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August 01
Selected by Brett from Fremont, California
Brett won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
by Elmore Leonard

Brett's Comments:
"Wow, talk about a dream collection! Elmore Leonard wrote some of the best western stories of the 1950s and 1960s and here they are in one collection. He's the kind of writer who can describe someone with just a few keys words and they spring to life. These are stories of tough men (and a not a few women) in tough times. Don't expect stories to end the way you think they might, this is Elmore Leonard after all, but it's always worth the ride to find out. A great book to read on the train or bus on your commute. The stories really take you away." (read more)

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August 02
Selected by Erin from Portland, Oregon
Witness the Night
Witness the Night
by Kishwar Desai

Erin's Comments:
"This book and its characters stayed with me much longer than most. I am eager to read more from this writer, especially more featuring the social worker Simran. I found her and the young victim/criminal to be real, engaging, and interesting." (read more)

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August 03
Selected by Rachel from Torrance, California
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Gain
Gain
by Richard Powers

Rachel's Comments:
"The perfect intertwining of the dual story lines was a fantastic technique. Both story lines had me enthralled and it was a little frustrating to interrupt my deep immersion to switch back and forth, but taken in totality, it became one of those 'gestalt' experiences, where the sum was greater than the parts! I highly recommend this particular book and am looking forward to reading more by this author." (read more)

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August 04
Selected by Peter from Gloucester, Massachusetts
Peter won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark

Peter's Comments:
"A Middlemarch of foreign affairs, Clark delves deep into the historical record and shows us how his sleepwalking characters, countries as well as individuals, confronted with what might have been the Third Balkan War, unleashed the horror of the First World War. Thoughtful and clearly written commentary places meticulously researched history in context. While certainly a cautionary tale, Clark also carefully explains, despite disturbing similarities to our own times...that simple parallels do not always exist to the Europe of one hundred years ago." (read more)

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August 05
Selected by Ryan from Monterey, California
You
You
by Austin Grossman

Ryan's Comments:
"A fun and idiosyncratic ride through the videogame world....[I]f you've found yourself clutching your controller (or hammering your keypad) at 2am when you really should be doing something else, this book might be for you....The author writes with a clear fan-boy love of videogames, of their development history, of the stories they sort-of tell....How would you make the ultimate game? Really rather a more nuanced question than one might at first expect." (read more)

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August 06
Selected by Arwa from Portland, Oregon
Arwa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
by Rebecca Lerner

Arwa's Comments:
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Becky's adventures and quirky friends in 'Dandelion Hunter.' It's accessible, fun, and made me laugh out loud on several instances. Before I picked up the book, my idea of foraging was digging around for the ripest mango at Whole Foods. I'm not sure this book has inspired me to go out guns-blazing to earn my foraging merit badge, but it has changed the way I look at the greenery growing in my back yard." (read more)

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August 07
Selected by Angie from Vancouver, Washington
Angie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
by Cassandra Clare

Angie's Comments:
"Well this is one of my favorite books, I read it over and over again....[I]n ways it is better than Twilight....[I]t was a breathtaking book, filled with excitement, mischief, deceit, humor, betrayal, action, and romance." (read more)

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August 08
Selected by Ann from Evergreen, Colorado
Ann won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method
by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste

Ann's Comments:
"I have baked bread for years but I could never make an 'artisan' style bread with a crisp crust and dense interior. This book is the answer. I have tried the other books out there but found the dough difficult to work with. This method is incredibly easy, I got perfect results the first time. I look forward to trying all the variations, including pizza and focaccia." (read more)

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August 09
Selected by Laney from Salem, Oregon
Laney won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Son
The Son
by Philipp Meyer

Laney's Comments:
"'The Son' is, flat-out, the most incredible book to be written about Texas in a long time. The well-written, easy-to-follow story covers over 100 years of a family's history, from the latter 1800s, when Comanches still lived free in West Texas, through modern oil-centric Houston. Meyer obviously meticulously researched all aspects of Texas history and the peoples involved, but does not let these details detract from this splendid book. Comparisons have been made between him and other famous writers, but I disagree; Meyer has a unique voice which is rich, strong, most entertaining, and should not be missed." (read more)

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August 10
Selected by Chelsea from South Euclid, Ohio
Chelsea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Scarlet Moon
Scarlet Moon
by Debbie Viguie

Chelsea 's Comments:
"This is a wonderfully written retelling of 'Little Red Riding Hood,' filled with love and romance as well as a touch of mystery and some unexpected twists and surprises that will keep you entertained and interested throughout the story. All the characters are very well written....I particularly enjoyed reading about the relationship between Ruth and William and seeing how it developed." (read more)

