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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 Corner: Far From the Madding Crowd

    Far From the Madding Crowd Hardy, Thomas

    Before you see the movie, read the book!

    "The Weatherbury bees were late in their swarming this year. It was in the latter part of June, and the day after the interview with Troy in the hayfield, that Bathsheba was standing in her garden, watching a swarm in the air and guessing their probable settling place. Not only were they late this year, but unruly. Sometimes throughout a whole season all the swarms would alight on the lowest attainable bough--such as part of a current-bush or espalier apple-tree: next year they would, with just the same unanimity, make straight off to the uppermost member of some small, gaunt costard or quarrenden, and there defy all invaders who did not come armed with ladders and staves to take them down." -- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  • Paul's Book Club, August Edition Pt. 2: Do the Windows Open?

    Do the Windows Open? Julie Hecht

    "I'd been told that a stove could be sandblasted to be made fit for used by Orthodox Jews. The same must go for stoves for vegans. But I could never find a sandblaster to come and take our old stove apart. This had been the path to the use of the toaster oven...." -- Julie Hecht from her short story "Over There"

    Paul's Book Club meets this week, August 19th at 7 pm at Prairie Lights. The book is Julie Hecht's collection of short stories Do the Windows Open? See you there. 

  • Paul's Corner: "Radioactive" by Lauren Redniss

    Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout Lauren Redniss

    Lauren Redniss writes wonderful books, so wonderful, so different that you’d hardly call them books.  Filled with multi-paletted illustrations in many styles, punctuated with perfectly chosen period photographs, her works are more like museum exhibitions than books you’d find in a library.  Take my word for it, though, the literary world takes these lovely books very seriously as books. Radioactive:  Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout was a finalist for last year’s National Book Award for Biography. Ms. Redniss is a marvelous writer and diligent researcher as well as an artist of rare talent.  This is not what is called a “graphic novel.”  This is not like anything else at all.  The paperback arrived the other day and has begun to sell at the ridiculously low price of $21.99.  Come down.  You need to see it.


    “Absolutely dazzling. Radioactive is both vibrant history and a work of art.” — Richard Rhodes

    Preview some of Radioactive’s luminous pages at the author’s website here: