)

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