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Kevin Sampsell: What I’m Giving

In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily to see the books your favorite authors are gifting.

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If you know someone who likes to laugh and enjoys learning a few things at the same time, this layman's guide to the Christian Bible is a stellar gift choice.

Mr. Russell's sharp, funny retellings of bible stories alongside Mr. Wheeler's sly New Yorker-ish cartoons will help anyone see the Bible in a new, irreverent way — without all that old-style language to confuse you. Plus, the production on this book evokes the look of a classic Bible: stitched-in red ribbon bookmark, silver-edged pages, etc.

The event for God Is Disappointed in You at Powell's was one of our best and most entertaining readings of the year, and I was able to get a couple of signed copies, making these gifts even more special.



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Kevin Sampsell runs the small press section at Powell's and is the publisher of his own micro-press, Future Tense Books. His books include Creamy Bullets, Portland Noir, and the memoir A Common Pornography.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. A Common Pornography: A Memoir
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. God Is Disappointed in You
    New Hardcover $19.95
  4. This Is Between Us
    Used Trade Paper $10.95

Kevin Sampsell is the author of A Common Pornography: A Memoir

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