A new book from Coffee House Press called Read This! is a great new resource for the book lovers among us and it has a local twist.
The book gathers lists of favorite books from the people who work in some of the country’s best independent bookstores. Fittingly enough for the City of Literature, Iowa City is represented by two. Paul Ingram from Prairie Lights Books shares his list, as does Matt Lage from Iowa Book.
The introduction was written by Ann Patchett, who extols the virtues of the bookseller as matchmaker, putting the right book in the right hands at the right time. In addition, the book includes a sort of by-the-numbers look at its contents, as well as some fun facts about the stores included — “Book stores President Obama has visited since becoming president: 1 (Prairie Lights Books),” for example.