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 email@example.com
January 19, 2014 - 3:57pm
2013 PRAIRE LIGHTS BESTSELLERS
1) Class A Lucas Mann
2) The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Ayana Mathis
3) Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls David Sedaris
4) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba
5) Tenth of December George Saunders
6) Iowa Pastel Landscapes Marcia Wegman
7) The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson
Zealot Reza Aslan
8) And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini
9) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
10) Dear Life Alice Munro
11) The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton
A Questionable Shape Bennett Sims
12) RAGBRAI Greg Borzo
13) Iowa Avenue Literary Walk Guide
14) One Summer Bill Bryson
15) A Fine Romance Susan Branch
16) Jewelweed David Rhodes
17) Incarnadine Mary Szybist
18) Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter
The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout
19) Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Matthew Dicks
20) Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander
21) God Believes in Love Gene Robinson
22) Dog Songs Mary Oliver
The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
Cooked Michael Pollan
23) Zenn Scarlett Christian Schoon
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
24) State of Wonder Ann Patchett
The Bully Pulpit Doris Kearns Goodwin
25) Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver
26) The Universe Within Neil Shubin
27) David & Goliath Malcolm Gladwell
28) The Midwest: God's Gift to Planet Earth Ray-Gun
29) Tinkers Paul Harding
The Year We Left Home Jean Thompson
The Iowa Review
30) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
31) When Women Were Birds Terry Tempest Williams
32) A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Anthony Marra
33) The Illusion of Separateness Simon van Booy
The Wapsipinicon Almanac 19 Timothy Fay
Inferno Dan Brown
34) The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Starboard Sea Amber Dermont
35) A Prayer Journal Flannery O'Connor
NOS4A2 Joe Hill
Moved By Politics Gerhard Loewenberg
36) Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith
37) Enon Paul Harding
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Ian Doescher
Stoner John Williams
38) My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor
Old Man River Paul Schneider
The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally
The Towers of Trebizond Rose Macaulay
Quiet Susan Cain
39) Ponsetti & Paul Paul Etre
Sisterland Curtis Sittenfeld
Note: Exclusive of bulk sales and course adoptions
November 30, 2013 - 7:14pm
Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips - "The book is about a real-life murder in the 1950's. It's like one of those tabloid murders, but this is high literature, really well written."
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks - "[The author] has Asperger's and all of his books relate to that problem. This is told from the point of view of a kid's imaginary friend. Everyone I've sold this to has come back and said it's really special."
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith - "Anybody who's following fiction of late, knows there are about five books about Zelda Fitzgerald. This is my favorite. The book is just great."
The Leonard Bernstein Letters edited by Nigel Simeone - "This is the best book I've read all year."
Countrymen by Bo Lidgaard - "There aren't many feel good stories about the holocaust. This isnt' a feel great story, but if you have Dane in you, you'll be proud."
One Summer by Bill Bryson - "He's a very good writer of history."
What Happens Next by Douglas Bauer - "This is by one of Iowa's best authors. The essays are stunning. His writing is pure gold and makes you proud to be an Iowan."
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - "This is sort of a mystery that borders on a long novel about the gold rush in New Zealand, and all the characters have one thing in common -- their zodiac sign."
Local Souls by Allan Gurganus - "There is not a page that's book moving and delightful, hardly a sentence."
Last Word by Jonathan Blum - "A novella told from the point of view of a man who has two families. His son from his first marriage is coming to live with him and his wife and children from his second marriage, and he's very disturbed. You feel very empathetic for both of them."
Incarnadine by Mary Szybist - "Acessible for anyone who wants to pay close attention."
Heaven from Steam by Carol Light - "The poems have a relationship about the life of a woman over time. Relatively formal and really beautiful."
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor - "It's most important to read her fiction and her letters, but if you've done that, this is a wonderful addition."
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett - "I respect her."
A People's Art History of the United States by Nicolas Lampert - "It's about activist art that changed the world."
November 30, 2013 - 6:49pm
If you weren't able to attend Barb and Victoria's Book Talk, here is the list of books they recommended. To download a pdf of the list, click here
Gomi, Taro. WIGGLE! Chronicle Books, 2013.
Hills, Tad. ROCKET’S MIGHTY WORDS. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.
Katz, Karen. THE BABIES ON THE BUS. Henry Holt, 2013.
Patricelli, Leslie. FASTER! FASTER! MAS RAPIDO! MAS RAPIDO! Candlewick Press, 2013.
POETRY, SONGS & MOTHER GOOSE:
Boynton, Sandra. FROG TROUBLE AND ELEVEN OTHER PRETTY SERIOUS SONGS. Workman Publishing 2013.
Brown, Marc. MARC BROWN’S PLAYTIME RHYMES: A TREASURY FOR FAMILIES ... Little Brown, 2013.
Dominguez, Angela. MARIA HAD A LITTLE LLAMA; MARIA TENIA UNA LLAMITA. Henry Holt, 2013.