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August 11
Selected by Nancy from Reedsport, Oregon
Nancy won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Panopticon
The Panopticon
by Jenni Fagan

Nancy's Comments:
"'The Panopticon' should be required reading for anyone working with children and youth. The protagonist, Anais, had committed a number of petty offenses (and possibly one serious crime) while living in foster care, group juvenile facilities, and on the streets. She entered the Panopticon awaiting conviction and incarceration....The Panopticon (where they can observe you all the time) lacked the ability to reveal Anais' humanity. So Jenni Fagan in her terrific book made us see. If the ending seemed a little unreasonably happy, that was okay with me -- and Anais certainly deserved it." (read more)

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August 12
Selected by Marque from Portland, Oregon
Marque won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Knitting from the Center Out: An Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting with 28 Modern Projects
Knitting from the Center Out: An Introduction to Revolutionary Knitting with 28 Modern Projects
by Daniel Yuhas

Marque's Comments:
"This is a well written book with a lot of tips about the technique. There are projects for everyone and every occasion. Toys, hats, blankets, sweaters, and socks. Good diagrams, and clearly written explanations of each step. I am an experienced knitter, used to reading poorly written patterns and able to figure out what the authors have left out assuming everyone would 'know' what was intended. I believe a novice knitter could complete these projects with just a little bit of help. Worth the price!" (read more)

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August 13
Selected by Deanna from Carmichael, California
Deanna won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Sweetness of Tears
The Sweetness of Tears
by Nafisa Haji

Deanna's Comments:
"This novel is sensitively written from different perspectives about the war in Iraq. The lesson to be learned is that the draw-down in troops is not the end. There are effects reverberating on both sides and into future generations. Now I will read Nafisa Haji's first, acclaimed novel." (read more)

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August 14
Selected by Rachel from Apalachin, New York
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Rachel's Comments:
"This was a delicious, quick summer read for me. Despite some challenging themes...the book really is a coming-of-age story with a strong plot and unique characters. Liberal doses of time travel and magical realism propel the action in directions that will surprise you. The story has a wonderful cinematic quality, and the author makes creative use of the antique photographs that are sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended!" (read more)

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August 15
Selected by Sharon from Milwaukie, Oregon
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan

Sharon's Comments:
"Who would predict Timothy Egan's book about Edward Curtis would be a page-turner? From the get-go I was pulled into the vortex of Egan's meticulous account of this obsessive photographer whose passion sent him to the brink of self-destruction. Is this what being a true artist is all about? Curtis left a legacy that few of us will see, but his chronicle of the American Indian will live as a superior gift to the world. Likewise, Egan's research has shed new light on the history of our first people. This is a book to have on the shelf and to share." (read more)

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August 16
Selected by Carol from Vancouver, Washington
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan

Carol's Comments:
"This is an outstanding book on a subject needing much more exposure and edification. In a world where mental illness is little understood and inappropriately stigmatized, Susannah Cahalan has made a highly useful and commendable contribution." (read more)

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August 17
Selected by Elizabeth from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Flight Behavior
Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

Elizabeth's Comments:
"Kingsolver's masterful writing and detailed descriptions will take you away and pull you right in. Science buffs will thoroughly enjoy the butterfly research as well as Ovid, the head scientist. Overall the book was enjoyable, enlightening, and one that will make you think about your family, your life, your contribution to the world as a person, and how to improve yourself, as well as the small part of the world that you inhabit." (read more)

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August 18
Selected by Brooke from Vancouver, Washington
Brooke won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
by Matthew Dicks

Brooke's Comments:
"Meet Budo. He's an imaginary friend, but you wouldn't know it -- he is as real to Max Delaney as the next person. Max Delaney, a boy that is described as autistic and struggles at school as well as at home, needs Budo....This book gives great insight into the glowing world of a child's imagination. I highly recommend it." (read more)

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August 19
Selected by Rachael from Portland, Oregon
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Of Bees and Mist
Of Bees and Mist
by Erick Setiawan

Rachael's Comments:
"Feminist fairy tales can be hard to come by. Feminist fairy tales that are well-written, captivating, and uniquely crafted are rarer still. However, Setiawan weaves a rich novel and receives an A+ for execution on all accounts. 'Of Bees and Mist' tells the story of several women drawn together both by fate and by magic. Their journeys are marked by the struggle for power and the transition into womanhood, ill-fated marriage, and the bond between mothers and daughters." (read more)

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August 20
Selected by Lydia from Waipahu, Hawaii
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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession
by Charlie Lovett

