Ask a bookseller: SubText in St. Paul

'The Underground Railroad' by Colson Whitehead
'The Underground Railroad' by Colson Whitehead
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Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment. This week, we spoke with Matt Keliher of SubText Books in St. Paul.

"Without question, the book I'm most excited about right now is Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad,'" Keliher said. "I can't remember a time when I've had to catch my breath between turning pages, and really collect myself before I continued on. It's powerful, it's moving, it's brutal, it's beautiful."

Keliher isn't alone: The book landed both on Oprah Winfrey's and President Obama's reading lists.

If you're looking for a nonfiction companion book to "Underground Railroad," Keliher recommends "Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond," by Marc Lamont Hill.

For Matt Keliher's full recommendation, use the audio player above.

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