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Books for August

The Natural Man
by Ed McClanahan

Sunday, Aug. 9 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

This brilliant novel set in the late 1940s takes readers to the small river town of Needmore, Kentucky. The protagonist is Harry Estep, a bookish high school senior whose family has moved to Needmore from Ohio.

Harry joins forces with another teenager, Monk McHoring, who is everything Harry isn't—athletic, boorish, confident—a "natural man." The two set off on a series of escapades, many of which involve a voluptuous young woman whose father owns the local movie theater where Harry works.

McClanahan is a master of comic prose, and his mordant yet sympathetic portrayal of small-town life from the viewpoint of an observant, intellectually gifted boy is both funny and touching.

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