What We’re Reading


UNP staff members are always reading new books, both within our list and outside of what we publish. Here are some of the books where our noses have been buried.


wood floors

Care of Wooden Floors

by Will Wiles

“This was a random find at our local used bookstore, and it’s irritatingly satisfying.”—Bridget Barry



Trouble in Store

by Carol Cox

“This historical novel does a fantastic job describing the 1800s Wild West while tying in romance and adventure.”—Emily Wendell




After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays

edited by Patrick Madden and David Lazar

“I bought it at Patrick and David’s book signing at AWP. I love to support UNP authors’ endeavors and am a huge fan of the essay.”—Alicia Christensen



My Nebraska

by Roger Welsch

“Just to see what he has to say and something to hassle him about next time I’m in Dannebrog. He also discusses some areas of Nebraska I have not experienced.”—Mark Francis



The Moaning of Life: The Worldly Wisdom of Karl Pilkington

“I love Karl’s matter-of-fact dry sense of humor and loved his tv series An Idiot Abroad, so I had to get the book.”—Erica Corwin



Cover Her Face

by P. D. James

“I love her detective novels.”—Andrea Shahan



A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

by W. Phillip Keller

“Pretty self-explanatory. I’m reading it again because I can see a lot of myself in the lessons Keller lays out. I’m fairly sheep-ish.”—Anna Stokely


buried giant

The Buried Giant

by Kazuo Ishiguro

“An elderly couple begin a journey to visit their son. They face strange lands, warring peoples, mythic beings, and a fog of constant forgetfulness, but the more important question seems to be: will the couple’s bond withstand the return of their own memories? Not what I was expecting when I started, but I got invested in the characters and had to finish.”—Heather Stauffer


going posta

Going Postal

by Terry Pratchett

“The Patrician puts con man Moist Von Lipwig in charge of revitalizing the Ankh-Morpork post office. Much hilarity ensues.”—Rob Buchanan



The Luminaries

by Elanor Catton

“It won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. Set in nineteenth-century New Zealand, it’s a big book with a big plot—and a real page-turner.”—Alisa Plant



name of the rose

The Name of the Rose

by Umberto Eco

“It was assigned to the book group I’m in. This is a rather complicated book requiring much concentration but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’m actually learning quite a bit on Christianity.”—Manjit Kaur



Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball

by Deborah Davis

“The Swans of Fifth Avenue kicked off a Truman Capote obsession. I sure wish the biographies and/or memoirs of Babe Paley and Slim Keith were available as ebooks!”—Jana Faust


owl diabeetus

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

by David Sedaris

“I picked it up because I’d surprisingly never read anything by him and felt like I should (and also because it was on sale for $5.98 at Barnes and Noble).”—Tayler Lord




by Connie Willis

“Was searching the library stacks and saw that the author was a Hugo and Nebula winner so, on a whim, I thought I’d try it. It’s confusing and excellent because of it.”—Martyn Beeny




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