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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: Requiem

    New Collected Poems Wendell Berry

    REQUIEM

    1
    We will see no more
    the mown grass fallen behind him
    on the stiff ridges before night,
    or hear him laughing in the crop rows,
    or know the order of his delight.

    Though the green fields are my delight,
    elegy is my fate.  I have come to be
    survivor of many and go much
    that I love, that I won’t live to see
    come again into this world.

    Things that mattered to me once
    Won’t matter any more,
    for I have left the safe shore
    where magnificence of art
    could suffice my heart.

    2

    In the day of his work
    when the grace of the world
    was upon him, he made his way,
    not turning back or looking aside,
    light in his stride.

    Now may the grace of death
    be upon him, his spirit blessed
    in deep song of the world
    and the stars turning, the seasons
    returning, and long rest.

    —Wendell Berry for Owen Flood

  • Paul's Corner: Far From the Madding Crowd

    Far From the Madding Crowd Hardy, Thomas

    Before you see the movie, read the book!

    "The Weatherbury bees were late in their swarming this year. It was in the latter part of June, and the day after the interview with Troy in the hayfield, that Bathsheba was standing in her garden, watching a swarm in the air and guessing their probable settling place. Not only were they late this year, but unruly. Sometimes throughout a whole season all the swarms would alight on the lowest attainable bough--such as part of a current-bush or espalier apple-tree: next year they would, with just the same unanimity, make straight off to the uppermost member of some small, gaunt costard or quarrenden, and there defy all invaders who did not come armed with ladders and staves to take them down." -- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  • Paul's Book Club, August Edition Pt. 2: Do the Windows Open?

    Do the Windows Open? Julie Hecht

    "I'd been told that a stove could be sandblasted to be made fit for used by Orthodox Jews. The same must go for stoves for vegans. But I could never find a sandblaster to come and take our old stove apart. This had been the path to the use of the toaster oven...." -- Julie Hecht from her short story "Over There"

    Paul's Book Club meets this week, August 19th at 7 pm at Prairie Lights. The book is Julie Hecht's collection of short stories Do the Windows Open? See you there.