Lydia's Comments:
"'The Bookman's Tale'...took a gothic mystery with potential danger and married it to a beautiful love-story, full of tragedy on its own. It spoke of rebinding old books as lovingly as I touch the spines on my precious hardcovers, and I felt immediately that I had a connection with the protagonist, Peter Byerly....I loved almost everything about this book....If you are a fan (like I am) of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, then I think this story will appeal to you greatly." (read more)

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August 21
Selected by Lakeitha from Portland, Oregon
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The Residue Years
The Residue Years
by Mitchell Jackson

Lakeitha's Comments:
"I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. I was excited to have the opportunity to read about the place where I grew up. I too was a child (the oldest child too) of addict parents in Northeast Portland during the late 80s and early 90s so, the story of 'The Residue Years' deeply resonated with me....I found myself missing the characters and wondering what they were up to during the times I had to put the book down." (read more)

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August 22
Selected by Jerry from Wilton, Connecticut
Mr. Mani
Mr. Mani
by A. B. Yehoshua

Jerry 's Comments:
"Brilliant. Five intergenerational conversations, over 250 years, that recount and ultimately confront one family's patrilinear obsession with suicide. The speakers' voices are unique and utterly convincing, and the finale is hugely affecting." (read more)

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August 23
Selected by Nicole from Portland, OR
Timequake
Timequake
by Kurt Vonnegut

Nicole's Comments:
"One of those books that had a profound impact on my life. Vonnegut has a weird talent for popping up in everyday life exactly when you need him." (read more)

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August 24
Selected by Shannon from Laplace, Louisiana
Shannon won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Ron's Big Mission
Ron's Big Mission
by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden and Don Tate

Shannon's Comments:
"This is a great book for kids to read about other accounts of segregation, told from a child's point of view. As a result, this is one of the books I chose as a Summer Reading book for my students. I use it in conjunction with a biography of Ronald McNair, to show my students that with perseverance, anything is possible." (read more)

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August 25
Selected by Thomas from Chicago, Illinois
Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
by Eiji Yoshikawa

Thomas's Comments:
"A fantastic book, I was surprised by its wry humor. 'Musashi' is an inspiring tale about the search for meaning, and the weight of history. Highly recommended." (read more)

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August 26
Selected by Catherine from Portland, Oregon
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Light Boxes
Light Boxes
by Shane Jones

Catherine's Comments:
"An incredibly beautiful story! Jones builds his characters carefully, drawing the reader in, making us want more. The story is complex, as a modern fable should be, and the lessons within can be easily correlated to real life. Absolutely stunning imagery and imagination." (read more)

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August 27
Selected by Karen from Portland, Oregon
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The Butler: A Witness to History
The Butler: A Witness to History
by Wil Haygood

Karen's Comments:
"I love this book! It's not often that a book elicits the emotions in me that this book did. The story of Eugene Allen, his service as butler to eight presidents and his relationship with his wife and son is a beautiful story. It was also interesting to read about the making of the movie based on Eugene's life working in the White House. I highly recommend reading 'The Butler.'" (read more)

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August 28
Selected by Jillian from Rosamond, California
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The Sky Is Everywhere
The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

Jillian's Comments:
"'But what if music is what escapes when your heart breaks?' One of the most beautiful lines in a book I've read in a long time....[T]his book is absolutely amazing....This is a beautiful story and I highly recommend it to any reader." (read more)

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August 29
Selected by Tisa from Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tisa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
by Matt Bell

Tisa's Comments:
"It's been quite a while since a book had my heart pounding, but the first chapters of Bell's book will do that. This fable, fairy tale, fantasy of love, adventure, childbirth, child loss, and life lived fiercely is like nothing else you have read before....Don't start this book if you have other tasks that need to be done. You won't get to them." (read more)

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August 30
Selected by Gary from Olney, Maryland
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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson

Gary's Comments:
"It's telling that Lawrence's stomping grounds were what is now Syria. This book isn't just an eye-opening way to look at the Middle East, but also a page-turner filled with spies, battles and titanic personalities." (read more)

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August 31
Selected by Norman from Portland, Oregon
The Mote in God's Eye
The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Norman's Comments:
"For me, this is one of the greatest works of science fiction that I've read. It is right up there with Herbert's novel, 'Dune.' This novel does better than any other I've come across dealing with a first encounter with an alien civilization. The superb writing, and unique plot, and the unfolding of the interaction with an intelligent alien species, who's mindset and agenda are very different than humanity's, is incredibly rich and intriguing. I've read this work several times throughout my life and it has always engaged my imagination." (read more)

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