Vestergaard, Hope. DIGGER, DOZER, DUMPER. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Hofmeyr, Dianne. THE MAGIC BOJABI TREE. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2013.
Magoon, Scott. THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Pinkney, Jerry. THE TORTOISE & THE HARE. Little, Brown, 2013.
Teague, Mark. THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE SOMEWHAT BAD WOLF. Orchard Books, 2013.
Bean, Jonathan. BIG SNOW. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Bean, Jonathan. BUILDING OUR HOUSE. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Beaty, Andrea. ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Best, Cari. BEATRICE SPELLS SOME LULUS AND LEARNS TO WRITE A LETTER. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Cooper, Elisha. TRAIN. Orchard Books, 2013.
Cousins, Lucy. JAZZY IN THE JUNGLE. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Cousins, Lucy. PECK, PECK, PECK. Candlewick, 2013.
Emberley, Ed. NIGHTY NIGHT, LITTLE GREEN MONSTER. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Fleming, Candace. PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH. Margaret Ferguson Books, 2013.
Gay, Marie-Louise. READ ME A STORY, STELLA. Groundwood Books, 2013.
Grey, Mini. TOYS IN SPACE. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Huget, Jennifer. THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.
Mackintosh, David. STANDING IN FOR LINCOLN GREEN. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Viva, Frank. YOUNG FRANK: ARCHITECT. The Museum of Modern Art, 2013.
Wiesner, David. MR. WUFFLES. Clarion, 2013.
TRANSITIONAL CHAPTER BOOKS:
English, Karen. NIKKI & DEJA: SUBSTITUTE TROUBLE. Clarion Books, 2013.
Jonell, Lynne. GRASSHOPPER MAGIC. Random House, 2013.
Lin, Grace. LING & TING SHARE A BIRTHDAY. Little, Brown & Company, 2013.
McKay, Hilary. LULU AND THE CAT IN THE BAG. Whitman, 2013.
Pinkwater, Daniel. MRS. NOODLEKUGEL AND FOUR BLIND MICE. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Smith, Alexander McCall. THE MYSTERY OF MEERKAT HILL. Anchor Books, 2013.
Warner, Sally. ELLRAY JAKES AND THE BEANSTALK. Viking Children’s Books, 2013.
Goodman, Susan. HOW DO YOU BURP IN SPACE? Charlesbridge, 2013.
Harris, Robie. WHAT’S IN THERE? ALL ABOUT BEFORE YOU WERE BORN. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Hartland, Jessie. HOW THE METEORITE GOT TO THE MUSEUM. Blue Apple, 2013.
Jenkins, Steve. ANIMALS UPSIDE DOWN. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013.
Jenkins, Steve. THE ANIMAL BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Children, 2013.
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE. Readers to Eaters, 2013.
Overdeck, Laura. BEDTIME MATH: A FUN EXCUSE TO STAY UP LATE. Feiwel and Friends, 2013.
Schaeffer, Lola. LIFETIME: THE AMAZING NUMBERS IN ANIMAL LIVES. Chronicle Books, 2013.
Snow, Alan. HOW DINOSAURS REALLY WORK! Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Trelease, Jim. THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK. Penguin Books, 2013.
Wagner, Lisa. COOL WORLD COOKING: FUN AND TASTY RECIPES FOR KIDS! Scarletta, 2013.
DiCamillo, Kate. FLORA AND ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES. Candlewick, 2013
Farrant, Natasha. AFTER IRIS. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Grabenstein, Chris. ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY. Random House, 2013.
Henkes, Kevin. THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER. Greenwillow, 2013.
Hopkinson, Deborah. THE GREAT TROUBLE: A MYSTERY OF LONDON, THE BLUE DEATH, AND A BOY CALLED EEL. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Kadohata, Cynthia. THE THING ABOUT LUCK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Martin, Lisa and Valerie Martin. ANTON AND CECIL: CATS AT SEA. Algonquin, 2013.
Rodkey, Geoff. NEW LANDS: THE CHRONICLES OF EGG. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013.
Vanderpool, Clare. NAVIGATING EARLY. Random House, 2013.
Voigt, Cynthia. MISTER MAX: BOOK OF LOST THINGS. Algonquin, 2013.
Williams-Garcia, Rita. P.S. BE ELEVEN. Amistad, 2013.
Colfer, Eoin. W.A.R.P. THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN. Hyperion, 2013.
Cooper, Susan. GHOST HAWK. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.
Farmer, Nancy. LORD OF OPIUM. S & S, 2013.
Rosoff, Meg. PICTURE ME GONE. Putnam Publishing Group, 2013.
Rowell, Rainbow. FANGIRL. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
Shulman, Polly. THE WELLS BEQUEST. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013.
Sloan, Holly. COUNTING BY 7'S. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Stiefvater, Maggie. THE DREAM THIEVES. Scholastic, 2013.
Sullivan, Tara. GOLDEN BOY. G. P. Putnam’s, 2013.
Wein, Elizabeth. ROSE UNDER FIRE. Hyperion, 2013.