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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'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.



  • Paul's Corner: Mistaken for a King by Dan Kellams

    Mistaken for a King Dan Kellams

    Dan Kellams of Marion Iowa, recently 80, will be reading from his beautifully written memoir, Mistaken for a King, on Saturday, October 29 at 3 PM. The book is self-published, but reads like something out of one of the big New York publishers. It’s a book for those who remember a time in our history when kids could leave home to play with pals and be gone till lunch, then head out for an afternoon’s play. Yes, there was such a time. When people didn’t carry guns around with them, and if the kids ran into a grownup, they’d say “Hi.” 

    Dan’s childhood was the 1940s. The nation was at war. Kids played war with imaginary Japs and Krauts, and made extra money with paper routes. The worry was for “our boys over-seas. Dad’s were at risk. Mom’s bore responsibility. Kids did what kids do. The good guys were winning. Marion, Iowa was a very different place, more like a small town.

    Dan’s book is the best home front memoir I’ve ever read. People who love Iowa and have deep memories of other times spent here (my days were the 50s) need to come to this reading and pick up a copy of Mistaken for a King. Dan is a lively talker with a great sense of humor. You’ll love chatting him up after he reads.  

    --Paul Ingram