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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 - Cancelled for Nov. 18

    Book of Common Prayer Joan Didion

    Unfortunately Paul's Book Club has been cancelled for November 18. We will try to reschedule for November 24.

  • Paul's Corner: Relax and Heal with Meditation Coloring Books

    Mandala Meditation Coloring Book

    We have currently in stock an array of this year’s literary fad, the adult coloring book. Marketed as  relaxation aids,  these intricately designed oversized books allow the adult to focus attention on coloring in variously themed, patterns.  They have words like “mindful’, “zen”, “relaxing” in their titles and when one is finished coloring them in, he/she has a lovely design to frame or attach to one’s refrigerator, depending on how proud the relaxed artist is of their work. 
     
    This said, these books are quite a bit of fun to play with if you have the time.  Some come with colored pencils shrink-wrapped with the book.  The grown-up tone of these books need not be taken too seriously. No one, I think, colors as well as a nine-year-old girl or at least as well as my grand daughter, Lillian, who’s been able to  handle most of the stuff I’ve passed her way.  

    I am more patient than Lillian and willing to settle for less than perfect renderings, so they are, in fact, a little more fun for me than for her.  Mandalla shapes are my favorites.  I also like art deco designs.  We have them in our non-book section downstairs and the prices range from 9.95 to 19.95.  I recommend you try one if you think it might be your thing.  
    I do remember when I was a kid and had had a bad day, I’d sit in the corner and color, and I did, I did feel more relaxed.  

  • Paul's Corner: So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood

    So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood Patrick Modiano

    The Nobel laureate in literature for 2014 is the amazingly talented Frenchman, Patrick Modiano.  Yale University Press and David Godine had published translations of a handful of his novels and stories and this fall Houghton Mifflin has published Euan Cameron’s translation of  so you don’t get lost in the neighborhood , his newest novel.

    Novelist Jean Daragane is confronted by a stranger looking for a man whose name crops up in Daragane’s first novel written some twenty years ago.  Daragane does not remember the character, but the stranger is insistant.  The tone is spooky and Poe-like and all of the characters, including the stranger’s bizarre girlfriend are unreliable in their motives and their characters.  The nosy stranger sets Daragane on a search through his past uncovering first one then another forgotten event from his past.  A bit of a ghost story, a bit of an existentialist fable, a bit of a contemporary social satire.  It weighs in at a bantam weight 158 pages, designed to be read slowly and carefully, as fine a short novel as we have so far this year.  I’d love to see a clever French film-maker have a shot at it.  Until then I’ll read the rest of Modiano’s fiction hoping they are all as good as this eerie new novel.