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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: William Maxwell's The Folded Leaf

    The Folded Leaf William Maxwell

    Join Paul at his One-Hour Book Club
    January 13 at Prairie Lights 7PM

    William Maxwell’s The Folded Leaf will be discussed.  Maxwell, one-time fiction editor of the New Yorker, was an extraordinary fiction writer himself in the 1940s, and his handful of beautiful novels are set in downstate Illinois in the first quarter of the 20th Century.

    “A true, beautiful and profoundly poignant novel.  It is so good as to be almost miraculous. . . .The Folded Leaf is a novel of such discernment, such mature judgment and such compassion, it seems to illuminate every subject on which it touches”.—New York Times

  • Paul's Corner: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson

    From Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    "I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house. The sun began to shine upon the summit of the hills as I went down the road; and by the time I had come as far as the manse, the blackbirds were whistling in the garden lilacs, and the mist that hung around the valley in the time of the dawn was beginning to arise and die away.

    "Mr. Campbell, the minister of Essendean, was waiting for me by the garden gate, good man! He asked me if I had breakfasted; and hearing that I lacked for nothing, he took my hand in both of his and clapped it kindly under his arm."

  • Congrats to Paul Ingram!

    Congrats to Paul who has been given a holiday bonus by James Patterson!

    "On December 15, bestselling author and literacy advocate announced the names of 87 independent booksellers chosen by him to receive holiday bonuses totaling $250,000. Patterson launched the bonus program in October to thank booksellers for their dedication to spreading the joy of reading."

    Read more: http://www.bookweb.org/news/james-patterson-awards-holiday-bonuses-87-in...

    Yay, Paul!