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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 Book Club, May edition: Mister Sandman

    Mister Sandman Barbara Gowdy

    The May selection for Paul's Book Club is Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy.

    Paul's Book Club will meet on May 15th at 7 pm at Prairie Lights.

     

    About the book:

    Barbara Gowdy’s outrageous, hilarious, disturbing, and compassionate novel is about the Canary family, their immoderate passions and eccentricities, and their secret lives and histories. The deepest secret of all is harbored in the silence of the youngest daughter, Joan, who doesn’t grow, who doesn’t speak, but who can play the piano like Mozart though she’s never had a lesson. Joan is a mystery, and in the novel’s stunning climax her family comes to understand that each of them is a mystery, as marvelous as Joan, as irreducible as the mystery of life itself. In its compassionate investigation of moral truths and its bold embrace of the fractured nature of every one of its characters, Mister Sandman attains the heightened quality of a modern-day parable.

  • Two Clerihews

     

    1.

     

    Aleister Crowley

    Grew whiney and owly

    After turning some tricks

    At the club 666.

     

     

    2.

     

    A. J. Muste

    Was randy and lusty

    The sexual vulture

    Of Ethical culture.

  • Happy Poetry Month!

    Spring and All, XIV William Carlos Williams

    Spring and All, XIV

    William Carlos Williams

     

    Of death
    the barber
    the barber
    talked to me

    cutting my
    life with
    sleep to trim
    my hair—

    It's just
    a moment
    he said, we die
    every night—

    And of
    the newest
    ways to grow
    hair on

    bald death—
    I told him
    of the quartz
    lamp

    and of old men
    with third
    sets of teeth
    to the cue

    of an old man
    who said
    at the door—
    Sunshine today!

    for which
    death shaves
    him twice
    a week