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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

If you have any requests for recommendations, send Paul an email at paul@prairielights.com

  • Paul's Corner: Springtime by Michelle de Kretser

    Springtime: A Ghost Story Michelle de Krester

    In her 85 page ghost story, Springtime, Australian fiction writer, Michelle de Kretser, dispenses with virtually all of the conventions of the genre, yet still manages to leave you unsettled in the way that most ghost stories do.  A couple marries in Melbourne and moves immediately to the more tropical Sydney, where Frances can’t manage to find comfort.  There’s the unexplained matter of her husbands mysterious past, and a series of apparitions which she can’t explain.  It is a ghost story of unbearable irony by one of Australia’s greatest writers.  She is also the author of The Hamilton Case.

     

  • Paul's Corner: National Poetry Month

    The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 2: 1909-1939 William Carlos Williams

    POEM 

    [on getting a card]

    on getting a card
    long delayed
    from a poet whom I love
    but

    with whom I differ
    touching
    the modern poetic
    technique

    I was much moved 
    to hear
    from him if
    as yet he does not

    concede my point
    nor is he
    indeed conscious of it
    no matter

    his style
    has other outstanding
    virtues
    which delight me

    -- William Carlos Williams from The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 2: 1909-1939

  • Paul's Corner: Frans de Waal

    Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Fras de Waal

    April 26 is a great day for big readers and lovers of animals. The great student of animal behavior, Frans de Waal will greet us with Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals are, which is probably his best and most complete book yet about what he and many of his colleagues believe to be the complex abilities and inner lives of earth’s many species of animals.  Not just bonobos and dolphins, but many species of birds;  dogs and cats;  elephants.  All of you who believe non-humans have inner lives will be delighted with the experimental studies , which indicate just that.