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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

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  • Paul Beatty wins the Man Booker Prize for The Sellout

    The Sellout Paul Beatty

    Congratulations to Paul Beatty for winning the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout!

    Paul staff picked The Sellout when it came out in paperback. Read his take on it and then read the book!

    From The Sellout by Paul Beatty:

    “This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything. Never cheated on my taxes or at cards. Never snuck into the movies or failed to give back the extra change to a drugstore cashier indifferent to the ways of mercantilism and minimum-wage expectations. I’ve never burgled a house. Held up a liquor store. Never boarded a crowded bus or subway car, sat in a seat reserved for the elderly, pulled out my gigantic penis and masturbated to satisfaction with a perverted, yet somehow crestfallen, look on my face. But here I am, in the cavernous chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, my car illegally and somewhat ironically parked on Constitution Avenue, my hands cuffed and crossed behind my back, might right to remain silent long since waived and said goodbye to as I sit in a thickly padded chair that, much like this country, isn’t quite as comfortable as it looks.”

    So begins a novel I began last night, a novel at which I’m still chuckling and at which I feel I may be chuckling out the week. Winner of this year’s New York Book Critic’s Circle award for Fiction. Political, poetic, imaginative, satirical, and funny on every page.  Just available in paperback from Picador at $16.00.

    You are so dumb if you don’t read this right away.  I might forgive you, but God won’t.



  • Paul's November Book Club: Eileen

    Eileen Ottessa Moshfegh

    November’s Book Club will take place on Thursday November 17th at 7 PM at the Iowa City Public Library. The book will be Eileen, by Otessa Moshfegh, winner of the Pen Hemingway Award (2015) and short-listed this year for the Man Booker Prize.

    “There is that wonderful tension between wanting to slow down and bathe in the language and imagery, and the impulse  to race to see what happens how it happens.”   --New York Times Book Review


  • Paul's Corner: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

    News of the World Paulette Jiles

    News of the World
    by Paulette Jiles

    I love historical novels, especially the kind that shows me a corner of time I know nothing about. Paulette Jiles, an experienced writer of historical novels, takes us to post-Civil War America and gives us a marvelous old goat of a main character to lead us through dangerous post-war Texas. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, veteran of two American wars finds work, lugging eastern newspapers about small town Texas and Oklahoma and reading news to paying folk, eager to find out what’s going on

    In Wichita Falls he’s offered substantial money to take a girl who’d been recaptured after living for several years as captive of the Kiowa home to her parents in San Antonio. The situation is complicated by the fact that she doesn’t want to go. Captain Kidd and his reluctant charge encounter all manner of trouble and adventure on the way south. Telling any more would be a disservice to the reader. The characters and wild story of this book is up for a National Book Award this year.  

    The novel is short, comfortable to hold in the hand, a smooth read,  and a maker of reading memories. Sheer pleasure. Give it to someone and make a friend. Read it first.