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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.
If you have any requests for recommendations, send Paul an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26, 2013 - 12:15pm
The Home Place
Wright Morris was one of the great American novelists of the mid-twentieth century and, along with Willa Cather and Wallace Stegner, one of the great writers of the American Midwestern experience. Even though most of his books are forgotten now he won two National Book Awards, one for Plains Song and the other for The Field of Vision. He wrote more than 30 books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Home Place, a fiction/documentary illustrated with his own photographs.
“Nothing happens to a man overnight but sometimes what has been happening for years, every day of his life, happens suddenly. You open a door or maybe you close it, and the thing is done. It happens. That’s the important thing. I watched the old man in his nautical hat cross the yard like one on his harrows, the parts, unhinged, the joints creaking under a mat of yellow grass. He stopped near the planter to suck on his pipe, tap the bowl on the seat. On the spring handle of the gear was a white cotton glove, with the fingers spread, thrust up in the air like the gloved hand of a traffic cop. The leather palm was gone, worn away, but the crabbed fingers and the reinforced stitching, the bib pattern, was still there.”
Book Club, May 14 at Prairie Lights 7 PM
April 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Anecdote of the Jar
I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.
The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.
It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.
April 2, 2013 - 11:54am
Life After Life
The new Kate Atkinson book goes on sale today, April 2. It’s called Life After Life. It’s long and funny and metaphysically interesting, what with the protagonist having a limitless number of lives to live. Atkinson is one of the few writers I can imagine getting away with such a book without leaving it hopelessly gimmicky. Over the years Atkinson’s books have grown bigger and deeper and more fun. Her fans will love this book.
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