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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: 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.  

  • Paul's Corner: Bottomland by Michelle Hoover - REPOST

    Bottomland Michelle Hoover

    Michelle Hoover reads tonight at 7 pm. If you can't be here, be sure to listen live.

    Here's what Paul has to say about this fantastic book:

    Michelle Hoover, who wowed Prairie Lights’ audience with her reading from her first novel, The Quickening, now has a second novel. It’s called Bottomland and, like her first book, deals with life in rural Iowa (Hoover is from Ames) in the early part of the 20th Century. This book is a bit more of a thriller than was The Quickening. It involves an escaped German prisoner of who may have kidnapped a farm child. As always, Hoover’s novel is well-researched, with characters who emerge from the circumstances of their lives. The reader is pulled in from the first page.  If you love Willa Cather and the other great mid-western writers, you won’t want to miss this reading.